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The Truth About Aaron

My Journey to Understand My Brother
Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

The unvarnished true story of the tragic life and death of Aaron Hernandez, the college All-American and New England Patriots star convicted of murder, told by one of the few people who knew him best: his brother. 

To football fans, Aaron Hernandez was a superstar in the making. A standout at the University of Florida, he helped the Gators win the national title in 2008. Drafted by the New England Patriots, in his second full season with the team he and fellow Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski set records for touchdowns and yardage, and with Tom Brady, led New England to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. But Aaron’s NFL career ended as quickly as it began. On June 26, 2013, he was arrested at his North Attleboro home, charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, and released by the Patriots. Convicted of first-degree murder, Aaron was sentenced to life in prison without parole. On May 15, 2014, while on trial for Lloyd's murder, Aaron was indicted for two more murders. Five days after being acquitted for those double murders, he committed suicide in his jail cell. Aaron Hernandez was 27 years old. 

In this clear-eyed, emotionally devastating biography - a family memoir combining football and true crime - Jonathan (formerly known by his nickname "DJ") Hernandez speaks out fully for the first time about the brother he knew. Jonathan draws on his own recollections as well as thousands of pages of prison letters and other sources to give us a full portrait of a star athlete and troubled young man who would become a murderer, and the darkness that consumed him. 

Jonathan does not portray Aaron as a victim; he does not lay the blame for his crimes on his illness. He speaks openly about Aaron’s talent, his sexuality, his crimes and incarceration, and the CTE that ravaged him - scientists found that upon his death, Aaron had the brain of a 67-year-old suffering from the same condition. Filled with headline-making revelations, The Truth About Aaron is a shocking and moving account of promise, tragedy, and loss - of one man’s descent into rage and violence, as told by the person who knew him more closely than anyone else.

©2018 Jonathan Hernandez (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amazing heart felt story.

gripping story, with very open intimate accounts. I listened to the whole thing in less than 24 hours as was so into the story.

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Wow

I read this book in 2 days. I could not put it down. The book is so raw.

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Insightful

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was great. The story of Aaron Hernandez can best be described as a waste of good talent. There are so many factors that led to his epic downfall, least of which is Aaron himself! It is definitely worth the read/listen. The mist fascinating and informative part of the story centers around CTE and the effect it has on sufferers.

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A very different view on Aaron Hernandez

Following the Boston Globe series on Aaron Hernandez, this book provides a very different insight into the childhood and life of this troubled sportstar. Offers some additional history to the now well known story.

It's written very much in a child-like perspective memory from his brother. I feels it over simplifies in parts but otherwise an entertaining read

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  • Pnic
  • 30-10-18

Wow......Very Moving!!

Unbelievable book. Jonathan Hernandez pulls no punches in this book. Simply Amazing. Really helps explain Aaron

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  • julia Weber
  • 15-01-19

Worst book ever

This book is the worst book ever! What a crock. It’s just proof his family rode Aaron’s coat tails not just in life but also in death. A cheap ugly way to make money off of Aaron’s death.
It’s clear this is written to make the family look good, not Aaron.
It’s a little too late for that. We’ve all heard the jailhouse calls between Aaron and his mom. “You’re going to die without even knowing your son. That’s sad to me!” He said that over & over. Do not waste your money or your credits (like I did on this shitty book! If you want to read a good book get Unnecessary Roughness by Jose Baez.

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  • Patsy Chance
  • 06-02-19

You will not regret reading this book!

The author makes you feel like your watching his story first hand. This was a great account of how he felt as the brother.
I could not stop listening to this book until the end. Very sad for all involved and affected.

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  • mariec_1059@yahoo.com
  • 18-03-19

Amazing and sad story...

I’ve been engrossed in the podcast and now this book for 2 days. Tragic. Sad. Eye opening. Not all is what it seems and I think the way the news covered this was horribly skewed. Glad the true story came out, but quite sad that it took his death to do so.

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  • Rudy moreno
  • 24-02-19

Sad and captivating story, a time to reflect

A coworker of mine told me about the podcast by Wondery called Gladiator on Aaron Hernandez Couple months back. Didn’t think to much of it at first . I recalled hearing the story a few years ago but I didn’t follow it or really cared about sports that much although I played football in high school for one year and that was it. I remember how it feels to get your “bell rung” being tackled . Not fun . This story strikes with me on so many levels and Ive been so captivated by all of it. I can’t shake it from my head and it puts me in a headspace place every time. It’s like I have an out of body experience , the walls and my world melt and vanish and then I’m a spectator in the life narration of Aaron is brought to life in my imagination of his sad story and from really recent..only a couple years ago. I’ve listen to the podcast three times over, I’ve googled details to paint a better picture in my mind from Patriot players,coaches schools colleges pictures everything, I even watched a documentary on it and now listened to the book from his brother Jonathan. I will be listening to the other ones from Jose Baez the All American murderer . Makes you really want to reflect on your own life and make the most of it . I hope you,Jonathan , the fiancée and all involved or affected find peace .

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  • steve willis
  • 22-02-19

Eye opening

I really always hated Aaron Hernandez. I am an FSU alumni and chalked his idiocy up to the fact he is a Gator...

I selected this book just by chance . DJ does an amazing job painting a picture of a confused, tortured and gifted young man. While we cant blame everything on a persons childhood, AH had some incidences that definitely scarred him, sending him on a crazy ride in the seedy underbelly of College and NFL football.

I never knew he was battling his sexual secret until this book. It makes me feel bad for him and extremely bad for those he left behind. A very good listen.

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  • stephen scott
  • 11-01-19

<br /> This book opened my eyes to Aaron's struggles.

Many people are trying to come to grips with the way they are seen by strangers.

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  • Ana
  • 08-01-19

Good Childhood Stories

Loved the information about the childhood and growing up how Aaron was. However felt a lot of the focus was on DJs life not too much on Aaron or details to understanding the truth about Aaron. However overall ok book.
God Bless the families of the involved in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-18

Loved it

heartbreaking and full of insight very easy to read. I enjoyed this book very much

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-12-18

eye-opening reveal

such a great book you gave me a lot more detail and a better understanding of who Aaron Hernandez was. worth giving it a read or listen