All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers' Row Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Football coaches, players, and fans called Aaron Hernandez unstoppable. His four-year-old daughter called him Daddy. The law called him inmate #174594.
He was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later a Super Bowl veteran. He was a star tight end on the league-dominant New England Patriots, who extended his contract for a record $40 million.
Aaron Hernandez's every move as a professional athlete played out in the headlines, yet he led a secret life-one that ended in a maximum security prison. What drove him to go so wrong, so fast?
Son of a University of Connecticut football hero known as "the King" and brother to a Huskies quarterback, Hernandez was the best athlete Connecticut's Bristol Central High had ever produced. He chose to play football at the University of Florida, but by the time he arrived in Gainesville, he was already courting trouble.
Between the summers of 2012 and 2013, not long after Hernandez made his first Pro Bowl, he was linked to a series of violent incidents culminating in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who dated the sister of Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.
All-American Murder is the first book to investigate-from the unique vantage point of the world's most popular thriller writer-Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction and the mystery of his own untimely and shocking death. Drawing on original and in-depth reporting, this is an explosive true story of a life cut short in the dark shadow of fame.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 33 minutes|
|Author||James Patterson, Alex Abramovich|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 22, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #21,077 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#87 in Sports Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
#137 in Murder True Crime
#346 in Murder & Mayhem True Accounts
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
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At about 400 pages, the book is lengthy and full of details, but it's still easy to read. It's the written version of a 20/20 or Dateline special.
Even though I was engrossed in this book, people who have already researched the murder cases, read all of the articles about Hernandez, and watched the documentaries about his life probably won't get much out of it. I only heard tibits about the murder trials and other crimes Hernandez allegedly committed, so this book became my main source of information.
Patterson and his co-authors stick to the facts but there is one lingering question that remains unanswered: was Hernandez a psychopath who was going to harm people regardless of his circumstances or did the copious amount of drug use and CTE symptoms contribute to his violent tendencies?
Overall, this was a great book. There were definitely some aspects of Hernandez's personal life that were left out, but maybe the authors couldn't substantiate some of those rumors or believed that information wasn't relevant to the narrative they wanted to tell.
Some people in the book say he was very smart but it appears he as though he thought he was above the law and could get away with anything.
It seems to demonstrate the problem of “privilege” that Some high caliber athletes get.
This is an indictment on the NFL for its society of violence. Shame on the NFL for not paying attention to head trauma for many years and CTE or Traumatic encephalitis.
Doctors have known and warned about this for over 30 years ,just like boxers “punch drunk “.
Overall a good read
Very interesting twist on the open Appeal rule if someone dies in jail.
Tom Nordstrom md
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I will persevere as I want to read the parts on the murders. I saw the tv film so I know it's worth finishing the book. It's a good lesson in how to ruin a very privileged life. What a waste.
Can’t wait for the movie it really has Hollywood written all over my only advice expose the NFL for the money hungry business it is, make sure CTE is explored and explained. I know CTE doesn’t exonerate violence but the cases have been piling up... let’s talk about it instead of fluffing it up!