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Unnecessary Roughness

Narrated by: Ben Jeffrey, Shayna Small
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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The revelatory inside story of the trial and final days of New England Patriots superstar Aaron Hernandez, by his attorney and New York Times best-selling author Jose Baez.

When renowned defense attorney Jose Baez received a request for representation from Aaron Hernandez, the disgraced Patriots tight end was already serving a life sentence for murder. Defending him in a second double-murder trial seemed like a lost cause - but Baez accepted the challenge, and their partnership culminated in a dramatic courtroom victory, a race to contest his first conviction, and ultimately a tragedy, when Aaron took his own life days after his acquittal.

This riveting, closely observed account of Aaron's life and final year is the only work based on countless intimate conversations with Aaron and told from the perspective of a true insider. Written with the support of Hernandez's fiancée, Unnecessary Roughness takes listeners inside the high-profile trial, offering a dramatic retelling of the race to obtain key evidence that would exonerate Hernandez and later play a critical role in appealing his first conviction.

With revelations about Aaron's personal life that weren't shared at trial and an exploration of the chronic traumatic encephalopathy diagnosis revealed by his autopsy, Jose Baez's Unnecessary Roughness is a startling courtroom drama and an unexpected portrait of a fallen father, fiancé, and teammate.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Jose Baez (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"One of the best-known criminal-defense lawyers in America...The man who knows Aaron Hernandez's secrets." (Esquire)

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  • ali meuse
  • 2018-09-12

Just As I Expected !

Kinda already knew everything that was written in this book!

There really wasn't any new information!

Hoping DJ's book will have a little more insight on how Aaron grew up and some knew information !

Overall it was a good listen...

I really am fond of Jose Baez. The book was well written.

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  • M.Mason
  • 2018-12-05

Excellent!

Intriguing from beginning to end. Great narration.
Can't stop listening but really a sad story.

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  • Pnic
  • 2018-10-29

Baez Is Great

I love watching Jose Baez perform in the courtroom. This guy is the best trial lawyer in the country. He is a force.

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  • Lynn
  • 2018-10-25

Unnecessary Roughness

This was my first audio book!! I enjoyed it very much, but it didn't reveal a lot. Loved the photos that came with it.

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  • Lori
  • 2019-06-21

Great listen!

This was a fantastic listen, as a pats fan both trials were such a spectacle to watch, I wanted all the info I could find! This book was wonderfully written and read, Jose provided so much evidence that proved Aaron’s innocence in this case. Makes me want to listen to Jose’s other book!

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  • Monique Thomas
  • 2019-05-21

REST IN PEACE AARON

Thank you so much for writing this book! As a lover of football and a former football Mom(little league, middle school, high school and college) I was a little upset that my son did not get to play hardly at all in College. But now my husband and I have agreed that we were Blessed that he did not get play time. Because when he played he played hard! I applaud Mr. Biaz, his team, Shay and his family for donating Aaron's brain to science. I also believe that this illness played a part of his decision making. Unfortunately, my look on football now is politics and money! Yes I enjoy the game very much but it's sad what the love of this sport does to the players and their families. The entire football establishment should be thankful for Aaron's gift. Mr Biaz I am sure that when his daughter is old enough to read and understand this book she will be forever grateful to you. This book gives her something to be proud of her Daddy. This book was a great listen, very informative, and loving. I'm going to buy me an Aaron Hernandez Jersey and wear it during my Atlanta Falcons games
Rest In Peace Aaron and May God's Grace and Peace be with Shay, her daughter and family and friends of Aaron. Monique C Thomas

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  • New York!!
  • 2019-03-26

Job well done!

After reading this I have a completely different opinion of Aaron Hernandez. My heart breaks when you learn both sides in its totality. Shayanna has gotten so beat down by the media, and others about her loyalty and his sexuality. What a troubled man he was! RIP AA...

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  • Scott C Thies
  • 2019-03-20

Outstanding audiobook

I found this book very interesting and informative. Well written and thought out. It gives tremendous insight into Hernandez’ murder trail and a lot of the behind the scenes activities.

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  • Lele
  • 2019-03-20

Incredible book!!!

I never leave reviews but this book was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions! Extremely sad at times and laugh out loud funny at others. Everyone should read this book so they can see who Aaron Hernandez truly was and the impact CTE has on NFL players.

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  • Jenn
  • 2019-03-15

surprised how good

I didn't expect I would enjoy this as much as I did. I had judgement against Jose, due to what I saw play out in media about the Casey Anthony trial. Listening to this made me really start to like the guy.