As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Later in life, in war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq, she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she travelled to Somalia – "the most dangerous place on earth."
On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives "wife lessons" from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory - every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity - and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the tortured woman kept in chains in the dark.
A House in the Sky is the searing and intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.
©2013 Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
'Moving and informative reading for everyone.' (Library Journal)
'Writing with immediacy and urgency, Lindhout and Corbett recount the horrific ordeal in crisp, frank, evocative prose. But what readers will walk away with is an admiration for Lindhout’s deep reserves of courage under unimaginable circumstances.' (Booklist)
This is a powerful and harrowing story about hope - the loss and regain of it - and forgiveness. You really live the story with the author as she narrates it and at times you can hear the emotion in her voice. I can't imagine the strength it must take to relive this nightmare by writing and reading this book.
This was my first audio book and i finish it in days! Her experience was carefully described and well documented. Can't wait for the movie to be out.
This is a compelling narrative read by the author which gives an added intensity to the listening experience.
Hauntingly honest, many scenes brought tears to my eyes. It has remained with me long after I finished listening
Avoid this if you don't like hearing about the reality of difficult circumstances but recommended if you want to learn about courage, hope and the human spirit.
"An absolute MUT READ ....if you can..."
This may seriously be the most gripping story you'll ever read/listen to
It is definitely 18+
Not for the faith hearted.
It is riveting, intense.
You are best warned that this is no ordinary biography.
The depth of human cruelty can make a harsh read.
This book will make your heart skip a beat and teeth grind from time to
It's frequently say audiobooks give you much more than just a book. But
this one... Wow!
Narrated by Amanda herself, it makes for an experience that is intensely
genuine and relatable despite never having lived anything close to this.
I hung up to her every word, often listening for hours before putting it
down (2 days to go over 15hrs)
The story is so intense by moments, I had to lower the volume to tone it
I love reading biographies and this is certainly a Top 3 ever.
Thanks to Amanda for sharing this intimate story and for being able to
describe this as if it was an "out of body" experience. I remain amazed
someone could go through this yet demonstrate incredible wisdom and
compassion despite such raw recent memories.
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Compelling but heartbreaking story. Could not help thinking how strong Amanda is.
Amanda is so forgiving and her strength of character got her through a terrible ordeal which was made worse by the mere fact that she was a woman.
This story is so sad in places it made me cry
Overall I would recommend this book. It's pretty gripping. Took a while to get going though. The first 1/3 of the book was mostly about her previous travels round the globe but when the story takes off it is pretty gripping and to be fair it normally takes me months to get through an audiobook. This one I've finished so quick my next audible credit isn't even available yet :)
An insight into this hostile world,and its reasoning processes. Its a shame that Amanda missed seeing the beautiful side.
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