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What Set Me Free

(The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture Brian Banks)
Narrated by: Brian Banks
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Brian Banks, the major motion picture starring Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, and Morgan Freeman, winner of the audience award at the 2018 LA Film Festival, opens nationwide in 2019!

Discover the unforgettable and inspiring true story of Brian Banks - a young man who was wrongfully convicted as a teenager and imprisoned for more than five years, only to emerge with his spirit unbroken and determined to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.

At age 16, Brian Banks was a nationally recruited All-American football player, ranked 11th in the nation as a linebacker. Before his 17th birthday, he was in jail, awaiting trial for a heinous crime he did not commit.

Although Brian was innocent, his attorney advised him that as a young black man accused of rape, he stood no chance of winning his case at trial. Especially since he would be tried as an adult. Facing a possible sentence of 41 years to life, Brian agreed to take a plea deal - and a judge sentenced him to six years in prison.

At first, Brian was filled with fear, rage, and anger as he reflected on the direction his life had turned and the unjust system that had imprisoned him. Brian was surrounded in darkness, until he had an epiphany that would change his life forever. From that moment on, Brian made the choice to shed the bitterness and anger he felt and focus only on the things he had the power to control. He approached his remaining years in prison with a newfound resolve, studying and applying spirituality, improving his social and writing skills, and taking giant leaps on his journey toward enlightenment.

When Brian emerged from prison with five years of parole still in front of him, he was determined to rebuild his life and finally prove his innocence. Three months before his parole was set to expire, armed with a shocking recantation from his accuser and the help of the California Innocence Project, the truth about his unjust incarceration came out, and he was exonerated. Finally free, Brian sought to recapture a dream once stripped away: to play for the NFL. And at age 28, he made that dream come true.

Perfect for fans of Just Mercy, I Beat the Odds, and Infinite Hope, this powerful memoir is a deep dive into the injustices of the American justice system, a soul-stirring celebration of the resilience of the human spirit, and an inspiring call to hold fast to our dreams.

©2019 Brian Banks (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Enlightening!

Inspiring and enlightening. I loved it. I teared up a few times . The story was very telling of the justice system . A lot of it ,I didn't know about. I know more because of this book and it inspired me learn and do more. Great book!!!

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Amazing story telling

I just saw the movie which was great. It does not do justice to how good this book really is. The detail is fantastic and you get to live this journey with Brian as he did. I found myself extremely mad and happy during this journey. This is a must read book for everybody.

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  • Marva
  • Gaithersburg, MD, United States
  • 09-15-19

Brian

Awesome book.
Loved start to finish and thoroughly believe we all should consider working to do our part.
Two family members were incarcerated - different charges but same feelings of what went on in the prisons. Absolutely devastating.
Thank you for this reality check. May your road ahead continue to be bright as you make greater impact by your story. 💞👏🏾📚👏🏾🎶

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great book, finished it in a few days.

highly recommended, its not about race it's about the broken judicial system that many people have suffered because of it.

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Compelling.

An heartfelt story that carried you through the ups and downs. Glad there was an happy ending.

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  • YBA
  • South East
  • 08-18-19

Heartbreaking story

Heartbreaking. Well told by Mr. Banks. I wish him much success in all his future endeavors.

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A Incredible Read, A Truly Incredible Story & One Incredible Person

This was a read that touched my heart, mind & soul. Working with a foundation that has been dedicated to helping inmates around the world by encouraging each to use there time in prison for the purpose of spiritual growth, Brian’s story is such a true testament of this. I am very grateful to have this story being told and now shown on screen to shed light on, our criminal justice system which needs fixing. There’s so much that I wish I could convey here st this moment in on this platform, but I honestly can’t say much more than thank you & continued Blessings to Brian’s work (and audible for providing the content via audiobook).🙏🏽

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inspiring

will definitely listen again read
also brought the book. for my daughter to read soo good

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Get your tissue ready!

This story is a tear jerker about the INJUSTICE incurred by Mr. Banks and his resilience and faith in God which kept him alive during his stint in prison. May Jehovah continue to bless him and the California Innocence Project ~

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Amazing Story and Production

Loved it. A phenomenal story that all should here. I really enjoyed the author reading his own words

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-19

Brilliant

You get a sense of the raw emotion involved with the man himself narrating his own story. It is captivating, incredibly frustrating yet powerfully uplifting.
Well done Brian. A brilliant story that needed to be told.