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Author: Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin Narrator: Kevin R. Free, Bryan Stevenson Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9781427293060
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Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

“An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty–nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty–seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty–four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty–year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

This program includes a forward written and read by Bryan Stevenson.

Praise for The Sun Does Shine audiobook:

"The incredible details of Hinton's trial and eventual release are narrated in an honest, easy style by Kevin R. Free...He captures the Southern rhythms of Hinton's speech with a natural cadence that brings us closer to his pain." — AudioFile Magazine

"Kevin R. Free performs this work with flashes of anger cast over a deep humility, and captures the sense of humor that Hinton was, incredibly, able to hold on to during his long years in solitary confinement...This is a story that enrages and inspires." — New York Times

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, New York Times bestselling author

  • "The actor Kevin R. Free performs this work with flashes of anger cast over a deep humility, and captures the sense of humor that Hinton was, incredibly, able to hold on to during his long years in solitary confinement — his affability could get even prison guards to smile. This is a story that enrages and inspires. New York Times

  • Highly recommended, especially for personal and public library audiobook collections. Midwest Book Review

    "In this intense memoir, Hinton recounts his three-decade nightmare: awaiting execution for crimes he didn't commit...Hinton's life is one of inspiration, which he wonderfully relays here in bitingly honest prose." (Publishers Weekly)

  • “A riveting account of the multiple outrages of the criminal justice system of Alabama…[and of] the nearly biblical capacity of the author to endure, to forgive, and finally to triumph…His book is a harrowing masterpiece.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A wonderful memoir…a story of forgiveness and struggle and a story of friendship and imagination.”

    Observer (London)

  • “A memoir of spectacular grace…as moving and inspiring as memoirs get.”

    Garden & Gun magazine

  • “This incredibly moving chronicle…is one staggering revelation after another but also a lovely portrait of kindness, warmth, and how faith is its own reward.”

    Independent (London)

  • “A testament to the power of faith and the strength of hope…[and] the long overdue need for criminal justice reform in America.”

    Bustle

  • “Hinton’s ability to speak about the injustices he faces with such poise and composure is his greatest gift.”

    Harvard Crimson

  • “In this intense memoir, Hinton…provides a convincing description of continued segregation and injustice in the deep South that cages the underclass as effectively as prison walls…Hinton’s life is one of inspiration, which he wonderfully relays here in bitingly honest prose.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An urgent, emotional memoir…A heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about truth, justice, and the need for criminal justice reform.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Kevin R. Free brings so much emotion to this beautifully written and heartbreaking memoir—rage, hopelessness, fear, humor, despair, hope, love. Everything comes through in his voice, making the book that much more powerful."

    BookRiot (audio review)

  • “Anthony Ray Hinton’s story is not for the faint of heart…His lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, reads his own foreword, which whets our appetite. The incredible details of Hinton’s trial and eventual release are narrated in an honest, easy style by Kevin R. Free…[who] gives us the sense we are hearing from a young Hinton. He captures the Southern rhythms of Hinton’s speech with a natural cadence that brings us closer to his pain—when he calls out for Mama and prays for a miracle, we are right there in his cell.”

    AudioFile

  • “If there is ever a story that needs to be told, it is this one. Anthony Ray Hinton is extraordinary, an example to us all of the power of the human spirit to rise above complete injustice.”

    Sir Richard Branson, English businessman and philanthropist

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • A London Observer Pick of Book of the Day
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for Summertime Listening
  • A Parade Magazine Pick of the Summer's Best Nonfiction
  • A New York Times audio bestseller
  • A BookRiot Pick of Audio Must-Listens
  • Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Nonfiction
  • Among longlisted titles for Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year, 2018

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About the Narrators

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.