Sufferings In Africa

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Riley

Narrated By: Brian Emerson

Date: January 2006

Duration: 9 hours 57 minutes

Summary:

In this classic true adventure story, a young American sea captain named James Riley, shipwrecked off the western coast of North Africa in 1815, is captured by a band of nomadic Arabs and sold into slavery. Thus begins an epic adventure of survival and a quest for freedom that takes him across the Sahara desert.
This dramatic account of Captain Riley’s trials and sufferings sold more than one million copies in his day and was even read by a young and impressionable Abraham Lincoln. The degradations of a slave existence and the courage to survive under the most harrowing conditions have rarely been recorded with such painful honesty.
Sufferings in Africa is a classic travel-adventure narrative and a fascinating testament of white Americans enslaved abroad, during a time when slavery flourished throughout the United States.

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  • Bj√∂rn S

    Very interesting book! To understand the mindset of historic people it is important to listen to their own voices. Captain Riley's report of his shipwreck and subsequent enslavement is fascinating. The cruelty of times past once again becomes shockingly clear. As Steven Pinker has demonstrated in his book "The Better Angels of our Nature" the civilizing process has considerably advanced since then. But there is not only brutality, there is also selfless caring for one's shipmates and family, unlikely friendship and solidarity. And a naive faith, that is baffling to the modern reader. The mind of a person of that time was really quite different, and it is always intriguing to experience how such a mind worked.

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