Sufferings In Africa

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Riley

Narrated By: Brian Emerson

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2006

Duration: 9 hours 57 minutes


Young American sea captain James Riley, shipwrecked off the coast of north Africa in 1815, was captured by nomadic Arabs and sold into slavery. This dramatic account of Riley's trials and sufferings, wildly popular in his day, was read by a young and impressionable Abraham Lincoln. The degradations of a slave existence and the courage to survive under harrowing conditions have rarely been recorded with such painful honesty.


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    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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