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Video: Oprah's Interview with the author of The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton.

The book Oprah says is, "One of the most incredible stories I've ever heard."

Publisher's Summary

Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection
"An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu 
This program includes a forward written and read by Bryan Stevenson 
The Sun Does Shine is an arresting audiobook memoir of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading, written by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit 
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. 
But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. 
With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy. 
©2018 Anthony Ray Hinton, foreword copyright 2018 by Bryan Stevenson (P)2018 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"In this intense memoir, Hinton recounts his three-decade nightmare: awaiting execution for crimes he didn't commit...Hinton's life is one of inspiration, which he wonderfully relays here in bitingly honest prose." (Publishers Weekly)
"The actor Kevin R. Free performs this work with flashes of anger cast over a deep humility, and captures the sense of humor that Hinton was, incredibly, able to hold on to during his long years in solitary confinement...This is a story that enrages and inspires." (New York Times)
"The incredible details of Hinton's trial and eventual release are narrated in an honest, easy style by Kevin R. Free.... He captures the Southern rhythms of Hinton's speech with a natural cadence that brings us closer to his pain." (AudioFile Magazine)
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5 out of 5 stars
By APD on 05-18-18

Extraordinary Man

Mr. Hinton is extraordinary. His outlook on life after his devastating injustice experience is a lesson to us all. His capacity to forgive those who hurt him so much is mind boggling, as so few of us would have the strength and heart to do so. Yet Mr. Hinton succeeds in proving to us that forgiveness is the right path, for so many reasons, the most compelling for me being to not give one more second of our life to those who wrong us. This book reminded me to live fully, to make the most of any situation, and to trust God. It also reminded me of the deep imperfection of our justice system, and of the consequences of this system in need of reform. There are many more lessons in this book, and i recommend it to everyone; it recounts a profoundly sad story, yet Mr. Hinton finds a way to fill us with hope thx to his wisdom and wonderful heart and mind, to lift our spirit and make us appreciate life, to find happiness. Mr. Hinton is extraordinary.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-29-18

DOWN WITH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT!!!

One of the best I've ever read or listened to. I played it as often as I could. The more I listened the more I wanted to listen. Sad, funny, Well worth the time. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did. It an eye opener into the debate about CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. As a law enforcement officer for 40+yrs & being on the fence about the death penalty I'm now convinced that it should be done away with. Enjoy the ride because THE SUN DOES SHINE.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-22-18

Excellent

A very human moving soulful story. Extraordinary insight to a hidden side of justice system

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5 out of 5 stars
By R. McGinley on 06-15-18

Nearly cried in work on four separate occasions.

I'm a man. I nearly cried in work on four separate occasions.
It a beautiful story. The Green Mile meets The Shawshank Redemption but not just because of incarnation. The characters & the story telling shine.

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