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Skeletons on the Zahara Audiobook

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival

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Publisher's Summary

Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of 12 American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men - who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback - is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.

©2004 Dean King (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    thawstone Reno, NV USA 06-05-16
    thawstone Reno, NV USA 06-05-16 Member Since 2011
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    One of the most amazing true stories ever told. I'm a fan of real life survival stories and this one is among the top. It's not just the hardships and suffering the men endure but the constant tension imposed by the rule of their harsh masters. At any moment of any day a wrong move, word, or jester could mean instant death. Meanwhile, bandits and the unrelenting Sahara threaten the lives of both master and slave. Add to this the fascination of a tribal culture born of the necessities of living where no life should exit, and you have all the ingredients of a story that will live with you long after the last word.

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    Kara E. Hanger 07-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best story I've read"

    The story is beyond belief. Captain Riley is full of passion, brilliance, and invention. The landscape is jarring and lunar. The people incredibly foreign, yet evoking of love and disdain. Read this!!

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    DaveinBflo Amherst, NY, United States 07-11-15
    DaveinBflo Amherst, NY, United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating story"

    Amazing tale that demonstrates the abject cruelty that mankind can inflict on other humans, punctuated by flashes of nobility. Has anything in human nature really changed in two centuries?

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    Dusty roads SAULT SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN, United States 02-03-16
    Dusty roads SAULT SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN, United States 02-03-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"

    Definitely worth your time and money, fantastic book, amazing story. I can't believe I'd never heard of this before.

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    jd 06-19-17
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    "Amazing tale"

    I truly enjoyed this and recommend it to anyone who enjoys maritime history. An amazing story of human suffering and endurance.

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    words can't come close to explaining this amazing story. It's probably the best work written about Rileys shipwreck and slavery. For a combines all the books before it that have been told and told the story over and over again. This is it accumulation of all those books it is wonderfully written what a man Raleigh was he has his blessings in heaven now I'm sure

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    "An amazing story of the human spirit"

    This is a book you must listen to. A fantastic account of human suffrage and the strength of the spirit. I am going to listen a second time now!

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    Tommy 07-16-17
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    There were a few hiccups in the performance where the narrator's voice sounded different. But the story was a good one.

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    "Startling Story"

    How could a ship wrecked crew remain alive under conditions unthinkable for most of us? This book shows the power of determination and will. Read it. You won't regret it.

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    johnhalfen 06-14-17
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    "weak story"

    There are many great survival type books out there. This is not one of them. I don't know if it is the writing or just the story line.

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