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Adnan's Story Audiobook

Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook is read by the author.

A New York Times best seller

Serial told only part of the story....

In early 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. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in hopes of finding a journalist who could shed light on Adnan's story. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners.

But Serial did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State's case: a potential new suspect, forensics indicating Hae was killed and kept somewhere for almost half a day, and documentation withheld by the State that destroys the cell phone evidence - among many other points - and she shows how fans of Serial joined a crowd-sourced investigation into a case riddled with errors and strange twists.

Adnan's Story also shares Adnan's life in prison, and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice is yet to be achieved in this much examined case.

This audiobook is perfect for listeners interested in true crime and social justice.

©2016 Rabia Chaudry (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Angela Urbana, IL 08-11-16
    Angela Urbana, IL 08-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Informative."

    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.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Traci United States 08-13-16
    Traci United States 08-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Justice for Hae Min Lee! Justice for Adnan Syed"

    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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie 08-18-16
    Melanie 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Believe it or not, you learn even more!"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi 08-12-16
    Kristi 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!!!"

    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!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Metropolis, IL, United States 08-12-16
    Connie Metropolis, IL, United States 08-12-16 Member Since 2008
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    "The Rest of Adnan's Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Adnan's Story the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Rabia Chaudry’s performance did you like?

    She has a fabulous speaking voice that I was already accustomed to through Undisclosed.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle 08-11-16
    Danielle 08-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "If you love Serial & Undisclosed you'll love this!"

    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!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Erinn Summers 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Rabia is my hero"

    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!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Schwitz SLC, UT 09-14-16
    Schwitz SLC, UT 09-14-16
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    "Adnan or Rabia's story?"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dianna Lord 08-12-16
    Dianna Lord 08-12-16
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    "This could happen to you!"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Divya Devadasan 08-12-16
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    "loved it"

    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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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