• All-American Murder

  • The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers' Row
  • By: James Patterson, Alex Abramovich
  • Narrated by: Peter Coleman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,025 ratings)

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All-American Murder

By: James Patterson,Alex Abramovich
Narrated by: Peter Coleman
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Football coaches, players, and fans called Aaron Hernandez unstoppable. His four-year-old daughter called him Daddy. The law called him inmate #174594.

He was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later a Super Bowl veteran. He was a star tight end on the league-dominant New England Patriots, who extended his contract for a record $40 million.

Aaron Hernandez's every move as a professional athlete played out in the headlines, yet he led a secret life-one that ended in a maximum security prison. What drove him to go so wrong, so fast?

Son of a University of Connecticut football hero known as "the King" and brother to a Huskies quarterback, Hernandez was the best athlete Connecticut's Bristol Central High had ever produced. He chose to play football at the University of Florida, but by the time he arrived in Gainesville, he was already courting trouble.

Between the summers of 2012 and 2013, not long after Hernandez made his first Pro Bowl, he was linked to a series of violent incidents culminating in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who dated the sister of Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.

All-American Murder is the first book to investigate-from the unique vantage point of the world's most popular thriller writer-Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction and the mystery of his own untimely and shocking death. Drawing on original and in-depth reporting, this is an explosive true story of a life cut short in the dark shadow of fame.

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Sadly, I had to stop listening...

What would have made All-American Murder better?

In all fairness I stopped listening after 10-minutes. Although the topic was certainly interesting (and I live in New England,) the narration ruined it. The narrator sounded like a computer, and had little to no inflection. I don't know if it was just how he read the short chopped sentences, but it was irritating and I had to stop. I guess I'll have to find time to read the paper version of this one.

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Not what I thought it would be

I learned nothing new and Patterson somehow managed to take a fascinating story and reduce me to tears of boredom reading it. I stopped and returned it 2/3 of the way through because if I had to endure the desperately white narrator reading one more text between Aaron and one of "his boys" I was afraid my eyes would roll so far back into my head I'd lose them forever 🙄

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Not worth reading

This book was literally taken from news paper articles you could have taken 5 minutes to read. Not a best seller , not any info we didn’t have already not a good read

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Informative...if you've been living under a rock!

This was my FIRST and LAST attempt at Patterson. This was literally a collection of news quotes and interviews strung together into a narrative. There is almost nothing new to be learned here and absolutely nothing you couldn't obtain by spending an afternoon at the Google machine.

I am a voracious reader, and I favor horror and true crime. It doesn't take much to file a FOI and obtain the court records, but this is a sad example of a NYT "top 10" author capitalizing on a tragic and violent story. The victims (including Hernandez's wife and baby) were not given the honor of a back story. You would think an author with the resources of JP would dig up some really interesting facts, antidotes, or something...but no.

Don't waste your time, you WILL end up returning it so save yourself those 7.5 odd hours reading it, being disappointed like I was for not taking the prior reviewer's advice, then waiting in a queue to return the credit. Get the newest M. William Phelps book! He is a way better author and underrated

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Performance terrible -- story line ok

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Football or University of Florida fans

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Reader was too flat

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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Wish I had my money back

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All American Murder

This was a very good book, easy to follow and very interesting. What makes a person who has it all throw it away.? Why was Hernandez so paranoid? Did Aaron have a problem with schizophrenia? I guess no one will ever know completely but this book is well worth the read.

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Why is this so interesting

I gulped down this book. Sad story but too much football and too little everything else. Urban Meyer is in the news right now, getting someone off the hook and covering for more bad behavior for jocks who can do no wrong ,,,until blatant senseless murder... After murder.

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Gripping story overpowers and picks up slack for sub par narration

American kingpin hands down the best story I’ve ever heard but All-American murder sits alone at my 2nd favorite for the exact same reason, an incredible story. There were so many unforeseeable events that kept adding on either to Aaron himself or those around him as his life progressed. It set the tone and core of the story and provided great character building. Some moments your sympathizing with him and wondering how it’s going to go so wrong and other moments your have him pinned as a straight up thug that epitomizes evil. And back and forth those feelings go even during the epilogue.
Now one review mentioned how the narrator actually sounds like a robot and you wasn’t able to get through 10 minutes before he turned it off. I don’t know what’s going on but In the first 5-10-15 minutes I was wondering the same thing and pissed bc it sounded like a computer out of the 90s narrating and chopping through each sentence. That fades away after a little while and part of that could be cuz the story grabs you and doesn’t stop. I was pretty pissed at first, wtf I was excited for this book and this asshole is butchering it. honestly after those thoughts faded it didn’t criss my mind the rest of the book. I’m going to listen to Jose Baez (his lawyer) book on Hernandez now, Baezs personal relationship with Aaron during such a vulnerable era of his life is something Patterson can’t compete with.

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Could have been better

Story was decent, no new information and a few things possibly more rumor than fact. Narrator was awful. Went from sounding like a computerized voice to trying to imitate northern accents. Overall, it wasn't that good. If you know nothing about the case, this is a good place to start. People who followed the case, won't learn anything new.

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Did a computer narrate this?

Might have been an okay story if the narration didn't sound like a poorly rendered AI voice on a Sci-fi movie. Extremely tinny? sounding as well.

in all transparency, I will probably avoid this author in the future to avoid this problem.

I could not connect with the story. The quality was so distracting, even with varying the speed, that I could not finish the book although I tried.

If you're going to charge what you do for these online books, at least have a decent sound quality.

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