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A House in the Sky

byAmanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett

Hardcover | September 3, 2013

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The spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia—a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace.

The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.
Title:A House in the SkyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense and heartbreaking This book was intense! It took me a while to get into it as the first third of the book was the author speaking about travelling to different areas of the world and the romances she had, etc. While these could be pretty interesting, and they did help me learn about her as a person, I still felt like that much information was not necessary. Her retelling of her experience was heartbreaking, while I don't know if I see her venture into Somalia as an inexperienced journalist as brave or foolish, in the end it doesn't matter, she was put into a terrible situation that no human should have to go through and survived. Her struggle through an unimaginable horror is inspirational and at the end of the book, through tears, I can say that this book will stick with me for a long time. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible. I've had this book sitting on my shelf, unread, for a little over three years - ever since my first child was born. I finally had an opportunity to read a book for myself recently, and I dusted this one off to get started - one of the better choices I've made in awhile! Amanda endured an incredibly horrific 15 months but has written about it so beautifully. The perspective she provides is remarkable, and her demonstration of the power and strength of the human spirit is inspiring. I recommended this book to no less than 5 people immediately after finishing the last page!
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing A must read for everyone! Such an inspiring yet heart wrenching story.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh.. The simplest way to explain my thoughts towards this book is that I felt conflicted. Although one cannot fully understand the pain and suffering that she endured, I struggled with her lack of... thoughtfulness, blatant disregard for consequence and seemingly self-centered approach to decision making. I found myself as frustrated with her decisions that lead to a series of horrific events, as I was amazed with her tenacity. I'd recommend it just because it actually made me feel something - even if it was annoyance.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A difficult but powerful read This novel is a difficult read. Gut wrenchingly written in its' honesty. This is a memoir about Amanda and Nigel who are abducted and held captive. It is a raw and emotional account of what they experienced, their ingenuity to protect themselves and their resiliency.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from intriguing This book I read in a day. It was intriguing and very detailed of what the writer endured when she was captured.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful, a very powerful read I loved Amanda's story and it was portrayed thoroughly throughout this novel. Her memoir was so raw and real, that as a reader you will experience every emotion throughout her journey. Though the topic is tough, and parts are graphic with description, her story is moving. I became very invested in this book from page one and would highly recommend - however some topics are quite difficult and may not be suited to all readers.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing This book is very intriguing. It's extremely detailed and is constantly moving around to keep the readers interest.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrifying and Uplifting Amazing read. Horrifying and uplifting. The strength of the human spirit is unbelievable. Amanda is awe inspiring. I can't imagine surviving one day of what she went thorough, let alone 460. This is a brave, honest account of a real life nightmare. Amanda's drive to find the good in people and each day, as a means of survival is remarkable.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read. I devoured this book in days - it's a phenomenal and inspiring read. A testament to the human spirit and a demonstration of female strength and determination - I recommend this book often to people looking for a good read.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is a heart breaking story, hard to read in the sense that its horrible to think that she went through the horrors she did but at the same time I could not put it down. It was very well written and I really like how we got a peak into the cultural and geographical differences on many of the places she went. It also is really quite amazing how positive she seems throughout the entire book, she seems like an incredible person and I would highly recommend the book.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Challenging Read The author's experiences were something that no one should go through, ever. However the author told her story in a beautiful way. This was very hard to read and I would not recommend to anyone who is sensitive to this type of content.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I'm not usually interested in memoirs, but this one was amazing. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible This book makes you realize how precious life is, but also how it shouldn't be wasted... a must read
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenging but beautiful read This is a touching story about adventure, relationships, fear and gratitude. It is heartbreaking, beautiful and honest. I think this is a powerful memoir that is uplifting.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! Very intense well written book by a remarkable individual! I couldn't put this book down. Highly recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful I read this book cover to cover in a matter of days. I found it very hard to put down and was completely inthralled with the narrative. Great story of perseverance and strength.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! I really appreciated the bravery it must have taken to share the experiences that Amanda shares in her book. While it is not a literary masterpiece, it was interesting and engaging to read about her life experiences leading up to a devastating year in captivity. She recounts her experiences candidly, and I found her story one of hope and courage for the future. If you enjoy memoirs or autobiographic books, I would say this is a good pick.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of my favourite books. Amanda is very inspiring, very strong.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This book is a prime example how the choices we make can change our lives forever. This woman preserved through the hardships and she is an example for us all. I couldn't put this book down and would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books I've Ever Read Read this book on a recommendation, and was unable to put it down. Amanda's tragic story leaves you heartbroken, but uplifted by her hope and courage. Anytime someone asks me for a book recommendation, this is the book I always suggest.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ What a horrifying experience, I am so grateful Amanda was able to share her story with the world. I could not put this book down and found Amanda painting a story for me as I read her story along with her. I highly recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ Amanda's story is haunting yet brilliantly inspirational. Her resolve and continuous hope shone through each page of the book, despite the horrible situation she had to endure for far too long. It was an easy read, and each chapter ended leaving you with a feeling of wanting more. It is truly eye opening and reveals the power of hope. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I heard good things about this book was disappointed reading it. She had a rough childhood and then decided to travel the world, she became a country counter (person who travels to as many countries as possible) and then she got in trouble because of inexperience. She travelled to Afghanistan, Pakistan and many other countries; she even says that she should not have gone to many places because she did not feel safe and then she ignores her feelings that she SHOULD NOT go to these places. She got kidnapped because of stupid decisions that she made, and she also got others kidnapped along with herself. She then wrote a book about her kidnapping...
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read! So I read this while I was in Italy 2 years ago and it was the perfect amount of suspense and length. It is a true story about Amanda (the author) who is from Calgary and became an international TV reporter who would travel everywhere including war-torn countries. She was abducted in Somalia and held captive. SO INTENSE but also real so SO TERRIFYING.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from no words this book left me with a lot to think about. No one should ever have to live in that type of environment or experience. Really pulled at the heart strings
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting but Amazing This story has stuck with me, I almost regret reading it simply because there's things in it I will never forget. It is an amazing display of the adaptability of the human body and spirit. If you need a wake up call on appreciating life itself, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good. This book made me feel lots of different things, which is usually an indication of a good book. The story is unfortunate, but kept me interested.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite book If you stop and think that all of this happened to a girl from a small Alberta town, it leaves you in awe. And all the more so knowing that she has forgiven and is living a healthy life. Amanda is a strong woman!
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book kept me interested, all the way from beginning to end. Definitely would recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the power of the human spirit What a fantastic writer! What a strong and inspirational person!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from implausible Unless you live on an airplane, this is just not happening.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing story What an amazing story. The things the author endured are horrible and it was uncomfortable reading some parts of this book. But it was also inspirational and a good read. It must have been tough to write and edit, but I'm glad this story is told and the writer and her family can have some good after all the horror.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I thought the story was amazing, it was sad all that she had to endure in her captivity. I would have preferred a bit more of an ending though.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from recommended I bought it at first just because I like the cover of the book. However, when I finished my reading, I feel refreshed and relive again as the author itself. I feel like everything around me should be appreciated; everything I owned worths a gratefulness; I need to say great thanks to whoever loves me and whomever I love.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still my favorite book This book is an amazing memoir it is gut wrenching in some parts but I could not put it down. No one should have to endure what Amanda did but to be able to write about it and become a top seller is amazing. Amanda's story is one I will never forget she displayed such bravery, overcame her past, and ultimately made something of her life. I will recommend this book time and time again!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I have recommended this to everybody that has brought up the conversation about books. Absolutely amazing.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes quite insightful and overall enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book This book is wonderfully written. It is heart wrenching in parts and provides a look into a world that I knew very little about.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Deals with many difficult topics but is written in a captivating way
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be ready to face an ugly truth Looking to get out of my own life's hardships for a while, I bought this book to provide some perspective. WOW! Amanda's story shook the heck out of me. Amanda's true life events have taught resilience and hope. Thank you for being brave enough to tell a hard truth not everyone wants to hear. Peace after devastation can be created. Dig deep!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend Couldn't put it down. Very brave woman.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and heartbreaking An incredible story of hope and resilience. Amanda's re-telling of her travels, and ultimately her kidnapping, we're so well detailed that it was easy to picture each day. Her account was chilling, and it made my heart break for the families and everyone involved. Overall, it was a captivating read (no pun intended) and it was hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Resilient! A very heart wrenching story of a brave Albertan woman abroad. I couldn't put this book down, very well written!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very moving and emotional even though i knew the outcome, i found myself constantly enthralled with the story and questioning what would happen to amanda. it was easy to get caught up in the "entertainment" of the story telling, to then take a moment and remember, this is a memoir, not fiction. over all i really enjoyed reading a house in the sky and recommend that everyone do the same.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching Couldn't put this book down. It is a horrible and disgusting situation, but her strength and hope is inspirational.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This book caught my interest the minute I started to read it, & I didn't put it down until I was finished. The account of what happened to her was heart wrenching, however wonderfully written. It was a great read start to finish.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brave! Heart-wrenching and incredibly brave!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read. A captivating account of a traumatic experience. Would recommend reading Nigel Brennan's book (The Price of Life: A True Story of Kidnap & Ransom) with this one.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging Canadian Read I found this text to be filled with strong moments of resiliency, empathy, and redemption. While the author's experience is heart wrenching, I found her story to be an inspiring tale of a woman who never gives up hope, even when life seems impossible to endure.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A House in the Sky This was a tough book to read. Poignant, hopeful, yet full of despair and promise, all intermingling and emotionally catching and keeping you, pushing your own limits to finish the story.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating An incredible story of hope and resilience. Amanda's re-telling of her travels, and ultimately her kidnapping, we're so well detailed that it was easy to picture each day. Her account was chilling, and it made my heart break for the families and everyone involved. Overall, it was a captivating read (no pun intended) and it was hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very moving and emotional Even though I knew the outcome, I found myself constantly enthralled with the story and questioning what would happen to Amanda. It was easy to get caught up in the "entertainment" of the story telling, to then take a moment and remember, this is a memoir, not fiction. Over all I really enjoyed reading A House In The Sky and recommend that everyone do the same.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting This book came exceptionally highly recommended, and it did not disappoint. It is spell binding and consuming and inspiring and nightmareish. That this actually happened, that it likely is happening right now to someone else somewhere in the world, is sobering. That a person can find so much inner strength and survive through such an ordeal makes my own frustrations in my life seem so trivial. The writing is beautiful and the story is masterfully told. Very early into the book I felt like I knew Amanda, I was invested in her life and felt like I was reading a letter from a friend. I will never (hopefully) be able to fully appreciate what she felt, and what she went through, but this memoir does a seriously wonderful job of getting a reader as close as you can to being there.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg! Must read I literally could not put this book down. It was tough to get through at times, but her courage and attitude towards her situation was amazing. Truly a remarkable person
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful Story I was pretty hooked on this story. Although it was a horrendous tale, it was riveting to read and eye-opening. I'm very happy I read it.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I loved this book, it's very real and honest
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Some parts are very tough to read but I really enjoyed this book. It gives you so much perspective.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ultimate Survival Incredible story of survival. Powerful.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Survival Story This book was recommended to me and I can see why, the writing is strong and you immediately become engrossed in Amanda's world. Learning everything Amanda and her ex boyfriend had to endure at the hands of their kidnappers and the immense strength it took for them to make it through day after day is remarkable. A real page turner that will stay with you long after you've finished reading. I always recommended this book to family and friends as it is above anything else a true story of survival and hope.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing insightful story Amanda's story was gripping and showed a little girl following her dreams which resulted in a horrific experience. The book's structure keeps you gripped and wanting to know the outcome. It was very relieving to see how she processed her experience and how she used it to motivate her to increase good in the world.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable! Incredible story, you won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner I couldn't put this book down! It is both very captivating and terrifying. Definitely recommend this. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner A real page turner. I couldn't put it down. This was an exciting read, that kept you on your toes.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devoured the book while I was travelling The narrative is very captivating and I found myself wanting to read a lot while travelling. I realised how fortunate I am to be free and was touched by how brave and compassionate Amanda Lindhout was. Some insight was given on the experience of hostages, domestic abuse, travelling and starting a new career from scratch which I found to be interesting.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Influential I read this novel about a year ago, and this gripping memoir of Amanda's worldly endeavours and horrific struggles have caused me to re-read continuously. She tells a story that many others are afraid to tell. Her illumination of imprisonment, rape, assimilation, and survival helps to broaden perspective - which is one thing that mature readers can take away from this influential written experience.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read The authors take a truly horrific experience and create a novel that is not only hard to put down but also impossible to forget. It deals with some harsh and difficult topics but it is still an incredible read. Would definitely recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possibly the best book I read in 2016 I could not put this down. I will definitely read it again and I have bought copies as gifts for a few people as well.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Deals with some very difficult topics but a very well written novel
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Powerful I read this book and could not put it down. It is both very captivating and terrifying. Definitely recommend this. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrifying and captivating An incredibly honest account of a terrifying experience. Well written and not overdone. My only regret is reading this on my honeymoon! This ones much better to be read from the cozy couch at home!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible Read... An incredible woman for surviving that insane experience and then re-living that experience to write this incredible, inspiring memoir that will stay with me forever. Vey emotional and though provoking. Reading such intimate details - the torture both physically and mentally - breaks my heart and brings me to tears. She is my inspiration, how anyone can endure what she did is a miracle. She is truly an angel among us. A MUST read !!! Definitely one that I will keep on my top 5 list permanently.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It'll stick with you... I picked this book up to read as part of my book club, and it has become one of my favorite books. Being a traveller myself, this hit close to home. In fact, this book was so powerful that we talked about it for several book club meetings later! Excellent read. You won't forget it!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful My top read this year, so absolutely brave and resilient of the human's will to live and overcome negativity. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raw and real A raw and real account of intense suffering. What I appreciated about this book is that the author doesn't go into the most disturbing details for shock factor, but stays true to the theme of her story.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! Amazing memoir. So touching and well written. A must read.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Engaging but Difficult Account I really thought this book was well-written. I had no trouble getting through it. I am surprised by other reviewer's comments, stating Amanda is an unlikeable character. I was rooting for her all the way. I completely relate to her desire and yearning to travel and see the world. I did not find Nigel to be very likeable. I am aware that this is a personal account of her experiences, so biases can come into play which may be part of the reason he didn't seem to resonate with me. I am curious about how things differ in his book. I think this book offers a harsh lesson on the realities of traveling and especially traveling in dangerous places. Anything can happen, never have a false security that this couldn't happen to you. I don't agree with some comments I've read that Amanda deserved what she got for ignorantly traveling to Somalia - NO ONE deserve to be tortured and abused! She made a judgement call and paid a high price for her decision. Anyway, this book kept me thoroughly enthralled, some parts retelling her abuse were difficult to read (even though she doesn't delve into too much detail)! I have recommended to many of my friends. A great read!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring! If you are a traveller and a wanderer at heart, you will be at home with this book. This account of Amanda Lindhout's capture in Somalia is heart-wrenching and will have you on edge throughout. This book is beautifully written, painting words so that the scene forms easily in your mind. Lindhout's account of events puts a pit in your stomach but the reader is easily awed by her resourcefulness, resilience and daring decision-making kept her alive and maintained her wits, if only just.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS BOOK! Such an amazing story! 100% one of those books you just cannot put down until the end. Very inspiring and powerful read!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a story! A must have for your library.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring A very realistic account of Amanda's emotions and thoughts during her time in captivity, and portrays the human spirit very accurately.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful indeed A book that I found hard to read at times, but one that left me in awe of human strength.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read This is still my all time favourite book, I bought it about a year ago and recommend to everyone who loves to read.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is absolutely amazing. A very beautifully written memoir about a terrible experience.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book is just beautiful, so powerful.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing this book is amazing, the author is brilliant
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-Breaking This novel is powerful, somehow the author manages to forgive and understand her assailants. Well-Written! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Wow..this book stayed with me for weeks. It is such a powerful book that makes you feel all the emotions of what she went though.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing powerful story I couldn't put this book down! The unbelievable strength, in a truly horrific situation is inspiring.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. Good read. My mother enjoyed it more them me though.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow this is such a great book!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This is an inspirational book to every gender or person who wants to be bold and strike out on their own.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Powerful book and I felt the writing was fantastic.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was given this book as a gift and am so glad I read it right away! As a female who's travelled solo in many of the places Amanda goes early in the book, I really related to a lot of her thoughts and experiences. Amanda's story is truly incredible and the hope she is able to maintain during her captivity is inspiring.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down A really inspirational story of finding deep within yourself the ability to survive your worst nightmare.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a powerful read It's Canadian and it's truly a great read. Don't waste time buy it now.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truely inspirational A great book about surviving the unsurvivable
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, a great read! Bought this book at full price last year, its almost half that price now.. you MUST get this book, the author tells an amazing true story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read I read this book while I was still in school. I stayed up until 6 a.m. to finish it. Her journey is difficult to read at times as the gruesome and horrific ordeals she must overcome are conveyed in a manner that is not for the faint of heart. I highly recommend this book and have lent out my copy to several friends over the years.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very inspiring Very well written and such an inspiring story.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely Read A friend recommended this book because I am a huge traveller and roughly the same age as Amanda throughout most of the book. It was a heart wrenching read, knowing that its a true story and could happen to anyone. I definitely recommend this if you love to travel. It reminds you to take extra cautions.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book. Really well written and great story.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring I read this book after seeing Amanda speak at a staff conference. She was a very powerful and inspiring speaker and I bought her book after the talk. I couldn't put the book down and finished it the next day. Her book is a haunting and inspiring memoir about her captivity in Somalia. She is honest and self reflective. Amanda shows compassion and forgiveness for people and has gone on to create the Global Enrichment Foundation to create more opportunities in Somalia, offering University scholarships to Somalian women.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This story will stick with you Couldn't put this book down. I finished it in a few days, and was brought to tears more than once.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! While reading this book I went through every emotion from sad to happy. I would recommend everyone to read this real life story about a Canadian woman, I actually ended up buying it for a friend as a birthday present too!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Amazing book. Well written. Amazing story - everyone should read this one.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book was fantastic. Very intriguing and suspenseful. I enjoy stories about captivity (as strange as that may sound) and found this to be one of the best one's I've read!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite! This is one of the most inspiring books I have read in the last 2 years!! Now an avid follower of Amanda.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring I can't believe everything she had to endure. Very beautifully written and incredibly inspiring
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Bought this book after hearing about it from a friend. I read it in one night as I could not put it down, such a powerful story. It is by far my favourite book!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book! Got this book as a Christmas gift after speaking with a friend about it. She recommended it and couldn't say enough good things about it. I'm so glad she did! By far one of the best books I've ever read!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow! Could not put this book down. Scary as hell what goes on in the world. Although you have to wonder what Lindhout was thinking heading into these countries with an attitude nothing bad could happen to her. She seems to have been very naïve at that time and got into a very unfortunate and terrorising situation. Thank goodness she came out of it alive
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Courageous! This book was very eye-opening. The beginning was a bit boring but overall, lots of respect for this girl and her mom. Hope they will recover soon.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling! Good read, worth your time, definitely gives you an inside view of what happens inside the home of a captor. Strong will Amanda Lindhout has!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful A great story of strength and courage.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from eye-opening I love to travel and this book made me realize that it is not always fun and games. Extremely powerful book that I couldn't put down.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing women! The recount of amandas story is one of a kind. This is a true story thriller that kept me up late at night reading about what this poor women went through and how she over came the hardships
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Moving & Eye Opening This is an incredible story of the kidnapping and imprisonment of Amanda Lindhout in Somalia. I was amazed at the realities of Canadians being kidnapped and held for ransom in other countries - a sad reality I was not previously aware of. This is also an extraordinary story about the strength of the human spirit. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written and gripping memoir Fantastic book on a current and important topic. Hard to put down. Absolutely recommended to anyone who loves memoirs. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book-club pick Phenomenal book. Gutwrenching and well-written, it tells a deeply personal story of kidnapping and survival. I loved it!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful memoir I don't normally read non-fiction and was pleasantly surprised when I picked this up before going on vacation. I sped through it in 3 days - very gripping read. I will say that the first half was a bit slow for my liking, but found myself unable to put the book down once we hit the second half. It was eye-opening and shocking what she endured. Well-written. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great non-fiction read An account of an unimaginable ordeal and how the author moved on from it to make a positive difference in the world.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! What a great read...would highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Written Great book, hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful story my new favourite non fiction book. this memoir tells you the struggles and pain amanda and her travelling companion nigel went through when they were kidnapped in somalia. a very sad, enlightening story on what they went through together and alone. sad that this happened to them, glad they are both alive and safe to live the rest of their life and tell the generations to come their inspiring story. i can't put this book down. i will always recommend this.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this Hoping to get to read more of this authors books
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read. Powerful memoir. It is unbelievable what we, as humans, are able to endure and the coping mechanisms we use. I couldn't put it down. A must read!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible story! Really enjoyed this memoir and its thought-provoking contents.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This story is absolutely phenomenal and this book is written so well. I've recommended this to easily half a dozen people and I'm looking forward to reading it a second time (something I usually don't enjoy). I can't insist enough that you read this! It definitely lives up to the hype. Just buy it and read it already!!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book The story is frightening, something that no one should ever have to endure.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting Started this book at the beginning of a 26 hour train ride couldn't stop reading until it was done. Great book! The fact that it was a true story kept me hooked and I'm still intrigued as to how she survived such an ordeal without shutting down completely. Out of curiosity, I also read Nigel's book (the man who was kidnapped with Amanda). If you're going to pick one, read House in the Sky. It's written in a more articulate, forgiving and hopeful manner.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is a must read for everyone. One of the best books I've read.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practically Turned Its Own Pages During a trip to Hawaii, this book was in the condo that my family rented - what were the chances, considering I was from Alberta (just like the author herself). I picked it up every moment of downtime I got. I didn't finish it, so upon arriving to back in Canada I bought the book for myself. It was a huge eye opener to read the hardship that this woman went through, and made me very grateful for the safety of our own country. Absolutely worth the read.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down ! This memoir was moving and I read into the night to see what happended. There were times when I was yelling at her to not be so niave. This book will have an impact on me for quite sometime. The power of the mind and what we can endure, this book it remarkable. Also in the news last year in 2015 the RCMP lured one of Lindhout's kidnappers back to Canada and arrested him. Her perspective on the entire situation is nothing short of remarkable it really makes you think about forgiveness what we have in our daily life to be thankful for
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whoa. Grueling. Heart breaking. Compelling from page 1. I couldn't stop reading this. It's going to be on my mind for a long time. I need time to fully process.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Fav! This book was captivating, and kept me intrigued the whole way through. Her story is shocking but amazing how she has responded to it and what she has accomplished. Not to mention an X grad!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well written This book was enjoyed by myself, my mom and 3 of my sisters
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Very entertaining and powerful, it's definitely worth a read, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Couldn't put this book down. Very inspiring.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Loved this book! So inspirational! I could not put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read I couldn't put this book down! Such a great read.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well written, but not a fan I read this as part of a book club, and probably wouldn't have finished it without the incentive of our next meeting. The saving grace is that it is a well-written book, but the deplorable treatment of her on her travels was entirely avoidable, and she just keeps going. Then there is the problem that Lindhout is not an entirely likeable character to root for to begin with.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shocking A frightening and scary experience.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unforgetable I read this book three years ago and I still think about it. I felt that it was written in such a way that I could relate to Amanda Lindhout and imagine everything she went through.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching, but excellent So well written. Hard to read at times, but a must-have for every non-fiction lover's home library.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story, well-written I couldn't put this book down, her storyis mind-blowing, something that no one should ever have to endure but it's very powerful and resonates with you for a long time after you finish the book. I've recommended this to many friends and they've all raved about it too. Must read!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Excellent book, I have recommended it to everyone! I couldn't put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from meaningful definitely an amazing read, has a powerful message and proves you can get through anything. Definitely my favourite non-fiction book
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended Read! This book was a book club pick, and I'm so glad it was! I couldn't put it down, though some parts were tough to read - especially knowing it wasn't a fictional story. Being a woman who has traveled alone, this book really hit home. Definitely worth reading!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down I cannot properly describe the impact this book left on me after I finished reading it. I was truly awed and inspired by Amanda and what she endured - so amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and emotional This book is an emotional read and I cannot believe what the author has gone through, she is very strong and if we think we have a slight problem it cannot compare to what happens elsewhere in the world. I loved this book.
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I have always love biographies and memoirs and this is a stand out! so so so good! haven't had anything capture my attention like this book did in a while
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from terrifying story because it's true the story itself is interesting and terrifying but the writing was just okay
Date published: 2016-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good I am so happy this woman made it out of Somalia alive. She has survived a horrible phase in her life. She is so inspiring and Brave. I enjoyed the message this book brought to surface; because despite the captive conditions she continued to stay positive channeling her energy to a better place. Reading some of the verses made me invasion some of her cruel and most disastrous moments. Words are indescribable for Amanda's situation and for the other journalist who have experienced similar acts of human brutality.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! Amanda Lindout's experience of being a captive to Muslim extremists was a very engrossing and revelatory read. She has great intestinal fortitude and a will to live. This book will show you the true realities of the harshness of what it is like in less civilized parts of the world.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous book! I wish I could give it 10 stars This book is quite difficult at times to read, but well worth it. I couldn't put it down, I haven't felt this way about a book in a long time. The fact that it's a true story makes it all the more enthralling, although heart wrenching. I followed her story from the time that she was captured until she was finally released and I was so happy for her and for her wonderful family who never gave up on her. I truly admire Amanda and I very much admire the way she turned such a traumatic life experience into something more, that is beneficial for humankind and particularly for women in impoverished countries. Her story is well told and I highly recommend her book to everyone. I'm telling everyone about it!
Date published: 2016-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended! I have read many books from various genres, and I'd have to say that this book is so well-written and the most impactful that I have read this year. Once I began reading, I couldn't stop and I became wholly invested in hearing Amanda's story. Must-read!!
Date published: 2016-02-28

Editorial Reviews

“A House in the Sky is the riveting story, exquisitely told, of a young woman’s passionate quest to create an uncommonly large life, against all odds. Amanda Lindhout’s journey is a singular one, an epic adventure that ranges from colorful to gripping, in which the stakes are nothing less than absolutely everything. With stunning honesty and clarity, Lindhout and Corbett have made certain of two things: No reader will ever forget this book—or be able to put it down.”