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Lissa

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  • The Slave Across the Street

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Theresa Flores
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    While more and more people each day become aware of the dangerous world of human trafficking, most people in the U.S. still believe this is something that happens to foreign women, men and children - not something that happens to their own. In this powerful true story, Theresa Flores shares how her life as an All-American, blue-eyed, blond-haired, 15-year-old teenager was enslaved into the dangerous world of sex trafficking.

    Melissa Keating says: "A good message does not make a good book"
    "A good message does not make a good book"
    Overall

    My heart goes out to Theresa, and I think her story could have a very important message. Unfortunately, this message did not come across in the audio book. All I really perceived was a montage of horrific acts of violence against a young girl, ending with a list of people that could be blamed for what happened. I did not feel like there was a genuine explanation of how she survives today, or what the readers can actually DO. I'm all for being uncomfortable when reading about such a serious topic, but I would like for there to be a purpose in mind.

    To be fair to Theresa, this was truly some of the worst narrating I have ever heard, and that may have contributed to how responded to the story. EVER SINGLE WORD that aggressors said was grotesquely emphasized , presumably to make sure we understood they were evil (They tricked a girl into white slavery. I think we could have figured that out on our own). In addition, the narrator tried to make her voice deep and gruff for every male character and breathless and delicate for every female. The result was actually pretty funny, but this is not a funny story. Raudman, or whoever instructed her, did this story a great disservice.

    To summarize: I wish I never would have listened to this audiobook. I am deeply interested in the subject, but this book is NOT the place to turn if you want to learn about the issue of modern slavery. However, I cannot be sure if this is due to Theresa's storytelling or the narrator's ridiculous choices. Either way, "Slave" by Mende Nazer (hard copy; I haven't listened to the audiobook) would be an infinitely better choice.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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