• Secret Slave

  • By: Anna Ruston
  • Narrated by: Faye Adele
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (759 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You're not going home. You're not going anywhere. You're mine now.

Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world. So when a friendly taxi driver befriended her, Anna welcomed the attention, and agreed to go home with him to meet his family. She wouldn't escape for over a decade.

Held captive by a sadistic pedophile, Anna was subjected to despicable levels of sexual abuse and torture. The unrelenting violence and degradation resulted in numerous miscarriages, and the birth of four babies.... each one stolen away from Anna at birth.

Her salvation arrived 13 years too late, but despite her shattered mind and body, Anna finally managed to flee. This is her harrowing, yet uplifting, true story of survival.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Anna Ruston (P)2018 Tantor

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Page Turner!!

Very well done. The stuff that Anna went thru is something I can't put into words. It's a very good book. I'm listening to it again.

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Definite Read So Glad Anna stayed very strong

Loved this book! Anna is a very strong Woman and she is Loved so much

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Incredible story!

This very sad true story is hard to read; not because of the writing, but instead the story content. I can’t imagine how someone’s lives a “normal” life after enduring such torture.

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Kept me on edge

This true story kept me on the edge of my set from beginning to end. She shared the greatest amount of detail. Horrible nightmare was her reality, 13 years. My heart goes out to her. I wanted to go through the story and strangle that intire clan full of evil demented people.

I cried for her, and prayed throughout the story. None of what happened to you Darling was your fault. I will continue to be praying for you, an pray that you gain the strength to bring your abuser to justice! God Bless you, Darling!

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So unrealistic

I have read a lot of true stories. This one seems so far-fetched I have a very hard time believing most of it. There were way too many inconsistencies and questions left, and not one person to corroborate anything at all. (The one social worker who saved her was fired and is not allowed to speak with her, even at her new job?)
The writer seems to fixate so much on graphic rape and violence to the point of monotony. This is why I'm a little perplexed as too why I have seen so many five star reviews of this book!

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Nauciatingly graphic and powerful

it is utmost insane that anyone has been forced to live through such vile and horrible events. listening to it made me sick to the gut and I could not finish the book. I am so so sorry that this is a true story. I wish all the best to the author.

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Why wouldn't you?

the story keeps your attention the fact that this is based on a true story and she never went to the police when she was free is the reason I've gave it a four-star because that's the least she could have done so that other girls did not fall in the hands of this monster.

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Thank you

This is a letter to Anna. Your story broke my heart. I wanted to hug 15 year old you and save you from all that evil. Im sorry you went through the worst hells at the hands of terrible pieces of waste. Thank you for sharing your story . I know it wasn’t easy. I hope you continue to heal . The narrator was amazing . I felt the anguish and pain in her narration .

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Tragic story

Tragic and horrific story! The book was very graphic and sad! With that being said it was a book I couldn’t stop listening to. People need to hear these stories and be aware of things like this that go on. It took one nurse to notice small things and realize this person needed help.

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Epic account of abuse and survival

Powerful story of a kidnapped girl's survival. A wake up call to all medical professionals and police about signs to look for as to when to interviene. Hard to listen to due to content, but very necessary. I doubt few girls would have been as strong as Anna was.

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  • Belle
  • 09-21-18

Very graphic.

Good to hear a story of survival, but the descriptions of her trauma are very graphic and detailed so be prepared. Not for the faint hearted.

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  • Minx3008
  • 06-14-18

Lost for words

This account is simply awe inspiring! I cannot believe that these terrible events weren’t stopped on the number of occasions that professionals became involved!
Far more questions should have been asked m!
I hope that we can learn a number of valuable lessons.
Well done for telling your side - the truth! What a huge amount of strength you have!

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  • D
  • 06-25-18

An extremely hard listen

I have listened to many books describing horrific life ordeals, this one though, was an extremely hard one to listen to! Yet I couldn’t stop because I needed to know that this little girl has found a way out! My heart goes to her, and to all people suffering abuse. I gave the story only 2 starts because it seemed inappropriate to give it a high rating considering how bad the little girl suffered. 5 starts for her courage to speak up and put it in writing. I just hope that she would summon the courage to seek justice for herself.

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  • John Lake
  • 05-12-18

Anna Ruston secret slave

What a good story and to think it was all true is unbelievable what that girl went through and to come out the other side is a tribute to her iron will .

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  • Sharon
  • 11-01-18

fantastic

One of the best audible books I have ever heard. A must read. Heatbreaking and really well told

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  • garry p.
  • 05-27-18

Fantastic read, my heart goes out to Anna Ruston.

My heart ached listening to this ladies horrible "life" how she trudged on just biding her time to set out her escape, Many men or women would have given up with life after experiencing all of this but thank you Anna for giving us an insight as to what you want through :( but I'm so happy she has now found her love, who she always kept that place in her heart for him 😘

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  • B.C
  • 08-14-20

Shocking!!!

Shocking that even all those years ago no one noticed or if they did they turned a blind eye. It’s a shame that back then and even today things like this can go on and is disguised by way of culture so many do not ask questions as it’s accepted. Very good book and good narrator. Good to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-18

Very sad but interesting story.

Well read and written!!
Enjoyed the book,although that seems the wrong description under the circumstances of poor Anna's ordeal
.A very strong and brave lady.Although I think that her age was refered to wrongky a couple of times in chapter 26. When Sally was going to the market, Anna refers to herself as a Twenty year old woman which of course she couldn't have been if she was 15 when she was taken and escapedv13 years later.And I think there was another reference in the same chapter.
Not that this affects the impact of the story in any way, just thought I would mention it in case the editor was not aware of the mistake.

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  • Debbie cope
  • 01-18-22

Harrowing story

It sickens me to know that this is still happening and the authorities turn a blind eye - so many opportunities to be freed but no-one dare help

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  • joey
  • 01-07-22

shocking

managed to finish this audible within a couple of days. It offers the sickening and saddening true account of what happened to this already vulnerable woman. In parts it describes the abuse in graphic detail, what a brave brave woman, surviving a torturous captivity for so long . I hope one day justice is served.

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  • Michelle
  • 11-28-18

This Story Has Never Been Corroborated

Firstly, if this story is indeed true, then I am very sorry for the author. But with that said, much of how this story is written seems fabricated.
I have read many auto/biographies dealing with this subject matter and there is something about this particular story that seems a bit off.
Because of my suspicions that at least part of this story is pure fantasy, a few chapters into this book I decided to do some further research.
There seems to be no available evidence that the author’s story has ever been corroborated by any independent witnesses and the author has never gone to the police.
I believe this novel may be a collage of other real victim’s experiences poorly written into a single story and sold as the author’s own.
This is just my opinion so please do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

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  • Ebony
  • 08-31-18

Warning: Graphic scenes of abuse

I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Absolutely terrible what this girl had to endure, but it should come with some sort of warning for how graphic it is. I've read a lot of harrowing things before, but this was just too much. Returning.

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  • Danielle Davie
  • 06-11-19

heavy but well written

it's hard to rate a book that's based on such an horrific experience but in respect to the author, it was well written.
my rating is based on that and not the content.
the narrator did an amazing job separating characters as well.
not for anyone under 18 or anyone who suffers PTSD from similar trauma as this would be highly triggering.

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  • Geoffrey Fouracre
  • 10-23-20

Fiction which devalues real kidnapping stories

Honestly this is either the greatest story of survival and resilience ever told or a completely fabricated account which devalues the horrific stories of people who really have been kidnapped and treated terribly. No-one could survive 13 years of this treatment... you be the judge.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-19

Horrible

Found this boring too much waffle and padding. I really feel for the author and the experience however I didn't enjoy this book.

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  • Judith
  • 10-16-20

Don’t fall for this story

I started listening to this audiobook, believing that it was based on a true story. However, after a few chapters of unrelenting lurid, graphic descriptions of perverted physical violence and sexual abuse , I could not listen to any more. The story was making me feel ill. I listened to the final chapters, the description of the “escape “ and amazing reunion with a lost acquaintance from the previous 13 years, when I realised that this sounded like a completely contrived story. The imprisonment was not reported to the police and there is no evidence of the woman’s claims, In short, is this a scam?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-13-20

Didn't ring true.

Spoilers Alert: I have to wonder how much of this is a real story and how much was a work of fiction. There is no record anywhere of these events being corraborated. There are also certain aspects of the storythat don't ring true. She was left alone in the hospital for a long time and not once told anyone. Her description of the noises the snake makes is odd. As a snake owner I know they are very quiet animals and are not activly running around their enclosures hissing. They also don't eat bits of cooked meat. they need whole prey.

She has so many horrific injuries and bushes with death. It's amazing she got out alive at all.

She has 4 children taken from her and yet continues to want to have more children. Not once does she seem to give any thought to the lives and trauma those children were going to be subjected to growing up in such an environment.

Then even after she decided she had to get out she was once again taken to the hospital and once again does nothing to escape while presented with another perfect opertunity.

Finally she manages to get someone to wait outside in a car based off a note she slips her. Then the door just happens to be unlocked despite this only ever happening once in the last 13 years. Nice coincidence.

I am well aware that in such situations people do not act rationally. I have read many similar accounts including knowing two people who escaped a similar horrific experience and this just didn't read like a real account. It seemed very focused on giving a lot of repetitive gore to the reader.

I fully believe that many of these horrific events have happened to a lot of women and it's utterly horrific. But this story read more like fiction than reality and passing it off as such is a little dodgy.

I imagine it could be based on someone from the Rochdale child sex abuse ring. That would fit, but I think it would be a loose association.

The ending too was all just a bit to Oh Jolly Jockey Stick. But I won't ruin everything for you if you still want to read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-19

Unbelievable story

This was a story you will not soon forget filled with the most evil treatment of an innocent child at the hands of a disgusting excuse for a human being & his family who are equally as evil. No one should ever have to have lived these horrors. Please take the time and listen to Anna’s story. She is one incredible woman.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-18

Slightly disappointed

It was almost as though I could hear a fish tank or some type of trickling water in the background throughout. At the risk of victim blaming, its frustrating at times throughout listening to the amount of missed opportunities, but I suppose no one could understand until they were in that position.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-20

Sounds fake

I don't want to victim shame or deny anybodys truth in any way so I'm hesitant to comment but this story is very real and very painful for many people and this reads like fiction. I'm sorry in advance.

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