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Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

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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
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Hardcover, 410 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 7th 2016)
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Nora Devlin I'm reading the audiobook and I admit that sometimes I think it would be helpful to see on the page the transition between statements/testimonies/docu…moreI'm reading the audiobook and I admit that sometimes I think it would be helpful to see on the page the transition between statements/testimonies/documents and Rabia's own words. A lot of things are in first person so sometimes it's hard to tell. That said, it's an excellent audio book recording. I'm happy with it so far. I can't speak to the pictures though, obviously.(less)
Kari Undisclosed does updates as they become available. Follow Rabia, or Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) or Collin Miller (Evidence Prof Blog). They blog a…moreUndisclosed does updates as they become available. Follow Rabia, or Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) or Collin Miller (Evidence Prof Blog). They blog about Adnan. On Twitter, @MrJonCryer.
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jv poore
I am so glad that I read this book, but at the same time, I almost long for my ignorance. It is easier to be unaware of how disturbingly incompetent and unconcerned the very people paid to "serve and protect" behaved. The outrage really sets in when it becomes glaringly obvious that the plethora of mistakes made was not unique in the police work, but poured into the trial.

To me, this kid never had a chance. There is not one moment where I thought that someone in the judicial and/or legal system
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Myrna
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Being a huge fan of the “Serial” podcast, I had to read this book. Adnan’s Story is a great book that goes above and beyond the well-known case of the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee. In this book, Chaudry’s 17 years of investigative work, perseverance, and loyalty shows. Her writing is engrossing, uncomplicated, and persuasive. Adnan also contributions to this book through letters so we get to know a bit more about him. What went on with the police investigations, evidence and witnesses is beyond be ...more
Grace
More to come, but let me start off with the fact that when I do review this book, it will be the book it actually was, which was Rabia's Story. Not Adnan's Story.

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Mariah Roze
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow!
This book was great!

First off, I should explain what interested me in this book. This book is based off of (kind of) the podcast Serial. My boyfriend kept trying to get me to listen to podcasts and I refused, due to always listening to books on CD instead. He convinced me to give Serial a try because of my love of True Crime and it was told in somewhat of a story form. Well, I fell in love.

So when I heard that there was going to be a book based off of the podcast I had to read it,
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The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Link to full review below! Wonderful read for anyone who has an interest in the legal system and its failings. You don't have to agree that Adnan is innocent to agree that some serious legal issues were in play here! Audio version was GREAT!See full review on The Book Disciple ...more
BAM Endlessly Booked
I think Adnan is guilty because of one GLARING fact.
Elizabeth
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
I loved Serial, and became really invested in case because of the podcast. However, the book was so all over the place, and although understandably (by yet still distractedly) bias, that it was really hard to take seriously. There were a few updates on the case that I hadn't already learned through research and the podcast but said updates were laced throughout the book haphazardly. This book should have been called Rabia's Story not Adnan's Story, because I learned more about the author than I ...more
Amanda
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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If you aren’t already familiar with Adnan Syed, you MUST go listen to the podcasts Serial and Undisclosed. If you are already familiar with Adnan, you NEED to read this book!

Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore in January of 1999 and has been imprisoned since he was arrested later that year. His case first garnered attention when Sarah Koenig created a podcast called Serial in which she investigated the 1999 murder of Hae M
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Jaime Arkin
Like millions of other people I was obsessed with Season 1 of the podcast Serial that investigated and picked apart the murder of 18 year old Hae Min Lee and the subsequent guilty verdict of 17 year old Adnan Syed for the crime.

First, I have to tell you all that I love real crime stories… I honestly think I should have gone into Forensics in real life because the whole aspect of the investigations just completely intrigues me. That said, the law end of it is incredibly confusing and frustrating
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Chinook
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america
I came to Serial late - I'd heard vaguely about it but didn't listen until I needed something to pass the time during Kait's nighttime nursing sessions. Amusingly, I've read most of this book during Maddie's.

The book really drove home at the beginning how young Adnan was through the inclusion of some poems and letters he wrote Hae. Then it largely goes into describing the timeline of trials, appeals and finally the discoveries that lead to the hope that Adnan will be freed one day.

I think with
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Nichole (DirrtyH)
If you listened to Serial then you have to read this book. Period.

It's a very engaging and well-written book providing a very clear explanation of the case that sometimes got very convoluted when listening to Serial and especially Undisclosed. It also has a lot of interesting information about Adnan and his family. If you haven't listened to Undisclosed, then there's also plenty of new information to be learned about the case that was either never mentioned on Serial, or not discovered until aft
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Krista
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
"Adnan's Story" is Rabia Chaudry's retelling of the events behind the podcast "Serial" and how the legal case for Adnan Syed has gone forward since the release of the podcast. What's good: Rabia Chaudry can certainly write. Her mastery of case detail is impressive. And above all, her passion to support her friend is something that is simply stunning--"loyalty" in any dictionary could be defined by Rabia Chaudry. Now, on the downside: Rabia seems unaware of what the real lure of her story is--how ...more
Raewyn
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Serial got me into podcasts and Undisclosed allowed me to drop legalese into any conversation ("That's obviously a Brady violation...").

I am impressed by Rabia's ability to take this immensely complex and confounding tale and lay it out in a logical and compelling manner. This telling adds the interpersonal context and fully submerges the reader in a life many have only seen from the shore.

This is a Pixar movie of true crime: be ready to use all of your emotions.
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Shelby
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
This book was amazing! I learned a lot just from reading this book. It takes you into Adan's life story like what his went though in life. It was very interesting on how he fighting for justice. It was nothing that I really excepted, but it was in a good way. I really enjoyed reading this book and from learning what happened and also how much he had to fight for justice. It was not at all easy.
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Alissa Patrick
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.

The perfect companion to the Serial podcast. I was gripped by word one and held on until the very end. Pretty damn compelling.
Laura
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wellllll shit.
I didn't think this case could get any more screwed up...
This is the perfect antidote for Serial withdrawal and goes into more detail about almost everything. It challenges the cell phone tower pings that seemed to be one of the most compelling pieces of evidence in the trial. It looks at how Jay was quite clearly the most unreliable, coerced witness there could have been. It examines why the initial trial was a shambles and most importantly it respects Hae and Adnan.
I think ther
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Nat
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I remember first listening to the "Serial" podcast early 2015. I listened to each of the episodes on the series while I was at the gym, on my iphone. I didn't know anything about the case it was based on, that of Adnan Syed and his ex-girlfriend, for whom he is currently serving a life sentence plus 30 years for her murder. Of course, after listening to the podcast, I did a little research but due to my own studies, that was limited. I then picked up this book, and have to admit i ...more
Sunny Purdin
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This book seems as much about followers of Islam as it is about the crime, and that's not a bad thing.

I was worried because I felt that Ms. Chaudry would be too biased to write a great book about this subject. Even if you feel that she is biased, there is no denying that Adnan did not receive a fair trial. Chaudry raises a ton of concerns about the case including that the prosecution lied to get a conviction and push credible testimony that would help Adnan away, Jay received compensation for h
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Justice
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: social-justice
The summer of 2016 has proven to be a pretty good few months for Adrian Syed. With the murder conviction of Hae Min Lee being vacated and the release of a best—selling book he contributed to chronicling the days leading up to his arrest and the subsequent years, it seems as if Adnan’s luck is finally turning around.

Adnan’s Story, written by Rabia Chaudry with contributions from Adnan himself via various letters, was a much-anticipated body of work. Since following the Serial podcast, as well as
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Sam
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
As someone who has listened to Serial and Undisclosed in the entireties, I did not "enjoy" reading this book, if you can actually ever enjoy reading a book about someone else's plight. I think non-fiction like this is not meant for enjoyment but to inform. It's for that reason that I have rated this so low. I did not learn anything new, nor anything I could not have garnered from Serial or Undisclosed.

I don't like Rabia Chaudry's writing and I felt that there was copious amounts of text that we
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Jodi Bishop
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This wasn't exactly what I expected, but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless. I really appreciated how honest Rabia was about all of the myriad emotions and thoughts she has experienced throughout this process, as well as her honesty about what happened during this time in her personal life and how it affected the case. I also found her incorporation of the Islamic faith into the story fascinating and enlightening. I feel like I walked away from this book with a broader understanding of what it l ...more
L A i N E Y
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can't believe it's been almost 2 years since I first heard of Serial.

There has been a looot of things happening since then and I think the author tried to have as much details as possible in this one book that it's a bit hard to follow at times. I opted for audio version because it kind of reminds me of when I was listening to Serial. And Rabia has a nice calm voice. I think maybe it'd be easier just to read the book instead of listening to the audiobook.
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Kelly Anderson
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-books
I had SUCH a difficult time reading this. I enjoyed listening to Serial a million times more - way more engaging than reading Rabia ramble through the case. Not to mention, I can't help but feel she is much too biased and personally attached to the case (I mean, it's understandable why she would be).
Not worth the read it if you listened to the podcast & already know about the case.
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Essi🦄
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
"From witnesses who changed their testimony,to witnesses who contrived it out of whole cloth,to the cops who enabled it,to the prosecutors who withheld evidence,to the defence attorney who couldn't do her job,to the community that quietly faded away: in this case everyone failed Adnan. And they also failed Hae."

I don't read nonfiction,so imagine my surprise when I couldn't put this book down. I enjoyed every moment of it. It's such an important story,one that I wish everyone would read. At the s
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Agata Wilusz
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic nonfiction read for any one who ejoyed the podcast Serial, which is where I first heard of Adnan and his story. In Chaudry's book, the reader learns about Adnan's life before, during, and after Hae Min Lee's disappearance and murder. Whether or not you believe Adnan is innocent, Chaudry presents significant information that supports their argument, although you have to take author bais into consideration. She also presents information beyond what was shared on Serial about th ...more
Breanna
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
If you can believe it, I never listened to the Serial podcast. I'm honestly new to the world of podcasts and got into them for books. So, it's kind of fitting that I decided to read the book about Adnan Syed, Adnan's Story, instead of listening to the podcast.

Because I got so behind on my books last year I ended up listening to a significant portion of the book on audio from the library, which I would not recommend. There are letters throughout the text in Adnan's handwriting which were very coo
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Amy
I really liked this one. It helped explain some things from the podcast that I found confusing. I’m still fascinated by this case and enjoyed digging into the details. It’s a very dense read but I enjoyed it overall!
Traci
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I found this book to be a good 4.25 star read. I was completely engrossed in the Serial podcast so this book was a must-read for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It left me feeling the same way as I did during the podcast. I truly believe that Adnan is innocent. If you haven't listed to Serial, do it. If you have, then read this book. ...more
Luciana
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
4 1/2 stars. Even though anyone who has followed this case after the Serial and Undisclosed podcasts knows what is happening, I was still sitting on the edge of my seat at times. This is more Adnan's story as seen through the perspective of Rabia Chaudry, and how she was involved and dealt with it. She is a truly engaging storyteller, and you can tell how much she believes in Adnan's innocence and cares about him.

She also discussed some personal details about her own life, and while a lot of the
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
4.0 Stars
I would recommend this book to any fans of Serial who were left wanting more information after the podcast ended. This book also provides readers with a fascinating glimpse into the behind the scenes development of the Serial podcast, including friction between Sarah and Rabia. I have not listened to Rabia's podcast, The Undisclosed, so I cannot comment how much of the book's content is repeated from that source.

For readers who have only listened to Serial, this books will certainly pro
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Q&A with The Innocence Project (Innocence Blog): August 2016

In 2014, attorney and writer Rabia Chaudry contacted producer Sarah Koenig at This American Life to pitch a story about the 1999 murder case of Maryland teenager Hae Min Lee. The result was Serial, one of the most successful podcast ever produced. The series—downloaded 100 million times—put Adnan Syed, the young man convicted of the 1999
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