©2004 Mende Nazar & Damien Lewis;
The narrator for this book is phenomenal. Her expressions are so wonderful and really tell the story. I could not stop listening to the book when I started it and stayed up much too late two nights in a row to find out what happened. Mende's story is unforgettable. She is such a brave woman. Her point is there are many others like her and she wrote the book for them. It was so interesting to hear about her beautiful early days in a tribe of the Nuba mountains. It was terrible to hear when she was made a slave to Arabs. She escaped the ordeal with great courage and wrote this book for other people to know. Listen to it. You will never forget it.
Yes! It so easy to miss little nuances when having to process so many emotions while listening to this type of material.
Realizing how easily slavery is proliferated in so called "civlilized" modern-day society. But, feeling extremely grateful that so many were willing to put their lives on the line to put the situation right!
All of the characters were well read.
No. The book provoked too many emotions to listen to all in one sitting!
If this can take place in the UK, there's nothing to make one believe it doesn't take place in the US.
This is a very sad, but interesting story. I finished it in three days! The narration is amazing, and makes it authentic. Even the life Mende lived before she was captured was very interesting to read! It's worth the credit!
This is the 5th audio book I've listened to. It's definitely top 3.
I love how no stone was un-turned in telling this story. It was also amazing hearing how close her bush community was.
I don't think I could ever listen to any audio book in one sitting lol... but I'll never say never.
This narrator is second to NONE! I almost gave up on this audio book, so glad I stuck with it. I rarely get emotional, but I found myself almost brought to tears in chapter 31. Listening to what this woman went through as a child, all the way up to adulthood is incredibly horrific. Just picturing the rape smh...Here is a child who hasn't even reached puberty yet, who then endures infibulation(which made her even smaller), is not fully healed from the event, and is then raped by a grown man. And then there's the possibility of getting pregnant and giving birth? Holy $***! I've heard about how girls are circumcised in other parts of the world, but the horror of it never struck me until I you-tubed "infibulation". A video popped up that was 1:34 seconds long. I could only get through 7 seconds of it.What I found preposterous was how her captors were supposedly devout Muslims, all the while treating her with zero kindness, love, compassion or concern, especially her first tyrant in Khartoum Sudan. I then began thinking, what kind of God would allow this kind of torment to happen to a child? Hearing stories like this give confirmation of my conversion from Religion to Atheism."Any God who would allow children to suffer in this way, can either do nothing to help them, or doesn't care to. He is therefore either impotent or evil"- Sam Harris. I'm getting off topic but I'll finish by saying this; I'll never complain about ANYTHING in my middle-class american lifestyle again. Five star story this was. The narrator was the icing on the cake.
a moving story that had my heart and soul moved by a remarkably strong woman who faced such atrocities and fought back against her abusers. The fact that so many continue to suffer the same fate makes me want to persue a way to help . Anyone who doesn't believe that slavery still exists today, needs to read this book.
I loved this book, because it spanned the author's entire lifetime from her joyful childhood to her eventual escape. It details all the trauma of kidnapping & slavery that we would otherwise never know about, both physically and emotionally. It was even better because of the narrator. This narrator had an incredible ability to voice many different languages and accents. It brought so much the story. Truly a great narrator and a great book.
Slave is not the first book I've read on the topic of indentured servitude, slavery or genocide, but for some reason Mende's story lingers with me and resonates most powerfully because of how she was able to describe her life prior to "The Raid".
The narrator brought the story to life with realistic lilts and voice cadences the made each character pop. To say this story was properly written and well read is an understatement.
The horror and brutality this young woman faced was enough to break a person's spirit, but not Mende! She had such a strong will to survive and break free...and she did it. It's a wake up call to all free people...freedom is taken for granted by so many of us. Her story motivates me to research and explore how I can make a difference and help people like Mende Nazer.
This is a powerful story that I will listen to again and again. The narration is fabulous. I hope a follow-up of Mende's life will be written.
Very enlightening. The story begs for justice to the people who enslaved Mende. Hard to believe that people are captured and sold as slaves as was done 300 years ago. But it's true.
Absolutly amazing and moving story, superbly narrated. Inspires one to make a difference in the world. Highly recommended to everyone.
"difficult to understand"
It took me a while to get used to the very strong accent of the narrator. It waswas nevertheless a moving story
"very good listen"
engrossing sad heartwarming
Mende the girl whom the book was about I loved listening to her story it was so sad but she never gave up hope that someday she would be free again.
No have,nt heard of her before.
I did have a very emotional reaction to this book it made me feel very sad that human beings can treat other human beings in such a callous unfeeling way. But on the other hand some parts of the story were also quite funny and touching.
I really liked the sound of the narrators voice and the feeling she put into the telling of mendes story.
Heart rendering, gives an excellent insight to one woman's plight during the slave era. Hankies at the ready. Would make an excellent film.
I was shocked by this book, particularly as everything happened so recently and it still goes on. It has really opened my eyes to modern-day slavery. This is not to be missed and I strongly recommend everyone to listen to this.
A disturbing account of a young girls enslavement and the brutal and horrific treatment she endured at the hands of the two families who subsequently 'owned' her.
Mende was 12 years old when she was snatched by slavers from her loving family in Sudan. After years of inhuman treatment, she finally ends up working for the family of a diplomat in London. From here she manages to escape and eventally gains asylum.
This raw account should be read as part of the school curriculum, to create awareness of modern day slavery and it's impact on survivors.
Beautifully read - a 'must listen'......
Utterly gripping, mind opening and important. History writes itself by the minute and this is a significant part of today's shocking history - told by it's protagonist in the most heart thumping way. I was so affected by the book that I will soon be meeting the writer so see how I (or rather my favourite club on this earth) can help her.
Jenny Cutler - a member of the best public speaking club in London - London Cardinal - part of the Toastmaster Organisation.
A very good book got into it and could not put it down
mende's story is one of those rare moments in a life when, having lived ina basically comfortable 'place' over my lifetime, i was educated and humbled beyond what any news print could and imy heart is forever changed. i only wish i knew how Mende is in 2009! thank you for 'making' me grow again spiritually.
"incredible. buy this book."
it's a great listen.
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