• Prisoner

  • My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison - Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out
  • By: Jason Rezaian
  • Narrated by: Jason Rezaian
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (288 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The dramatic memoir of the journalist who was held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran for 18 months and whose release - which almost didn’t happen - became a part of the Iran nuclear deal.

In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. Rezaian’s reporting was a mix of human-interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding but soon realized it was much more dire as it became an 18-month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes. 

While in prison, Rezaian had tireless advocates working on his behalf. His brother lobbied political heavyweights including John Kerry and Barack Obama and started a social media campaign - #FreeJason - while Jason’s wife navigated the red tape of the Iranian security apparatus, all while the courts used Rezaian as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal.

In Prisoner, Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial. He also reflects on his idyllic childhood in Northern California and his bond with his Iranian father, a rug merchant; how his teacher Christopher Hitchens inspired him to pursue journalism; and his life-changing decision to move to Tehran, where his career took off and he met his wife. 

Authored with wit, humor, and grace, Prisoner brings to life a fascinating, maddening culture in all its complexity.

“Jason paid a deep price in defense of  journalism and his story proves that not everyone who defends freedom carries a gun, some carry a pen.” (John F. Kerry, 68th secretary of state)

©2019 Jason Rezaian (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Very well done.

Excellent book. Engaging, thoughtful, informative and important. And, I am grateful for your brother. Welcome home to you, your wife and your Mom!

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Compelling from start to finish!

I couldn't stop listening to the book. Amazing story, great writing and the narration was fantastic.

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Should have been much better given subject matter

Amazingly boring story considering the circumstances behind it. Probably should have been about one third as long as there just isn’t much there. Story is mostly just the day to day tedium of a relatively hospitable prison. Author isn’t a particularly good writer. It’s almost like he’s just telling the story in a bar. Only really his own reaction and perception represented like it’s a sophomoric diary. And his narration is even more uninspiring. I wanted to get some greater sense of Iran and its political and prison culture, but this is a very shallow American point of view.

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Lacks insight

While the author’s plight is truly terrible, the story lacks depth and insight. Did not come away with any greater understanding of how or why the Iranian government thinks or acts as it does. Wish it had.

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Journalism and Freedom

This is an excellent look into the disaster of "justice" in countries without any sense of fairness. Through the descriptions of Mr. Rezaian, I got a much better look at how dysfunctional it is in Iran.

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Captivating story.

Jason Rezaian gives readers the inside experience of being an Iranian political prisoner. So well written, without malice, even though he was in prison more than 600 days without cause. This is a must read for understanding the complicated relationship between the Iranian government and the word of truth.

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A door into a life of an Iranian American

A writer is really humble about his story telling skills! He is a great writer.

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Simply Awesome!

I heard a broadcast with Jason Rezaian on NPR. He was discussing the impact of the Covid quarantine on the average person. The quarantine failed in comparison to his 544 days of Iran imprisonment.

This book is only a glimpse of his triumphs and strength. This book was an incredible testament to Jason, his family, and his power to stand for what is right. Thank you, Jason Rezaian, for sharing your experiences.

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Riveting

It was hard to stop listening when I had to do something else. The story is riveting even when you know the ending. Jason’s performance is so natural, it’s as if he is just talking to you personally and telling you his story. Truly exceptional.

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I very much enjoyed this book.

Jason is very much like able. What he went through was truly testing and I cannot imagine what that was like. It was very much heart warming to hear how the Washington Post came through for him. And it is truly wonderful the relationship you had with Anthony Bourdain. I wish I had a chance to meet him. He has had a profound impact on my life, watching him on the Travel Channel.

Thank God you are home and wife sounds like a truly amazing woman!