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Adnan's Story
Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial | Rabia Chaudry
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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 Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in hopes of finding a journalist who could shed light on Adnans 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 Adnans 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.
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I listened to Serial several years ago, and for the first time I heard about Adnan's case. After finishing this book, I'm more convinced that he did not get a fair trial. The system failed him.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Audio booking while scanning in a shoebox full of pictures for a family scrapbook project my husband talked me into. I loved Serial, but hadn't listened to Chaudry's work at all.

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CharleaFinley
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I‘m actually obsessed. I‘ve got old students and current students sucked into this case: Serial & this story. #freeadnan #adnansstory

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CharleaFinley
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I‘m obsessed with this case. #FreeAdnan #justice

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elyseh
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I loved this book! I am absolutely obsessed with this story! If you liked serial I highly recommend this one!

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kellyann28
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I 100% believe that Adnan was wrongfully convicted and I hope he gets his new trial soon. So many blunders and missed opportunities for him which most were no fault of his own. I've been following this case since the Serial podcast series.

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@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I read the same book for this prompt and I agree Adnan did not get a fair trial. 12mo
kellyann28 @cinfhen I'll be checking out the mini-series that HBO is airing starting Sunday! 12mo
Cinfhen Oh!!! Good to know😊thanks 12mo
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emilyhaldi
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EDIT: While I am still quite behind in my reading for first quarter of #booked2019 I also sometimes don‘t know what day, month, or year it is and now realize that I still have another month to finish the first quarter. 🤪

I failed the first quarter of #booked2019 pretty hard 😆 3/6 completed. Between travel, new house, and new job, life has really gotten in the way of reading. Hoping to catch up next quarter 😉

Bookzombie I think you have until the end of March. I still have two to read and one I haven‘t posted yet. 🙂 12mo
emilyhaldi @Bookzombie right you are!!! I posted this right before getting on a plane and about 10 minutes after takeoff I had a sudden epiphany that we are in fact only 2 months into the challenge, not 3 🤯 I am clearly losing my mind!!! 12mo
Bookzombie @emilyhaldi I had to sit and think about it for a minute. I swear February just flew by. 12mo
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TrishB And you can read them in any order through the year. 12mo
DivineDiana @TrishB My brain doesn‘t seem able to wrap itself around that concept!?! So, I can mix it up? Read from all quadrants at the same time? Just as long as all are completed by the end of the year? 12mo
TrishB @DivineDiana that‘s my understanding . @Cinfhen ? 😘 12mo
Cinfhen Yes!!!! @DivineDiana @TrishB @Bookzombie and Em!! We broke it into quarters to make the challenge seem less daunting but you are free to read any prompt at any time!!! As long as they are all completed within 2019🎉🎉🎉 #MoodReadersRejoice 12mo
TrishB @Cinfhen thanks 👍🏻 I typed it and then doubted myself! 12mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen Thanks! I did read the Book to Movie prompt early. I find it hard to read against the order though. Lol. 12mo
DivineDiana @TrishB @Cinfhen Fantastic! Now I will reevaluate what I‘ve read so far! So much anxiety alleviated! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 12mo
Reviewsbylola 😂😆😄🤣 12mo
emilyhaldi LOL the order doesn‘t make a difference to me, I can‘t get through ANY books these days 🤪 but I‘m determined!!! @Cinfhen 12mo
Cinfhen Welcome to my time zone @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola Hope you‘re having a great time 💕💕💕 12mo
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FreeReadAndWrite
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For anyone who‘s been following this case as closely as I have - new doc premiering on HBO!

WhatThePuck This story is crazy. I'm still on season 1 of Undisclosed, but I did finish Serial. I was recently watching a true crime documentary that was talking about cell towers and I rolled my eyes after the in-depth interview about cell towers not being a reliable source like GPS. 13mo
FreeReadAndWrite @WhatThePuck oh man yeah I really recommend Undisclosed. Serial got a lot wrong that they correct. Also, they‘re just a bomb team of attorneys. They‘re the ones who found the evidence that actually got Adnan a new trial, & I think I‘ve only listened to one season where they didn‘t uncover new evidence for someone to use. Their listeners even got an execution stayed the day of. Changing peoples‘ lives for real. 13mo
WhatThePuck @FreeReadAndWrite I'm trying. I used to have a lot of alone time at work. Now I share my office. Lol. Plus I'm behind on my audio books. Hopefully when it starts to warm up again I can get some more listening in. I'm pretty sure the last episode I listened to was the cell tower info. That the fax cover sheet even said the information was not to be used for location services. 13mo
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Samplergal Exciting! Is he getting a new trial? 13mo
FreeReadAndWrite @Samplergal he was granted one a couple of years ago but they‘re on their second appeal about it. I don‘t think they expect an final answer on it until summer 13mo
Samplergal @FreeReadAndWrite I‘m from the area originally so I am following it now. Thanks for the info 13mo
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Samplergal
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#nonfiction2019. I love non fiction. Something with law or medicine.

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Samplergal
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Great read for the true crime fan. I have no doubt this kid didn‘t do it. Knowing what I do about the area, his lawyer, who was a complete mess, the local politics, The Baltimore Police Department, I have no doubt that there was some hinky crap occurring. After 9/11, the area was not at all motivated to listen to a Muslim in an area surrounded by Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid headquarters, Fort Meade and NSA. #booked2019 #podcast

Samplergal The area after 9/11 was terribly racist toward that enclave of Muslims and local news revealed hate crimes to Muslim owned businesses and families at that point. Prior to 9/11, there were many people in the community who resented the highly educated community “taking jobs”. Obviously, I wasn‘t there, but I can see the Baltimore police making certain “they got their man”. Remember Freddie Grey. 13mo
heikemarie I‘m less sure. It doesn‘t help me that I find Adnan extremely unlikeable when he speaks so it may be hindering my judgement 🤷‍♀️ 13mo
Samplergal @heikemarie Why did you find him unlikable.? Curious as I found him pretty likeable. 13mo
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heikemarie @Samplergal He seemed evasive and obnoxious when I listened to the podcast. It‘s been a few years so I wish I could be more specific but I definitely remember leaving the podcast feeling that way. 13mo
Samplergal @heikemarie ah. I haven‘t listened to the podcast. Maybe I‘d change my thoughts. So many things to listen to now. I feel like I went down a rabbit hole now. 13mo
gradcat I read this book, but I had to suspend some belief because Rabia wrote it, and she is far from impartial. I do, however, agree with you 100 percent about the atmosphere post-9/11. Did you see that ridiculous scene in the courtroom where the prosecutor tried to claim that “this is happening all the time with” Muslims/Pakistanis? So racist! 13mo
heikemarie @Samplergal and I need to read the book and see if it sways me! There‘s always more to read and listen to 😬 13mo
Samplergal @gradcat Yes! Knowing the area he lived in, I was supervisor of speech language pathologists at all the schools mentioned in the book. I know the neighborhood, and even pre 9/11 other community members were resentful of the Muslims, Sheikhs, and Hindu. And didn‘t know the differences. One of the elementary schools was 95% Asian, mostly Pakistani. They were mostly doctors, scientists, and researchers who were often discriminated against. Sad. 13mo
emilyhaldi @heikemarie you should definitely read this book if you‘re interested in the case! You get a bit more insight from Adnan. He explains how scared he was to open up to Sarah Koenig during those interviews bc he didn‘t want to appear too friendly, as if he was trying to sway her, but he didn‘t want to come off rude either. He really struggled with how to present himself in the least harmful way to his case. It certainly made me feel for him 💔 13mo
emilyhaldi And I agree with you @Samplergal I am convinced he‘s innocent!! I thought the info that Rabia & friends uncovered after the Serial podcast was particularly fascinating. 13mo
heikemarie @emilyhaldi he actually addressed that in the podcast as well and I wasn‘t particularly impressed by the explanation. The way he responded when questions about details of the case not consistent with his version was what made him unlikeable. I personally think it‘s very easy to make yourself seem reasonable in text, and a lot harder to do when speaking, so who knows. I tend to sway toward believing he was innocent, as you all do. 13mo
emilyhaldi @heikemarie you have a much better memory than me! I don‘t remember that part of the podcast but I also remember liking Adnan from the start for whatever reason! I almost want to listen to the podcast again after reading this book... ugh, I just wish we had more answers! 13mo
Reviewsbylola I definitely think there‘s way too much reasonable doubt for him to have been convicted. 13mo
Cinfhen Jumping in @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @gradcat @heikemarie @Samplergal I think there is enough reasonable doubt to question Adnan‘s guilt and for the jury to reach their verdict so swiftly tells me 1. His lawyer was incompetent 2. There was tremendous amount of bias towards him/ his ethnicity 3. The judge did not instruct the jury properly because no way was there any proof or motive for premeditated murder!!! I think he should be released (edited) 13mo
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emilyhaldi
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Rabia must have thought this book was #myshot at getting Adnan‘s full story out to the public (well, in addition to her blog, twitter feed, and podcast!). And she did a great job of communicating the many details of this case and the doubt that pervades Adnan‘a accusation. I found the post-serial information the most fascinating, as I have already listened to the podcast. And I gotta say, Rabia convinced me of Adnan‘s innocence!

emilyhaldi I just wish we had more answers 🙏🏻 and hope someday we will. But ultimately, there are too many things that don‘t add up here and too much reasonable doubt to convict Adnan. I hope his upcoming appeal trial gets to the bottom of some of the judicial injustice. #musicalnewyear 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m not 100% convinced he׳s innocent but he definitely needs a new trial and I feel like all the time spent behind bars, 20 years should be considered time served (edited) 13mo
emilyhaldi Whoops! Forgot to tag #booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast 13mo
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Reviewsbylola As I said before, I didn‘t listen to Serial, but I am def convinced there is enough reasonable doubt. 13mo
4thhouseontheleft I listened to Serial but haven‘t read this yet. I‘m in agreement with everyone else that he needs a new trial. 13mo
L_auren Kind of think he‘s guilty and even so, he should NEVER have been convicted. We can‘t put people behind bars on so little 😭 13mo
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My latest audiobook. This occurred in my home area and remember this murder and trial. Having some connections via the schools I used to supervise, this really impacted the Muslim community in 1999. And then 9/11 happened... I am likely going to love this one. #booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast.

GingerAntics You‘re telling me someone murdered that sweet face? I can‘t even. What is with people. Clearly he was a huge threat with his dreams of his future and being alive. 🙄 13mo
Cinfhen Just read this, I thought it was really good. I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts. 13mo
Cinfhen @GingerAntics that sweet face is the accused murderer!!!! 13mo
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GingerAntics @Cinfhen WHAT?! That‘s even worse. What the hell?! What is with kids killing each other?! What happened? I may have to read this book now just to know. 13mo
Cinfhen He was accused of killing his HS girlfriend ~ from most accounts Adnan was wrongfully convicted because of his ethnicity. @GingerAntics 13mo
Cinfhen It‘s a really fascinating read @GingerAntics I don‘t want to say too much to sway @Samplergal or you!! Definitely read it or listen to the podcast that breaks down the whole case. 13mo
GingerAntics @Cinfhen crap that‘s bad. It‘s downloading from the library right now. I‘ve got to read this. Poor kid. There is a podcast? I need to go find that, too. 13mo
Cinfhen You can listen @GingerAntics Just Google Adnan‘s Story on Serial 13mo
Kaye I‘m not 100 % sure he‘s innocent. If you only read the book you‘re getting a swayed opinion. I‘m not saying he‘s guilty either. And as far as ethnicity , his girlfriend was also of a different race so I don‘t think that was it. The part that puzzles me is the WHY. And there‘s someone involved who changes his story repeatedly. RED FLAG 🚩 I‘d still like to know the WHY then it‘d all fall into place. (edited) 13mo
GingerAntics @kaye the way is always my first question. Not knowing that is frustrating. I‘ll be interested to read this. 13mo
Cubanmommy95 Oh I listened to he authors podcasts last year when I was listening to Serial. I'm going to have to check this book out. I am so so fascinated by this story 13mo
Kaye It‘ll be interesting to hear your opinions. I do believe he deserves a new trial with a good experienced lawyer. I‘m not convinced at all that it was a racially biased result. His girlfriend was a different race , some of the best friends were of more races , so it seemed like many ethnicities were involved in the trial as witnesses , accused, etc. The book didn‘t convince me an innocent person is behind bars. It convinced me he needs a new trial 13mo
Samplergal I‘m fascinated by this as well. I know the malls, the schools, the mosque. I remember one of my Pakistani translators talking to us about this family. I just stumbled on this from the podcast that was recommended to me because of being from Baltimore! 13mo
Samplergal I‘m about 65% of the way through this book and knowing of many in the legal community that were involved, this kid needs a new trial immediately. Having not finished this book yet, I do know the locale from the Best Buy and the high school and there is NO WAY the timing of this crime could have occurred. It is so congested there and Social Security lets out about the same time. Traffic is a monster at that time. What a cluster this case is. 13mo
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Cinfhen
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I was really caught up not only in Adnan‘s Story but in Rabia Chaudry‘s story too. Because whether intentional or not, she has inserted herself deep into this tale of corrupt behavior. While I had a few moments of misgivings, Im 100% certain Adnan did not receive an adequate trial nor did the prosecution prove beyond reasonable doubt. I certainly do not buy premeditated murder. I think time served has been met. #Booked2019 #RelatedToPodcast

jpmcwisemorgan I listened to the podcast. I think his trial could have been handled better and that there were too many “well, what about...” types of things that the ball was dropped on. Based on what I heard in the podcast I don‘t know that if I were on the jury I could return a guilty verdict because I had doubts. That doesn‘t mean that he didn‘t do it, but I don‘t know that the case against him was strong enough. I‘m also not sure that he acted alone. 13mo
Melissa_J Is it necessary to know the Serial background before reading this book? 13mo
4thhouseontheleft I feel the same as @jpmcwisemorgan. I‘m curious if the book covers the same info as the podcast, or has more recent updates? 13mo
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jpmcwisemorgan @Melissa_J @4thhouseontheleft I‘ve not read the book yet but I found the podcast to be really engaging. I‘d recommend listening to it because it was well done. I tried the second season, which is a different case, and it didn‘t draw me in as much as this one did. 13mo
cathysaid I agree he did not receive an adequate trial nor did the prosecutors prove their case. As to his innocence...I just can‘t decide. 🤷‍♀️ 13mo
4thhouseontheleft @jpmcwisemorgan I really enjoyed the podcast! But felt the same with the 2nd season, I never finished it. 13mo
Karkar I read this book and have been meaning to go back and listen to the podcast. 13mo
Cinfhen @jpmcwisemorgan @cathysaid @4thhouseontheleft @Melissa_J @Karkar This book is written from the PoV that Adnan was framed by the cops (because of his ethnicity) and it‘s supported pretty well by Chaudry. Serial presented all the facts & remained neutral, allowing for one to reach their own conclusion. The book doesn‘t really shed new light it‘s more of a repetitive pounding of Chaudry‘s belief. There are still some holes in his case 👇🏼 13mo
Cinfhen But enough reasonable doubt to question his incarceration. If you haven‘t read or listened to the podcast, I suggest Serial ( it‘s more neutral) @Melissa_J (edited) 13mo
Megabooks I‘ve done the podcast and book as well. For sure there was reasonable doubt. More so than the Peterson case!! 13mo
emilyhaldi I agree with you, certainly enough reasonable doubt not to convict him. I find it shocking that the jury came back with their verdict after a few short hours, but I wonder how many of them were so worn out by Gutierrez at that point that they just wanted it over!!! Curious if you have a theory as to what actually happened with Hae??? 13mo
Cinfhen I waiver between Dan or Adnan @emilyhaldi @Megabooks More towards Dan. I‘m still not sure how Jay plays into all of this. Im not sure I buy he was fed all the info. I think Hae knew her killer and it was totally accidental in a moment of rage/passion. Maybe even rough sex ?!? But either way, Adnan deserves a new trial. (edited) 13mo
Reviewsbylola I completely agree! 13mo
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More than just Adnan‘s story, this is also a fascinating look at Islam and the Muslim community. I‘m enjoying Rabia Chaudry‘s perspective and insight. I understand this book is written from the POV that Adnan is innocent but so far(only 25%in) there is no evidence that ties him to the crime.

Cinfhen Thought I‘d sweeten the post with a little peppermint bark @GatheringBooks ❣️😜 13mo
melbeautyandbooks Love peppermint bark! 13mo
violabrain If you listen to the Undisclosed podcast (season one) it is infuriatingly obvious that Adnan is innocent. His case was a gross miscarriage of justice. 13mo
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Kaye Will be interested in your opinion when done. I agree, the podcast is great and will fill in a bit more info. The book is more detailed but it‘s swayed in one direction, of course. 13mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen oh em gee! my absolute fave!!! 13mo
emilyhaldi I started reading the book yesterday then switched to audio so I could do some things around the house and am enjoying both. When I got to Adnan's letter to Rabia where he requests word search puzzles my heart just broke for him😭 if we assume for a minute that he is innocent, his tragic circumstances are too much to consider!! 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m going to listen to the podcast after I finish the book @violabrain @kaye and I agree @emilyhaldi he‘s been incarcerated for half his life already😢 13mo
Cinfhen @emilyhaldi I‘m really enjoying Rabia‘s personal story of her family‘s dedication and determination to prove Adnan‘s innocence. I‘m finding that aspect of the story much more compelling. 13mo
Cinfhen I do have mixed feelings right now @emilyhaldi about his innocence but 💯his attorney effed up!!! 13mo
emilyhaldi I‘m halfway through and so far I‘m pretty convinced of his innocence!!! Either way, no denying Gutierrez did a terrible job defending him. The moments when the judge had to cut her off for her rambling tirades made me cringe 😣 13mo
emilyhaldi I just wrote a long comment and it got deleted 🤔 ugh, well mostly I still think Adnan is innocent.. the part that always bothered me in the podcast and now the book is that Jay was able to take the police to Hae‘s car!!! That has always made me think Jay must have been involved and confuses the whole case. 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m nearly done @emilyhaldi and I agree, Jay is bad news! I wonder about the car too. I still think there was enough reasonable doubt NOT TO CONVICT and IF Adnan did strangle Hae it was NOT premeditated and I feel like he‘s served his time on manslaughter or some lesser charge. 13mo
Megabooks Gutierrez did an awful job!! I read the book two years ago and listened to the podcast before that and I was shocked by her poor, scattered performance!! @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen 13mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘ve been reading my #RelatedToAPodcast book and I‘m totally hooked. Any chance you started yet @emilyhaldi ??? It‘s really good!! It‘s been awhile since I listened to Serial so I‘m refreshing my memories.

Mdargusch How does it compare to serial? Does it seem repetitive? 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m only about 15% in and this is obviously from the perspective that Adnan is innocent but it‘s super compelling and not all that repetitive. Although my memory is shoddy at best @Mdargusch I‘m enjoying the journalistic styling so far. 13mo
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rubyslippersreads I have that same Kindle cover. 😊 13mo
Cinfhen You have EXCELLENT taste @rubyslippersreads ❣️❣️❣️❣️😘 13mo
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen So do you. 😄❤️ 13mo
TrishB I may have the same hand cream 😂😂 13mo
Cinfhen And it smells delish @TrishB 💕🍓💕 13mo
emilyhaldi Oh good! I was hoping to start this later today 🤗 13mo
KarenUK I listened on Audio... it was pretty interesting... 13mo
Cinfhen Any opinions @KarenUK about his innocence??? 13mo
KarenUK I‘m on the fence.... I really don‘t know.... most of the time I think he‘s innocent, but then there are a few things that make me question it... 13mo
Reviewsbylola Great picture. 🥰😍 13mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Reviewsbylola 😘😘Niki was only 13 in that photo!!! So crazzy how time flies 13mo
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Reviewsbylola
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So I never listened to Serial. I know, I know. I decided to give this one a shot anyway and I‘m glad I did. Rabia Chaudry is the sister of Adnan‘s best friend, and therefore has personal insight into the case and the Syed family. She lays out the case clearly (and there is a lot going on!!) and discusses how Serial came to be and what‘s happened with the case since then.

So now I need to know—do you think Adnan killed Hae Min Lee?!?

Amandajoy I don‘t know. I listened to Serial and there were a lot of holes. I think I‘d probably find him not guilty if I were on a jury. 1y
Victoriahoperose I think that he was involved possibly but I don‘t think he actually killed her. I just think it‘s weird that Jay knew the location. I feel like the story is flipped. Like maybe Jay killed her and Adnan helped him cover it up. The thing that gets me is the boyfriend at the time and all the discrepancies with him. What do you think?? 1y
Reviewsbylola I felt similarly at first but once the author delved more into Jay as a person and the reward money he received, I came to believe that he had nothing to do with the murder and only went along with where the police led him. Chaudry goes really far into police misconduct and it seems pretty apparent that they just wanted to pin the crime on Adnan. I think Don did it personally. @Victoriahoperose 1y
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Reviewsbylola I agree, I think that if you go solely on reasonable doubt, Adnan definitely should have never been convicted. As to whether or not he actually murdered Hae, I still feel pretty strongly that he didn‘t but I doubt we‘ll ever know for sure. @Amandajoy 1y
Mdargusch Wait, what?!?! You never listened to Serial? Crazy girl. 1y
Reviewsbylola I think I was the only one in the family. I remember you guys talking about it. So do you think Adnan did it? @Mdargusch 1y
Hooked_on_books I didn‘t listen to Serial either but did read this book. I don‘t think Adnan killed her. I don‘t really believe he was involved, either. Too many holes. He should never have been convicted. I think Don is the most likely culprit. 1y
batsy I always thought it was Don. The podcast was riveting, and I've been meaning to read this! 1y
Hazel0303 I‘m so glad you liked this! My heart breaks for All the families and for Adnan. I don‘t think he did it. I really don‘t. Beyond that feeling, I don‘t think the evidence points to him beyond a reasonable doubt so I would say not guilty if on a jury. I think Don was involved and Jay seems to know something about it. 1y
Hazel0303 I‘m also glad Adnan has a competent lawyer now and if memory serves the innocence project is involved, right? 1y
Reviewsbylola Yes, they are. Adnan currently has an appeal in with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals I think and is supposed to have a hearing in the next few months. So we‘ll see what happens! @Hazel0303 1y
swishandflick I thought all of that craziness about Don's mom being the one to secure his alibi, clocking himbin at a location where he didn't usually work and where she was the manager, was hella fishy. I personally don't think Adnan did it, though I can't say I feel certain. But I DEFINITELY don't think the state met it's burden of proof. 1y
Reviewsbylola I agree with everything you said! As the fact that the timecard had to have been falsified by the end of the same pay period is especially suspicious. @swishandflick 1y
Mdargusch I could never decide 1y
Hollie I don‘t think he did it, and I agree with @swishandflick that they didn‘t meet the burden of proof. 1y
Jess7 Omg! You must listen to Serial! I‘ve listened to Serial and Undisclosed the podcast Chaudry did with two others). I‘ve read the intercept article about Jay and I read this book. All that said, I think Adnan did it, but it‘s not clear to me that the jury should have convicted him based on the evidence submitted at trial. 1y
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1. Yes! 2. Probably about 10-15% nonfiction. I try to read at least one per month. 3. Sports, science, memoir, feminism, and lots of other subjects 😬 4. Fave that I read so far this year is The Good Girls Revolt. 5. I just started Adnan‘s Story for bookclub.
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I‘ve been wanting to read this book for awhile and saw it was a #KindleDailyDeal #WooHoo 🎉🎉🎉

emilyhaldi Ooohhh excited to see what you think! 2y
Kalalalatja I loved the Serial podcast about this case! 2y
vkois88 Ooooh thanks for the heads up! I have been wanting to read it too... 2y
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Blaire Interested to hear how it is...I loved serial! Is there ever going to be a third season? 2y
Cinfhen Will let you all know my thoughts when I get to book @Blaire @vkois88 @Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi 2y
vkois88 👍👍👍 2y
mhillis Thanks for posting! I‘m supposed to read this for book club but I didn‘t have a copy! 2y
Cinfhen Oh good @mhillis hope it‘s a daily deal for you as well! US &UK Amazon have different pricing 😜🙄😬 2y
mhillis @Cinfhen It was!! Just downloaded it! 2y
Cinfhen Yay!! I‘ll be watching for your review😀 2y
MStew Great podcast on him as well!! 2y
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I was pursuing Twitter (I should be reading or sleeping) and came across this. PS if you are on Twitter and don‘t follow Rabia ... WTH? She‘s hilarious and intelligent and fantastic and sassy lol

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If you LOVED Serial, season 1, this is a great supplement focusing on Adnan‘s innocence. The facts are well-presented and concise, though it is a complicated case.

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As a Serial and Undisclosed fan, I couldn‘t wait to get into this book but unfortunately Audible.co.uk don‘t have the audiobook? So I had to set up an American account - WORTH IT. I love Rabia‘s voice and her style of writing, and I find the case so interesting - tragic on the sides of both families involved, of course, but a very compelling story.

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A new look at Adnans case 🤓👣👨‍✈️, makes you wonder was justices done for both parties involved

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I spent the last 12 nights listening to this podcast and have to say more questions then answers have been opening up to me. I will keep a breast with this cast

Jess7 I loved the podcast. Have you read Adnan‘s Story by Rabia (the tagged book?) 2y
bookvixen Yes I was luck I read the book first, and hope to list to the other podcast on it 2y
ashleyamak Have you listened to the Undisclosed or Truth and Justice podcasts? They delve further into the investigation and answer a ton of questions Serial created. 2y
bookvixen Hi ashleyamark, I try but not getting up Adnans case 2y
bookvixen I found it at last on Spotify😊 2y
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Once I started to read Adnan‘s Story it made me sit up and start paying attended, why did the Police set their sights on Adnan‘s and complete blank any other suspects like Don, Hae Min Lee boyfriend of the time?

DNA was found but not tested? the question of why didnt the cops cover all their areas. As for their state witness he testimonial for me is weak he changes too much.
I hope justices is done for Hae, and that Adnan is not a scape goat

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This book, I understand, is very skewed and biased but listening to this audiobook on Libby is making me so angry just like listening to Serial a couple years ago did. I do think Adnan is innocent but regardless, there was a lot of shady police work and also his lawyer seemed inept. #audiobook #libby #truecrime #marchinbooks

JoScho That season of serial is something I still think about quite often. 2y
MissAimz_55 @JoScho if you haven't checked out this book you should. I mean it's very biased but there are even more details 2y
JoScho I certainly will 😊 2y
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If you liked Serial and want more, READ THIS BOOK! Rabia is not without bias but she's incredibly thorough, covering a lot of things the podcast skipped and new developments since. Mind. Blown.

Another example of our broken criminal justice system. Adnan was sentenced to LIFE on the word of one unreliable witness and bc of ineffective council. My opinion: Don probably did it and Jay‘s “confession" was coerced by cops to fit their narrative.

batsy That is what I think, as well... I need to read this! 2y
Lexeegee I haven‘t read the book, but I listened to the podcast. So frustrating to see the holes in the case and not be able to do anything about it. 2y
emilyhaldi So interesting! Did you think Don did it before you read this book? 2y
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swishandflick @emilyhaldi No, because in the podcast all you hear is that he had an alibi bc he was at work (LensCrafters). The cops never checked deeper than that to prove he was actually there (no actual witnesses). And it turns out he randomly logged hours at a different LensCrafters than his usual store and HIS MOM was the manager of the location where the hours for his alibi were logged, it was also possible to retroactively add/change the timecard. (edited) 2y
swishandflick @emilyhaldi So basically they had just decided that Adnan did it and didn't bother to investigate more deeply into any other suspects. It's so infuriating to me. 2y
Gayan I agree that it was probably Don. Asia McClain also wrote a book called Serial Witness, the editing was not great but it made me think. You can also listen to Bob Ruff's podcast, Truth and Justice, season one, which is probably the most cohesive look at the case out there. 2y
emilyhaldi Wow that‘s fascinating!!! How did the podcast miss that detail?! 2y
swishandflick @emilyhaldi I have no clue! The podcast also doesn't mention that the cops that investigated Adnan have been the center of at least 3 other cases where there was a wrongful conviction that was eventually overturned bc the cops basically left out any evidence that didn't fit the version of the story they'd chosen to believe (edited) 2y
swishandflick @emilyhaldi And in hindsight it was a red flag for me that when Sarah Koenig talked to Don he said something about how when the cops called to tell him Hae was missing he immediately knew he'd be a suspect and started retracing everything he'd done that day to get his story straight (as opposed to being worried about FINDING Hae, who at that point was still just "missing"). I could go on all day, haha (edited) 2y
swishandflick @Gayan I'll have to check that out, thanks! 2y
Gayan Did you know that Don's time sheet was forged? Also his mother was the manager of on of the branches that he worked at and his stepmother was the manager of the other. They got "all up in it" on Truth and Justice. 2y
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So last night I was all "my next true crime needs to be a case that has some resolution!" and then I started browsing library audiobooks on Libby and found this one. Time to get back into a Serial state of mind and continue to rack my brains on whether Adnan is guilty or not. (PS: I'm fully aware of this book's bias - Rabia begins the book by stating she firmly believes in his innocence. But she's going through the case pretty methodically!)

jessberk13 GREAT audiobook! 2y
vkois88 I have this on my TBR! 2y
Librariana Ok SO! I've been quietly following your Serial posts ? And I wanted to chime in because I listened to the first 3 or 4 episodes... then "Oooh! Something shiny!" happened and I was distracted by the Missing Richard Simmons podcast. I tried getting my husband to listen with me to Serial, but we seldom have the time together to really dive in. I think I need to just pick it back up on my own. You've inspired me! 2y
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GloVerdino Have you listened to the "my favorite murder" podcast? I've only done one episode so far but I liked it! 2y
Djspens This was the only podcast I‘ve ever listened to. I couldn‘t believe after all those hours, I still didn‘t know if he did it or not!! 2y
swishandflick @Librariana You definitely should! I was fascinated. 2y
swishandflick @GloVerdino I haven't but I'll have to check it out! 2y
swishandflick @jessberk13 I flew through the first 3 hours! Fascinating, frustrating stuff. 2y
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On 1/13/99, Hae Min Lee disappeared. She was found dead almost a month later. Her ex-boyfriend and friend, Adnan Syed, went to prison for her murder. The entire State case was circumstantial. Is he guilty? After reading this and learning about the physical evidence, I would say definitely not. While Chaudry is certainly biased, the miscarriage of justice that occurred here for both Hae and Adnan is horrifying.

Octoberwoman I didn‘t know this book existed! I avidly listened to Serial, a podcast about this case. 2y
Hooked_on_books @Octoberwoman She has a whole chapter on Serial and also mentions her podcast that followed, Undisclosed. I‘ve never listened to either, but I think this book would definitely appeal to listeners. 2y
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[Book 4 of 2018] Rabia, co-host of the podcast Undisclosed (a must listen), goes way into detail on Adnan's case. She also goes beyond this one case to address many issues with our justice system, including racism, Islamophobia, police and prosecutorial misconduct leading to wrongful convictions, failure to test DNA evidence, high incarceration rates, and how hard it is to get exonerated. Powerful.

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Quote from the author‘s podcast about the case - Undisclosed. Pertinent to anyone reading it.
“In his opinion [regarding the appeal], judge Welch noted an argument the state of Maryland made in their brief to him. The state characterized the evidence against adnan as, ‘Stronger than what is routinely presented against criminal defendants who are tried and rightly convicted & whose convictions are affirmed all the time.‘ “

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#serialpodcast lovers will appreciate this deeper dive into Adnan's story

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
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rather_be_reading i love serial! 1y
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