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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (114 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Riley Narrator: Brian Emerson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “Reader Brian Emerson is monotonous and cool, punctuating sentences by prolonging the last word and dropping his voice. The didactic, well-pronounced delivery…makes the history seem plausible.”


  • “Vividly capture[s] the long history of America's encounters with the Arab world.”

    Wall Street Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by mscan59723 | 1/5/2014

    " It was an interesting book. After telling the story of his adventure he then went into social information about the people we was enslaved under. How did they dress, what did they eat and the story of the individual that helped him. This is the part I found the most interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hilary | 12/21/2013

    " If you can soldier on through the repetitive descriptions of desert vistas this is a fascinating read and a tribute to the human will to survive seemingly insurmountable odds. Very inspiring and one of the better books I've read in awhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Benedict | 11/14/2013

    " Suffering at its best, with no holds barred. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 11/4/2013

    " abraham lincoln said this was one of the three best books he ever read,the Bible being one of them. It's an absolutely incredible story "

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