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Getting Life Audiobook

Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

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Publisher's Summary

On August 13, 1986, just one day after his 32nd birthday, Michael Morton went to work at his usual time. By the end of the day, his wife Christine had been savagely bludgeoned to death in the couple's bed - and the Williamson County Sherriff's office in Texas wasted no time in pinning her murder on Michael, despite an absolute lack of physical evidence. Michael was swiftly sentenced to life in prison for a crime he had not committed. Drawing on 25 years of recollections, court transcripts, and more than 1000 pages of personal journals he wrote in prison, Michael recounts the hidden police reports about an unidentified van parked near his house that were never pursued; the treasure trove of evidence, including a bandana with the killer's DNA on it, that was never introduced in court; the call from a neighboring county reporting the attempted use of his wife's credit card that was given to local police; and, ultimately, how Michael battled his way through the darkness to become a free man once again.

©2014 Michael Morton (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"In this absorbing first-person narrative, first-time author Morton shows readers how it is possible in our justice system to be convicted of a crime without substantial evidence." (Library Journal)

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    Amy Holland 05-19-16
    Amy Holland 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful"

    I loved this book. A true story that needed to be told. Thank you Michael for telling us your story. Everyone should read this book. His vivid descriptions help you feel as though you are right there!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 05-17-16
    Janet 05-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome and heartbreaking story"

    This mans' story was well written and riveting. So much pain for so many innocent people. So glad he finally was cleared and able to have the remainder of his days in freedom!

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    Rebecca Sponcil 04-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    This was a very good book that definitely shows the dark side of our justice and penal systems. It is a book about a very brave and courageous man and his fight for freedom. An amazing story!

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    Letitia D. Estes 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read, shocking"
    What did you love best about Getting Life?

    Gripping story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Getting Life?

    The idea that this can happen to anyone. Really scary! Our criminal justice system is seriously flawed!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Sanders Texas 08-09-15
    Cheryl Sanders Texas 08-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "AMAZING!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book unnerved me. Very disturbing, but thank God for the Michael's release!


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Morton is clearly an amazing human being!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Wilde Wall, TX, United States 07-27-15
    Johnny Wilde Wall, TX, United States 07-27-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Very interesting! A must read."

    Very interesting and unfortunate story. A story that needed to be told nevertheless. This is one of the few books that I could stop listening to. I kept waking up during the night and had to listen to a little more. I'm so glad the truth prevailed here. I'm definitely going to innocent project about volunteering.

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    K. Babcock 04-23-15
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    "A must read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a former public defender, I am well aware how messed up our criminal justice system is. I don't think most people care and think "those people" get what they deserve. Nobody, be they a respectable middle class white guy or a poor minority deserves to be abused by this incompetent and corrupt system. A fact of life is that the middle class white guy is going to get more publicity when it happens to him.


    What about Roger Wayne’s performance did you like?

    Don't even remember it--which means he was good. I remember the book-- not the narrator.


    If you could give Getting Life a new subtitle, what would it be?

    If you have ever self righteously waived your finger at someone and said "If you don't do anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about" start worrying.


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    Dawn P. Rodriguez Seattle, WA 03-20-15
    Dawn P. Rodriguez Seattle, WA 03-20-15

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    "really good....brought us through each step."

    excellent creative non fiction...biography. easy to understand and well written. thanks for sharing your life

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    Melissa 03-13-15
    Melissa 03-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Truly amazing and inspiring story. Excellent narration as well. Gives true meaning to the concept of justice and truth. Amazing.

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    Matthew Coppins 12-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Triumph and heartbreak "

    Wow! What an emotional story. It's inspiring that Mike is not bitter and that he is getting on with his life after losing 25 years to prison for a brutal crime he clearly didn't commit.

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