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The Innocent Man Audiobook

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

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When Ron Williamson signed with the Oakland A's in 1971, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, to pursue his dreams of big-league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits. He moved in with his mother and slept 20 hours a day on her sofa.

In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for reasons that were never clear, police suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were arrested and charged with capital murder.

The prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.

If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this audiobook will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

Listen to John Grisham's interview with Charlie Rose.

©2006 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

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    BigGnBigD Dallas, Tx. USA 12-10-06
    BigGnBigD Dallas, Tx. USA 12-10-06 Member Since 2005

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    "Better Than His Great Fiction"

    John Grisham has told a shocking tale in a most gripping manner in this book. As great as his fiction has been, this book sets a new mark for his skills as a writer. I listened to the book while exercising and I did not miss an exercise session while moving through The Innocent Man because I could not wait to learn the next twist and turn in this convoluted account of misjustice. Buy it!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    RMK 10-05-07
    RMK 10-05-07 Member Since 2011
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    "A return to the old Grisham"

    While I am not a fan of some of John Grisham's latest books, Skipping Christmas and the Painted House. This book is a return, for me, to some of his more compelling writing the Last Juror or The Testament.

    While some of the people mentioned in the book have out right condemned Grisham for his telling of the facts - it i certain that two innocent men we imprisoned wrongly while the real killer walked free.

    A truly enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Trinity , FL, USA 05-09-07
    William Trinity , FL, USA 05-09-07
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    "Engaging"

    A very engaging story of a human tradgey that should never have happened - well written by an excellent author of fiction turned novelist. The book changed my opinion of the Innocence Project and the people they take on as clients.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Delta, British Columbia, Canada 04-26-07
    Dale Delta, British Columbia, Canada 04-26-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Innocent Man"

    compelling but gut-renching - how systems are developed to provide human and civil rights, yet small groups of threatened, conniving individuals are allowed to circumvent those systems as an escape from their own inadequacies as human beings!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Adams 08-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A true account written by John Grisham himself."

    one of my favorites Author's who writes like an attorney and is an attorney in life.

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    Amazon Customer 07-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "like a narration of a police report."

    boring, rich in detail, hard to finish. like listening to a 6 hour police report.

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    Stanwyck-Family Kansas City 02-08-16
    Stanwyck-Family Kansas City 02-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story, audible.com's audio is terrible"

    the story is yet another example of the terrible misjustice that can happen when the system cares more about a verdict than if you're accused is actually guilty.

    but buy it elsewhere, audible.com's version is terrible

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    Gary Peoria, AZ, USA 07-07-08
    Gary Peoria, AZ, USA 07-07-08
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    ""The Innocent Man""

    This book was not nearly as good as most of the other John Grisham books. It is a true story but gets very dry and boring in parts.

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    Elizabeth Hattamer Nashua, NH United States 04-06-07
    Elizabeth Hattamer Nashua, NH United States 04-06-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Fiction versus Non-fiction"

    As is quoted in this well written piece..."The only difference between fiction and non-fiction is fiction must be plausible."

    This story is so amazing that if taken to an editor and billed as the latest novel, the editor would pass saying it just isn't believable. This is an entertaining and enjoyable read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joann Scituate, MA, USA 09-01-07
    Joann Scituate, MA, USA 09-01-07
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    "The Innocent Man"

    Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. I normally love all of his work, but this was dry and boring. My mind wandered through most of it and I actually didn't finish it. I think had it been in story form, he would have done an excellent job of telling what happened.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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