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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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    Natasha Zar Australia 11-12-15
    Natasha Zar Australia 11-12-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Made My Heart Hurt...Brilliantly Written and Read"
    If you could sum up Life After Death in three words, what would they be?

    Ruination. Devastation. Hope.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damien Echols, of course.
    I was so impressed by Damien's stark intelligence and his wisdom in such hopeless circumstances. It seemed to me that from childhood he never had a chance to escape the binds of his backwoods upbringing and then barely an adult (at 18 years old), he is sent to Death Row for a crime he did not commit. That such a thing could happen - and continues to happen - is so horrifying and beyond comprehension - and he lived this nightmare.
    Damien maintained his dignity no matter how many people tried to rob him of it. He never once pitied himself and asked "why me?" and that strength of character he showed made me so proud of him.
    Damien Echols story and the story of the West Memphis 3 will haunt me the rest of my life, even though they are now, thankfully out.


    Have you listened to any of Damien Echols’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Damien Echols' narration was faultless. His rich, Delta accent was mesmerising and beautiful and really made the book a pleasure to listen to.


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

    The entire book moved me, but hearing the way Damien describes his wife and his love for her really moved me and made delighted me that he had that in his life.


    Any additional comments?

    I remember when I first watched the documentary Paradise Lost (this was before the WM3 were released from prison) I could not stop thinking about it. I couldn't sleep, thinking about the horror of their situation. I signed all the petitions and shared all their articles and documents with the public to do what I could to get people's attention, but really, I just felt so damn helpless. Listening to this book broke my heart all over again, though of course Damien, Jason and Jessie are all out of prison. What has been done to them will never be reversed and that still bothers me. I just hope that these men can live the lives they want to live and feel free now that they are out of prison.

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    Marci S 09-03-15
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    "pure as moon water"

    I not only loved it but I listen to it 4 times and look forward to the fifth. Damien Echols is a startling example of so very many things but how to pull strength from within to me one of the biggest for most people who listen to this book. it's almost a god damn self help book I swear it's great.

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    Buffy 08-05-15
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    "A plain must for anybody concerned w SURVIVAL."

    It was a pleasure to hear Damien read this himself. I could not put it down. I completed it in one day. He effortlessly goes back and forth from his unique (to most) childhood and what it was like for him in prison. You will be so impressed w his writing style. Hard to describe b/c this is like nothing else you will read. Just take a chance. Enjoy.

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    Holden 06-13-15
    Holden 06-13-15
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    "Very good"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a documentary on the murders this is not it. This book is about the life and struggles of the author. It is very good if that's your thing.

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    G. J. Myers CA 05-24-15
    G. J. Myers CA 05-24-15
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    "Absolutely FANTASTIC "

    This man is one hell of a writer. There is no end to how good this is. Hear it or be forever impoverished

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    Magaly N 05-22-15
    Magaly N 05-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A story that needs to be heard"
    What made the experience of listening to Life After Death the most enjoyable?

    Probably the fact that the author narrated the book.


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

    himself


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

    laugh and cry. After he was put in such an awful situation, he still made the most of his time there.


    Any additional comments?

    Very insightful book... I'm glad he told his story

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    ABR 04-07-15
    ABR 04-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible"
    Would you listen to Life After Death again? Why?

    Yes. Amazing story and beautiful writing. What a mind!


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

    Damien's commitment to his spiritual growth.


    What about Damien Echols’s performance did you like?

    His accent and his honesty.


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    Sweetygrl 02-18-15
    Sweetygrl 02-18-15
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    "Thank you."

    Well written and spoken. Thank you for sharing your story.

    It was very captivating. Worth listening to - thank you again.

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    Dana Williams 02-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Recommended for "Serial" fans"

    This was a great listen and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to learn more about the West Memphis 3 and see the documentaries produced about this case.

    My only complaint about the performance is that Damien's voice is a little monotonous, and his pronunciation of the words "huge" and "human" got on my nerves. "Yooman" for example.

    That said, considering he spent most of his adult life in prison, and wasn't a good student in high school, he is an excellent writer with a gift for words.

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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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