The Run of His Life

  • by Jeffrey Toobin
  • Narrated by Stephen Bel Davies
  • 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This New York Times best seller was the inspiration for the first season of American Crime Story on FX, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.; John Travolta; David Schwimmer; and Connie Britton.
The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, The Run of His Life is a prodigious feat of reporting that could have been written only by the foremost legal journalist of our time. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of "the trial of the century". Rich in character, as propulsive as a legal thriller, this enduring narrative continues to shock and fascinate with its candid depiction of the human drama that upended American life.
Please note: This audiobook is a recording of the original 1996 edition of The Run of His Life. It does not include an Afterword added to the 2013 reissued edition.

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What the Critics Say

"This is the book to read." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)
"This book stands out as a gripping and colorful account of the crime and trial that captured the world's attention." (Boston Sunday Globe)
"A real page-turner.... Strips away the months of circuslike televised proceedings and the sordid tell-all books and lays out a simple, but devastating, synopsis of the case." (Entertainment Weekly)

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Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles

I saw Jeffrey Toobin, the author of "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" (1996) asleep on CNN a couple of weeks ago. The demands of commenting on FX's "American Crime Story" (2016) mini-series based on this book and his ongoing analysis of the death of Antonin Scalia and President Obama's (so far) unproductive nomination of Merrick Garland to the US Supreme Court must have overwhelmed him. I suspect that Toobin, a Harvard educated lawyer and ardent follower of the US Supreme Court ("The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" (2007)) couldn't stay away from the drama and intrigue of the high court he loves.

The O.J. Simpson trial, though? Toobin wrote what was arguably the best book on the chaos that was the crime itself; the riveting drama of the low speed chase; and the unrelenting trial and media coverage that consumed Los Angeles for almost a year. "The Run of His Life" is the best book I've come across about 'The (Last) Trial of the Century.' There are far too many books on the topic to read. Marcia Clark's "Without a Doubt" (1998) was quite good, and had a very personal discussion of the defense aspect of the case. Faye Resnick's "Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted" (1994)? Well, let's just say I thumbed through a copy at The 99 Cent Store. It was sitting next to a stack of musty copies of the equally execrable "Madam Foreman: A Rush to Judgment" (1995) by jurors Armanda Cooley et. al.

As good as Toobin's book really is (and correspondingly, the television treatment), I am pretty sure that by the end of the trial, he'd lost respect for just about everyone involved - including himself. There was Judge Lance Ito, who looked great on paper, but had no case management skills and no courtroom control. Christopher Darden, a promising young prosecutor, had his career derailed by allowing himself to be goaded by the savviest trial attorney of the bunch, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. There were the sycophants Robert Kardashian and Robert Shapiro, and the amoral F. Lee Bailey. The stressed Marcia Clark, manipulated by a malicious soon-to-be ex-husband. The not-successfully-secret racist cop Mark Fuhrman. A terminally lazy investigator, Tom Lange.

And, of course, there is, was and always will be Orinthal James Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson, and the relationship they had that ended in murderous rage, taking along with it an unfortunate Ron Goldman. Toobin barely mentions Goldman in "The Run of His Life". That is, in abstract, sad. Goldman and the Simpsons' children were the only people in the whole saga who unquestionably deserve respect and empathy. Perhaps it is better that Toobin just let them all be.

"The Run of His Life" is an easy listen, but for Toobin at his finest, listen to "The Nine."

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

I wanted more after the 2016 mini-series...

STORY (historical) - I didn't watch the live coverage of OJ trial back in 1994, so I really had no personal opinion about his controversial not guilty verdict. I did, however, watch the 2016 mini-series, so now I get what all the fuss was about. OMG, he was so incredibly guilty!! But at the conclusion of the series, I still had lingering questions about different things, so I started this book to hopefully fill in some cracks. I am very glad I did. This book contains tons more detail about the evidence, the trial and all the players. The author obviously believes OJ was guilty, but his investigation is thorough and he presents both sides of the case from the beginning of the investigation until slightly after the trial. Great book.

PERFORMANCE - The narrator does a good job, but I'm not in love with his voice.

OVERALL - There is detailed analysis of the gruesome crime scene and the victims' injuries. There is a small amount of cursing and, of course, discussion about Mark Fuhrman and his use of the racist N-word. Even if you find these things offensive, I would still highly recommend this book for anyone interested in more info on the OJ trial. It's fascinating.
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- AudioAddict "I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios