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Publisher's Summary

In August 2014, Farida Abbas was just a normal Yazidi girl living in a village high in the mountains of Northern Iraq. Then her village was attacked and swiftly taken by ISIS fighters, and her whole world changed. The jihadists murdered the men and the boys of her village, including her father and brothers, before taking Farida prisoner along with the rest of the women.

This is the story of what happened to Farida after she was captured: the beatings, the rapes, the markets where ISIS sold their female prisoners like cattle, and Farida's realisation that the more difficult and resistant she became, the harder it was for her captors to continue their atrocities against her. So she struggled, she bit, she kicked, she accused her captors of going against their religion, and then one day the door to her room was left unlocked. She took her chance along with five other women and set out across the Syrian desert....

This is a story of incredible courage in the face of unthinkable atrocity. As the battle against ISIS continues to ravage the Middle East, The Girl Who Beat Isis provides an astonishing perspective on this very terrifying global threat.

©2016 Farida Khalaf (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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  • naelene
  • wanganui, New Zealand
  • 07-08-16

A must read! people must take notice !

A very strong and brave girl.Her friends and family and their lost homes.Isis is truely evil incarnate.in many ways i drew parallels with nazi ideology.

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  • Hotfeet09
  • 04-07-18

Totally Captivating Read

Brave girl who is and has overcome immense brutality of IS monsters who dare call themselves men. They will get their deserved judgement on day soon.
I pray Farida has a good husband and loads of happy kids and a successful and fulfilling life ahead.

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  • Alex
  • 01-10-18

Must listen

This book is a roller-coaster of listen. The narrator is excellent in reading this horrendous story of a young innocent lady. My emotions as I listened to this book were all over the place. Captured by ISIS and treated brutally she shares her experiences for everyone to understand what she went through. A truly brave young woman.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-17

Touching yet overwhelming

Very insightful into what women and families are going through. Very overwhelming with emotions but worth a listen to open your mind.

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  • Carol
  • 08-27-16

The Girl who beat ISIS

A very interesting read about a brave young girl with lots of courage amidst a violent regime.

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  • Phil Davison
  • 08-22-16

Truly, a must listen

Heartbreaking and heartwarming, this is a story which needs to be heard, particularly in the current world climate. Thank you Farida for sharing your story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-18

A must read

A valuable insight into current events. I am thankful this story has been shared with us

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-17

A compelling and brave story

loved it and the narrator did a fantastic job in painting the picture in my head.

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  • Karl Redlich
  • 07-16-17

Extreme Brutality of ISIS

A poignant, first hand account of the terror campaign fuelled by religious arrogance and misinterpretation. Demons disguised as humans committing atrocities on innocent men women and children. This is the story of one amazing heroine and her escape from slavery, written and narrated in the gentlest possible way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-17

Fantastic read

What an incredibly brave girl. I love that despite all she has been through she is still driven by her dream. I hope being a maths teacher has become your reality.

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  • randall
  • 04-27-17

eye opening

the county I live in is safe and free hearing about her story opens my eyes to the struggles from different cultures and religion and I feel grateful yet sad that I have what I have a people struggle wrose than others.. it's a beautiful yet haunting relisation that your perfect world can come crumbling down at any moment...
you Wil love this book as I have and will have no regret about reating it .. I read it in one siting it was that enticing amd wanted more. enjoy as I have