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  • The Devil's Defender

  • My Odyssey Through American Criminal Justice from Ted Bundy to the Kandahar Massacre
  • By: John Henry Browne
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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The Devil's Defender

By: John Henry Browne
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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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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A great insight into both author and criminal

I enjoyed this alot Narrator was great. The detail was better especially Ted Bundy parts

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Fascinating

For forty years, lawyer John Henry Browne has defended people who some might think were undefendable. From Facebook folk hero Colton Moore to Kandahar massacre perpetrator Sergeant Robert Bales, Browne has often taken cases that appear unwinnable. His most famous client, however, is one of America’s most infamous serial killers - Ted Bundy.

This legal memoir presents a candid view of one lawyer’s career, detailing the many challenging situations he has found himself in during more than four decades as an attorney. Although details of his association with Ted Bundy may seem to be the most attractive thing about this book, Browne has defended a host of other clients whose stories are just as fascinating and, in some cases, just as shocking. From his childhood antics through his ‘hippy’ phase and drug/alcohol addictions, Browne gives a fascinating insight into how the law works, as well as the many difficulties he faced trying to achieve justice for his clients.

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Gripped from Start to Finish

I listened to it in one sitting. amazing carrier . From the opening chapter I was hooked on the depth of character John Henry Browne is.

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Interesting book - narration slightly distracting!

I really enjoyed the content of this book - fascinating stuff. My only issue was that I found the narrator's 'breathy' style a bit strange & distracting! I'm not sure why you'd pick someone with such a quirky voice as it can really affect how the listener experiences the book!

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pretty good!

amazing first half, but not quite sure what happened towards the end. it felt very disjoint. but a good read nonetheless

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old style

this is dull compared to contemporary true crime a la My Favourite Murder. not for me

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great story

a very intelligent and interesting man, he doesn't glamorous the clients he defends, just believes every one deserves to live.

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problematic

the book is ok but why on earth is the narrator doing a Chinese accent?!

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Well worth a credit.
Decent listen and good narration , like he says someone has to defend them.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

Any additional comments?

no

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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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  • 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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  • Top 10 Reviewer
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-21

interesting

Why are they *ALL* connected to one another? Even Ted's attorney is weaved in this massive spider web. Unbelievable.

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  • Wendy Hamm
  • 08-08-21

The most annoying narrator ever!

The author of this book has done TV interviews in the last couple of years, so I know what his voice sounds like. It isn't the winey guy from hell's voice, who is the narrator, that is for sure. Please get this rerecorded ASAP!

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  • Jerrilynn
  • 06-07-21

Joe Barrett is the only redeeming quality

If you are looking to learn more about the Ted Bundy case you will be disappointed. This book is not about his representation of Ted Bundy it is a revolting, narcissistic, interminable spewing of what makes John Henry Browne his own hero. The previous reviews talking about the shameless name dropping is NOT an exaggeration. At first I thought that was just the intro as he explained his road to becoming an attorney, but really it's not. He certainly does his best to emphasize his contact with Jimmy Hendrix and his family. A perfect example of a "has been" trying to prove that he "was". He also mentions other cases that he participated in, always making himself out to be the unsung hero. At the risk of being redundant, it's revolting. This is an incredibly short book. I'm only 1/2 way through and I doubt seriously I'll finish it. I don't remember the last time I was so disappointed in a book. He sells this book by doing interviews giving the idea that this book was about his representation of Ted. In the first 4 hours I don't think 30 minutes have discussed the Ted Bundy case.

Now, if you just are a fan of John Henry Browne and can't wait to learn more about why he's a great guy this is the book for you.

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  • Fire Marshal
  • 13-09-22

Should have skipped

I finished this book bit it was a struggle. It feels as if he is quite the braggart on his own accomplishments. Not that he hasn't had some but it was more self promoting then I cared for. The narrators voice was nice. I wouldn't recommend it.