Adnan's Story

  • by Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by Rabia Chaudry
  • 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'The first letter I received after being arrested in 1999 was from Rabia. Since that time until now, she has believed in my innocence and been committed to my exoneration.... There is no one better to help tell my story, and no one that I trust more to tell it, than Rabia.' (Adnan Syed)
On February 28, 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. From the moment of his arrest, Syed has consistently maintained his innocence.
Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, always believed him and has never given up the hope that he might someday be released. By 2013, however, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, things looked bleak. That was when Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in the hopes of finding a journalist who would bring greater attention to Adnan's story and might shed new light on the case.
Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, an international phenomenon and Peabody Award-winning podcast. Adnan's Story will reexamine the investigation that led to Adnan Syed's arrest, share his life in prison, cover new evidence and possibilities that have since come to light and review the recent court successes - including a ruling by a Maryland judge to reopen Syed's case.
Woven with personal reflections from Adnan himself, including new never-before-seen letters he penned from prison and the story of his family, community, and public advocate Chaudry, the audiobook offers new insight into the story that captivated the attention of millions as his legal team and investigatory team, along with countless others who have crowd-sourced an investigation like never before, seek to exonerate him and find out the truth of what really happened on that day in 1999.
What has captivated the public about Adnan's story are the layers of contradictions, fascinating characters, cultural dissonance and fog of ambiguity around what really happened to Hae Min Lee. But this is not just a personal story; it is a testament to a thoroughly broken system that convicts tens of thousands of innocent people and how the power of the media and public can move rigid institutions to bring about justice.


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A great listen

Fascinating insights from behind Serial and Undisclosed - definitely worth reading if you are already entrenched in this sorry saga - with lots of details not publicly shared before. Rabia - how you are still sane and going strong is beyond me. Amazing woman. Adnan will get justice, i just hope the detectives responsible do too and a proper investigation into Hae's death can take place.
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- Nichola Loveland

Many stories

First I had huge expectations for this book after listening to the hugely popular Serial podcast. I also listened to the Undisclosed podcast which the author co-hosted. I recommend both podcasts although I personally favour Undisclosed for factual content and exploration. Serial was more *entertainment* orientated and I found myself thinking well what about this or that expecting more detail which never came.

But on to the book. At times I found myself wondering whose story it was. I know Rabia has a personal connection with Adnan and of course it's part of the story. Yes the fact that Adnan is a Muslim of Pakistani decent I believe is a factor in why he was focused on by police and convicted by a jury and so is part of the story too. But...

While correcting misconceptions is perfectly valid I just felt parts of the book focused too much on trying to correct and educate on just too wide a range of topics related to both religion and culture. Also too much on Rabia herself it rattled away from her relationship with Adnan into wider sometimes political issues several times. For me it distracted and conflicted with the book's title perhaps this is because I had already listened to both podcasts I wonder how it would read for someone coming to this cold without knowing of the case already maybe it's just me. As a final remark Rabia's narration is excellent.

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- RubyShoes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks