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Secret Slave

Narrated by: Faye Adele
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

You're not going home. You're not going anywhere. You're mine now.

Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world. So when a friendly taxi driver befriended her, Anna welcomed the attention, and agreed to go home with him to meet his family. She wouldn't escape for over a decade.

Held captive by a sadistic pedophile, Anna was subjected to despicable levels of sexual abuse and torture. The unrelenting violence and degradation resulted in numerous miscarriages, and the birth of four babies.... each one stolen away from Anna at birth.

Her salvation arrived 13 years too late, but despite her shattered mind and body, Anna finally managed to flee. This is her harrowing, yet uplifting, true story of survival.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Anna Ruston (P)2018 Tantor

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Warning: Graphic scenes of abuse

I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Absolutely terrible what this girl had to endure, but it should come with some sort of warning for how graphic it is. I've read a lot of harrowing things before, but this was just too much. Returning.

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carolynaclarke@gmail.com.au

I really hope the author DOES tell a court of law her story. This book will throw you every emotion imaginable.
It makes me feel lucky to have lived my life as such it was.
Love to the writer for sharing this with us. 😘

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Horrible

Found this boring too much waffle and padding. I really feel for the author and the experience however I didn't enjoy this book.

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Unbelievable story

This was a story you will not soon forget filled with the most evil treatment of an innocent child at the hands of a disgusting excuse for a human being & his family who are equally as evil. No one should ever have to have lived these horrors. Please take the time and listen to Anna’s story. She is one incredible woman.

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Narrator was brilliant. Story was heartbreaking.

Incredibly sad situation. Can't believe this really happened. Couldn't put this book down, I just wanted to hear how it ended.

Thumbs up to the narrator.

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This Story Has Never Been Corroborated

Firstly, if this story is indeed true, then I am very sorry for the author. But with that said, much of how this story is written seems fabricated.
I have read many auto/biographies dealing with this subject matter and there is something about this particular story that seems a bit off.
Because of my suspicions that at least part of this story is pure fantasy, a few chapters into this book I decided to do some further research.
There seems to be no available evidence that the author’s story has ever been corroborated by any independent witnesses and the author has never gone to the police.
I believe this novel may be a collage of other real victim’s experiences poorly written into a single story and sold as the author’s own.
This is just my opinion so please do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

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Slightly disappointed

It was almost as though I could hear a fish tank or some type of trickling water in the background throughout. At the risk of victim blaming, its frustrating at times throughout listening to the amount of missed opportunities, but I suppose no one could understand until they were in that position.

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heartbreaking truth

so beautifully written but such a horrible horrible experience I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy, I admire your courage, braveness but most of all how you are a survivor. I hope they get their justice one day...

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WOW this book was amazing. very heart wrenching xx

i found it hard to stop listening to this book. the narrator was very good.

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Heartwrenching and disturbing

this was an amazing and incredulous story of a survival one cannot imagine. excellent read

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  • Juanita
  • 15-04-2019

Thirteen years in hell

This story sounds too awful to believe. It is difficult to believe that people can be so depraved that they would subject another human being to the pain and horrible treatment this young lady underwent. How she survived shows the indomitable strength of the human spirit. I have listened to this story fifteen or twenty times and still wonder how she survived.

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  • Cammie Burleigh
  • 08-04-2019

Strong and brave

This is a fantastic book about will, strength, and courage. It’s also a story of horrific abuse and mind games. One person can make a difference!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-2019

Well Worth Your Time

I especially liked how the love for her babies made her endure such cruelty. Blessings

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  • Artem Synytsia
  • 24-10-2018

i hope the rapist gets put away to prisoner.

Please prosecute him Anna. Best of luck with everything. It is really sad what happened to you.

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  • Expecting
  • 11-08-2018

If you can get through the very graphic abuse

After the first chapter, I turned the volume down each time the main character was being raped or abused. It was too much for me. I can't understand how anyone can be so cruel and it made me very angry.
This story captures the tragic life of a vulnerable young girl who is abducted by a sadistic predator who preys on her because she is alone. Being a mere child, she does everything in order to survive and nothing to escape while given many chances. No matter what she endures, rapes, abuse, being a baby making factory . After 13 years she finally escapes, burdened for her it seems, with the trauma of what happened to her.

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  • Liina
  • 25-06-2018

Too much for me

The story is absolutely horrible and scary. Written and performed really well but I couldn’t go past first chapter as it is just painful to listen.

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  • Tammy M
  • 10-06-2018

well written

It was a well written book. I know this happens more than we hear about. This book was sometimes hard to read, just unbelievable that she was so stong throughout her whole ordeal.

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  • Aaron W.C.
  • 05-06-2018

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As someone who grew up with an abusive family I completely understand Anna's situation. I highly recommend this book to every survivor of child abuse. Reading this book helped me to heal from my own troubled past.

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  • Aimster
  • 09-05-2018

Left me speechless

Faye Adele does an amazing job narrating this book. The story literally left me speechless. I cannot begin to imagine what this lady had gone through, what it was like, or how it continues to haunt her. As well as other women/children who share story. I pray for all of them.

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  • Joy
  • 26-04-2018

Why wouldn't you?

the story keeps your attention the fact that this is based on a true story and she never went to the police when she was free is the reason I've gave it a four-star because that's the least she could have done so that other girls did not fall in the hands of this monster.

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  • Minx3008
  • 14-06-2018

Lost for words

This account is simply awe inspiring! I cannot believe that these terrible events weren’t stopped on the number of occasions that professionals became involved!
Far more questions should have been asked m!
I hope that we can learn a number of valuable lessons.
Well done for telling your side - the truth! What a huge amount of strength you have!

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  • Belle
  • 21-09-2018

Very graphic.

Good to hear a story of survival, but the descriptions of her trauma are very graphic and detailed so be prepared. Not for the faint hearted.

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  • garry p.
  • 27-05-2018

Fantastic read, my heart goes out to Anna Ruston.

My heart ached listening to this ladies horrible "life" how she trudged on just biding her time to set out her escape, Many men or women would have given up with life after experiencing all of this but thank you Anna for giving us an insight as to what you want through :( but I'm so happy she has now found her love, who she always kept that place in her heart for him 😘

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  • John Lake
  • 12-05-2018

Anna Ruston secret slave

What a good story and to think it was all true is unbelievable what that girl went through and to come out the other side is a tribute to her iron will .

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  • Sharon Cooper
  • 01-11-2018

fantastic

One of the best audible books I have ever heard. A must read. Heatbreaking and really well told

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  • D
  • 25-06-2018

An extremely hard listen

I have listened to many books describing horrific life ordeals, this one though, was an extremely hard one to listen to! Yet I couldn’t stop because I needed to know that this little girl has found a way out! My heart goes to her, and to all people suffering abuse. I gave the story only 2 starts because it seemed inappropriate to give it a high rating considering how bad the little girl suffered. 5 starts for her courage to speak up and put it in writing. I just hope that she would summon the courage to seek justice for herself.

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  • Liz
  • 13-04-2019

Harrowing

I couldn't stop listening to this story. It's heart breaking. The cruelty this girl endured is horrendous. There are evil people in the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-2019

Speechless......hard hitting, gritty, true story that is not for the feint hearted!

I’ve just finished this book & wow, I’m almost speechless!! What a book!! This book had me gripped from the very beginning, the narration is fantastic & the writing even better......what a woman Anna is! How she survived such a 13 year ordeal is unbelievable & to share her story with the world is so brave. This book is not for the feint hearted, there are parts that had me crying, gasping, cringing & stopping the book with the sheer shock & horror of what I was listening to (& the knowledge that this actually happened to a real life person)
Anna is so strong & I’m glad there was a happy ending for her (albeit a working progress). She was let down by nearly every single person in her life including authorities, & not just once but time & time again! It’s a disgrace & this book will definitely have me taking a second look at situations that don’t seem “right” in some way! Thank you Anna for sharing your story, you think you aren’t strong enough to bring that man to justice but you are! To survive that captivity & depravity proves how strong you really are!!

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  • Elissangel
  • 25-03-2019

Shocking true horror story, emotional rollercoaster

I loved this book the strength of Anna is amazing I think it’s very brave for her sharing Her story and hopefully many more people slowly do the same thing and this may be a book that can help people to open up.
It’s a story that should never of happened but it’s a wonderful ending and I was reading the book non-stop for the last couple of days.
Anna has a wonderful way with words and even though there are some shocking and horrible graphic information some of the ways she describes the scenarios could make you feel that you’re there in the room with her wonderful account very very very sad but very descriptive.
And with the wonderful ending and the surviving it just means reading this book gives you hope.
Also the audible reader is great I love her accent and she does Annas accent so so wonderfully
Made me giggle And she was doing her Asian accents because my husband is Bengali and I often talk with an Asian accent.
Thank you Anna for sharing your story and I wish you all the best in your future and in your recovery you are a wonderful survivor you’ve made me more dedicated to put on my story onto paper very soon.

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  • Tony Wafer
  • 25-03-2019

powerful and confronting

A powerful and confronting story, i almost stopped listening a few times due to the disturbing content but pushed through as i had to know the end of the journey. Spoiler alert , i was surprised this is all alleged and not been taken through a court of law.Im hoping this book does not hinder that process if Anna decides to go down that path for full justice. Overall an excellent book but not for the faint hearted.