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Publisher's Summary

 
"An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
 

This program includes a forward written and read by Bryan Stevenson
 

The Sun Does Shine is an arresting audiobook memoir of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading, written by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit
 

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.
 

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.
 

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
 

More Praise for The Sun Does Shine:
 

"In this intense memoir, Hinton recounts his three-decade nightmare: awaiting execution for crimes he didn't commit...Hinton's life is one of inspiration, which he wonderfully relays here in bitingly honest prose." — Publishers Weekly 

©2018 Anthony Ray Hinton, foreword copyright 2018 by Bryan Stevenson (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"In this intense memoir, Hinton recounts his three-decade nightmare: awaiting execution for crimes he didn't commit...Hinton's life is one of inspiration, which he wonderfully relays here in bitingly honest prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 04-03-18

Finding Humanity Where You Can

If you loved Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, you'll very, very much like The Sun Does Shine which is a heartrending reminder of how flawed the American justice system is, especially if you're poor and of color.
Ray Hinton spends 30 years on Death Row, despite having an iron-clad alibi for the crimes he's been accused of, despite a practically antique gun's never having been fired for 25 years being tagged as the murder weapon in three crimes.
It's a shock just being accused, it's horrific being convicted, but spending your life on Death Row? There are no words that I can think of for myself.
Fortunately, Hinton has the words to describe his experiences. He goes from numbness to anger to hatred to finding friendship, family, and occasional bliss during his years (in his mind he travels to exotic places, he plays professional baseball, he marries beautiful and famous women. He does whatever he needs to do to survive but one more day). His best friends are all simply human, despite their crimes. He makes no bones about some of them surely being guilty, but accepts them, warts and all, as fellow human beings, trying to live in hellish surroundings.
In The Sun Does Shine, you'll see what true resilience is, what true spirit is and, my God, you'll see what true forgiveness is.
The only flaw is that it's narrated by Kevin Free, who does quite well, it's just that he's a young man, and time goes by for Hinton. He's a man brought down by time, made tired by all he's been through and lived through, one spirit-breaking year to the next (and I cried when someone beloved to him passes and there's nothing he can do about it). The book would've been far more powerful with an older man narrating.
But that's the only, only flaw.
Coming from a death penalty state, I kind of get numb with execution after execution. Fortunately there are books like this that make me angry and that remind me: I'm greater than the worst thing I've done... Aren't we all?

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Absolutely amazing

Unimaginable that this happens so frequently. Anthony’s story is a must read. Amazingly written and read.

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Powerfully Moving

this story encompasses so much of the human tragedy experienced by poor blacks in this country having to exist in a broken justice system. can't wait for the movie!