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

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Author

Author Bio: Shane Bauer

Author Bio: Shane Bauer

Shane Bauer won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for his book American Prison. He is a senior reporter for Mother Jones and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Best Reporting. His writing has appeared in the Nation, Salon, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has received the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, the John Jay Award for Criminal Justice Reporting, and the Media for a Just Society Award. He is the co-author of a memoir, A Sliver of Light, which details his time spent as a prisoner in Iran.

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Author Bio: Joshua Fattal

Author Bio: Joshua Fattal

Josh Fattal, a graduate of Berkeley’s program in environmental economics and policy, is an activist and organizer focused on sustainable development. He has spoken at universities, human rights conferences, and private events to describe the experience of imprisonment in Iran.

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Author Bio: Sarah Shourd

Author Bio: Sarah Shourd

Sarah Shourd is a writer, educator, and contributing editor at Solitary Watch currently based in Oakland, California. Sarah has done international human rights work with the Zapatista indigenous movement in Chiapas, Mexico; organized with women’s groups against unsolved murders of sweatshop workers in Juarez, Mexico; and taught for the Iraqi Student Project while living in Damascus, Syria. After her wrongful imprisonment in Iran, Sarah has become an advocate for prisoners’ rights, focusing her writing, speaking, and theater projects on the widespread use of prolonged solitary confinement in US prisons and jails. She has written for the New York TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, CNN, and Newsweek/Daily Beast, and contributes a blog to Huffington Post.

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Details

Details

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