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How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder

The Shocking Inside Story
Narrated by: Mel Foster
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (264 ratings)

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    Great insight

    This book offers amazing insight to OJ, His life and the Murders.....by the way, he did it

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    Narcissism vs. Sociopathy

    Fascinating confession of a former sycophant and recovering individual with (assumed) narcissistic personality disorder. At times, I found myself yelling out loud at the author (compares himself to a merciful nun at one point), and at other times, having deep regard and compassion for his humanity. All and all, he's very intelligent, an excellent story teller and very believable. I admire him for having courage to examine his impact on others and his desire for atonement. I also found myself angry when he succumbs to denial at many points in his story. But denial is the defense mechanism that protects the ego from the horrors of reality. I can only respect him for not taking any money for this book, for cutting ties with former client and for trying his best to be a better version of himself. He saved himself from a darkness that many surrounding that trial did not, could not, or would not find their way out of.

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    • Nancy
    • ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States
    • 01-04-14

    Better late than never

    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Abbreviate it perhaps. There were some boggy chapters about the author that candidly wasn't of interest. Overall though, it flowed and I could pick up easily where I had left off.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    One statement OJ made to Gilbert was the only ending I needed.

    What aspect of Mel Foster’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was good. I came to think he was the author.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. The icon's fall from grace would be hard to watch again, although the character analysis of OJ was fascinating. Lots of reasons we should all be thankful we don't idolize OJ Simpson anymore.

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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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    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.

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    Mike Gilbert will go to heaven

    I remember the trial vividly, watched it EVERY DAY. I left my violent & abusive husband of 10 years immediately after hearing the verdict! Yes ,my husband ranked right up there with OJ, & even to this very day, am shocked by that not guilty verdict. I cursed every person that stood by OJ, and knowing what I know now, I suppose, Mike Gilbert was one of them. I feel the need to mention the GLOVE "trick", as I KNEW, something was false about it not fitting!! I owened a pair of leather gloves, and they had gotten soaked from the rain...the next time I put them on, I couldn't fit them past my knuckles..they had shrunk! I commend Mike Gilbert for coming forward and apologizing to the families. I wonder if he realizes that his relationship with OJ, was not all that unalike as Nicloes relationship with OJ was? Of course not physically abusive, but OJ treated Mike, and everyone else close to him, the same...he was ( is) a narcissist, and knew how to manipulate people. Mr Gilbert carries around some guilt for his part, just like an abused wife would carry guilt, but we have ALL, at one time or another, allowed someone we've looked up to, to do things we wouldn't normally do! This book was engrossing, sensational truth telling...you will hang on every word. You will HATE Mike Gilbert, than you will want to hug him, shake his hand..and even bow to him, for his courageous tale of how he did it!!! BRAVO!!

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    GREATLY WRITTEN BOOK FULL OF DETAILS CLOSE FRIEND

    GIVES DETAILS OF THE CRIME IN GREAT EXPLANATION AS WITNESSED FROM A CLOSE SOURCE WHOM LIVED THE DETAILS

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    great book, good narrator. I had always thought OJ did it.....well worth the time to listen...

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    For Those Who Do Not Believe No Evidence Is Enough

    Any additional comments?

    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.