'The first letter I received after being arrested in 1999 was from Rabia. Since that time until now, she has believed in my innocence and been committed to my exoneration.... There is no one better to help tell my story, and no one that I trust more to tell it, than Rabia.' (Adnan Syed)
On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus 30 years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. From the moment of his arrest, Syed has consistently maintained his innocence.
Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, always believed him and has never given up the hope that he might someday be released. By 2013, however, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, things looked bleak. That was when Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in the hopes of finding a journalist who would bring greater attention to Adnan's story and might shed new light on the case.
Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, an international phenomenon and Peabody Award-winning podcast. Adnan's Story will reexamine the investigation that led to Adnan Syed's arrest, share his life in prison, cover new evidence and possibilities that have since come to light and review the recent court successes - including a ruling by a Maryland judge to reopen Syed's case.
Woven with personal reflections from Adnan himself, including new never-before-seen letters he penned from prison and the story of his family, community, and public advocate Chaudry, the audiobook offers new insight into the story that captivated the attention of millions as his legal team and investigatory team, along with countless others who have crowd-sourced an investigation like never before, seek to exonerate him and find out the truth of what really happened on that day in 1999.
What has captivated the public about Adnan's story are the layers of contradictions, fascinating characters, cultural dissonance and fog of ambiguity around what really happened to Hae Min Lee. But this is not just a personal story; it is a testament to a thoroughly broken system that convicts tens of thousands of innocent people and how the power of the media and public can move rigid institutions to bring about justice.
©2016 Rabia Chaudry (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
Serial reported the story well. BUT Adnan's Story delves into the details as well as humanises Adnan. Rabia eloquently does justice by telling the story incredibly well. Her narration is point clear, concise as well as well researched. Personally I have learned a great deal about law enforcement from Rabia as she has clearly shown in this book. I pray Adnan is freed soon enough and that the murder of Hae is reinvestigated and the real murderer is brought to justice. I definitely recommend this book.
I hope Rabia does a sequel as Adnan's story continues to unfold. This is not simply a rehashing of Serial and Undisclosed. This contains lots more substance, background, and depth. I feel now that I know Adnan, his family and his friends better. I feel like the book digs deep into their side of the story without forgetting Hae. Would definitely recommend!
Despite having devoured the associated podcasts, Serial, Undisclosed, Truth and Justice, this book was still able to provide never heard before information. It lays out Adnan's story and gives insightful context and background information to what happened. This book is a must for any followers of Adnan's case.
Very disappointed in this audio book. Hoping for more insight, I got it but unfortunately it was about the author.
"A great listen"
Fascinating insights from behind Serial and Undisclosed - definitely worth reading if you are already entrenched in this sorry saga - with lots of details not publicly shared before. Rabia - how you are still sane and going strong is beyond me. Amazing woman. Adnan will get justice, i just hope the detectives responsible do too and a proper investigation into Hae's death can take place.
"The truth is out there!"
Loved it a clear insight into the story of Adnan and Hae's murder. well read and told by Rabia .
The in depth story of Adnan Syed, told by Rabia with love, compassion and truth. We wait for Adnan to come home #FreeAdnan
"A heartbreaking account beautifully told"
Rabia Chaudry narrates her eloquently written book with passion and compassion. If you care at all about criminal justice listen to this.
"Compelling, download immediately"
Rabia tells us the story of the case with fascinating insights into many areas that both compliment, contradict and expand on the serial telling. You will learn new evidence and re-examine the old.
Rabia is a really good narrator and you can find yourself listening for hours as the story unfolds.
I found the insights into both the Muslim religion and culture really interesting.
My recommendation is download this straight away.
Being a huge fan of Serial, Undisclosed, Truth and Justice etc, I expected this book to give an overview of the story so far. However, I completely underestimated Rabia as a writer and storyteller. This book was powerful and brought me to tears on a number of occasions. It is beautiful and listening to it on Audiobook was an excellent experience because, as all Undisclosed fans will know, she has an amazing voice. Would totally recommend whether you're a die hard fan or completely new to the story.
Simply one of the best books following the undisclosed podcast and serial podcast, can not recommend enough
having listened to all of the podcast all of the reviews and all of the interviews regarding this case I can say hand on my heart the story is unbelievable
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