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4.41 out of 54.41 out of 54.41 out of 54.41 out of 54.41 out of 5 4.41 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Thompson-Cannino Narrator: Richard Allen, Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken - but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After 11 years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed.

Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face - and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives. In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 2/20/2014

    " An amazing story of forgiveness. A woman is raped and sends the wrong man to jail. It is their story of how they ultimately became friends! Amazing people. It also talks about the justice system and some of the incorrect ways that they had/have for identifying the culprit and how they are working to change that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/17/2014

    " What a powerful true story!! It's a great reminder of the power of forgiveness! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/12/2014

    " I have also been a victim of sexual violence and have a firsthand understanding of what Jennifer was going through. However, I also have a background knowledge about the unreliability of eye witness testimony. The fact that anyone could be convicted of a crime with such an enormous sentence just because one person said so is scary. The book was well written and free of unnecessary fluff. A surprisingly feel good story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/21/2014

    " I tend not to like non-fiction, but I think this is one of the most important books of our generation. I know that's a big statement to make but it's true. this book deals not only with the atrocious injustice in our legal system, but also with a power and strength of 2 individuals that is almost unbelievable and certainly rare in this world. I've read alot of great books but very few have actually touched me the way this one did. everyone should read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jill | 1/2/2014

    " If you like true stories of a college students rape and 11 year journey to deal with the consequences you would like this book. You may find it depressing but an upbeat ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 12/23/2013

    " Good book about injustice and the ability to forgive "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Flanagan | 12/17/2013

    " incredible true story of resilience, grace, forgiveness and hope. Cant wait to hear the author speak at Novi Library in Nov! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/15/2013

    " I have just started this book, but I like it a lot. I am interested in how the former slave will transform his life when he is freed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan Kang | 11/26/2013

    " This is a great true story and the book is okay but, maybe because it's written by two non-writers and because you know how the story turns out if you read anything about it, there is a lack of tension to keep you going. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Joyce | 10/30/2013

    " Great book! Heard Jennifer Thompson-Cannino speak about her story! Remarkable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie Loeb | 10/21/2013

    " It is a quick read and an enlightening one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Miller | 10/20/2013

    " What a great book on forgiveness and hope. Also, for the truth that DNA holds and how it can help exonerate the innocent and yet stop the perpetrators Loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca Furr | 10/17/2013

    " Finished this book in one sitting. It definitely gave me a new perspective on the justice system and how a man (and countless others, unfortunately) are incarcerated for crimes they didn't commit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa Morris | 10/12/2013

    " I'd heard this entire story on 60 minutes and still decided to read the book. It is AMAZING! It's non-fiction, yet incredibly captivating. I would highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 10/3/2013

    " Loved this book. Gave me faith that there are really good people out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randi | 8/21/2013

    " Amazing and powerful book about how a relationship can be amended after and injustice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Schmuck | 5/23/2013

    " AMAZING book about forgiveness! TOOK MY BREATH AWAY! Must read for anyone studying criminal justice concerning eye witnesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 4/12/2013

    " Fascinating! Really quick read. Inspiring thoughts on how to forgive and let go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/4/2013

    " i dont like to read books about rape, who would, but that this is a true story and an innocent man went to jail for 11 years is powerful and important to know. can dna of the criminal almost always be found somehow? sometimes that seems like it should be the only admissible evidence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/13/2012

    " Ronald Cotton sounds like an amazing person. After two false convictions and eleven years in prison, he met with his accuser, told her he wasn't angry and that he forgave her. I think I'd be pretty angry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djuna Brizzi | 6/7/2012

    " Awesome story of love, justice and forgiveness! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/1/2012

    " This was an incredible true story. Very moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya Watkins | 12/17/2011

    " Wow. what a great story and what strength these people had to have to forgive and become friends and co-advocates of the same cause- this happened in NC! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Hartlove | 7/29/2011

    " A memoir of injustice and redemption "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/19/2011

    " Easy read, interesting characters. A real testament to forgiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/14/2011

    " This was a very inspiring and eye-opening book about two sides of a heinous crime. Worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 5/4/2011

    " This one will make you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christen | 4/22/2011

    " I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. It was very interesting and will make for a great discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/18/2011

    " This is a great book and a true story. We chose it for our required reading for freshman at ECU. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 4/11/2011

    " This is one of those books I can't put down, you'll want to read cover to cover! Excellent and thought provoking, even days after you read it! For everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiss-that-frog | 4/5/2011

    " This was a fantastic book. I really enjoyed it. I was crying along with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 3/21/2011

    " favorite part of this book (aside from the obvious redemption story) is that it mentions so many people and places i now know through my burlington friends. "

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About the Author

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino lives in North Carolina with her family. She speaks frequently about the need for judicial reform and is a member of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, the advisory committee for Active Voices, and the Constitution Project. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Durham-Herald Sun, and the Tallahassee Democrat.