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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (621 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roxana Saberi Narrator: Roxana Saberi Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400186952
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Roxana Saberi had been living and working in Iran for nearly six years when four men forced her from her Tehran apartment one morning in January 2009. That night, she ended up in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin Prison. Her captors harshly interrogated her and accused her of espionage, a charge she denied. Weeks passed before her family and friends learned her whereabouts. Saberi's captors threatened her with life in prison or worse but told her that if she cooperated with them, she would be released. Under this and other pressures, she fabricated a confession in return for her freedom-a choice she quickly came to regret. It wasn't until Saberi met other prisoners at Evin that she rediscovered her courage and her conscience. Her cellmates included supporters of a civil disobedience movement, a humanitarian worker, a student activist, and Baha'is-members of the largest religious minority in Iran. When Saberi heard them talk of the deep convictions that had landed them in prison and their resistance to their captors' demands, she realized even more the need to recant her false confession and stand up to her persecutors. Through the prism of her interactions with her cellmates and captors, Saberi provides insight into Iranian society, the Islamic regime, and U.S.-Iran relations, shedding light on developments taking place today in tumultuous Iran. Following broad-based international pressure, Saberi was released from Evin Prison on appeal on May 11, 2009. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinary story of how an innocent young woman got caught up in the current of political events and met individuals whose stories vividly depict human rights violations in Iran.”

    Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

  • A powerful and deeply moving portrait. Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • “A spot-on chronicle of the paranoia and utter buffoonery of the Iranian government and its apparatchiks…Saberi spent five months in Evin Prison fighting for her life. She would say that she fought for her soul as well. Her redemption is this compassionate and courageous memoir.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “With no factional axe to grind, Saberi’s English-language memoir provides a candid, timely look at the injustices suffered by prisoners of conscience within Evin’s walls…Ultimately, Saberi’s memoir brings us up-to-date on the state of Iran’s prisons, and the picture is grim.”

    Ms. magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsie | 2/19/2014

    " Sad that so many people live in a country where they have limited rights. Her level of frustration with the system was heartfelt. I grieve for all those who are in similar situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/14/2014

    " I liked it, but I couldn't help but wish for more of her life before her arrest, so we could know how she was researching her book and what her life was like before. But I liked how she humanized even her guards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/7/2014

    " What a ride! A must-read for anyone who's interested in American-Iranian relations and the rights of journalists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 2/2/2014

    " Non fiction, quick read, very interesting, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 1/29/2014

    " A young (naive?) perspective on the closed regime of Iran. The women prisoners were the most memorable and influential characters. A real-life story where the heroine does eventually leave her captors, but with mixed emotions regarding her forced confession, the women she leaves behind in prison, and the country she is trying to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kcastro | 1/23/2014

    " It is hard to believe people can have any kind of private lives in some countries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/6/2014

    " This is a good book, however she seems very removed from the situation. Bahman seems to disappear in the end - was he not able to get to Vienna? Or did I miss that part... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Larsen | 12/31/2013

    " I really loved this book. I loved everything about the writing and the story. I felt like the writer and I were dear friends by the end of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luana Reis | 11/15/2013

    " Reading Roxana's book made me think about perseverance, true beliefs and overcoming fear. I definitely receomend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie Hanson | 10/5/2013

    " Very well written and interesting account of Iran's prison/court system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 9/27/2013

    " This book took me a day and a half to read because I couldn't put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/22/2013

    " Learned way more then I ever wanted to about Irag and Sadam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. | 8/10/2013

    " I attended college with Roxana Saberi. We worked together at our campus tv center, so this was of particular interest to me. I would have been fascinated even if I didn't know her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendyhodges | 5/8/2013

    " Fantastic, engaging read. I met Roxana briefly prior to her speaking engagement at my mom's lecture series and after reading her account of her time in Evin Prison I am even more impressed by her poise and grace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 10/3/2012

    " Interesting peak inside Irans prisons and techniques. I had not heard the term white torture until I ead this book and she does a good job of explaining what it must feel like. A raw reminder to appreciate the freedoms we take for granted everyday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 9/5/2012

    " Interesting account of her struggles, also reveals a lot of information about Iran and what the average person thinks / believes rather than just the propaganda we hear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/29/2012

    " Received this from a friend who attended a talk by the Author and was moved by her story. Having just started it yesterday, it's an easy one to dive into and a fascinating story, scary yet intriguing to follow. This was a fast read, testiment to what courage one can dig up to reach victory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 8/7/2012

    " Certainly a book that I keeps me flipping from one page to another. To be in her shoes is definitely terrifying. Solute goes to prisoners there who are brave & strong enough to go through such a tough ordeal. The truth always prevail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 6/24/2012

    " A fascinating account of journalist Roxanda Saberi's 100 days in Iranian prison. Written without bitterness or recrimination, Saberi shows a love for the Iranian people and country of Iran while calling out it's corrupt leadership. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza Shats | 12/20/2011

    " This book really makes me appreciate the freedom of speech we have here. It is sad when a country (or regime) controls it's media, citizens, and way of life with the threat of prison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 5/14/2011

    " This book probably did not so much add to my knowledge as it reinforced the impressions and knowledge I already had. I will be much more interested in reading the book Saberi was researching, which she does intend to have published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/27/2011

    " This is a good book, however she seems very removed from the situation. Bahman seems to disappear in the end - was he not able to get to Vienna? Or did I miss that part... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 4/4/2011

    " This is a book group pick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/17/2011

    " Just heard the author speak at Notre Dame. They gave out free copies of the book. Anybody want to borrow it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 12/20/2010

    " This book really makes me appreciate the freedom of speech we have here. It is sad when a country (or regime) countries it's media, citizens, and way of life with the threat of prison. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 12/4/2010

    " At times I felt like I was reading Kafka's The Trial, but ultimately Saberi's story is much more hopeful, which as a jaded soul I find surprising, since her story is true.

    Probably the most compelling book I've read all year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/21/2010

    " Fascinating. Eye-opening. Distressing. But good to know about... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Houserlc | 11/1/2010

    " Terrific; really interesting and moving.
    "

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About the Author
Author Roxana Saberi

Roxana Saberi was born in New Jersey and raised in North Dakota. She has a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge. She has reported for NPR, BBC, ABC Radio, Feature Story News, PRI, and Fox News.