• Adnan's Story

  • The Case That Inspired the Podcast Phenomenon Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 08-11-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4.8 (39 ratings)

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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.
©2016 Rabia Chaudry (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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By OrbitalThread on 09-01-16

#FreeAdnan

Serial reported the story well. BUT Adnan's Story delves into the details as well as humanises Adnan. Rabia eloquently does justice by telling the story incredibly well. Her narration is point clear, concise as well as well researched. Personally I have learned a great deal about law enforcement from Rabia as she has clearly shown in this book. I pray Adnan is freed soon enough and that the murder of Hae is reinvestigated and the real murderer is brought to justice. I definitely recommend this book.

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By Kat on 08-16-16

So good. Already want more.

I hope Rabia does a sequel as Adnan's story continues to unfold. This is not simply a rehashing of Serial and Undisclosed. This contains lots more substance, background, and depth. I feel now that I know Adnan, his family and his friends better. I feel like the book digs deep into their side of the story without forgetting Hae. Would definitely recommend!

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By Nichola Loveland on 09-19-16

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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By Chris on 08-16-16

Great telling of a huge injustice

Any additional comments?

Even having listened to all the Serial and Undisclosed podcasts there is still more to learn here. Rabia's voice makes listening really easy and the book flows well.

This may be Adnan's Story but it is also the story of a special person who would not let injustice go unchallenged.

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By Jennifer Wilkinson on 08-18-16

Outstanding!!!

Was moved to tears during and after this reading! What a gifted writer you are Rabia! And what a beautiful soul Adnan is!
I am profoundly sad for what life has dealt him but so encouraged by your words Rabia, of how life is full of challenges & torment and it is how one handles them that is the making of the man! Adnan has shone above most!!
My favourite audible book to date!!!

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By cath johnson on 08-17-16

Gripping

Way more info and twists than the serial
Podcast. New info and evidence and a lot of new suspicions... Definitely worth a listen!

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