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A House in the Sky - A Memoir

Amanda Lindhout

Amanda Lindhout reads her 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.

Amanda Lindhout reads her 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.
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Amanda Lindhout reads her 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sara Corbett

Length:

13h 17m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

28:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

23:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

15:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

14:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:12


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

15:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

23:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

23:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

24:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

18:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:12