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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,027 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.