Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction | Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize | Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize | An American Library Association Notable Book
JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson
Read by the Author
Senator Cory Booker recently praised Bryan Stevenson’s narration of his audiobook in the New York Times Book Review, saying:
“Bryan’s book informed me, inspired me in my work and moved me emotionally. I read it and then listened to it on audiobook because I wanted to hear him read it. I remember grocery shopping in D.C., listening to him read as I went up and down the aisles, and tearing up as I was grabbing cans of vegan chili. Bryan is an extraordinary American, and his book challenges us to be a greater nation, one that lives up to our highest ideals and not our lesser angels.”—Senator Cory Booker
Listeners are sure to be equally affected by this powerful exploration of our legal justice system. As a young lawyer, Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
★ “Stevenson…is a gifted storyteller, and his earnest reading of this memoir provides an unforgettable listening experience. Very highly recommended for true crime aficionados as well as those interested in criminal justice and the law.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. JUST MERCY is his inspiring and powerful story.”—Author John Grisham
For listeners who enjoyed JUST MERCY,
recommend this recently released must-listen:
THE LIFE AND THE ADVENTURES OF A HAUNTED CONVICT
by Austin Reed, Caleb Smith, David W. Blight and Robert B. Stepto
Read by Dominic Hoffman
Dominic Hoffman narrates the earliest known prison memoir by an African American writer—recently discovered and authenticated by a team of Yale scholars—that sheds light on the longstanding connection between race and incarceration in America.
★ “Although written more than 100 years ago…[Austin Reed’s] story was lost and unknown until the manuscript turned up at auction in 2009. This candid and stirring autobiography provides an intimate look at the cruel and violent world of crime and punishment in the 19th century…Reed’s unique story is highly recommended to anyone interested in African American history or the history of crime and punishment in the United States.”—Library Journal, starred review