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A House in the Sky: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sara Corbett, Amanda Lindhout

Narrated By: Amanda Lindhout

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2013

Duration: 13 hours 17 minutes


Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia—a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace.

At the age of eighteen, Amanda Lindhout moved from her hardscrabble Alberta hometown to the big city—Calgary—and worked as a cocktail waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the globe. As a child, she escaped a violent household by paging through National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. Now she would see those places for real. She backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each experience, went on to travel solo across Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a TV reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth”—to report on the fighting there. On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

An astoundingly intimate and harrowing account of Lindhout’s fifteen months as a captive, A House in the Sky illuminates the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her young guards and the men in charge of them. She is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to unthinkable abuse. She survives by imagining herself in a “house in the sky,” looking down at the woman shackled below, and finding strength and hope in the power of her own mind. Lindhout’s decision, upon her release, to counter the violence she endured by founding an organization to help the Somali people rebuild their country through education is a wrenching testament to the capacity of the human spirit and an astonishing portrait of the power of compassion and forgiveness.


  • Angela Pelletier

    Fantastic! Loved every minute. Well done! I would for sure recommend this book and audiobook! I too am from Alberta (north of Red deer )and could relate to where she came from.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Maricel P.

    I was teary eyed towards the end of the book. What an amazing spirit. May you be happy Amanda, may you be well.

  • Kelly L

    Heart reaching storey. Told in such great detail. Amazing journey of not giving up.

  • Melissa L

    Absolutely loved this book. Such an amazing read.

  • Jessica W

    Excellent reading. Realizing we all don't know until we know.

  • Jackie Vance

    Excellent listen, very interesting and horrifying, makes me want to stay at home.

  • Erica McMullen

    Excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Narration is easy to listen to and easy to follow.

  • jennifer jones

    Not to be missed- a story of hope, survival, and forgiveness. A sincere tale of taking chances and how the choices we make have a ripple effect on all around us. A stunning tale of survival against all odds.

  • Whitney Miller

    A really great book about living a full life, and having courage and strength to endure difficult times. The narrator is the author and while I did enjoy hearing the book from the authors voice at times I felt like there wasn't emotion in what she was saying.

House in the Sky: A Memoir

by Sara Corbett, Amanda Lindhout

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House in the Sky: A Memoir, Sara Corbett, Amanda Lindhout