Adnan's Story

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Publisher Description

After more than twenty years in prison, Adnan Syed’s murder conviction was overturned, and he was finally set free. Rabia Chaudry’s New York Times bestseller and award-winner Adnan’s Story reveals how the case was mishandled and became the subject of Sarah Koenig’s Peabody Award-winning podcast Serial.

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 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. Featuring information about Adnan’s life in prison, and weaving in his personal reflections with never-before-seen letters, Rabia’s account is “a true story about real people. Adnan’s Story adds context and humanizes it in a way that could change how you think about the case and about Serial itself” (Los Angeles Times).

“Chaudry’s clear, vivid and highly readable account of the case will bring the story to life for readers unfamiliar with the podcast, and even the most devoted Serial fans will find fresh insight and a vast amount of new material. Chaudry’s legal training serves her well as she marshals her defense, but so too does the Pakistani heritage and Muslim faith she shares with Syed.” —Washington Post

Rabia Chaudry
hr min
August 9
Macmillan Audio

Customer Reviews

Rebekah Elaine ,

Adnan is free!!

I first learned about Adnan’s case while listening to old episodes of a true crime podcast. It sent me down a rabbit hole of podcasts including Serial and Undisclosed- amongst others. During my binge (lol) I was pleased to learn if Adnan’s release. Knowledge of his freedom made me want to know more about how he was ever convicted in the first place. That’s how I ended up here. I’m so glad that some podcast somewhere recommended this book. It is very well written, detailed, and fills in lots of gaps from other content that has been put out. While there are still so many in answered questions about this case, I’m very happy to know that Adnan was ultimately set free.

Brooke Jones-Henderson ,

Very comprehensive

I appreciate how Rabia breaks down this case and I am so happy Adnan is free! She does a great job! This is the only way to get the full picture of the case. With that said, I am disappointed in how Rabia has been behaving recently on her new podcast with Ellyn. Rabia if someone had a podcast like this filled with jokes, laughter, and personal “theories” about Adnan you would have been very upset. Ellyn keeps calling all the information you’re sharing as “FACTS” (in all caps because all she does is scream at the top of her lungs) but a lot of information is left out from the cases you share. Maybe you just haven’t had enough time finish researching the case. I will read your next book and I’ve always supported you and your fight for Justice- please listen to all the feedback you and Ellyn are receiving. Working with her has hurt your credibility. Rabia does have an amazing voice for audiobooks and she reads this one which is great!!

Joy123joy123joy ,


Beautifully written and spoken by Rabia. Maybe she is already living "100 lifetimes" to accomplish all she has done in support of justice and religious freedom for all in America.

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