• Only Cry for the Living

  • Memos from Inside the ISIS Battlefield
  • By: Hollie McKay
  • Narrated by: Hollie McKay
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $24.95

Buy for $24.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Only once in a lifetime does a war so brutal erupt. A war that becomes an official genocide, causes millions to run from their homes, compels the slaughtering of thousands in the most horrific of ways, and inspires terrorist attacks to transpire across the world. 

That is the chilling legacy of the ISIS onslaught, and Only Cry for the Living takes a profoundly personal, unprecedented dive into one of the most brutal terrorist organizations in the world. 

Journalist Hollie S. McKay offers a raw, on-the-ground journey chronicling the rise of ISIS in Iraq - exposing the group’s vast impact and how and why it sought to wage terror on civilians in a desperate attempt to create an antiquated “caliphate”.

©2020 Di Angelo Publications (P)2021 Di Angelo Publications
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

What listeners say about Only Cry for the Living

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    65
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    53
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    60
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Missed the early rise of ISIS

Having served in Iraq and dealing with ISIS first hand myself in 2009 and 2010, she missed key history on their rise of destruction in Iraq. in October 2010 they took over the Iraqi stock exchange and an orthodox Christian Church which they held hostage for many hours October 30th of that year. I was part of the negotiations and attempted rescue but they slaughtered many that year in their furious rise to power as we handed over prisons to the Iraqi government. Overall good so far but she is not correct on when they rose to power.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Important Commentary, Thoughtful, Powerful Storytelling

I’d recommend this book to anyone looking to try and understand different perspectives and seeking to make sense of an important and formative modern conflicts currently shaping the Middle East. The author doesn’t focus on statistics, numbers and a macro narrative, but rather collective individual stories that are key to understanding (and hopefully finding solutions to) what causes our advancing civilizations’ fall back into barbarism, war and inflicting suffering.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Definitely recommend

I was listening to Jocko’s podcast when I first heard of Hollie McKay. She spoke of her time in Afghanistan - people close to me were deployed there around the same time, so I was immediately interested. I like the people Jocko brings on, but I particularly liked McKay’s willingness to get into hard situations so that an accurate story can be told. Only Cry for the Living is by no means an easy read, but I am glad the story has been written. I want to think I could exhibit her bravery, I’m not sure that I could. So thank you, McKay, for taking me along.

She also does a great job with the performance of it. I’m training for a marathon right now, so I’m constantly looking for good books/podcasts to listen to. McKay is very easy to listen to!

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Maybe with a different reader?

The book may have been better with a reader who is able to pronounce the words correctly. I struggled to finish this book. I set the rate to 1.8x just to get it done. Very long without a lot of depth. She asks the question "What is war?" NUMEROUS times, giving responses that range from obscure to somewhat interesting or poetic. I would be hard pressed to recommend this book to anyone. It's hard to know what is true or not.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

hard to stay focused for non-fiction

this is a non-fiction book that should be very interesting and informative, but the narrator ruined that by reading the story like it was a fictional story. this should have been read without all the glamor and Hollywood to dress it up. we are talking about genocide, war and despair. not the next chapter in game of thrones. if I was one of these people in the story I would have been pissed. but that journalists for you.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

heavy read

in depth look at people struggling just to survive in this world against overwhelming odds

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A haunting account of the existence of pure evil!

Tears. Rivers and oceans of them, and then deserts.

A haunting account of depravity.

The receding has a pop of breath from where the mic was placed during the recording. It’s distracting at first and quickly overwhelmed by the story.