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Getting Life

An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace
Written by: Michael Morton
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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Publisher's Summary

On August 13, 1986, just one day after his 32nd birthday, Michael Morton went to work at his usual time. By the end of the day, his wife Christine had been savagely bludgeoned to death in the couple's bed - and the Williamson County Sherriff's office in Texas wasted no time in pinning her murder on Michael, despite an absolute lack of physical evidence. Michael was swiftly sentenced to life in prison for a crime he had not committed. Drawing on 25 years of recollections, court transcripts, and more than 1000 pages of personal journals he wrote in prison, Michael recounts the hidden police reports about an unidentified van parked near his house that were never pursued; the treasure trove of evidence, including a bandana with the killer's DNA on it, that was never introduced in court; the call from a neighboring county reporting the attempted use of his wife's credit card that was given to local police; and, ultimately, how Michael battled his way through the darkness to become a free man once again.

©2014 Michael Morton (P)2014 Tantor

What the critics say

"In this absorbing first-person narrative, first-time author Morton shows readers how it is possible in our justice system to be convicted of a crime without substantial evidence." ( Library Journal)

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  • MuRoxiea dMe
  • 2015-03-20

really good....brought us through each step.

excellent creative non fiction...biography. easy to understand and well written. thanks for sharing your life

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  • Amy Holland
  • 2016-05-19

Powerful

I loved this book. A true story that needed to be told. Thank you Michael for telling us your story. Everyone should read this book. His vivid descriptions help you feel as though you are right there!!

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  • Janet
  • 2016-05-17

Awesome and heartbreaking story

This mans' story was well written and riveting. So much pain for so many innocent people. So glad he finally was cleared and able to have the remainder of his days in freedom!

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  • Rebecca Sponcil
  • 2016-04-29

Couldn't stop listening

This was a very good book that definitely shows the dark side of our justice and penal systems. It is a book about a very brave and courageous man and his fight for freedom. An amazing story!

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  • Letitia D. Estes
  • 2016-04-20

Great read, shocking

What did you love best about Getting Life?

Gripping story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Getting Life?

The idea that this can happen to anyone. Really scary! Our criminal justice system is seriously flawed!

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  • Wendy Turnbow
  • 2016-04-04

Michael I am truly sorry OF THE injustice YOU and your family, Mostly of course YOUR baby boy!

This is the only review I think I have noted after several 100PLUS true books I've read. This hit me hard with a lot of pain and shocking. Enough tears!!! I am very aware of how the law works bad and good as I have been in this line of work for some time. My only downfall was and is I WON'T GO ALONG WITH THE CROOKED COLD AND one's whom are no better then the law breakers we book in. I sure hope your lifestyle has found some type of Normalcy after all of the wrong and yrs of that torture! The. Police who where to help let you down AND destroyed what you needed most, someone to trust, to do their job and help you! I hope my comments find you and all that loved Chris well! I'm so very sorry the law was more interested in making themselves and their department look better instead of taking care of you and your son! Lazy , without any care nor empathy for anything except the paychecks they receive !

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  • Cheryl Sanders
  • 2015-08-09

AMAZING!

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This book unnerved me. Very disturbing, but thank God for the Michael's release!

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Mr. Morton is clearly an amazing human being!

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  • Johnny Wilde
  • 2015-07-27

Very interesting! A must read.

Very interesting and unfortunate story. A story that needed to be told nevertheless. This is one of the few books that I could stop listening to. I kept waking up during the night and had to listen to a little more. I'm so glad the truth prevailed here. I'm definitely going to innocent project about volunteering.

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  • Melissa
  • 2015-03-13

Amazing

Truly amazing and inspiring story. Excellent narration as well. Gives true meaning to the concept of justice and truth. Amazing.

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  • Matthew Coppins
  • 2014-12-24

Triumph and heartbreak

Wow! What an emotional story. It's inspiring that Mike is not bitter and that he is getting on with his life after losing 25 years to prison for a brutal crime he clearly didn't commit.

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