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

Great Listen

Would you listen to Adnan's Story again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this Audio book again and no doubt I will. It way exceeded my expectations


What was one of the most memorable moments of Adnan's Story?

There are many moments in this book that had me engrossed, it is difficult to pick just one. I suppose I especially enjoyed the sections on Sarah Koenig and Serial and would suggest that this book is a must read for anyone who enjoyed listening to the Serial Podcast.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Again its difficult to choose one scene, but Rabia goes into great detail to describe how the state were able to manipulate not only witness statements but also key evidence. I really enjoyed hearing her describe how Susan Simpson her fellow podcaster from the Undisclosed podcast was/is able to explore through the evidence like a Sherlock Holmes style master detective determined to find the truth.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm not sure that moved is the right word but the Asia McClain story still blows my mind. Not only the details about Adnans attorney lying to him about contacting her, but also the lies told by the state claiming she was harassed by his family and friends.


Any additional comments?

I would suggest that this is a must read for anyone who has listened to the Serial Podcast! I could not stop listening to it and it had me engrossed from start to finish!

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- Owain Jones

Book Details

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