Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition, Adapted for Young Adults)

A True Story of the Fight for Justice
Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Teens, Social Issues
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Publisher's Summary

The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, number one New York Times best seller Just Mercy - soon to be both a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and now the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary feature!

In this very personal work - adapted from the original number one best seller, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so" - acclaimed lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom.

Stevenson's story is one of working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society - the poor, the wrongly convicted, and those whose lives have been marked by discrimination and marginalization. Through this adaptation, young people of today will find themselves called to action and compassion in the pursuit of justice. Proceeds of this book will go to charity to help in Stevenson's important work to benefit the voiceless and the vulnerable as they attempt to navigate the broken US justice system.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of The Year
A Booklist Editors' Choice
Featured on CBS This Morning
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

Praise for Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice:

"It's really exciting that young people are getting a version tailored for them." (Salon)

"A deeply moving collage of true stories.... This is required reading." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Compassionate and compelling, Stevenson's narrative is also unforgettable." (Booklist, starred review)

"Gripping.... What hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation." (Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)

"Important and compelling." (Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder)

"Inspiring and powerful." (Number one New York Times best-selling author John Grisham)

©2018 Bryan A. Stevenson (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

Just Mercy is every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so.... [It] demonstrates, as powerfully as any book on criminal justice that I’ve ever read, the extent to which brutality, unfairness, and racial bias continue to infect criminal law in the United States. But at the same time that [Bryan] Stevenson tells an utterly damning story of deep-seated and widespread injustice, he also recounts instances of human compassion, understanding, mercy, and justice that offer hope.... Just Mercy is a remarkable amalgam, at once a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.” (David Cole, The New York Review of Books)

“Inspiring...a work of style, substance and clarity...Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller.” (The Washington Post)
 

“A searing, moving and infuriating memoir...Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela. For decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and police on behalf of those who are impoverished, black or both.... Injustice is easy not to notice when it affects people different from ourselves; that helps explain the obliviousness of our own generation to inequity today. We need to wake up. And that is why we need a Mandela in this country.” (Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times)
  

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Amazing!!

I had to read it for a class course and I’m glad my professor chose this book because this book is amazing! It’s very interesting and educated me how unfair the criminal justice system was back then. I highly recommend this book. Also, the book being available in audio was really convenient! I would listen to it every time I got into my car.

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Powerful, thought provoking and empowering! it i

Powerful. Thought provoking. Empowering. I loved the book and learned a great lesson about institutionalized racism in America.

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heartbreaking and liberating

I've learned so much and cried so much. It was really an emotional book and I truly appreciate Bryan Stevenson and his work.

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Guilty at Birth

The book was heartbreaking to listen to. I purchased the audio after seeing the movie. I have a son, a grandson and 6 Great Grandsons. Fear for their safety dominates our lives. There is something terribly wrong with a society that allows these atrocities. Racism and mistreatment of the poor is a Cancer that has been festering in this country for hundreds years and will eventually destroy it.

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Just Mercy

Just as he showed mercy he could rightfully talk about mercy that will hopefully awaken our souls to be merciful. The movie was equally good. His voice was consoling. Thanks Bryan

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A bit disappointed

Too many different stories and it’s easy to get lost and keep track. I didn’t appreciate the way narration was delivered. I like the story and it’s amazing that all that’s true, but the writings was disappointing.

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Well told inspirational story

This book has changed the way I think about capital punishment and raised awareness about issues within our criminal justice system. Everyone needs to listen to it

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  • P. Pavan
  • 02-18-20

Thabk you for the wonderful inspiration

Speechless and sad. But also hopeful. I hope we all get a chance to heal our broken selves. Thank you

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  • Makeda Matheson
  • 01-09-20

Excellent

'The opposite of poverty is justice' - Bryan S

This book should be taught in schools. It is a rich lesson in compassion and understanding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-20

We have gone a long way as a human evolution

Learnt alot about the human psyche, how fear can ruin people's lives and we should treat each other as equal. Easier said then done however we all need to try. I have a deeper meaning of perseverance vs resilience. Highly recommended

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  • Shauna Wood
  • 09-13-19

Heartbreaking

If only the world were full of more Bryan Stevenson's. It is heartbreaking hearing the stories of unjust, inhumane and absolutely terrifying treatment of human beings but it is a must read (listen). I sincerely hope and pray we no longer treat people in this manner but I'm sure there are still people being mistreated and wrongfully sentenced. You just can't believe what you're hearing and that it was allowed to go on for so long. It was definitely an education.

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  • Emma
  • 08-24-19

Educational

This was good but it was more educational and less story than I expected. The areas that had story were heartbreaking, gripping and very well told but there was lots of stats and information mixed in which wasn't really what I was wanting. Otherwise a powerful read.