The Testimony of a Villain

  • by Aaron G. Harrell
  • Narrated by Marvin Slay
  • 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A violent past. An uncertain future. The blood on his hands may never rinse clean....
Outsiders call Manuel a villain. After spending his youth entangled in inner-city gang warfare, he’s lied, robbed, and murdered his way to the top. His path was set long ago, when two killers massacred his family in front of him....
While Manuel was able to take down one of the murderers, his bloodlust has grown for the killer who got away. When he gets the chance to complete his vengeance, the city cowers beneath his thirst for retribution. As he retraces his old scars, Manuel has one chance for vindication. To succeed, he’ll need to take a hard look at the life he’s built upon the ashes of his childhood....
The Testimony of a Villain is a dark crime novel set on the unforgiving streets of the inner city. If you like graphic realism, complex characters, and an unapologetic look at reality, then you’ll love Aaron G. Harrell’s poignant tale.
Listen to the audiobook today to see a frightening villain in a whole new light….

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Intense, Dark & Memorable

I was surprised by this story. Was it a tragic ending or not? You'll have to judge for yourself. The story of Manuel is at once heartbreaking and shocking, especially for those of us sheltered from a life of violence and/or unspeakable tragedy. Manuel survives a horrendous beginning and finds meaning in his survival through vengeance and then later, more basic human needs. He tells both a sympathetic and a villainous, evil tale.
The narrator has a nice voice and does an excellent job. I was mesmerized when intense moments or turning points were punctuated with background noise or effects.
I would not recommend this audiobook for anyone who can't handle or doesn't want to hear about graphic violence or sex. This is overall a dark story but it has purpose and it's a worthwhile book...if your up to it.
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- TMT

Searching for a rightful place in society

A troubling tale of a bright young man in a middle class family with so much to look forward to in life…. He becomes witness to the massacre of his mother and father and sister, after that he was never the same. He moves from a good neighborhood to the Ghettos of Boston with his Aunt and younger sister. Manuel becomes a lost youth full of anger and viciousness. Manuel is stuck in the middle of the light and the dark, with his life events dragging him more and more to the dark side as his life goes on. Becoming more and more violent, he even scares his friends who see the look in his eyes that he actually likes hurting and killing people. The story continues with drugs, hoodlums, women, swindling, killing, money making and running the streets as the street sweepers gang. Eventually, Manuel/ Man Man/ Yoel and his actions catch up to him, and he goes to prison under an alias name of Valentine. While there, a haunting experience, and who was behind it is revealed while in the slammer; igniting a new fire in him. Once out after years of being in prison, he is met with respect in the streets, love from his Aunt and sister, as well as a ghost from the past with a “present” for his future. You cannot help but feel intense love and hate for this character and the struggles he has endured which made him the man he is. Fantastic book of a young man “searching for his rightful place in society” that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good read/listening experience.
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- sunshine_aspen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2017
  • Publisher: The One Publishing LLC