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Life After Death | [Damien Echols]

Life After Death

The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row.
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The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row.

©2012 Damien Echols (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Courtney Falls church, VA, United States 02-27-13
    Courtney Falls church, VA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011

    As an only child, books were my world. I love to read and audiobooks are essential in my world today. I must admit I am somewhat dependent (addicted?) to audible audiobooks. Too easy. Too good!

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    "A compelling story-worthwhile listen."

    Prior to reading this book, I had no knowledge of the tragic murders in West Memphis. I was drawn into this incredibly well-written book, by Damien Echol's natural ability to tell a story. I was drawn to the person he was and the person he grew to be during his years in prison. Since reading this book I have watched all of the HBO documentaries that portray how easy it is for justice to be miscarried, when media, fear, and ignorance are in the mix. What I found most fascinating and refreshing about this book is the fact that Damien Echols did not allow himself to be swallowed by fear and self-pity at the prospect of being executed for a crime he did not commit. He wrote a book that told a story about life on death row-the lessons that he learned as he came of age behind bars.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ricketsj St. Paul, MN United States 10-05-12
    ricketsj St. Paul, MN United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Heartbreaking and inspiring."

    I have followed the case of Damian Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jesse Miskelley since 1996, when the documentary Paradise Lost came out. This memoir breaks my heart, as I listen to an innocent man go through the tortures of prison and death row- and before that of poverty and community ignorance. Through it all, Mr. Echols maintains poise and dignity. Listening to the story in Echols' own voice brought home the emotion and loss of the tragedy.

    I personally was glad that there was little or no mention of the gruesome details of the murders and the new suspect arising from DNA tests, all of which is available in the many documentaries about the case and the websites supporting the West Memphis Three. This narrative is the story of Mr. Echols' life so far, which shines a bright light onto the inhuman conditions that we allow to exist in our prisons. A truly excellent memoir, which breaks your heart over and over again.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Naperville, IL, United States 09-26-12
    Amazon Customer Naperville, IL, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "hard to put down"
    What made the experience of listening to Life After Death the most enjoyable?

    Points of light outshining seemingly overwhelming darkness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damien ... courage ... perseverance ... truth


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Epilogue.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Author's narration ... excellent!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Pensacola, FL, United States 11-06-12
    Jennifer Pensacola, FL, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Extraordinary Story"
    Would you listen to Life After Death again? Why?

    Yes. I've followed Damien Echols's story for many years; finally hearing what it was like for him in his own voice was a humbling and amazing experience.


    What does Damien Echols bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Damien Echols has a very distinct accent and manner of speech. Getting to hear him read his own words made the story all the more real and moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Damien's story is an amazing one. He is completely open in this book and completely lets the readers into his life in a very brave way. I found myself laughing and smiling as I listened to the book and even tearing up at points. No matter if you have heard of his story before or not, this book would be well worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli N. Perkins Michigan 05-22-13
    Kelli N. Perkins Michigan 05-22-13 Member Since 2008

    Author of Stitch Alchemy

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    "A Living Poem"

    When I read Law & Disorder by John Douglas, I became interested in the West Memphis 3 and watched the Paradise Lost documentaries. What a treat to learn that Damien Echols had just published his memoir. I immediately grabbed the Audible edition, which has Damien reading his own words. It would be difficult to approach this book without feeling compassion for what Echols has been through, but if I thought that the reaction to this book was predicated on how people felt about the case, I was wrong. It's gotten high praise and reviews and for good reason. This story is beyond amazing. Not only is Damien's tale of life behind bars riveting, but it's well written. Poetic and full of insight. He's an elegant writer with spare prose that's reflective of his approach to life. I avoid mainstream memoirs which unabashedly play on the heartstrings--they are common and dull. This is nothing like that. I was elevated and transformed by Damien's experience, told in his own words. It made me love my own life and appreciate all life a little bit more. Life After Death is a living poem. I could not stop listening. Insight after insight pours from the soul of this wrongly convicted man. Impossible not to savor, like a living poem. Thank you Damien for this wonderful gift.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Maxwell Lexington, Kentucky USA 04-17-14
    Alicia Maxwell Lexington, Kentucky USA 04-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "best audio book I've ever listened to. Lyrical."
    Would you listen to Life After Death again? Why?

    Yes. The inspiration that Damien Echols gives is heartbreakingly beautiful and powerful. His reading/narrating of this book is the best I've heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His passion and lyrical way of describing what could have only been hell for him.


    What about Damien Echols’s performance did you like?

    As I mentioned, I believe his performance is easily the best I've ever heard on audible. Hire him!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I've followed this story for years. I've been moved to tears each and every time I hear more of what was endured. But this is a story that needs to be heard. Screamed from the rooftops even. Justice was not done here. These men were robbed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily United States 10-11-12
    Emily United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Life Changing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Life After Death the most enjoyable?

    The in depth description of poverty and coming of age in a world so different than my own.The idea of how a person overcomes life in prison and finds a way to cope. And I loved that Damien read his own words...powerful!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life After Death?

    The fact that Damien found a way to stay sane in an insane circumstance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scene after scene of difficulty for Damian proves that I can hold onto hope in my reality.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Already done.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must read! I think all professors dealing with social issues should require everyone to read this. A real eye opener of poverty, the prison system, the justice system, religion and spirituality.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Florrie Kelowna, BC, Canada 08-17-14
    Florrie Kelowna, BC, Canada 08-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A remarkable story of true courage"
    What did you love best about Life After Death?

    Damien Nichols is an eloquent writer, his story telling is poetic. He shares the intimate details of a life so full of tragedy it becomes even more remarkable that he not only survives but through it all transforms into an introspective, thoughtful and spiritual human being,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life After Death?

    Leaning about the inhuman confinement practices of the US prison system and the long term impact on the inmates.


    Any additional comments?

    A transformative story about the human spirits ability to thrive and evolve in spite of a broken and corrupt judicial system that systematically destroys the prisoner through its inhuman practices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Waterloo, IL, United States 10-04-13
    Joshua Waterloo, IL, United States 10-04-13
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    "Disturbing, Eyeopening, Happy Ending"
    What did you love best about Life After Death?

    The fact that the west Memphis three are free. I feel bad at times for the state of Arkansas to see what type of prosecutors and judges they have. Its a huge discredit to the whole judicial system on the state.


    What other book might you compare Life After Death to and why?

    The Devils Knot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Im not sure I have a favorite. The entire story is good and I hope nothing but the best for the west Memphis 3


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Judicial idiots in Arkansas!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    How come the prosecuting attorney, Police officers, the Judge isn't behind bars?????

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 09-12-13
    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Extreme injustice!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It was well written, the entire story kept my interest and was well read.


    What other book might you compare Life After Death to and why?

    None. I have never read a book like it. I also enjoyed the documentary's that was made about the three boys lives.


    What about Damien Echols’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. A very intelligent person.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same as the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's heart wrenching to know this is happening not only to these 3 boys, but to other people too. I was extremely upset over the fact they made these men plead guilty in order to get out of prison and the true murderer is free. The trial was a farce and these men should be well compensated. Thanks to all the people responsible for helping them,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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