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Unbroken

One Woman's Journey to Rebuild a Life Shattered by Violence: A True Story of Survival and Hope
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Violently gang-raped when she was 13 years old, and raped three more times before the age of 18, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will. 

Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way. Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all: leading a fulfilling and happy life. 

But the road to piecing her life back together was long and painful. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm. It is the ultimate act of courage. In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity.

©2017 Madeleine Black (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 01-07-2020

Powerful, heartbreaking and very, very brave

This book is an intense, difficult listen that is no less necessary, particularly in a society and era that is marred by rampant gender-based violence. The strength and resilience of this woman, who has fought and been through so much, is evident in the very fact of her writing this book (and narrating it!) in the frank, candid way of someone who is finally unafraid to expose the truth. The horror of rape and pain of trauma is balanced with hope as the author describes a journey marked by strength courage, love, support, and ultimately deep fulfilment. A must read for anyone and everyone, really.

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  • L Burman
  • 30-05-2020

An inspirational story

Unbroken is an amazing story of how Madeleine Black overcame the horror of being gang raped as a child.

Covering the details of what happened and then going on to explain how her life changed and the fight to live again.

Madeleine's journey is one that unfortunately many people will relate to.

I have read and now listened to Unbroken a number of times. Every time there is something I can take away from it which motivates me to continue my journey to find my voice.

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  • Louise Mitchell
  • 21-04-2020

Wow

I so wanted to reach into the story and take this young girl into my arms. I had so many emotional reactions like this as I read, but mostly I just want to say what an incredible lady you are Madeleine.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 21-04-2020

Uplifting

I bought the ebook of Unbroken a while ago, but when I discovered that Ms Black was releasing an audio version, I held off reading it as I wanted to listen to it first. The first few chapters had me reeling. Ms Black and I were both 13 years old in 1979, we both lived in North London, we socialised in the same places. My father was also a holocaust survivor and I travelled to Israel in my late teens to 'get my head sorted'. What was clear that in those days, women had very little power against men. The rape and attempted murder of Ms Black was harrowing to hear. However, if she can live through it, the least I could do to honour her courage was listen to it. I didn't cry then, but I did when she moved on to the forgiveness element of her story. I was overcome emotionally by how she rebuilt her life, brick by brick and spent a great deal of last night and this morning, sobbing. Not from sadness, but from awe at this remarkable woman's bravery and her determination to recover and be whole again. We bandy the word 'inspirational' around far too easily today - but this is so deeply moving and so fulsome in its telling of healing that there is no other word for it. I don't believe I have the words to properly explain how shaken I was by Ms Black's story. This woman has risen like a phoenix from the flames to lead us, by her example, in how we humans should treat each other. She must have the most enormous heart, full of love and forgiveness. I am humbled by her grace, her generosity of spirit, her strength of character and her capacity to forgive. Listening to Unbroken may be extremely difficult in places but in comparison to Ms Black's achievements - it's really not; we should consider it a privilege and an honour to hear her story and to understand how vital forgiving those who trespass against us, really is. I must end this review by expressing my gratitude to Ms Black for her candour, her dedication to forgiveness and her solicitude of other survivors. This world is a richer place because people like her exist in it and demonstrate human kindness. Thank you for being you.