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Summary

In August 2014, Farida Abbas was just a normal Yazidi girl living in a village high in the mountains of Northern Iraq. Then her village was attacked and swiftly taken by ISIS fighters, and her whole world changed. The jihadists murdered the men and the boys of her village, including her father and brothers, before taking Farida prisoner along with the rest of the women.

This is the story of what happened to Farida after she was captured: the beatings, the rapes, the markets where ISIS sold their female prisoners like cattle, and Farida's realisation that the more difficult and resistant she became, the harder it was for her captors to continue their atrocities against her. So she struggled, she bit, she kicked, she accused her captors of going against their religion, and then one day the door to her room was left unlocked. She took her chance along with five other women and set out across the Syrian desert....

This is a story of incredible courage in the face of unthinkable atrocity. As the battle against ISIS continues to ravage the Middle East, The Girl Who Beat Isis provides an astonishing perspective on this very terrifying global threat.

©2016 Farida Khalaf (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Emotional and a must listen!

What brave ladies Farida and her friends are to have survived the brutality of ISIS. I wish them all, and their families, a happy ever after ❤️

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Beautifully written re the horrors of ISIS

Describes the journey from family harmony to war and arrival of ISIS.
Resulting in unbelievable suffering.

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What a remarkable story

Love everything in this particular narrative, which give us an open mind perspective about all the Middle East refugees crisis, humanising the context and made us understand that in the end all of us wants the same thing.

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Amazing story!

Such a heartbreaking story! I could not stop listening. Why was this not all over western news when it was happening??!

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A difficult listen at times but a well deserved happy ending for one at least.

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Amazing bravery

This is an amazing story and the author's bravery is remarkable. A very tough but very important read.

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Totally Captivating Read

Brave girl who is and has overcome immense brutality of IS monsters who dare call themselves men. They will get their deserved judgement on day soon.
I pray Farida has a good husband and loads of happy kids and a successful and fulfilling life ahead.

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Must listen

This book is a roller-coaster of listen. The narrator is excellent in reading this horrendous story of a young innocent lady. My emotions as I listened to this book were all over the place. Captured by ISIS and treated brutally she shares her experiences for everyone to understand what she went through. A truly brave young woman.

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The Girl who beat ISIS

A very interesting read about a brave young girl with lots of courage amidst a violent regime.

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  • naelene
  • 08-07-16

A must read! people must take notice !

A very strong and brave girl.Her friends and family and their lost homes.Isis is truely evil incarnate.in many ways i drew parallels with nazi ideology.