"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.... [T]here 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's 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 perhaps 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, his community, and public advocate Chaudry, the book 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 crowdsourced 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.
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I am one of those people that was sucked in by Serial, listened to it multiple times and then listened to everything Adnan related. Even after following along with Serial, Undisclosed, the Truth & Justice Podcast and Twitter, there is still so much to experience in this book. You get a real understanding of how devastating this was for everyone. You will get a behind-the-scene perspective of the podcasts. I could not stop listening. Rabia narrates and that is the cherry on top of the sundae.
After hearing the story from many different media outlets it is nice to hear Adnan's perspective Rabia has a nice soothing voice, one thing I would have added a translation of the terms if endearment, or the salutations. And THANK YOU for finally explaining why they kept talking about red gloves.
I really enjoyed this book as told from Rabia's POV. She is generous with information about herself and her evolution through the years of Adnan's arrest, trial and incarceration. We also hear from Adnan through letters he has written to various people while he has been in prison. He provides insight into many questions still unanswered about the decisions and actions he has taken. There is more information gleaned from this book and like the Undisclosed podcast, Rabia hints that there is still more to come pending the appeal of the PCR ruling and possible new trial. A great read for anyone who has been listening to Adnan's story since Serial started it all.
I have followed Adnan's story from Serial, to Undisclosed, to Truth & Justice and many blogs, tweets and articles. Through this, I have come to respect Rabia Chaudry and a beautiful, strong, woman who is certainly blazing trails wherever she goes!! After listening to this book, I feel like I know the story more deeply and have a renewed passion to see justice for Hae!
Even though I have listened to all of Serial, Undisclosed, and Serial Dynasty, I found this book to be compelling. It provides a more rounded, personal, behind the scenes look at Adnan's case.
She has a fabulous speaking voice that I was already accustomed to through Undisclosed.
I loved every minute of the audiobook! I've been listening to Adnan's story ever since the first episode of Serial. Rabia's book gives so many extra details and insights that were often missed. It was so nice to hear about letters from Adnan and his life behind bars. I was brought to tears several times with Adnan's courage and grace while being in prison and his passion to stay positive for himself and his family. I've always believed Adnan is innocent and I hope one day he will be set free.
I think Rabia did a great job with the narration. I will definitely be listening to Adnan's Story again!
This was great to get deeper into the story of Adnan and see background from 2 people who have experienced racial and religious biases. In the conclusion, we are treated with well thought theories that all but call out who I believe is true murderer.
My gripe with this book is that the story is fraught with irrelevant history on Rabia. Of course, she is integral to the tale and had a lot of excellent stories congruent with the theme. However, chapters devoted to her failed first marriage and struggles through law school are misplaced and perhaps more fitting for an autobiography.
Rabia is a very impressive woman, and talented well beyond the credit she gives herself. She could use her own book frankly put, but it's unfortunate she used this platform to tell it.
I loved this book, I listened to it non-stop the day it came out. The book did a phenomenal job at humanizing Rabia and Adnan, as if we all personally knew them. I also found the background and story of Adnan to be fascinating and much deeper than covered in podcasts. Maybe I am more interested in the human part of the story than I had thought. Rabia, you are my hero. Outstanding job on this and every other project you take part in, congrats!
Unbelievable. Infuriating. Touching. Gripping. This story will pull you in and won't let you go. This could literally happen to any one of us. The system is set up to reward law enforcement and prosecutors for their "stats"--how many arrests, how many cases solved, how many convictions obtained--rather than focusing on actual justice. And once convicted, the system is set up to keep the conviction in place, regardless of all evidence to the contrary. Now that we know this is how things work, how do we reform the criminal justice system so that this never happens again? Who is served by innocent people sitting in prison? Rabia has written a thoughtful and compelling account of Adnan's journey and hers. I look forward to the day Adnan is released as an innocent man and Rabia can put a happy ending on this incredible story.
I cried for portions of this book. I don't know anyone from this story personally, my knowledge is only through podcasts and reading online but it made me incredibly emotional to listen to Adnan's families struggles - his brother getting bullied, his mother's relentless efforts to keep a strong exterior. Precise and very well written. All credits to Rabia!
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