Try Premium for 30 days

Live games for all NFL, MLB, NBA, & NHL teams
Commercial-Free Music
No Display Ads
The Fact of a Body - A Murder and a Memoir-logo

The Fact of a Body - A Murder and a Memoir

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

"This book is a marvel. The Fact of a Body is equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth." -- Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestselling Everything I Never Told You Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes—the moment she hears him speak of his crimes -- she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky's crime. But another surprise awaits: She wasn’t the only one who saw her life in Ricky’s. An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, THE FACT OF A BODY is an audiobook not only about how the story of one crime was constructed -- but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe -- and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine. This program is read by the author.

"This book is a marvel. The Fact of a Body is equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth." -- Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestselling Everything I Never Told You Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes—the moment she hears him speak of his crimes -- she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky's crime. But another surprise awaits: She wasn’t the only one who saw her life in Ricky’s. An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, THE FACT OF A BODY is an audiobook not only about how the story of one crime was constructed -- but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe -- and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine. This program is read by the author.
More Information

Description:

"This book is a marvel. The Fact of a Body is equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth." -- Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestselling Everything I Never Told You Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes—the moment she hears him speak of his crimes -- she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky's crime. But another surprise awaits: She wasn’t the only one who saw her life in Ricky’s. An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, THE FACT OF A BODY is an audiobook not only about how the story of one crime was constructed -- but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe -- and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine. This program is read by the author.

Language:

English

Length:

10h 38m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

13:22


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

07:53


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

09:36


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

09:14


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

13:28


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

14:53


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

13:05


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

11:25


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

14:51


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

23:52


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

12:56


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

20:44


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

17:12


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

29:16


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

19:32


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

17:05


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

10:25


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

28:29


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

21:31


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

13:45


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

15:02


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

27:28


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

06:50


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

21:24


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

19:21


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

14:16


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

10:02


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

17:22


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

13:03


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

11:35


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

08:11


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

19:47


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

13:05


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

13:33


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

12:25


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

09:11


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

17:05


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

08:58


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

08:11


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

11:51


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

13:04


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

23:57


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

00:44