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Summary

In 12 years, Michelle Lyons witnessed nearly 300 executions.

First as a reporter and then as a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Michelle was a frequent visitor to Huntsville's Walls Unit, where she recorded and relayed the final moments of death row inmates' lives before they were put to death by the state.

Michelle was in the death chamber as some of the United States' most notorious criminals, including serial killers, child murderers and rapists, spoke their last words on earth, while a cocktail of lethal drugs surged through their veins.

Michelle supported the death penalty, before misgivings began to set in as the executions mounted. During her time in the prison system, and together with her dear friend and colleague, Larry Fitzgerald, she came to know and like some of the condemned men and women she saw die. She began to query the arbitrary nature of the death penalty and ask the question: do executions make victims of all of us?

An incredibly powerful and unique look at the complex story of capital punishment, as told by those whose lives have been shaped by it, Death Row: The Final Minutes is an important take on crime and punishment at a fascinating point in America's political history.

©2018 Michelle Lyons & Larry Fitzgerald (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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very interesting read. great voice to listen to

very gòod. a different world. sad at times and a little look into a world none of us would ever like to find ourselves in

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Self-indulgent autobiography of boring author

Starts well then we have to listen to author rambling on. I wasn't interested in hearing about her pregnancy. and career or when she lost her job. Strikes me she was deservedly sacked. Not interested either in her working for the Israeli Embassy. The author didn't have anything more to say so she made up the time telling us how badly she was treated by her employer. I wanted to put her on Death Row for boring me numb.

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  • HJ William
  • 02-08-18

Tough but worth it.

A tough subject from someone who lived a tough life.
I found myself wanting to stop and return this book multiple times:
- Sometimes because I did not want to hear any more praise for the prison system
- Sometimes because the reading was not all that great
- Sometimes because I was done hearing about the conflict that is capital punishment

It was worth the listen. Mostly to hear the heartfelt story that Michelle told.
I was curious to see where Michelle would stand at the end and it was not what I would have thought.
The only way Capital Punishment will come to an end or more prominent use is if we as a society hear and understand all sides and then as a group attempt to move beyond punishment revenge.
Easy for me to type as I have not experienced the challenges that Michelle has...however, I would quote Victor Frankel who said: "There is always a choice."

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  • NAM
  • 30-07-18

Interesting

As a person whose interest in LE and all aspects of it, it is interesting to hear the inside stories behind a very well known Texas Prison as Texas is highly known for the death penalty. There are stories of the persons on death row on the TDCJ website. It tells you the crime committed, last meal if there was one and date of execution. Michelle did good with this book. Getting her and Larry’s perspective on it. Superiors like hers seem to be everywhere.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-05-18

Somewhat misleading title

This is an interesting book, but it does not really go into detail about “the final minutes”.
I was very disappointed the narrator consistently mispronounced several words common in Texas such as “San Miguel, Martinez, and Corsicana”. Come on, you’re from Texas and do not know how to pronounce common Hispanic surnames?
I appreciate that the author did not try to convince me the death penalty is wrong, but instead she explains her growth and changes which led to her change of mind.
As far as the conflict with Livingston, he is your boss. Your job is to do what he says, not what your former supervisor thought the job should be. No wonder you were drummed out, but as a former exempt employee, I understand the hypocrisy of those time sheets
Overall, a good listen

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  • MIRDALIA L. ROSALES
  • 11-05-18

A very interesting book. Worthy to read ( or listen)

I know the writer, she is the daughter of my best friend, when her mom tell me where she was working , I always wonder how could she do that job!

So thanks Michelle for finally get my answer, now no because I know her mother I say is a great book and you need read it. But is because make you see how much heart breaking her and her mentor job was, also make you see another view to a death sentence.

I still think in some cases they need it, but i also think sometime the worst part for some people is been looked for a life.

The performance is great it doesn’t make you sleep, with happen to me when I listen to a not fiction books ( I have couple I can’t finish it), but sound like listen to a friend tell you a stories of they life; With is it.