A Sliver of Light by Shane Bauer audiobook

A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran

By Shane Bauer , Joshua Fattal , and Sarah Shourd
Read by Michael Goldstrom , Tristan Morris , and Julia Whelan

Blackstone Publishing 9780547985534
14.53 Hours Unabridged
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Three young Americans captured by Iranian forces and held in captivity for two years tell their story. In summer 2009 Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by a border patrol. Accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison, where they discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on each other were the only ways they could survive. In this poignant memoir, “the hikers” finally tell their side of the story. They recount the deception that lured them into Iran in the first place and describe the psychological torment of interrogation and solitary confinement. We follow them as they make surprising alliances with their fellow prisoners and even some of their captors, while their own bonds with each other are tested and deepened. Told through a bold and innovative interweaving of the authors’ three voices, here is a rare glimpse inside Iran and a timeless portrayal of hardship and hope.

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Summary

Summary

Three young Americans captured by Iranian forces and held in captivity for two years tell their story.

In summer 2009 Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by a border patrol. Accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison, where they discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on each other were the only ways they could survive.

In this poignant memoir, “the hikers” finally tell their side of the story. They recount the deception that lured them into Iran in the first place and describe the psychological torment of interrogation and solitary confinement. We follow them as they make surprising alliances with their fellow prisoners and even some of their captors, while their own bonds with each other are tested and deepened. Told through a bold and innovative interweaving of the authors’ three voices, here is a rare glimpse inside Iran and a timeless portrayal of hardship and hope.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Riveting and necessary and illuminating.” Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author
“A spellbinding tale…a triumph of writing born of a triumph of being.” Andrew Solomon, New York Times bestselling author
“It’s a testament to the willpower and discipline of the three captives that they maintained their values and sense of justice through their long ordeal.” Publishers Weekly
“The three remind the world how human, vulnerable, and terribly isolated they were during their months of incarceration…An unsugared account that demonstrates the admirable, unbreakable bond of friends, parents, and countrymen.” Kirkus Reviews
“A richly written testament to love, survival, and the determination to make a difference in the world, whether behind bars or free.” Amy Goodman, Izzy Award–winning journalist
“Captivating…Writing in their three distinct voices and with no hint of bitterness—but with brutal honesty.” Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ
“A compelling narration of a gripping account…The three narrators’ voices added depth to the book…The narrators’ Middle-Eastern accents were convincing and added a bit of personality and humor to the different guards. A worthy listen given ongoing tensions in the Middle East. It’s best to be aware.” Brenda Avadian, MA, author of STUFFology 101 (audio review)
“Riveting…Each of the authors has his or her own narrator. Michael Goldstrom, as Shane, has a strong, deep, nasal-infused voice that reflects the romanticism inherent in the trek the three set out on. Tristan Morris, as Josh, has a slightly higher, though similarly nasal, pitch. He conveys the wonderment of the adventure, reading more hurriedly but with sincerity and composure. Julia Whelan, as Sarah, has the most serious voice and the narrowest range, but she’s the most effective in voicing the fear and foreboding in the hikers’ story. The book is both a political and psychological story, and succeeds on both levels.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Ninjacorn 9 9/13/2017
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Body of Lies

The writing is sufficient. The three readers are professional and effective, the audio quality decent.

The story unfortunately is a tough cookie to swallow: Three well-educated American twenty-something year-olds think they are hiking a hundred miles or so from the Iraqi Kurdistan border, or so they say. In reality they are 3 miles away, and unknowingly cross the border. They are immediately captured by a patrol agent, accused of espionage, and interrogated harshly. They’re thrown into solitary confinement, where they whittle down the days by lying and scheming, acting and misleading--Argo style. They finally get out and write books and go on shows, like heroes, and everyone lives happily ever after through their unique suffering and bravery.

Slow down, Sparky. Are we supposed to believe three intelligent globetrotters had no basic understanding of geography, let alone one measly map? It’s extremely hard to swallow. They had no camping gear or hiking equipment at the time. They went out after 10pm, in the dark. Why? Are they crazy, or just mentally challenged? And the three of them demand odd things in their cells--like birthday cake and televisions. I couldn’t shake the feeling that most of the audiobook may have been a bunch of juicy fat lies, their bravery a prank that never happened—a final last hurrah, if you will--for three bored, over-privileged youths. How heroic; they should bow now, and hurry off the stage.
by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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It's hard to sympathize

They admit fairly early that they did something they shouldn't have...They weren't mistreated...they admit that. They were fed. They had access to the outside. They had access to TV and DVDs. I've had worse weekends. It sounded like three people whining about missing each other (which they all got a chance to see anyway) and their greater comforts of home. The print version of this book has various reviews saying "riveting" and "spellbinding". I heartily disagree. Thank Blackstone for providing good narrators because it mostly comes off as privileged kids complaining. There are legitimate terrifying prison problems in the world that involve kidnapping and torture. This is not one of them.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 14.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English