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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bryan Stevenson

Narrated By: Bryan Stevenson

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2014

Duration: 11 hours 7 minutes


#1New York Times Bestseller | Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times The Washington Post The Boston Globe The Seattle Times Esquire Time Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction |Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize | Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize | An American Library Association Notable BookA powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he 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. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. Praise for Just MercyEvery bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields. David Cole, The New York Review of Books Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America's Mandela. Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times You don't have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful. Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he's also a gifted writer and storyteller. The Washington Post As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty. The Financial Times Brilliant. The Philadelphia Inquirer 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. John Grisham Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and Just Mercy is extraordinary. The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim CrowFrom the Hardcover edition.


  • Kathy K

    I will never forget Bryan Stevenson and the good this man has done during his lifetime. It’s incredibly humbling to read this book and consider the topics he and his team champion and battle everyday. This is a story that will stay with you long after you finish digesting the last chapter. I’m so grateful to have met Bryan through this book...he is a hero to many, myself included.

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  • Janeth G

    I was reading this book for my English class and I personally don't enjoy reading much. However, this book was so interesting; it's one of the best books I've ever read. Also, it was amazing to get to know how Bryan Stevenson helped so many people, it was truly inspiring.

  • Diane M

    This book is a bright light amongst all of the disappointing news of the day. Bryan Stevenson has invested his life in some of the most vulnerable people in our society - those who have no voice and are trapped within our criminal justice system. The reader is introduced to the stories of several incarcerated men and their families and a lawyer who does his best to promote justice for those he represents. Inspirational book!

  • Wilber J

    This book is a must listen for everyone who want a better life. Who has a heart

  • Rosemarie H

    The words "must read" are overused by apply here. The pacing was just right and the language was simple, clear, un-lawyerlike! The stories are all true which made it all even more compelling. Prepare to ride the emotional roller coaster as you expand your understanding and awareness.


    This book is amazing!! It is heartbreaking but also keeps you engaged in the story.

  • Samantha W

    Even though it was heartbreaking I thought this book was amazing. Bryan Stevenson is someone I truly admire. He is a gifted story teller who brought to light so many things I was in aware of. I'm sure him and his EJI team will continue the incredible work they are doing!!

  • Christian M

    Reallly compelling book, it was recommended and it so worth it. It's so good I hope everyone in our nation reads it. I'm so glad I read it.

  • Cindy Winters

    This book was very engaging. It tells heart breaking stories of the multiple injustices that occur in our country. The author weaves statistics throughout the book. We can be a very fearful and cruel nation to our most vulnerable. We can and must do better than this.

  • Dwan Burton

    This account of Walter McMillian and several others who received unfair trials, convictions, and sentencing is tragic but beautifully written. Stevenson gives just the right amount of background information on various related topics to show how the history is relevant to the cases being discussed without losing the reader. At first I was a bit annoyed at how the book jumps around among cases Stevenson was working, but then I quickly began to appreciate how it kept me engaged and committed to each individual and their stories. I listened to this via audiobook, not knowing the book's author was narrating the audio for the book, I was annoyed for much of the first half of the book because the monotone narrator (IMO) sounds like a white man, which thoroughly confused me in the beginning as to the race of the stories narrator/author. I hate to say that a person sounds like a different race, but it was a bit distracting in the beginning. Once I did some quick research and found video of Stevenson's TED talk, that help me better appreciate the narration. Stevenson has had an amazing professional journey, I love the way he weaves in accounts from his personal life and and how they related to the struggles he was facing professionally against the criminal justice system. This is a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love his path and dedication to fighting for justice for those who have been purposely wronged by the criminal justice system. Hopefully this book will enlighten folks who negatively perceive the formerly incarcerated and presently incarcerated as less than. As everyone who has been accused is not guilty. And everyone who is guilty cannot be judged and sentenced without thoroughly assessing their mental abilities and facts of their circumstances. We are all human and Stevenson's account of each of his clients helps to depict this fact. Additionally, while many everyday folks have had some interaction with the criminal justice system, either personally, or via family or friends, most don't know what it's like for those on death row and facing an impending electrocution. Stevenson humanizes a topic most don't ever think about and shows the effects of rendering capital punishment in a very flawed criminal justice system.