A House in the Sky

A House in the Sky

A Memoir

Audiobook CD - 2013 | Unabridged
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"The spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia--a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace.At the age of eighteen, Amanda Lindhout moved from her hardscrabble Alberta hometown to the big city--Calgary--and worked as a cocktail waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the globe. As a child, she escaped a violent household by paging through National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Now she would see those places for real. She backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each experience, went on to travel solo across Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a TV reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth"--to report on the fighting there. On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted. An astoundingly intimate and harrowing account of Lindhout's fifteen months as a captive, A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her young guards and the men in charge of them. She is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to unthinkable abuse. She survives by imagining herself in a "house in the sky," looking down at the woman shackled below, and finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind. Lindhout's decision, upon her release, to counter the violence she endured by founding an organization to help the Somali people rebuild their country through education is a wrenching testament to the capacity of the human spirit and an astonishing portrait of the power of compassion and forgiveness"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, ℗2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781490601571
Branch Call Number: 967.73053 LIN
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (approximately 13 hours) : CD audio, digital ; 12 cm
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Corbett, Sara


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A moving account of how Amanda, a Canadian freelance journalist, kept alive after being in captivity for 460 days in Somalia.

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May 05, 2016

So hard to think of the circumstances that she lived it is a common happening in so many places around the world; her faith and spiritual strength is admirable.

Feb 04, 2016

Thought this book was really well written.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jul 22, 2015

This harrowing memoir tells the unimaginable survival story of young Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout’s abduction in Somalia in 2008 and captivity of over a year. With strategy, faith, and hope she fights to be free all through her time held hostage. With vivid descriptions and emotions running high, Lindhout conveys the intensity of her extraordinary journey.

patcumming Jun 05, 2015

I could not stop listening to this harrowing tale. This is an amazing story of survival, resilience and reflection. Amanda Lindhout's telling of her kidnap, sexual abuse and torture is hard to listen to at times but well worth the ride.

Jan 24, 2015

Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett’s ‘A House in the Sky’ was indeed well written. While Amanda’s every day jailers were but boys, boys who were created by their environment and brain washed by their faith, their behavior was more like that of an animal than what we should all expect from another human being. Her captives were obviously monsters; men with no moral fabric what-so-ever. While one has to admire the fact that Amanda, a young women from Alberta, survived her ordeal, it was a journey that she should never have had to endure. Anyone who travelled as much as she had should not have been so naive, confident, and reckless. Her family and that of her fellow captive Nigel Brennan paid an equally horrible price for their carelessness; over a year or worry and a lifetime’s worth of stress. The story was a little slow at times but I did enjoy this book. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Jan 10, 2015

Amazing book. Yes, she was young and foolish, but she was also daring, self-aware, and creative in her survival. I too found her graceful. I found myself using some of her techniques when my life presented much smaller challenges. My only complaint is that the torture and attacks were described in considerable detail, but her recovery was not. I would have liked to have heard a lot more about that, and about her charity.

Feb 23, 2014

I listened to this in the car and expect to finish by end of the week Feb. 24, 2014. Loved the book

gwenbernstein Feb 15, 2014

A very grim story about a girl with little judgement who never learns and repeatedly makes bad and dangerous choices. Keep looking for a better read!

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