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Sufferings in Africa | [James Riley]

Sufferings in Africa

In this classic tale of adventure, a young American sea captain named James Riley, shipwrecked off the western coast of North Africa in 1815, was captured by a band of nomadic Arabs and sold into slavery. Thus begins an epic adventure of survival and a quest for freedom that takes him across the Sahara desert.
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Publisher's Summary

In this classic tale of adventure, a young American sea captain named James Riley, shipwrecked off the western coast of North Africa in 1815, was captured by a band of nomadic Arabs and sold into slavery. Thus begins an epic adventure of survival and a quest for freedom that takes him across the Sahara desert.

This dramatic account of Captain Riley's trials and sufferings sold more that one million copies in his day and was even read by a young and impressionable Abraham Lincoln. The degradations of a slave existence and the courage to survive under the most harrowing conditions have rarely been recorded with such painful honesty.

Sufferings in Africa is a classic travel-adventure narrative and a fascinating testament of white Americans enslaved abroad, during a time when slavery flourished throughout the United States.

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What the Critics Say

"Reader Brian Emerson is monotonous and cool, punctuating sentences by prolonging the last word and dropping his voice. The didactic, well-pronounced delivery...makes the history seem plausible." (AudioFile)

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    Leslie Grey McCawley Sydney Australia 09-05-07
    Leslie Grey McCawley Sydney Australia 09-05-07 Member Since 2013
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    "19th century shipwreck saga"

    This is a harrowing and amazing account by a New England ship captain of his crew's shipwreck off northern Africa in the early 1800s. His writing is vivid and comprehensive, describing their treatment, and the lifestyle of their captors, and how his own wits and faith saved most of his crew. It is quite grueling, but worthwhile and it all ends well, thankfully. I kept wondering how many Americans had died overseas in similar circumstances, those who had not been able to talk their way to freedom? The narration is good, as well.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Anne seattle, WA, USA 02-05-08
    Anne seattle, WA, USA 02-05-08
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    "May be a great book, BUT..."

    I tried two or three times to listen to this book, partly because I saw the story on TV and it was utterly captivating. However, the narrator has such a strange oral delivery that I found it impossible to concentrate sufficiently and get into the story. He has a nice sonorous voice, but he doesn't seem to put the proper tones and intonations at the right places in the sentence. It is hard to explain, but you might want to listen to the preview first before buying.

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    "an absolute must listen to"

    This is an incredible story! The author was capable enough to be able to tell us all that happened to him in such a way that after you finish,you feel (for better or worse) that it was actually you that had the experiences. I was captivated all the way through the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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