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Publisher's Summary

Mende Nazer tells the story of her kidnap, at age 12, from an idyllic life with her family in a village in Sudan, and being sold into slavery. Trafficked to Europe and the London home of a diplomat, Nazer escaped - only to find she had to fight for asylum.
©2004 Mende Nazar & Damien Lewis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Heartbreaking dose of reality

The narrator for this book is phenomenal. Her expressions are so wonderful and really tell the story. I could not stop listening to the book when I started it and stayed up much too late two nights in a row to find out what happened. Mende's story is unforgettable. She is such a brave woman. Her point is there are many others like her and she wrote the book for them. It was so interesting to hear about her beautiful early days in a tribe of the Nuba mountains. It was terrible to hear when she was made a slave to Arabs. She escaped the ordeal with great courage and wrote this book for other people to know. Listen to it. You will never forget it.

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  • Ja
  • 12-16-18

This book literally gave me an anxiety attack.

When I finished reading this book, I literally laid down and took a nap. I was mentally, emotionally and physically drained.

The story was so vivid and emotionally evoking that I experienced two full-blown anxiety attacks. I suffer from this disorder, but wasn't expecting it to be triggered by the telling of this account.

I must admit this is one of the most unsettling accounts, one will ever read about. I felt something almost unexplainable with everything that took place in this book.

Yebit! I swear this word is forever etched into my brain. I will forever cringe if I am driven to have to revisit that brain space.

Mende’s story is one of sadness, reverence, hope, and patience. I've learned so much from this autobiography, not just about slavery, but how it feels to literally loathe someone thanks to Rahab. Far more important than anything, Mende’s story has taught me about the intensity and overall makeup of a female. I can't even begin to touch on half of the things that took seat in this case. Even so, this is by far the best book I've read in 2018.

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Astonished

I’m going to make this very brief. This novel is very well written and despite the accent in the audio it gives a better understanding of what’s going on. Which I find Especially important because of the wild events young Mende went through. My understandings on slavery have changed and the over all experience listening to the audio has left me speechless. I highly recommend acquiring this audio book as it will change your whole viewpoint on slavery and just how unreal the situations were!

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Sad but True: A Must Listen

We all need to listen to this book to remind us that slavery and FGM (female genital mutilation) still exist today. The story has wonderful, happy parts along with the anguish that is real life. It is a beautifully written and performed story.

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The narration brought this story to life. This story was well written and expose me the need to speak out about slavery still in 2018.
I would definitely look for more books narrative by Adjoa Andoh

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This book is awesome, while I was very emotional listening it has opened my eyes to see that nothing has really changed for us

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Heart breaking but encouraging

Spoiler Free I really loved this book. I think it really gives you an idea of what living that life is like. The narrator is wonderful and her accent gives the narration a beautiful touch. Obviously the book is full of triggering events so I would not recommend this to the fait of heart. However, I think it's a good read to become more aware of the problem slavery is in our world.

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Eye Opener!

Would you listen to Slave again? Why?

Yes! It so easy to miss little nuances when having to process so many emotions while listening to this type of material.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Slave?

Realizing how easily slavery is proliferated in so called "civlilized" modern-day society. But, feeling extremely grateful that so many were willing to put their lives on the line to put the situation right!

Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favorite?

All of the characters were well read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. The book provoked too many emotions to listen to all in one sitting!

Any additional comments?

If this can take place in the UK, there's nothing to make one believe it doesn't take place in the US.

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Must Read!

This is a very sad, but interesting story. I finished it in three days! The narration is amazing, and makes it authentic. Even the life Mende lived before she was captured was very interesting to read! It's worth the credit!

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Compelling Story

This is an excellent book, with a compelling well written story.
I listened to it on Audible and was afraid to start because I thought it would be too depressing.
It was actually uplifting and a testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit.
Mendez’s story makes me grateful for my own freedom. This book is well worth reading. The narrator was excellent,

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  • Rosamund
  • 06-30-08

fantastic story

fantastic story i couldnt stop listening, i just had to find out whay happened next

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  • Marta
  • 07-19-09

Inspiring!

Absolutly amazing and moving story, superbly narrated. Inspires one to make a difference in the world. Highly recommended to everyone.

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  • Ingred
  • 01-28-22

Compelling

This story is horrific and deeply moving, especially as everything happened so recently.

Very well written and excellently narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-14

difficult to understand

It took me a while to get used to the very strong accent of the narrator. It waswas nevertheless a moving story

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  • Brendamo
  • 07-31-13

very good listen

If you could sum up Slave in three words, what would they be?

engrossing sad heartwarming

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mende the girl whom the book was about I loved listening to her story it was so sad but she never gave up hope that someday she would be free again.

Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No have,nt heard of her before.

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

I did have a very emotional reaction to this book it made me feel very sad that human beings can treat other human beings in such a callous unfeeling way. But on the other hand some parts of the story were also quite funny and touching.

Any additional comments?

I really liked the sound of the narrators voice and the feeling she put into the telling of mendes story.

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  • Fran
  • 06-12-13

Excellent book

Heart rendering, gives an excellent insight to one woman's plight during the slave era. Hankies at the ready. Would make an excellent film.

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  • Gillian
  • 03-12-11

Incredible

I was shocked by this book, particularly as everything happened so recently and it still goes on. It has really opened my eyes to modern-day slavery. This is not to be missed and I strongly recommend everyone to listen to this.

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  • Sarah
  • 11-03-10

Shocking

A disturbing account of a young girls enslavement and the brutal and horrific treatment she endured at the hands of the two families who subsequently 'owned' her.

Mende was 12 years old when she was snatched by slavers from her loving family in Sudan. After years of inhuman treatment, she finally ends up working for the family of a diplomat in London. From here she manages to escape and eventally gains asylum.

This raw account should be read as part of the school curriculum, to create awareness of modern day slavery and it's impact on survivors.

Beautifully read - a 'must listen'......

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  • Jenny
  • 04-08-10

Slave

Utterly gripping, mind opening and important. History writes itself by the minute and this is a significant part of today's shocking history - told by it's protagonist in the most heart thumping way. I was so affected by the book that I will soon be meeting the writer so see how I (or rather my favourite club on this earth) can help her.
Jenny Cutler - a member of the best public speaking club in London - London Cardinal - part of the Toastmaster Organisation.

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  • stanley hicks
  • 12-13-09

*****

A very good book got into it and could not put it down

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  • RM
  • 01-18-22

Good read, not great narration

Very heavy read. Was an arduous read, only because of how many terrible things happened to Mende but riveting.

Narration wasn't great, the accent sounded quite fake and was hard to listen too.

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  • Lucy Fieldhouse
  • 05-20-21

Mende the brave

Oh this book, it always gets me. I read it for the first time in paperback when I was a teenager but hearing it being performed by the the narrator and the beautiful writing of this book just had me wanting more and more and again it’s a page turner! Absolutely beautiful, horrible and gut wrenching true story. A must read - a true 10/10 book.

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  • Don
  • 05-23-19

Shocking hypocrisy and cruelty in the Sudan

The book exposes the indescribable cruelty and brutality of some Arabs in the Sudan and the hypocrisy of the arab ruling political class who benefit from it and tacitly approve. The contrast with the civilised culture of the Nuba tribe is stark.