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The Devil's Defender

My Odyssey Through American Criminal Justice from Ted Bundy to the Kandahar Massacre
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

In the tradition of best-selling legal memoirs from Johnnie Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, Gerry Spence, and Alan Dershowitz, John Henry Browne's The Devil's Defender recounts his tortuous education in what it means to be an advocate - and a human being.

For the last four decades, Browne has defended the indefensible. From Facebook folk hero the "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Moore, to Benjamin Ng of the Wah Mee massacre and Kandahar massacre culprit Sergeant Robert Bales, Browne's unceasing advocacy and the daring to take on some of the most unwinnable cases - and nearly win them all - has led 48 Hours' Peter Van Sant to call him "the most famous lawyer in America." But although the Browne that America has come to know cuts a dashing and confident figure, he has forever been haunted by his job as counsel to Ted Bundy, the most infamous serial killer in American history.

Browne, a drug- and alcohol-addicted yet wildly successful defense attorney who could never let go of the case that started it all, here asks himself the question others have asked him all along: Does defending evil make you evil too?

©2016 John Henry Browne (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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great read

Really interesting and well narrated . Good read for anyone interested in true crime and law.

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  • DONNA
  • 11-02-17

nothing like I expected

Would you try another book from John Henry Browne and/or Joe Barrett?

no. he talked as if his book would be all about Bundy, but he did not tell us anything that was already known. I we very disappointed

Would you ever listen to anything by John Henry Browne again?

no

What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

boring

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Devil's Defender?

everything

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  • 25-02-18

Not what it promises

If you're looking for a true crime thriller written by the defense attorney, read the one about John Wayne gacy.

This book barley has anything about bundy and what little it does is real outside peripheral. It's mostly about his life as a lawyer but he makes even drugs and rock n roll feel dull. I didn't finish it, I returned the book

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  • Allen
  • 19-08-16

It was alright, not too exciting, but overall...

It was alright, not too exciting, but overall an interesting listen. Not many cases or details.

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  • Dolfin7174
  • 05-11-19

Not much about Bundy at all.

I don’t normally review books but this one is basically faults advertising! I appreciate the work he has done, but expected way more on Ted.

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  • Private
  • 20-10-19

disappointed not worth the money

I went from admiring him to not really liking him. The narrator was wonderful.

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  • Pippa
  • 28-02-19

Author"s memoirs

Not about Ted Bundy.
Read everything on TB 1st to find this a fascinating insight.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-19

If I could give 0 stars, I would

I couldn't finish. He starts saying Ted Bundy told him he chose him as an attorney because they were so much alike, insists then that it's untrue, then proceeds with a narcissistic narrative, bragging about attempting to cope the VP with LSD, stealing secret documents and name dropping gun such a manner one could only imagine Bundy would have, had he had the same opportunity. This guy's wealth and connections allowed him to lead a charmed life, but Bundy was right in recognizing himself in his attorney. I don't believe a more self absorbed person exists.

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  • Linda
  • 06-07-17

Interesting subject matter.

Joe Barrett was the perfect narrator for this book. He made it sound like he was the person who experienced the thoughts and emotions of the writer. And the author, John Henry Browne, sure can make dull court cases into an enthralling story. I felt personally involved with Ted Bundy in particular. Totally enjoyed it.

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  • Brock
  • 16-12-16

Great listen

Great book shedding some light on one of America's most infamous killers. Recommend it highly

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  • Jeremy
  • 05-11-16

Outstanding

A terrific book. Great stories and excellent insight into a living legend of Seattle's criminal defense bar. Highly recommended.