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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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fantastic story

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

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

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life changing

mende's story is one of those rare moments in a life when, having lived ina basically comfortable 'place' over my lifetime, i was educated and humbled beyond what any news print could and imy heart is forever changed. i only wish i knew how Mende is in 2009! thank you for 'making' me grow again spiritually.

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  • Sarah
  • 02-09-09

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
  • 16-12-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-18

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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  • Ang88
  • 13-09-18

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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  • Damont and Deidre Smith
  • 17-03-18

Excellent Excellent

Awww, Excellent
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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  • Fran
  • 13-03-18

Emotional

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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  • Pilar
  • 23-01-18

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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  • LadyReadsalot
  • 04-02-13

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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  • kristin
  • 14-06-10

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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  • sarah on the bayou
  • 02-06-21

Diary of the Strength of the human spirit

This book will open eyes to the ongoing horror of long term slavery in the 20th century in the 21st century. It starts with what was a idyllic childhood of Mende nazar, a preteen who was born and raised in a loving family who lived in the Nuba mountains in Sudan. One night Arab raiders charged into her small village, and destroyed the world as she knew it. They raped and killed members of her village and burned down their huts. She and others ran as fast and far as they could but were captured and tortured by the raiders until they reached Khartoum where they turned her over to an Arab family who had purchased her as a slave. The rest of the book describes in detail the unspeakable emotional torture, degradation and loss she experienced for years enslaved Arab families. Her actual telling of it was very compelling and thought provoking. It wrenches you right out of your blindfold and you travel with her, sharing her sense of terror, loneliness and physical and emotional pain. She was unable to escape or have any contact with the outside world , including her family who did not know for years that she was even still alive. Many weren’t. Through it all her faith in God remained strong, despite the cruel treatment she was subjected to as a non-person bit of property owned by wicked cruel people. Her perseverance, kindness, intelligence was sorely tested but never broken. Spoiler alert: after an agonizing years long journey through Hell, some very kind strangers became aware of her situation and helped to accomplish a hair raising escape, with the help of lawyers and journalist Damien Lewis. It is a superbly told story will surely touch and torture your heart, if you have one. I recommend it to everyone. Slavery has to stop — The Arab family she was enslaved to were willful liars, cruel, thoughtless, lazy, greedy, keeping her locked up when not working — which was only the few hours she got to sleep. She no security , no life, no friends, no money or identity and she was only a preteen child when she was forcibly taken in the night.

This book needs to be read because otherwise, those who naively think that people in general are inherently good, will learn from Mende that there is still a huge market in Sudan and Somalia for children and young women in Africa to be forcibly taken by raiding parties, who abuse those children all the way to Khartoum on horseback or truck, before selling them like a dog to certain Arab families waiting around the world.