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Adnan's Story
The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
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"Chaudry, a friend of Adnan Syed's family, has been tracking the case since he was first convicted of murder. Through the passion in her voice it's clear she cares deeply about him and his situation."...
"Chaudry, a friend of Adnan Syed's family, has been tracking the case since he was first convicted of murder. Through the passion in her voice it's clear she cares deeply about him and his situation."...
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  • "Chaudry, a friend of Adnan Syed's family, has been tracking the case since he was first convicted of murder. Through the passion in her voice it's clear she cares deeply about him and his situation." — AudioFile Magazine

    This program is read by the author.

    *A New York Times bestseller*

    Serial told Only Part of the Story...

    In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in hopes of finding a journalist who could shed light on Adnan's story. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners

    But Serial did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State's case: a potential new suspect, forensics indicating Hae was killed and kept somewhere for almost half a day, and documentation withheld by the State that destroys the cell phone evidence — among many other points — and she shows how fans of Serial joined a crowd-sourced investigation into a case riddled with errors and strange twists.

    Adnan's Story also shares Adnan's life in prison, and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice is yet to be achieved in this much examined case.

    This audiobook is perfect for listeners interested in true crime and social justice.

 

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  • RABIA CHAUDRY is an attorney and partner at Chaudry & Anwer Immigration Law, a recent Jennings Randolph Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, an International Security Fellow at the New America think tank, and a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. She is the co-host of Undisclosed, one of the top-ranked podcasts in the iTunes store with nearly 250 million downloads, and The 45th, with over four million downloads. She is a member of the National Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council and the Aspen Institute Vanguard Board. She is a frequent public speaker, and her writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Time.com, The Huffington Post, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from June 13, 2016
    Launched into the collective consciousness by the podcast Serial, the investigation into Adnan Syed’s involvement in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend continues to fascinate in this gripping account from attorney Chaudry, a friend of Syed’s family, who first brought the case to the attention of the podcast creators. Chaudry uses her unique perspective to craft a gripping and meticulously detailed account of the case including letters, court transcripts, and documentary evidence that fill in the show’s gaps and provide the latest updates. Readers new to the story will have no trouble following—the narrative is outlined extensively from the beginning—and podcast listeners will find plenty of previously undisclosed material. Chaudry explains what Serial missed, including a lack of legal perspective, and she argues that host Sarah Koenig failed to convey the enormity of Syed’s (later disbarred) attorney’s incompetence. She strongly makes the case for cultural and religious bias in the investigation and conviction and presents damaging evidence of police misconduct, including tampering with evidence and a witness. She also examines other suspects and their possible motives and alibis. Syed provides running commentary that creates a depiction of the damage inflicted on a person when the system fails. Chaudry’s version of a story of “justice, bigotry, faith, community, devastation, healing, and hope” points to an intentional, systematic framing of Syed by investigators, allegations that will surely spark controversy as his legal ordeal continues.

  • AudioFile Magazine Fans of the podcast "Serial" will remember Adnan well, but the compelling story told through Rabia Chaudry's thorough examination of his legal case makes ADNAN'S STORY an exhilarating journey for any listener. Chaudry, a friend of Adnan Syed's family, has been tracking the case since he was first convicted of murder. Through the passion in her voice it's clear she cares deeply about him and his situation. "Serial" barely scratched the surface of Adnan's case, and Chaudry's writing and narration show her skilled legal mind at work as she tries to piece together what happened. She and her team uncover new clues and pivotal evidence that show the cracks in the case against Adnan, changing its course and, possibly, his life. A.G.M. 2017 Audies Finalist � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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