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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Aug. 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HGXTXQA
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Adnan's Story: The Case That Inspired the Podcast Phenomenon Serial Audiobook – Unabridged
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As a fan of firstly Serial, then Undiclosed and dipping in and out of other related podcasts, whilst running an eye over Reddit occasionally, I was fairly sure I was completely on top of this 'story' from a listeners perspective. I thought I knew everything I needed to know, certainly enough to piece together Adnan's innocence and the corruption that hangs over his imprisonment. But there were parts of the book that I wasn't prepared for - Adnan's story, really. His family, their background, his background, what his life now is and what the future holds for him. It's easy to listen to a 60 minute podcast and be aghast at what you discover, the facts uncovered and then just as easily turn back to your day and not really think about it until the next episode drops. But with this book, all of the dots are joined. The names become people, the places become homes and communities and a way of living - you understand so much more about Adnan and his background, his community and a little bit of history too.
Rabia did a fantastic job of making such a high-profile, almost public case so incredibly personal and real. There is a lot of extra information in the book that you don't hear in the podcasts, lots of detail to those facts already out there - plenty to keep you as engaged as Serial and Undisclosed once did. Rabia did a fantastic job of finding the balance between the crime, the punishment, the attention surrounding the case and the real truth, that a young boy's life was essentially stolen from him, and yet to be returned. Though it was reassuring to read Adnan's thoughts through various letters and stories, insisting that he does live a life - maybe not what he imagined as a schoolboy, but it is his life and he is living it. Hopefully it won't be too much longer before that life changes for the better.
Emotional, funny but very, very real - this book was brilliant, and I am very much looking forward to an updated version when Adnan is rightfully freed.
Also, I can't believe we had to wait for long into the book before Mr. Beans got a mention...! I was hoping for a pictures section in the middle, featuring Mr. Beans in a range of shocked poses!
Quite simply Serial was an entertainment type glossy and the Undisclosed podcast much more factual and informative.
I would say save your money and listen to the podcast which is free unless you want to be educated by the muslim references or know more about Rabia herself neither of which I did hence I found this book disappointing.