Adnan's Story

  • von Rabia Chaudry
  • Sprecher: Rabia Chaudry
  • 14 Std. 31 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


"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.... [T]here 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's 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 perhaps 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, his community, and public advocate Chaudry, the book 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 crowdsourced 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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Buy the Book, not the Audio Book

People who have listened to Undisclosed will remember Rabia's voice: she is this hectic, almost frantic woman who talks so quickly she is at times unintelligible. Well, imagine that voice going on for hours on end and you know what the main problem with this audio book is. Several times I caught myself trying to set the speed to 1 and realised that it was already there! It was painful.

The second thing that was really off putting was her depiction of muslim culture or maybe 'lifestyle' would be a better choice of word. I live in a country with a high population of Muslims yet never came across someone who sanctioned the lying and cheating that -- so Fabia says -- goes on behind parent's backs. According to Fabia, there is this pocket of Muslims who are extremely conservative, way more so than the people in the countries they originally left, and their children go crazy on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Somehow that's not a big deal to her. In the current climate in the US, I am not sure she is doing Muslims a favour by describing a parallel society with double standards.

Heck, she isn't doing Adnan a favour either. He still deserves a fair trial and therefore the case has to go back to court. I am not convinced any more, however, that he is innocent. The book smacks too much of a conspiracy theory. The way Rabia describes Sarah and her role in media and how Sarah withstands Rabia's manipulation and her anger over this -- I don't know. Self-aggrandising? Maybe that's the word?

My advice: If you must buy this book (and you really mustn't since it has already ended up on the NY Times bestseller list), do so in a paper format.
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- 57 Chevy

Weitere Infos zum Hörbuch

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 09.08.2016
  • Verlag: Macmillan Audio