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Product details

  • Audio CD: 11 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (10 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442367547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442367548
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,484,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Exquisitely told...[A House in the Sky"] is much more than a gonzo adventure tale gone awry--it's a young woman's harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph....There's no self-pity or grandiosity in these pages. In the cleanest prose, she and Corbett allow events both horrific and absurd...to unfold on their own. Lindhout's resilience transforms the story from a litany of horrors into a humbling encounter with the human spirit."--Eliza Griswold "The New York Times Book Review "

"A poetic, profound, and thrilling exploration of one woman's misadventure set against the backdrop of global terrorism...Elegant and evocative."--Rebecca Johnson "Vogue "

"A great book...The lesson [Amanda Lindhout] taught me and others who know this remarkable young woman is: What matters is not how you got there, but what you do once you've arrived."--Robert Draper "ELLE "

"[A] harrowing, beautifully written memoir....The wide-eyed optimism and unflappable determination that led [Amanda Lindhout] to danger also kept her alive...A brave, compassionate and inspiring triumph."--Korina Lopez "USA Today (4-star review) "

"A searingly unsentimental account...Ultimately, it is compassion--for her naive younger self, for her kidnappers--that becomes the key to [Lindhout's] survival."--Holly Morris "O, the Oprah magazine "

"Keenly observed and sprinkled with arresting details, A House in the Sky" is more than one woman's heartbreaking tale of captivity. The book sheds light on a conflict area not often painted with nuance. It dares to explore the outer reaches of human empathy. A stunning, haunting, and redemptive read, Lindhout's story is one that stays with you long after the book has been closed."--Grace Bello "The Christian Science Monitor "

"[A] remarkably keen-eyed, honest, and radiant memoir...Moving and informative reading for everyone."--Barbara Hoffert "Library Journal "

"Writing with immediacy and urgency, Lindhout and Corbett recount the horrific ordeal in crisp, frank, evocative prose. But what readers will walk away with is an admiration for Lindhout's deep reserves of courage under unimaginable circumstances."--Kristine Huntley "Booklist (starred review) "

"A vivid and moving account of how Amanda kept alive the inner light and the spirit of forgiveness even as she found herself in the heart of darkness."--Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now and A New Earth

""A House in the Sky" is a stunning story of strength and survival. It is sometimes brutal, but always beautiful as Amanda Lindhout discovers that in a fight for her life, her most powerful weapons are hope and compassion."--Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle and The Silver Star

"This is one of the most powerfully-written books I have ever read. Harrowing, hopeful, graceful, redeeming and true, it tells a story of inhumanity and humanity that somehow feels deeply ancient and completely modern. It is beautiful, devastating and heroic--both a shout of defiance and a humbling call to prayer."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things

"In this lyrical and inspiring book, Amanda Lindhout describes humanity's capacity for cruelty. Yet she also brings to life the deep compassion and courage that resides in all of us. A story of grace, insight and tenacity, "A House in the Sky" shows us the power and importance of perseverance, hope and forgiveness."--David Rohde, Reuters columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Rope and a Prayer and Beyond War

""A House in the Sky" is the riveting story, exquisitely told, of a young woman's passionate quest to create an uncommonly large life, against all odds. Amanda Lindhout's journey is a singular one, an epic adventure that ranges from colorful to gripping, in which the stakes are nothing less than absolutely everything. With stunning honesty and clarity, Lindhout and Corbett have made certain of two things: No reader will ever forget this book--or be able to put it down."--Susan Casey, author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

"Lindhout manages to tell her story and to transcend it. Her account stands as a nonfiction companion to Emma Donoghue's shattering, haunting novel about captivity, Room.""--Emily Bazelon "Slate "

Exquisitely told [A House in the Sky"] is much more than a gonzo adventure tale gone awry it s a young woman s harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph .There s no self-pity or grandiosity in these pages. In the cleanest prose, she and Corbett allow events both horrific and absurd to unfold on their own. Lindhout s resilience transforms the story from a litany of horrors into a humbling encounter with the human spirit. --Eliza Griswold "The New York Times Book Review ""

Lindhout manages to tell her story and to transcend it. Her account stands as a nonfiction companion to Emma Donoghue s shattering, haunting novel about captivity, Room." --Emily Bazelon "Slate ""

A poetic, profound, and thrilling exploration of one woman s misadventure set against the backdrop of global terrorism Elegant and evocative. --Rebecca Johnson "Vogue ""

A great book The lesson [Amanda Lindhout] taught me and others who know this remarkable young woman is: What matters is not how you got there, but what you do once you ve arrived. --Robert Draper "ELLE ""

[A] harrowing, beautifully written memoir .The wide-eyed optimism and unflappable determination that led [Amanda Lindhout] to danger also kept her alive A brave, compassionate and inspiring triumph. --Korina Lopez "USA Today (4-star review) ""

A searingly unsentimental account Ultimately, it is compassion for her naive younger self, for her kidnappers that becomes the key to [Lindhout s] survival. --Holly Morris "O, the Oprah magazine ""

Keenly observed and sprinkled with arresting details, A House in the Sky" is more than one woman s heartbreaking tale of captivity. The book sheds light on a conflict area not often painted with nuance. It dares to explore the outer reaches of human empathy. A stunning, haunting, and redemptive read, Lindhout s story is one that stays with you long after the book has been closed. --Grace Bello "The Christian Science Monitor ""

[A] remarkably keen-eyed, honest, and radiant memoir Moving and informative reading for everyone. --Barbara Hoffert "Library Journal ""

Writing with immediacy and urgency, Lindhout and Corbett recount the horrific ordeal in crisp, frank, evocative prose. But what readers will walk away with is an admiration for Lindhout s deep reserves of courage under unimaginable circumstances. --Kristine Huntley "Booklist (starred review) ""

A vivid and moving account of how Amanda kept alive the inner light and the spirit of forgiveness even as she found herself in the heart of darkness. --Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now and A New Earth"

"A House in the Sky" is a stunning story of strength and survival. It is sometimes brutal, but always beautiful as Amanda Lindhout discovers that in a fight for her life, her most powerful weapons are hope and compassion. --Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle and The Silver Star"

This is one of the most powerfully-written books I have ever read. Harrowing, hopeful, graceful, redeeming and true, it tells a story of inhumanity and humanity that somehow feels deeply ancient and completely modern. It is beautiful, devastating and heroic both a shout of defiance and a humbling call to prayer. --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things"

In this lyrical and inspiring book, Amanda Lindhout describes humanity's capacity for cruelty. Yet she also brings to life the deep compassion and courage that resides in all of us. A story of grace, insight and tenacity, "A House in the Sky" shows us the power and importance of perseverance, hope and forgiveness. --David Rohde, Reuters columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Rope and a Prayer and Beyond War"

"A House in the Sky" is the riveting story, exquisitely told, of a young woman s passionate quest to create an uncommonly large life, against all odds. Amanda Lindhout s journey is a singular one, an epic adventure that ranges from colorful to gripping, in which the stakes are nothing less than absolutely everything. With stunning honesty and clarity, Lindhout and Corbett have made certain of two things: No reader will ever forget this book or be able to put it down. --Susan Casey, author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Amanda Lindhout is the founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports development, aid, and education initiatives in Somalia and Kenya. For more information, visit AmandaLindhout.com and GlobalEnrichmentFoundation.com.

Sara Corbett is a contributing writer to "The New York Times Magazine". Her work has also appeared in "National Geographic"; "Elle"; "Outside"; "O, The Oprah Magazine"; "Esquire"; and "Mother Jones". --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you only read one memoir this year, make it A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.

Amanda Lindhout is from Alberta, Canada. As a young child living in a turbulent household, she collected and cashed in bottles. And what did she spend her money on? Old National Geographic magazines. Amanda escaped into the pages,dreaming of one day visiting the exotic places pictured.

At nineteen she has saved enough money from waitressing to make those dreams a reality. Her first trip abroad is to Venezuela.

"I had seen this place in the magazine, and now we were here, lost in it. It was a small truth affirmed. And it was all I needed to keep going."

Lindhout repeats the cycle, earning, then travelling. She visits most of Latin America, India, Burma, Ethiopia, Syria, Pakistan, Sudan and dozens more. Her joy in exploring and experiencing new places and people is tangible. But, each trip she takes is a little further off the beaten path. And finally, she's travelling to some of the most war torn countries in the world.

In Kabul, Afghanistan she begins a career as a fledgling freelance /journalist/photojournalist - with no formal training, associations or contacts. With some success under her belt, she heads next to Baghdad, Iraq to work as a reporter for Iran's Press TV. Moving on from there she decides to head to Mogadishu, Somalia in 2008 - bigger stories might help her career take off faster. She wonders if an old flame, Nigel Brennan, an Aussie photographer wants to join her. He does.......and four days after their arrival in Somalia, they are kidnapped by insurgents from an Islamic fundamentalist group. And, they are held.... for 460 days.
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Could not believe that anyone could survive the emotional roller coaster that Amanda was subjected to. How she could endure rape, torture, brutality and pain inflicted by her kidnappers is a miracle in itself. Mans inhumanity to man in the name of religion never fails to amaze me. Yet she forgives them the biggest gift of all.
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Generally, I do not read memoirs, I only tend to read fiction books, so every time that I reminded myself that this book was real, I was blown away by the events that unfolded.

Amanda is from Alberta in Canada and had an interesting childhood during which she witnessed her Mum being beaten by her boyfriend. Amanda used to collect old National Geographic magazines that she used as a form of escape, dreaming of one day visiting the exotic places pictured. From the age of 19, Amanda travelled to various places always coming back to Canada to earn enough money to fund her next trip. As she travels, the destinations that Amanda travels to get more and more dangerous. She makes many friends along the way and decided to do a trip to Somali with her Australian friend, Nigel. Once in Somali, they are both captured and what follows is a horrific account of the next 460 days of their lives.

I liked the style of writing that Amanda uses and I found her path easy to follow and understand. I liked that we learnt a bit of her childhood and background as I think this shows how she makes the decisions that she does and how she handles the situations that she finds herself in. She is a very brave woman that has been through a lot.
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"A House in the Sky" by Amanda Lindhout is the real story of the author's abduction in Somalia when she was kidnapped during her travel.
A year and 3 months later she was released, she again won their freedom, but her life was forever changed.
Therefore she decided to share the memory of her days in captivity with all of us...

This book was told in a really brave way, making it hard to be put on shelf until it's read completely.
It's sometimes tough to even read it, and even further to think how she felt during countless months of imprisonment and to go through it all once again to be able to write this book.

She described her captivity vividly, with so many details and although a reader knows that in the end she was freed you can't stop yourself turning pages to make that happen as soon as possible, and stop her suffering.

But on the other level this book is more than picturing of young woman's tragedy, this is story about tragic consequences of fundamentalism on all those who might accidentally find themselves at the wrong time in the wrong place, or they are of other color, or a different religion.

However it's also a story about forgiveness, about no matter what the author had experienced she also had the power to forgive afterwards, and to show compassion no matter how her captors' actions were inhumane.
With her story it seems that she is trying to make this world at least a bit better place to live, to show that we should respond to violence and oppression with reason and compassion.
Due to that reason she didn't just wrote this book, but she also decided to establish humanitarian foundation that has goal to educate Somalia and Kenya women, in order to make their societies more developed.
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