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The shocking tale told in How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder is unlike anything you've read before. It isn't Mike Gilbert's "version" of what happened'; it's the unvarnished truth - the truth about O. J., the murders, and the infamous trial, not as Gilbert imagined or would like it to be, but how it actually was. Gilbert doesn't spare anyone, not even himself - he helped deceive the jury and feels deeply responsible for the "Not Guilty" verdict.

So why is Gilbert speaking out now? Has he gone from sinner to saint? Is he making a play for sympathy or looking to make a quick buck? No. (Proceeds from this book are going to the March of Dimes and other selected charities.) Gilbert has written this book because he regrets what he did for his adored childhood idol. He can no longer find any excuse for how he has shielded O. J. Simpson, and he is determined to tell the full truth, including:

  • O. J.'s late-night confession to Gilbert
  • How Gilbert was responsible for O. J.'s hand not fitting the murder glove
  • Why O. J. murdered Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman (it was more than jealousy)
  • Why Gilbert defended O. J. for so long - and what finally convinced him he could do so no longer
  • How O. J. ignored his financial obligations to the Goldman family and milked the tabloids for money
  • The real reason why an armed O. J. burst in on the memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas (Gilbert had what O. J. was looking for)

    Told with searing candor, no one comes out of this book with his reputation intact - including Gilbert. He casts a glaring light on how celebrity can corrupt, how power can mislead, and how friendship and loyalty can be perverted. His book is meant to set the record straight, to lay to rest the ghosts of that dreadful night that have haunted him ever since, and to now play what little part he can to forward the process of justice.

  • ©2008 Mike Gilbert; (P)2008 Tantor

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    • Erin
    • Hudsonville, MI, USA
    • 06-11-10

    Wow

    Book review: This book is entirely the title, it explains why O.J. got away with murder. I don't want to join the masses of finger pointers, and tsk the writer for his role in O.J.'s acquittal, I just appreciate him realizing what he had become entangled in, and writing this book to fill the rest of the world in on what happened behind the scenes. I would recommend this book if you had any opinion about the trial, or were captivated by the media footage.
    Narrator review: Not the best voice, just odd sounding, it could have been better, but it's something one can adjust to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    Wow!

    I was reluctant to listen to this book because I would hate to profit anyone from this horrible case, but it was a great listen. To hear how those closest to OJ continue to lie and hide assets was mind boggling. This book did reveal things I didnt know about. The only comfort in the end is that OJ found his way into prison where I hope he takes the time to reflect on his actions and changes his ways. We shall see. My thoughts are on OJ's children with Nicole, now they've lost both parents, very sad. Although, based on this book, he didnt have a good relationship with them anyway.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    • Hebern
    • Clinton, NC, United States
    • 08-01-13

    For only the OJ obsessed

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    I was really into the OJ trial and even I had a hard time getting through this one. Not a lot that was new. This is only for the hard core "fans" of the trial.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Don't equit, it all fits!

    Where does How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among my "Top 10" read so far.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder?

    Actually, I found the whole book fascinating. Think of it as seeing the inside of a clock for the first time; you know it tells you the correct time, but now you can see how the pieces work to give you the correct time.

    What about Mel Foster’s performance did you like?

    Mel's narration of the book was like a friend telling you a story. Very easy to listen to.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was, but I won't spoil it for other readers. They'll know it when they hear it.

    Any additional comments?

    There's nothing here that most of us didn't already know or at least suspect. However, you'll be taken deeper into the backstory of the "everyday O.J." than any media ever went before. If you love true story whodunits like I do, this one's worth checking out.

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    For Those Who Do Not Believe No Evidence Is Enough

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    For those who do not believe no evidence is enough, for those who do believe no evidence is needed. This book kept my attention and as for it's honesty I don't know. But it was a good book and I'm glad I listened to it. I thought it gave some insight.

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    • VC
    • 07-23-17

    Great Insight to O.J's Guilt

    If you could sum up How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, insightful, sickening

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of events from June 12, 1994 to 2006 to include Gilbert's immediate thought that OJ committed the murders, Tricks used in court to get OJ off, how terrible Marcia Clark was as a prosecutor, OJ's confession to Gilbert, and OJ slowly losing his wealth, way of life, and prized possessions.

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

    The ability to do other things while listening.

    If you could give How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I wouldn't, the title says it all.

    Any additional comments?

    I believe most of what the author wrote, but I think there is some omission as to why he decided to no longer befriend OJ. I think it was only after the author realized OJ was costing him money and he found there was no longer value in OJ as a person, but value in OJ memorabilia, that he decided to cut ties with OJ. I also think it is interesting relating the robbery OJ went to jail for that the Author believed OJ thought he was going to be there. Given OJ's violent past, I wonder if OJ went to commit another murder and only changed it to robbery when OJ discovered it wasn't the author that had the memorabilia.

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    interesting.....

    I had just finished with the oj book "if I did it" right before starting this one and it's very different...it's just hard to listen to a story of a man making excuses, one after another, knowing OJ killed two people

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    man mike you were an angel huh

    blah blah blagpplease ho pleasr and the beast or is it just me a heads up before you want to come get it

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    • Sparkly
    • SF, CA, United States
    • 09-26-16

    Not Pleasant, but Fascinating

    This will conclude my binge into Simpson murders background, I hope. I found it fascinating, and perhaps you will, too. The book appealed to me because the author is not a writer or journalist. He played a small, peripheral, almost accidental part in a historical event beyond his control. As such, his wedge of experience describes a narrow, concentrated perspective rather than the overarching narrative. I think there's a place for these perspectives when considering history. Gilbert, a self described hanger-on to sports figures, gives a window into the memorabilia industry to those who, like me, are foreign to it. I find the idea of paying hundreds of dollars for a signature to be so strange and intriguing. Multiply that times the megawattage of OJ Simpson's popularity, and you have a recipe for greed, compromise, and moral equivalencies. If you are curious about this ungallant milieu, then you might like this book. For all of the author's less credible descriptions of bravado - "I told O.J., 'At least I didn't murder two people!''' - he does not spare himself when acknowledging his part in ruthless demonizing of the Goldmans and the Browns. I was also interested to hear Gilbert's interpretation of the events surrounding the murders themselves. He has a different perspective than others, and it made me appreciate the victims and their families anew. Those poor folks. The narrator is fine for the material, in my opinion.

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    good book

    I was really impressed with this book. He took responsibility for things he should not have done. He finally recognizes what OJ really is.