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Life After Death Audiobook
Life After Death
Written by: 
Damien Echols
Narrated by: 
Damien Echols
Life After Death Audiobook

Life After Death

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Florrie 08-17-14
    Florrie 08-17-14
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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.

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    Joshua Waterloo, IL, United States 10-04-13
    Joshua Waterloo, IL, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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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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    Jeremy United States 08-21-13
    Jeremy United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Mr. Middle Earth

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    "This is a MUST READ"
    What did you love best about Life After Death?

    A gut-wrenching story of a tragedy comprised among tragedies... and Damien manages to not only keep his sanity, but he even grows as a human being among animals would-be gods.


    Any additional comments?

    Damien Echols spent 18 years on death row for a crime he (and his friends) did not commit. See how this happened in our "justice" system, and do what you can to keep it from happening again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leisa High Point, NC, United States 08-08-13
    Leisa High Point, NC, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a 50ish mom of 2 wonderful young men and work as tech support in a public middle school. I love reading with an eclectic choice of books

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    "The Story from the Horse's Mouth!"

    The story is touching, raw, and at times brutal. So much more than just the story of an innocent man. Damien tells the history of his childhood, his journal of the atrocities of our judicial system in his life on death row (not roll, lol). He has grown into an astounding man with great passion in spite of what he was put him through by continuing to study and work his brain during his 18 years of hell. HE NEVER GAVE UP! The main reason he is still alive today, that and a wonderful woman named Lori.

    It helps to know the background story of the WM3 before reading this book. You can get that by watching the three Paradise Lost documentaries which are on YouTube, reading the book Devil's Knot, or just looking at the data on the internet.

    There are times Echols seems to ramble and it is a bit wordy, but very good for his first time with the pen. I look forward to reading more from him and watching him grow as an author.

    Personally I also want to wish him and his wife a happy life.

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    Lindsey Ennis, Texas, United States 06-03-13
    Lindsey Ennis, Texas, United States 06-03-13
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    ""Life After Death" by Damien Echols"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life After Death to be better than the print version?

    I prefered the audio version because Damien himself read it. It was very cool to hear him tell his story in just the way he wanted to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part was all of his childhood memories. I also loved how enthusiastic he was about autumn and the holidays.
    One scene that stuck out the most to me that I don't think I'll ever forget is the story of his mother amputating the family cat's leg.


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

    Yes! Couldn't get enough of it.


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    Kate salem, MA, United States 03-19-13
    Kate salem, MA, United States 03-19-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "TRUE story told directly from the man who lived it"
    What did you love best about Life After Death?

    I have already re-listened to this book several times. I love the way Damien communicates and makes you feel like you have known him for years. The content is so extreme it would make even the most optimistic go to a dark place but Damien explains his highs his lows and everything in between during his experience as being falsely accused for more then 18 years!


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

    it was funny! How could something so terrible have any glimmer of smiles but Damiens sense of humor and I like to say southern-isms makes you eager to hear more!


    Which character – as performed by Damien Echols – was your favorite?

    Damien Echols


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    YES, it makes you think, laugh, cry, angry. I usually don't have reactions to books like this. I am truly sad that it's over. I wish he would keep writing.


    Any additional comments?

    please listen to this book, it will change you!!

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    Rastein 03-13-13
    Rastein 03-13-13 Member Since 2014

    Filmmaker and artist in Los Angeles.

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    "Arkansan Storyteller"

    This guys voice is so awesome. It's the perfect voice to tell his own story.

    It's interesting to hear who he admires and his experiences growing up to now. If you're wanting a lot of case information I don't feel like a ton of info is here (it's definitely there just not lengthy.) I think that's the point though, to be about him and not the case.

    My only complaint would be that he uses metaphors beautifully but way too often.

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    karen 03-10-13
    karen 03-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow is all I can say!"
    What did you love best about Life After Death?

    I loved and appreciated Damien Echol's ability to bear his soul to me through his words. It felt as though I was sitting and he was telling me his story face to face, and only to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked his honesty and the fact that it was Damien's own voice telling me his story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried through the entire experience. I felt Damien Echol's emotions through his words. It made me sad and outraged for a boy, now man who is only a few years older than me. I was 15 when this happened to him and I followed the whole case closely. It was a dreadful ordeal and I am glad he has gained his freedom!


    Any additional comments?

    EXONERATE THE WM3!

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    Toni HOUSTON, TX, United States 02-28-13
    Toni HOUSTON, TX, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2013

    I love biographies and autobiographies, true crime, Ann Rule, Stephen King, Herman Melville and John Grisham. I love to go to book signings and I collect first editions and signed first editions.

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    "Moving true story of life in prison"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved getting to hear the voice of the accused and convicted, Damien Eckols, for once. I have followed the story, seen the documentaries and believed that these three men were innocent. A sad testament to the loss of eighteen years of life for 3 young men. The narration was superb, Damien has a very soulful voice. A obviously extremely intelligent man, just made me think what he could have done in those eighteen years. He gives a very lucid candid description of the destructive life in prison. Hope he writes/narrates more.
    It kept me so engaged, that I didn't wait for a drive to the beach to listen to it. I listened in snippets everyday.


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    Jamison meridian, ID, United States 02-07-13
    Jamison meridian, ID, United States 02-07-13
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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life After Death to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version yet, but regardless it is an amazing read. With Damien reading it makes it a lot more interesting.


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

    This book is different that what I usually read. It is unique.


    What about Damien Echols’s performance did you like?

    I felt the pain and what he went through in his words. I admire him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was not really any laughing, I just felt pain for what him and the other two young men had to go through for 17 years.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to any reader.

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