• The Last Girl

  • My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
  • By: Nadia Murad
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (835 ratings)

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Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story. 

Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in Northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon. 

On August 15, 2014, when Nadia was just 21 years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia's brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the IS slave trade. 

Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety. 

Today, Nadia's story - as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi - has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war. 

©2017 Nadia Murad (P)2017 Random House Audio

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A Heartbreaking Tale of Survival and Hope

One of the most common refrains I hear as an American is this: "The Middle Easterners have been killing themselves and each other for thousands of years. There is nothing we can do about it but let them do it." That is a statement people made when the Nazi's marched through Europe, and for many years religious based genocide was ignored. Reading this book demonstrates the monster that is Isis, and that their reach is far more vast and frightening than we can even begin to realize. This text is an absolute must read for anyone who cares about the political world and religious freedom at all. It will forever change you as it has me.

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A Repeat of History

The story is powerful, well told. and unfortunately a repeat of so many other genocides. As I listened to the story of this woman I couldn’t help but think of the Holocaust. Evil resorts to the same methods of control and the systematic stripping of freedoms in order to devour a person, a people, or a nation. We all must be on guard for these things and if necessary fight for ourselves or others experiencing this, no matter their race, creed, or religion. We must do this for all others for one day it may be us, our families, or our friends. We must do it because we are human and share a common bond with all others.

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The narrator detracts from the story.

As compelling as this woman's story is, I could not get into the book. It seemed like a work of fiction to me, largely because of the narrator and her near-whining, overly dramatic voice. She also seems like she didn't research the pronunciation of Arabic words.

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Could have been a better book

The book starts rather coherently with one memory here and another there. I feel this was a rushed work, could have been way better structured. Horrific story, reminded me very much of Holocaust, and I think it was worse in some aspects. With better authorship and structure to the story, it could have been much better.
Narration is really awful. Regardless, I still think this is very informative and a must to know about. I do wish Nadia and her fellow Yazidis the best.

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So powerful

This book is incredible, I encourage all to read to better understand the Middle East.

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Staggering truth

This was hard to read. The suffering is and was great, yet we know so little of the plight of the Yazidi people. The news doesn't give enough attention to the issue.

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Heartbreaking and full of emotions

This story pulls at your heart and for me, gave me a real life account of what was happening in Iraq when our news media was holding back the truth. Maybe they thought we could not deal with it, or we didn’t want to know the truth.
I have sorrow knowing our country did not do enough soon enough to help these people.

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Enlightening

We hear about the war in Iraq but are unaware of all the horrors that occur. Nadia brings to light the personal losses and tragedies that are going on daily, things that we can’t even imagine. An enlightening read.

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A captivating and immensely important read.

This is not some relaxing, happy story where you walk away feeling better about the world. It is, however, and important message for the world to hear and understand. There is much work to do.

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Beautiful

Listen to this story. The love Nadia has for her family, community, religion & country is palpable. We should all be so strong and brave.

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