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Eggshell Skull

By: Bri Lee
Narrated by: Bri Lee
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Eggshell Skull: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.   

But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done? Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.   

This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.  

Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.

©2018 Bri Lee (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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A moving listen

This was a very compelling and moving book, particularly when heard in the author’s own voice. An important insight into the experiences of victims/survivors and the Australian judicial system.

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Changed my life

Listening and reading this book brought so much light and darkness into my life. Many of my friends had experiences like written in these pages. It was not untill after this book I got a glimpse into the pain they experience. I was moved to tears by the courage displayed to share this Brisbane story. We all stand with you Bre.

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Phenomenal

I can not recommend this book more highly. Bri navigates highly traumatic content in a raw and powerful way. My tears started in chapter 3 and continued until the end. Every woman will find a relatable moment in what she has written and whilst none of us want to be alone in our abuse, it’s a tragic indictment of the patriarchal culture we find ourselves surrounded by. This is one of the best books of 2018. Thank you Bri. I hope this opens the door for more women to stand up, speak out and hold abusers accountable.

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Compelling and tedious

Bri's candid account and insight to the Australian ....'justice' system, especially the sexual assaults courts, is fascinating and compelling. The eyeopening recollections of the gender biases and prejudices women face in the legal system when reporting sexual assault is astounding, disheartening, frustrating and scales are tipped in the opposite of their favour. A must listen for this account.

When Bri comes to telling her own story and speaking of her own struggles, her self indulgence in to her own self hate, pity and despair is absolutely tedious. The self gratification of immersing herself and expressing the deep feelings she harbors about herself (albeit negative, but that's one side of the same coin), resulted in parts of the book being fast forwarded because it was incredibly self centered.

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One of the best books I have ever listened to.

Most educational - who would have believed the stats. But the agony of this young girl shocked me. Every Australian needs to read this book. Very well written. Downside? Too many expletives. Young people may talk like that but it's not very edifying in a good book. Also just one or two descriptions about her mental and emotional suffering would have been enough. I had to fast forward to get through to the real crux of the matter. Wonder if someone like Helen Garner would have been a better narrator. Still gets 5 for the Story and Overall. Well done Bri.

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eggshell skull

amazing. powerful. inspiring. empowering. made me cry at the end. Up most respect to the author. You are truly a kick ass woman and a advocate for others.

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Brave and bold

Brave story and brave story telling. Such emotive and heatfelt language, such careful and boldly shared introspection. Plus Loved the narration from Bri Lee herself
Thank you for sharing the most difficult thing in your life with the world.

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excellent

loved this book. well written, beautifully narrated. Thank you for sharing your story with me

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Gutsy & alarming expose of the prevelence of harm.

Inside story of the legal systems treatment of victims of sexual violence & the courage needed to bring a guilty verdict.

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Harrowing...not for the faint hearted. But excellent!!!!

This book has had a significant impact on me.
I hope I would be as brave.
Highly recommended