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The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Dennis Boutsikaris, Craig Wasson

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2006

Duration: 12 hours 31 minutes

Summary:

When Ron Williamson signed with the Oakland A's in 1971, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big-league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits. He moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa.
In 1982, a twenty-one-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were arrested and charged with capital murder.
The prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.
If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this audiobook will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

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  • Jacl

    This book was awesome. I drive all day long and this book had me on edge hanging on to every word. Grisham's best work

  • Katherine Herrick

    A sad story because it's true, and just another example of how a justice system fails us if it's littered with dishonest, power-greedy officials like the ones Grisham writes about. The only criticism I have with this book is it seemed to go on a little longer than it needed to. I was sort of played out for the last few hours. John Grisham is a very good writer but he's not a great writer in my opinion. The great writers of true crime like Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood") and the latest one I've found Robert Kolker ("Lost Girls"--excellent, I highly recommend it!) are few and far between, but it takes a while after reading them to work my way down to enjoying just a very good author again. They spoil me and make authors like Ann Rule or Danielle Steele virtually impossible to read. The narrator for John Grisham's first non fiction is good in that he doesn't overact or interject inappropriate passion nor is his voice a monotone that can also diminish the enjoyment of an audio book. You won't be disappointed.

  • Abbey

    I love most of his books, but since this one was a true story it went on and on with just FACTS. No excitement.

  • betty

    Like others I didn't realize this was based on a true story, but I could believe the injustice. I also come from a small town that has issue with blind justice. To the reader that couldn't finish the book just because of the content, wake up to a reality check.

  • cheryld503

    i can't possibly say enough about this book. i recommend it to everyone i talk with. it made me so aware of the wrongs in our criminal justice system, and my heart goes out to these people, and their families. what an incredibly horrible experience for everyone concerned. i was so into this book, i almost didn't want it to end. my hat is off to john grisham. thank you for an amazing story.

  • Jim

    I enjoyed the book, I am always amazed at the injustice so prevelant in our sytem. This is well written, couldn't wait to hear the next chapter, almost like fiction.

  • Anonymous

    This book is very different from the usual John Grisham novel but then real life is hardly comparable to fiction. I did enjoy listening to it as it does show the many problems in exist in our legal systems especially in small towns.

  • Mickey Way

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the Audiobook jury, this one did not live up to MY expectations of an interesting story. But that doesn't mean YOU won't enjoy this story. At your request, Simply Audiobooks will provide you with 5 discs of concrete evidence to review for yourself. I have reviewed these discs, and I find "The Innocent Man"? is guilty of forcing complete strangers to fall asleep against their will. It is now time for you, the listener, to deliberate and decide for yourself if this one is a keeper, or should this novel be condemned to collect dust on the shelf for life.

  • Anonymous

    This was NOT his best work!! If I had another book available I would have sent this one back. Pretty dry and boring.

  • Marlene Alhandy

    Thorough and interesting. A provoking story told in detail. Much better than Grisham's last dreadful book.

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