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Sold Audiobook
Sold
Written by: 
Patricia McCormick
Narrated by: 
Justine Eyre
Sold Audiobook

Sold

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Package Design, 2014

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt - then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother's words - simply to endure is to triumph - and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision - will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.

©2006 Patricia McCormick (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Hard-hitting...poignant. The author beautifully balances the harshness of brothel life with the poignant relationships among its residents." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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    Sherry HOUSTON, TX, United States 08-26-13
    Sherry HOUSTON, TX, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A story that needs to be told."

    I read a lot but seldom review a book because for the most part they are just entertainment,
    A thing you pick up for a few hours and forget in a couple of days. You will not forget this book. If you think this tale could only happen in a foreign country you are wrong. Human trafficking is happing in our country. It is not on the scale you would find in a third world country but it exist. I wish I could honestly say I have always spoken up when I saw a wrong committed. I only know that going forward I will try harder.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ali Thomas Chicago, IL 03-20-15
    Ali Thomas Chicago, IL 03-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The ending killed it for me!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    um not so sure but it could be interesting to explore it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting: desire to survive, desire to win. Least interesting: constant whining, the Americans who are always there to save the world apparently from itself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she was crossing the border and the guy asked her to call him husband. She referred to him since then as uncle-husband.


    Could you see Sold being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I guess so since the Americans are heroes and saviours.


    Any additional comments?

    What I didn't get is why one of the American was set to save this one girl that he happened to be alone with and completely forgot about the other girls. The ending could have been better. It made absolutely no sense to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monique 02-04-15
    Monique 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Haunting"

    I don't read a lot of Young Adult books and when I do I like to read contemporary YA. Sold was a lot heavier than I was expecting mainly it caught my attention many years ago and I forgot what it was about. Because of the heavy topic I won't call this an enjoyable listening experience, instead I will call it memorable. I don't think I will be forgetting Sold and it's main character, Lakshmi, anytime soon.

    The narrator, Justine Eyre, brought Lakshmi's voice alive and at time I forgot that I was listening to a grown woman read me a story instead of a young girl telling me her experience. Eyre has a real talent with voices and accents and coupled with the story they went together perfectly.

    Overall Recommendation: Read

    While I liked Sold and the audiobook version. I think it is a story better read then listened too. The subject matter is just too deep and at times I wish I could stop the audio and take it back up later like a book. It's harder to do that with audiobooks because it's harder to judge natural breaks in the story. I will say that the audiobook worked nicely with the vignette style of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. L. Golden Sioux Falls, SD 01-08-15
    P. L. Golden Sioux Falls, SD 01-08-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Eye opening"

    Sometimes it is hard to hear and learn that there are people who would treat other human beings in this way.
    Well written story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Van Boening 07-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Heartbreaking, Beautiful Story"
    Where does Sold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened too, albeit one of the most difficult to stomach. Lakshmi's story is fictional, but is also a representative for the thousands of girls who get trafficked each year. The books is written from the perspective of a 13-year-old Nepalese girl, and the language and narration reflect this. It makes for a very powerful story.


    What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Justine Eyre does an excellent job bringing Lakshmi to life. It is read with a Nepali accent, which would not have translated had I read the book.


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

    Yes. It is only about 2 hrs and 45 minutes. I listened to it on a 3-hour road trip.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 07-27-14
    Ruth Bain 07-27-14

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    "Heartbreaking and Emotionally powerful"
    Would you listen to Sold again? Why?

    This is one of the rare audio books that I would listen to again. Beautiful, simple, poetic prose, a compelling story and perfect narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sold?

    The early scenes of the simple joys of a young girl in spite of her hard life in Napal.


    What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought her accented interpretation was excellent. Hearing the first-person narrative read in an Indian voice added to the story's authenticity.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The entire story has a tremendous emotional impact. It is heartbreaking to know that this story could be what thousands of young girls have endured.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 07-24-14
    Barbara 07-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "captivating"
    If you could sum up Sold in three words, what would they be?

    All I could think the entire time was that this is the sadist story I have ever listened to. It is tragic to realize that this actually happens to young girls.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lakshmi is so very engaging that you have to attach to her and hope for her escape.


    Have you listened to any of Justine Eyre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator's voice brings Lakshmi to life. You feel as if she is really telling her story. You feel her ever emotion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book is simple and to the point. It moves quickly. It is so descriptive that as the listener you can envision everything she talks about in very few words.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 07-11-14
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Sad that this is happening"

    An innocent Nepali girl, 13, lives with her family in a village far enough away from cities that she has never been to a city. She wants to go to "the city" to work as a housemaid, so when her stepfather sends her off with a woman, she believes she is going off to do housework. She's horrified to learn that she has been sold by her stepfather and is now part of the sex trade in India. It's a very sad tale, and although fictionalized it seems likely that this happens to many impoverished young girls.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa J Keynton 07-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent listen."
    Where does Sold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sold ranks amoung one of my favorite audible books!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lakshmi the main charachter was definitely my favorite. She was naive but also had great wisdom. I loved her ability to do what she needed to do to protect herself.


    Have you listened to any of Justine Eyre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other of Justine Eyer's erformances but would deffinitely seek them out after having listened to this one. She was wonderful, and so believeable as a young girl.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end when Lakshmi ran down to the American and identified herself.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audible book, I'll listen again, and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 07-08-14
    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth the listen"

    ... But its basically exactly what you would expect from the story with no risks taken or captivating language or style.

    Not to say I wanted anything exciting or unusual to happen, but it was basically a plain and generic telling of what happens to one of these poor and unfortunate girls.

    That said, it was worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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