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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Rohde, Kristen Mulvihill Narrator: David Rohde, Kristen Mulvihill Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781101222430
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The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction by the Taliban and his wife's struggle to free him. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • An important and valuable story of love, faith and courage. The Washington Post
  • Gripping. The Boston Globe
  • [A] singular and harrowing account of a journalist's captivity in the most important place on earth, and what it means to be the one left behind. The Daily Beast
  • Equal parts love story and international intelligence thriller, this memoir delivers a crash course in resilience and loyalty. Allure
  • A gripping, true-life romance. The Observer's Very Short List
  • Truly remarkable and bold...A painstakingly reconstructed, harrowing account. Kirkus
  • A gripping, true-life romance. The Observer's Very Short List
  • A love story, as well as a political drama...A Rope and a Prayer should be required reading. The New York Times Book Review
  • Vivid...A fine read. Time

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/19/2014

    " FASCINATING story of escape from a terrorist kidnapping deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. Such guts to do what he did- and survive! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica Leff | 1/21/2014

    " Loved it! Couldn't put it down! Loved the thrill of the human story as well as learning about the Taliban, War on Terror and the situation in Afganistan/Pakistan!! Makes interesting observations about the practice of religion that are worth discussing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 1/16/2014

    " I was completely sucked into this book & needed to know how it would turn out. It is written by both the kidnapped journalist & his wife. I found his writing to be much more developed and detail filled, although his wife's was more relate-able. I learned a lot about the crisis in Afghanistan, but was more taken by the actual mental courage of the authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta Debellis | 1/14/2014

    " Lots of informative information about Pakistan, Afghanistan and that region. Gives wide insight to the US invovlement (good and bad) in the region. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 1/8/2014

    " I loved this book! It was totally riveting, and I also learned a lot about Afghanistan. It is not too gruesome, which I feared. The book is very well constructed, going back and forth between the kidnapped journalist and his wife. Excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 12/29/2013

    " Really interesting ~ hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/29/2013

    " Good history of Pakistan and Afghanistan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 10/31/2013

    " A journalist kidnapped by the bad guys. Story told by journalist and his wife---after his escape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacob | 10/24/2013

    " It was very interesting, but I kind of felt like a bit too many details about the history of the land vs teh actual hostage situation. Some history is obviously needed in this, but pages and pages and pages about blah blah blah.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/20/2013

    " A husband and wife story authored by each in alternating chapters of a reporter captured in Afghanistan. Interesting hearing the story of the captured and the left behind but parts were a slow read with unnecessary detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Rivera | 4/22/2013

    " I knew how the story ended and I still couldn't put it down. Great idea for format of alternating accounts of Rohde and his wife. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Pecson | 2/23/2013

    " Fantastic. If you are interested at all in the conflict in Asia (Afghanistan/Pakistan) this, is a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/26/2013

    " Seems well researched and the story is pretty interesting. Perhaps too much Pakistani/Afghan tribal history for me, but an excellent view of the societal pressures in or near the Pakistan/Afghan border. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jillian | 12/9/2012

    " The story would have been adequately conveyed in juxtaposed essays by the husband and wife. Too many needless details and little anecdotes didn't tie to a greater theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garwen Jackson | 10/25/2012

    " Good story, but David had been kidnapped before . . . hello? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/9/2012

    " This books was fantastic- it had elements of history and conflict summarization, but it was also a very human story. I couldn't read it fast enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammi | 8/19/2012

    " Engrossing book about a journalist kidnapped by the Taliban who was able to escape some months later. His wife tells her story if what she did to repeatedly get him freed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 8/17/2012

    " I can't believe the escape attempt! Not the best written book I've ever read but it's well worth reading to understand what it's like for the hostage and families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Shaw | 7/29/2012

    " Very touching story of a NYT reporter who was held by the Taliban for 8 months. He was a newlywed and someone who knows the wife's family suggested it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 6/12/2012

    " interesting style to put both viewpoints back to back but there was just too much information for me to get into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/12/2011

    " Very interesting read. Slow moving book as obviously the kidnapping lasted over several months but so interesting to see both sides of the story. All of the political hoops his wife had to jump through, what he endured and his conversations and observations of his captures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mj | 8/27/2011

    " If you want to learn more about the disfunction of policy, Afganistan and Pakastan AND read a great book with an amazing story, read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mj | 6/29/2011

    " If you want to learn more about the disfunction of policy, Afganistan and Pakastan AND read a great book with an amazing story, read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 4/13/2011

    " Good history of Pakistan and Afghanistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 3/27/2011

    " Loved it! Couldn't put it down! Loved the thrill of the human story as well as learning about the Taliban, War on Terror and the situation in Afganistan/Pakistan!! Makes interesting observations about the practice of religion that are worth discussing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 3/25/2011

    " 3.5 stars. I was very interested in the subject, but felt that both authors, kidnapped journalist David Rohde and his wife Kristen Mulvihill, had overly matter-of-fact writing styles. I kept expecting more emotion and suspense.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/24/2011

    " A husband and wife story authored by each in alternating chapters of a reporter captured in Afghanistan. Interesting hearing the story of the captured and the left behind but parts were a slow read with unnecessary detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/11/2011

    " Very touching story of a NYT reporter who was held by the Taliban for 8 months. He was a newlywed and someone who knows the wife's family suggested it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/1/2011

    " The title is pretty corny, but I really liked this book. Although it contains a lot of detailed information concerning the background in the region, it is presented in an interesting way and despite the extraordinary events the authors were going through, it was easy to relate to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/13/2011

    " Excellent book. Hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/8/2011

    " Really interesting ~ hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie | 2/2/2011

    " A journalist kidnapped by the bad guys. Story told by journalist and his wife---after his escape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 1/28/2011

    " A harrowing story of kidnapping and escape, along with observations about the relationship between Afghanistan and the West over the centuries, as well as now. I would have enjoyed more of that, as I think Americans need better insight into what we've gotten ourselves into. "

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About the Author

David Rohde is a columnist for Reuters and the Atlantic. A former reporter for the New York Times, he has won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism twice. He is the author of Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe’s Worst Massacre Since World War II; and coauthor, with Kristen Mulvihill, of A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides. He lives in New York City.