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Secret Slave

Narrated by: Faye Adele
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (138 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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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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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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heavy but well written

it's hard to rate a book that's based on such an horrific experience but in respect to the author, it was well written. my rating is based on that and not the content. the narrator did an amazing job separating characters as well. not for anyone under 18 or anyone who suffers PTSD from similar trauma as this would be highly triggering.

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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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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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Heartwrenching and disturbing

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

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Sad tragic story of abuse

This is a book that has a gripping tale of sexual abuse & violence. I did find it very hard to listen to the parts that described her abuse in such detail. This is a very sad story with only partially a happy ending - I hope she finds the strength to prosecute the monster and his entire family.

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Brilliant!

I love memiors and I have read many of them - this was one of the best!

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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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  • txammug
  • 03-02-2020

Incredible story!

This very sad true story is hard to read; not because of the writing, but instead the story content. I can’t imagine how someone’s lives a “normal” life after enduring such torture.

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  • Amanda NJ
  • 25-10-2020

Epic account of abuse and survival

Powerful story of a kidnapped girl's survival. A wake up call to all medical professionals and police about signs to look for as to when to interviene. Hard to listen to due to content, but very necessary. I doubt few girls would have been as strong as Anna was.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-2020

I felt her pain!!!!

It's a tragedy to know that this goes on in our world, but I am so proud of Anna to be brave enough to talk about her survival!!!!

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  • Athena
  • 06-10-2020

Must read

Such a touching and painful story. A story about strength and growth. If anything support the strong female author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-2020

wow

I was crying, begging her to run and keep running , the amount of pain and suffering that a poor young child had to indure makes me sick and saddned. I was hoping qt the end she took the whole family down. But just knowing that she survived and is thriving is beautiful.

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  • Mini Guy
  • 10-08-2020

Well written but very intense!

This book is intense and a bit graphic but it is a story that needs to be heard! Well written and well narrated.

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  • Sherry Eckman
  • 07-08-2020

boring

very slow and very boring. would not recommend. my first audible very disappointed. not good

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  • Sydnee Knighton
  • 30-07-2020

astonishing

What an amazing woman. Right from the first chapter you know this book will be a rough one to read. What incredible strength she has. the whole time I just wanted to hug her and tell her how strong she is. please be aware this book maybe triggering for some.

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  • Valerie Delgado
  • 23-07-2020

Page Turner!!

Very well done. The stuff that Anna went thru is something I can't put into words. It's a very good book. I'm listening to it again.

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  • Jasmyne
  • 10-06-2020

Definite Read So Glad Anna stayed very strong

Loved this book! Anna is a very strong Woman and she is Loved so much

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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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-2020

good but

horrible to read.. it was so emotional to read. Don't take me wrong, I like based on true stories book but this was one was very hard for me to finish. I recommend to read/listen to it if you are like me liking based on true stories!

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  • Kelly Robinson
  • 30-08-2020

so sad

This was extremely difficult to read and listen to. I must say it is one of the most detailed books I've ever read it's just heartbreaking. it's a shame she did not feel confident to press charges and take back her children. however I am not here to judge. I hope now she is finding happiness and peace. God bless you Anna

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  • B.C
  • 14-08-2020

Shocking!!!

Shocking that even all those years ago no one noticed or if they did they turned a blind eye. It’s a shame that back then and even today things like this can go on and is disguised by way of culture so many do not ask questions as it’s accepted. Very good book and good narrator. Good to listen to.

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 23-07-2020

Extremely Sad

I felt so sad for this lady & how many times someone could of helped her & failed her. Be prepared as the abuse is quite graphic. This lady has been so brave to share her harrowing story with us.