A House in the Sky

  • by Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
  • Narrated by Amanda Lindhout
  • 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Later in life, in war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq, she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she travelled to Somalia - "the most dangerous place on earth."
On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives "wife lessons" from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory - every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity - and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the tortured woman kept in chains in the dark.
A House in the Sky is the searing and intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.

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What the Critics Say

'Moving and informative reading for everyone.' (Library Journal)
'Writing with immediacy and urgency, Lindhout and Corbett recount the horrific ordeal in crisp, frank, evocative prose. But what readers will walk away with is an admiration for Lindhout's deep reserves of courage under unimaginable circumstances.' (Booklist)

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Gripping

What did you like most about A House in the Sky?

This is a compelling narrative read by the author which gives an added intensity to the listening experience.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Hauntingly honest, many scenes brought tears to my eyes. It has remained with me long after I finished listening


Any additional comments?

Avoid this if you don't like hearing about the reality of difficult circumstances but recommended if you want to learn about courage, hope and the human spirit.

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- Annie

An absolute MUT READ ....if you can...

This may seriously be the most gripping story you'll ever read/listen to
but...

It is definitely 18+
Not for the faith hearted.

It is riveting, intense.

You are best warned that this is no ordinary biography.

The depth of human cruelty can make a harsh read.

This book will make your heart skip a beat and teeth grind from time to
time.

It's frequently say audiobooks give you much more than just a book. But
this one... Wow!

Narrated by Amanda herself, it makes for an experience that is intensely
genuine and relatable despite never having lived anything close to this.

I hung up to her every word, often listening for hours before putting it
down (2 days to go over 15hrs)

The story is so intense by moments, I had to lower the volume to tone it
down.

I love reading biographies and this is certainly a Top 3 ever.

Thanks to Amanda for sharing this intimate story and for being able to
describe this as if it was an "out of body" experience. I remain amazed
someone could go through this yet demonstrate incredible wisdom and
compassion despite such raw recent memories.

We should all look at supporting your foundation.
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- Felix Le Corre

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd