A Life in the Balance
- The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story, a Journey from Murder to Redemption Inside America's Worst Prison System
- Narrated by: Walter Dixon
- Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-23-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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Sinclair claims he was brutally beaten by his father as a child. But that abuse has been upstaged by the stabbings, suicides, and rapes he has witnessed while in custody of the state. His descriptions of lives lost behind bars are gripping and tragic. Along the way, Sinclair also chronicles bloody integration battles, drug dealing, and political corruption. And he falls in love.
Coauthor and wife Jodie Sinclair was a TV reporter working on a death-row story when the two met. Their unlikely pairing consumes much of the latter half of the book, although the story falls short in conveying the emotional depths of the relationship. The Sinclairs may not win the sympathy of every reader, but they have succeeded at providing a rare view of what happens to prisoners long after the crimes and court dates are over. (Jodi Mailander Farrell)
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By Lynn on 05-06-13
Rare, inside glimpse
Would you listen to A Life in the Balance again? Why?
Absolutely. Between Dixon's narration and Sinclair's telling, the harsh realities of prison are laid bare. This book burrowed into my consciousness in a very personal way, so much so that when it was over I was truly lonely.
Who was your favorite character and why?
"Favorite" is not the right adjective for this book, but it would be either Billy Wayne or Jodi Sinclair.
Which scene was your favorite?
The most riveting scenes should not be retold in the context of audible's general reviews. One needs to hear them in context. It's not a rosy book, so "favorite" is again not the right adjective.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There were nights when I had trouble sleeping. It wasn't a particular scene, but the general tension one has about the horrors of imprisonment.