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Unnecessary Roughness

Narrated by: Ben Jeffrey, Shayna Small
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The revelatory inside story of the trial and final days of New England Patriots superstar Aaron Hernandez, by his attorney and New York Times best-selling author Jose Baez.

When renowned defense attorney Jose Baez received a request for representation from Aaron Hernandez, the disgraced Patriots tight end was already serving a life sentence for murder. Defending him in a second double-murder trial seemed like a lost cause - but Baez accepted the challenge, and their partnership culminated in a dramatic courtroom victory, a race to contest his first conviction, and ultimately a tragedy, when Aaron took his own life days after his acquittal.

This riveting, closely observed account of Aaron's life and final year is the only work based on countless intimate conversations with Aaron and told from the perspective of a true insider. Written with the support of Hernandez's fiancée, Unnecessary Roughness takes listeners inside the high-profile trial, offering a dramatic retelling of the race to obtain key evidence that would exonerate Hernandez and later play a critical role in appealing his first conviction.

With revelations about Aaron's personal life that weren't shared at trial and an exploration of the chronic traumatic encephalopathy diagnosis revealed by his autopsy, Jose Baez's Unnecessary Roughness is a startling courtroom drama and an unexpected portrait of a fallen father, fiancé, and teammate.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Jose Baez (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"One of the best-known criminal-defense lawyers in America...The man who knows Aaron Hernandez's secrets." (Esquire)

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Just As I Expected !

Kinda already knew everything that was written in this book!

There really wasn't any new information!

Hoping DJ's book will have a little more insight on how Aaron grew up and some knew information !

Overall it was a good listen...

I really am fond of Jose Baez. The book was well written.

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Baez Is Great

I love watching Jose Baez perform in the courtroom. This guy is the best trial lawyer in the country. He is a force.

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What a story!

I couldn’t wait to listen to this book, it is well written, I just loved the story. The narrator is amazing too. I think narrator makes all the difference. I never heard about CTE until I listened to this book. Very informative. You wouldn’t be sorry for buying it

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Excellent!

Intriguing from beginning to end. Great narration.
Can't stop listening but really a sad story.

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Excellent

If you want a more complete view of the circumstances surrounding Aaron Hernandez’s life this is a must read.

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  • Lynn
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  • 10-25-18

Unnecessary Roughness

This was my first audio book!! I enjoyed it very much, but it didn't reveal a lot. Loved the photos that came with it.

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Great Read

i had no idea of much of this story, my only prayer is that the victoms family find justice for their loved ones.

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Wow

This book gave me insight in who Jose Baez is because I hated him before this. This tells me who Aaron Hernandez was and how he made bad choices but other factors played into this.

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Sad Story

What a great story answer a lot of my questions I had about the trail. Loved his Mr. Baez view what he thought. I would say you don't have to be a football fan or like law to enjoy this audiobook.

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Fascinating

I think this book is fascinating. Aaron Hernandez lived a fascinating life. His story is quite remarkable for a young man. Baez did a great job explaining Law and what the different facets entail. I enjoyed this book.