Ingrid Betancourt tells the story of her captivity in the Colombian jungle, sharing powerful teachings of resilience, resistance, and faith.
Born in Bogotá, raised in France, Ingrid Betancourt at the age of 32 gave up a life of comfort and safety to return to Colombia to become a political leader in a country that was being slowly destroyed by terrorism, violence, fear. In 2002, while campaigning as a candidate in the Colombian presidential elections, she was abducted by the FARC. Nothing could have prepared her for what came next. She would spend the next six and a half years in the depths of the jungle as their prisoner. This is her deeply personal and moving account of that time. Chained day and night for much of her captivity, she never stopped dreaming of escape and, in fact, succeeded in getting away several times, always to be recaptured. In her most successful effort, she and a fellow captive survived a week away, but were caught when her companion became desperately ill.
The facts of her story are astounding, but it is Betancourt's indomitable spirit that drives this very special account. Attending as intimately to the landscape of her mind as she does to the events of her capture and captivity, Even Silence Has an End is a meditation on the very stuff of life - fear and freedom, hope and what inspires it. Betancourt tracks her metamorphosis, sharing how in the routines she established for herself - listening to her mother and two children broadcast to her over the radio, daily prayer - she was able to do the unthinkable: to move through the pain of the moment and find a place of serenity.
Freed in 2008 by the Colombian army, today Betancourt is determined to draw attention to the plight of hostages and victims of terrorism throughout the world, and it is that passion that motivates Even Silence Has an End. The lessons she offers here - in courage, resilience, and humanity - are gifts to treasure.
Never Say Never because after listening to this book I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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I have only gotten thru half of this book, but I can tell you that it is a very interesting book,very informative.
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I loved this book! When I couldn't listen I was anxious to get back to it!
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Someone told me about this book and said it was a interesting story and I love long reads. the narrator made this book awful. this story could have been told 100% better. so I would recommend a hard back for this book.
The story was very interesting and well written.
Not related to the story: I found it odd they didn't have a bilingual actor doing the reading.
What an outstanding read ... and to imagine that it is ALL true. I can't imagine going through something like this. Each of those that were finally able to survive have my utmost respect and thankfulness that they were able to survive and encourage us with their strength, dignity and faith. Ms. Betancourt has written her story from her very heart and is teaching us that we can survive as long as we remain strong and have faith. An outstanding read.
Couldn't stop listening until I had heard every last word! Thought providing words that will never leave you.
Would you consider the audio edition of Even Silence Has an End to be better than the print version?
More convinient since I can listent to it while I work.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Even Silence Has an End?
Everything it is a very well written book. it transports you to the depths of the jungle and makes you a part of the story
Any additional comments?
I think that this book was very interesting sometimes. The survival violence phenomena that you see even among the prisoners, the details of what it meant to be a prisoner in the amazon and her feelings and thoughts were eye openers.It would make a great movie, because it does have does highlights worth telling. But I feel the book was a little too long and redundant. I don't regret listening to it, but I would not go back to listen again.
A beautifully written memoir by Ingrid Betancourt about her years spent in captivity in the Columbian jungle; uplifting, poetic, spiritual, full of deep thoughts about human nature, purpose of life, God, suffering, importance of family and friendship, struggle for life, and love for life. Cried many times out of happiness though, not sadness. It touched me in so many ways. I recommend it to anyone yearning for a meaningful and unforgettable read!