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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, Sarah Shourd Narrator: Michael Goldstrom, Julia Whelan, Tristan Morris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9781482968958
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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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  • “Riveting and necessary and illuminating in countless unexpected ways. The hikers have pulled off the almost impossible task of making from their hellish experience something of beauty and grace.”

    Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author

  • A Sliver of Light weaves a spellbinding tale of hard-won survival at the intersection of courage and love—the love of friends struggling to support one another in wretched circumstances, the unyielding bedrock of mothers’ love for their long-lost children, and the fiercely tested love of three people for the family of humankind. It is a triumph of writing born of a triumph of being.”

    Andrew Solomon, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The narrative captures the claustrophobic atmosphere of daily life in prison, a life made even worse by their imperfect grasp of Persian. 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

  • “This engaging story portrays the horrors of imprisonment and the danger that awaits any intrepid traveler who becomes mired between the antipathy of two governments.”

    Booklist

  • “The three American hikers imprisoned in Iran in 2009 alternate relaying their versions of their scary, uncertain ordeal…In their well-developed and detailed accounts, told in alternate first-person voices, 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

  • “Sarah, Shane, and Josh have a lesson for us all: with strength, solidarity, and a firm hold on principles, one can endure. Despite their unjust imprisonment, solitary confinement, and the looming threat of death, they stayed true to their ideals and defied the cruel illogic of global geopolitics that shackled them. A Sliver of Light is a richly written testament to love, survival, and the determination to make a difference in the world, whether behind bars or free.”

    Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! News Hour

  • “In a captivating memoir, three young Americans adroitly draw us in to an engrossing tale of innocents caught not only in a foreign prison, but between two countries in a perpetual state of enmity. Writing in their three distinct voices and with no hint of bitterness—but with brutal honesty—they convey the misery and mental torture of unjust imprisonment as well as frustration at being pawns in geopolitical game.”

    Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ

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About the Author

Shane Bauer is an award-winning investigative journalist and photographer. His articles have appeared in Mother Jones, the Nation, Salon, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. His journalism has garnered a number of national awards, including the 2012–2013 John Jay / Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting.

About the Narrators

Michael Goldstrom is a Juilliard-trained actor and comedian. He has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, A&E, NBC, and ABC, as well as on and off Broadway. His audiobook narrations have earned several Earphones Awards.

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and was twice a finalist for an Audie in 2015. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.

Tristan Morris hails from Seattle, Washington, and currently lives in Denver, Colorado. He received his MFA in acting from the New School for Drama in New York City after studying theater and philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University. His work as a voice actor began in 2011 after training with master teachers Scott Brick, Pat Fraley, and Nancy Wolfson. Tristan works in New York City and Denver creating new theatrical works. He is the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.