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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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    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 09-12-13
    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2017
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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,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-20-13
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Too repetitive with pieces missing"

    Damien Echols tells his story - a tale of being a poor boy in Arkansas who was sentenced to die for a crime he did not commit. The good parts were the story of his life before being imprisoned. This was interwoven with snippets of life on death row. After he is convicted, there is a lot more on life in prison. Echols focuses much on his state of mind. He is self-educated and a deep thinker, and I enjoyed this. Both his upbringing and imprisonment were depressing, but interesting. Now, my complaints. The second half of the book had so much about prison life, and the injustice and immorality of the treatment from sadistic guards. He seemed to repeat this theme and similar stories for a long time. My other complaint - he skipped almost every detail of his arrest and trial and conviction. We are told that he had an alibi for the time of the murder, but we don't hear much about why that was never brought up in the original trial. What was his lawyer like (except incompetent and eager to not anger the judge). Why was Echols picked as the scapegoat? Was he found in the wrong place at the wrong time? This book addresses almost none of this. And then suddenly there was an HBO movie about his plight. How did that come about? What changed to convince many he was innocent?

    So, I heard too much about some stuff and not enough about other stuff. I was left a little bored and a little frustrated by the book's end. Echols makes a good case for the failure of the legal adversary system. As so often happens, the prosecution is more interested in a win than in justice, and I hope that books like this and PR from the Innocence Project will change things.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Emotional roller coaster"

    I absolutely LOVE this book. Damien did a fantastic job as a narrator and I felt like he was talking just to me. I went through so many emotions, I laughed out loud at the descriptions of the absurdities that he has seen and felt so much anger at the mistreatment that he endured at the hands of so many. My heart soared with happiness at his finding Lori to love and when they were finally set free. I felt a sense of dread that the book was coming to an end but it is one that I will listen to many times over.

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    The Burrito Kid 06-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful"

    Damien Echols is a brilliant writer. His descriptions are lush and vibrant, and his voice is calming. Buy this title. You will love it.

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    Yaroslava Zamoyska 06-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring"

    Absolutely amazing and inspiring. Couldn't stop reading this book, and you can't help but admire this man's extraordinary strength. Sending him all the best thoughts.

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    Kelly 06-01-17
    Kelly 06-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Painfully beautiful"

    If you haven't seen any of the Paradise Lost docs or West of Memphis, I highly recommend seeing these then reading/listening to Damien Echols book. What an intelligent, mindful and beautifully spiritual person. Through his words, I could almost see and feel his thoughts and recollections on his life before, during and after his unjust and tragic incarceration.

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    Cherrybelle 05-31-17
    Cherrybelle 05-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    Beautifully written and narrative by Damien was perfect. I have tears in my eyes as I finish this audio book. What these poor men went through is a tragedy and the fact that the real killers have never been caught is a disgrace to what should be a justice system.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie Worsley Fullerton, CA 02-25-17
    Maggie Worsley Fullerton, CA 02-25-17 Member Since 2015

    Eternal optimist

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    "Totally Inspiring!"

    Damien Echols transcends the nightmare he was thrown into, and encompasses love, knowledge, and self-discipline. He's a modern-day Ivan Dinosovich but refuses to play the martyr card, and instead focuses on exposing the broken system which robbed him blind of everything. I dig that he reads this audiobook himself, which creates an intimate experience of honest storytelling.

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    Jes 01-20-17
    Jes 01-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful"

    I will never forget the stories that were told in this book. They have impacted me in ways that I cannot describe. I am angry that our judicial system has and continues to destroy the lives of innocent people, but am so incredibly happy that Damien survived. I felt that I was hearing stories about myself in some parts, and I wish I could articulate those thoughts further. Damien's story will stick with me, always.

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    L. Rose Chicago, IL USA 01-09-17
    L. Rose Chicago, IL USA 01-09-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Beautifully written, heartbreaking and inspirational"

    I really enjoyed this book and Damien does a wonderful job of narrating it. It's heartbreaking and inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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