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Publisher's Summary

Embark on a chilling journey inside one of the world’s darkest and most dangerous places: Evin, the notorious Tehran prison. Here, prisoners are routinely tortured, abused, and violated. Executions are frequent and sudden. But for two women imprisoned for their Christian faith - Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh - this hell on earth was a place of unlikely grace as they reflected God’s love and compassion to their fellow prisoners and guards. Against all odds, Evin would become the only church many of them had ever known.

In Captive in Iran, Maryam and Marziyeh recount their 259 days in Evin. It’s an amazing story of unyielding faith - when denying God would have meant freedom. Of incredible support from strangers around the world who fought for the women’s release. And of bringing God’s light into one of the world’s darkest places - giving hope to those who had lost everything, and showing love to those in despair.

©2013 Tyndale Momentum (P)2013 Oasis Audio

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  • Gina
  • Burnsville, NC, United States
  • 05-07-13

Inspirational and Uplifting

What made the experience of listening to Captive in Iran the most enjoyable?

This is a inspirational listen (read) that I believe most anyone will be deeply moved by. These two incredible women are sharing their faith in Iran when they are arrested and put into prison. This is their journey, in detail, including many stories of the other women they share their imprisonment with. They continue to share their faith inside the prison, with the other women and the guards. I loved listening and was moved to tears at points. This made me ponder about what I would do in the same situation? They could have denied their faith and been released at any point, but refused to deny Christ. I'm a Christian and felt like these women were anointed by God to share their faith with all these people. I loved listening to this but believe even those who aren't Christians will also be blessed by reading this story. This is one that I will encourage my friends and family to read or listen to. It is wonderful.

What did you like best about this story?

Jesus

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

Yes - when these women prayed for people and had their prayers answered and when others made commitments to Christ

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A Gripping Story

Two iranian women were imprisoned for converting to Christianity, and for 'proselytizing their faith in Jesus Christ. They were sent to the most horrifying prison in Teheran, where the facilities were indescribably filthy and overcrowded. Maryam and Marzilyah were friends who met met at a Christian conference in Turkey, and struck up a friendship. They shared a flat together in Teheran, and took every opportunity to speak about their faith to others, and this drew the attention of the police.
Prison became a further opportunity to speak of their faith, and their behaviour and the kindness they showed to both fellow prisoners, and to their guards, earned them great respect. Inmates would come to them to request that they pray for them, and the faith that the ladies had in Jesus Christ became renown in the prison. in spite of constant interrogation, and the urge to compromise their story in order to be released, they refused.
By God's grace, and in response to pressure from the overseas news media - they were released after nine months. Both ladies were reluctant to leave the friends they had made in the prison, where they had shared their sorrows and their hopes for a better future. Their incarceration taught them grace that they would never have developed without those experiences. They now live in the United States

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Could have been much better.

Narrator Fogarty sounds like she's reading a bedtime story to a 3 year old. Also her northern accent is so strong she says "Gad" for God, and "Herd Herded" for Hard Hearted.
The story itself is terrific. May God bless these young ladies and their faith.
One more thing, there is a slight impression that their experience was actually enjoyable and that they are enjoying the celebrity from it.

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  • Carla
  • SYRACUSE, IN, United States
  • 05-01-13

A Handbook

I consider this an ideal picture of how we should carry ourselves in christian life.

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Sorry, but

Where does Captive in Iran rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If you want to know what a Wisconsin housewife sounds like, listen to this book. It's a very important story, but there were times I was actually cringing at the sound of the narrator's voice and her bad Midwestern accent.

Would you be willing to try another one of Patty Fogarty’s performances?

Nope. I will buy a hardcopy of a book if that or hearing her speak ever again are my options.

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 04-15-13

Read this one in Print

Would you listen to Captive in Iran again? Why?

No.. I will read it in print. The narrator's pronunciation of Islamic terms is awkward at best and distracting at worst.

Would you be willing to try another one of Patty Fogarty’s performances?

If she narrates an American book, or a book where cultural teams are not required.. yes.

Any additional comments?

I tried to get into this book, but honestly had such a difficult time with the butchering of the Islamic terminology that I couldn't continue. I would be thrilled to read this book in print

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Heartbreaking, encouraging!

This is a must listen for anyone interested in what life is like living as a Christian in an Islamic country, specifically Iran. Some of the stories are gut-wrenching, and difficult to forget. The book focuses on the abuse of women broadly, and in detail of two Christian women. Narration is great, and writing style very listenable.

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Power of God revealed!

I am honored and blessed to have heard this testimony of 2 women persecuted for loving, following and obeying the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Great Story but

The story was great showing what life is really like in Iran but the narrator sounded too old for two young woman of 26 and the reading was bland. The story was told from two different people but nothing changed in the narration. Other than that, which is a big part of listening to books vs reading, the story was captivating, sad and triumphant on how these young woman stayed true to their Lord and Savior. Very inspirational.

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captivating

I laughed, cried, prayed, and rejoiced with the authors and real people whose lives are portrayed in this book.

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  • Steve Harris
  • 02-09-18

Moving and challenging

Their account is moving and as a Christian very challenging.
Well written and well narrated.

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  • D. P. Broadhurst
  • 05-09-17

Excellent and moving

I want to say I loved this book but I am not sure that is the correct description. I was certainly very moved by an incredible account of faithfulness to God and their love to fellow prisoners. This is a very inspiring story and the narration is superb.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-17

AMAZING book

Loved it so Much is brilliant
The whole story side oh of it is amazing let alone the side of Jesus

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  • Trendyann
  • 06-30-16

Most inspiring book

The two women in this book is really inspiring the faith that they have for the in Jesus is a true blessing. I pray that anybody who listen to this book is blessed and inspired and encouraged to carry on the with Jesus.

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  • vivien
  • 05-21-16

about the story

The narrator was excellent and easy to listen to and I really enjoyed the story x

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  • Aoife
  • 11-05-17

What a story!

A unique looking into a world I never knew excited. The conviction of these women, their strength, compassion & humility is inspiring. A must read/listen.
To Maryam & Marziyeh thank you for sharing your story with the world.

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  • Sarah
  • 06-28-17

5 star story, 1 star narrator

The story is great. However, I couldn't get past the 5th chapter (although I tried several times) because I was so irritated by the narrator. She is narrating a woman from a Muslim background but has terrible pronunciation of Muslim and Iranian words (e.g. "muzzlim" for Muslim and "koo-rahn" for Quran.) I found myself focusing more on the narrator's flaws than the story. She overly emphasizes her words as though she is reading to children and her accent grated me (is she Canadian or near that area?) . The narrator would be better suited to read American children's books. I am refunding this audio edition because of the narrator.

I plan to buy the written version of the book however as the story was so intriguing, courageous and full of faith. I encourage you to also buy the written version.