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Left to Tell Audiobook
Left to Tell
Written by: 
Immaculee Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin
Narrated by: 
Lisa Renee Pitts
Left to Tell Audiobook

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

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Publisher's Summary

In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee forged a profound and lasting relationship with God.

The triumphant story of this remarkable woman's journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

©2006 Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin; (P)2006 Hay House

What the Critics Say

"Ilibagiza's remarkable path to forgiving the perpetrators and releasing her anger is a beacon to others who have suffered injustice....This book is a precious addition to the literature that tries to make sense of humankind's seemingly bottomless depravity." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kim Pasadena, CA, USA 01-22-07
    Kim Pasadena, CA, USA 01-22-07
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    "What a triumphant spirit"

    This book was flawless and although what the author experienced was a million times worse - I still felt like I was right there with her on that bathroom floor. At times I felt I couldn't go on listening and sometimes did stop the recording but I knew I had to finish - if she could experience it and come out on the other side stronger, wiser and closer to God - then I could simply listen. This story of courage has forever changed me and the way I view the world.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Long Island City, NY, USA 02-22-07
    Cristina Long Island City, NY, USA 02-22-07
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    "Excellent!"

    Very well written, very well read.
    I could feel every bit that was described. The most inspiring book I have listened to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Pearson Idaho 11-23-11
    E. Pearson Idaho 11-23-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Well Worth Your Time"

    "Inspring" in no way does this book justice, but it is inspiring. It is also horrifically tragic--but lest that scare the timid-hearted off--rest assured that the horror and tragedy are presented in extremely non-graphic and bitter-LESS form. Much more could be said, but I'll quit at that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debby SALINAS, CA, United States 06-28-08
    Debby SALINAS, CA, United States 06-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Compellling, Inspirational and Fascinating"

    I resisted reading this book, thinking that any story about the genocide in Rawanda would be too depressing for me to cope with. I was wrong. This story is written and narrated so well, that I listened to the book in one day. Gory details are not what the author focuses on. It is her story of the power of forgiveness and faith. I was so deeply touched by this story that I had to review my own view on faith. I highly recommend this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Paradise, CA, USA 02-07-07
    Donald Paradise, CA, USA 02-07-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Captivating! Enthralling! Uplifting!"

    Immacul?e Ilibagiza's "Left to Tell" is required reading for any of us suffering from bitterness, self-pity, PTSD or any other wallowing disorder. The book moves quickly feeding one with food for thought. The first person, non-fiction narrative makes me wonder how much immunity I have to the infection that inspired the killing spree in Rwanda. It makes me ponder as to whether I would have the strength and virtue of Pastor Murinzi the "local pastor" who harbored Immacul?e Ilibagiza.

    A great read for anyone desirous of breaking stereotypes. Immacul?e's story lacks the taint of bitterness that most of us would be incapable of eliminating in the recounting of such a horrific tale.

    Anyone who thinks such things couldn't happen in "their" town needs to fall on their knees and pray that it doesn't.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kari 07-21-16
    Kari 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Forgiveness, One at a time!"

    Hope, healing beyond understanding. God is faithful and Immaculee's life is a witness to His great mercy and answered prayer. Thank you for making sure we don't forget about the Holocaust in Rwanda.

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    Stacie Wakefield, Quebec Canada 07-15-16
    Stacie Wakefield, Quebec Canada 07-15-16
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    "Must read"

    This is an incredible journey of faith, hope trust in God.

    It teaches us that God is with us every moment of our lives.

    How do we worry about such little things.

    How did the rest of the world not help them and why we didn't do our part to pray for them.

    It should give us clear direction on our role in the world. We should pray daily for Peace with all nations and all races.

    Prayer has infinite value.

    Story of hope so eloquently written. Very powerful.

    I hope to meet Immacule some day.

    God bless her and all she does. Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn E Sisco 06-26-16

    Catholic, educator, and whole 30. I like big books

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    "Faith, courage, and strength in the real world."
    If you could sum up Left to Tell in three words, what would they be?

    Such a powerful real story. My students were transformed and changed by this book but, truly more by the audible version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Immaculee


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Renee Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I am aware


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I did personally. In class, my students NEVER wanted me to stop.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vince Marietta, GA, United States 04-28-16
    Vince Marietta, GA, United States 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story, amazing narration!"

    I have listened to many audible books and this by far is absolutely the best narration I have ever heard. The narrator brings the story to life and doesn't outstanding job of voicing all of the characters. Her re-create shin of the accents and of the emotion of each of the people in the story is unmatched. The story itself is almost too evil and cruel to believe but sadly it is. There's so much hope and healing in this story. Well well worth reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daman 03-17-16
    Daman 03-17-16 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Sadness mixed with optimistic inspiration"
    What did you love best about Left to Tell?

    The storyline was amazing and true. It left the reader wanting more and captivated by the chilling scene in Rwanda.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inspirational message of "all we have to give in this life is love" even the darkest of times.


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Renee Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it definitely made me want to listen in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book! You will not regret it. It's a harrowing tale of survival in the darkest of times in the Rwandan Holocaust.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Lest we forget!!"

    Powerful, heart wrenching account of the horrific Rwandan Genoside. There are lessons for humanity, for us all at a personal level within this account of one woman's shocking and moving experience. The narrative is delivered with such power, emotion and vulnerability you are taken on a journey, a roller coaster beyond anything I could imagine. Lest we forget! Everyone should read this book.

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