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In this classic tale of adventure, a young American sea captain named James Riley, shipwrecked off the western coast of North Africa in 1815, was 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 that 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." (AudioFile)

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Leslie Grey
  • 05/09/2007

19th century shipwreck saga

This is a harrowing and amazing account by a New England ship captain of his crew's shipwreck off northern Africa in the early 1800s. His writing is vivid and comprehensive, describing their treatment, and the lifestyle of their captors, and how his own wits and faith saved most of his crew. It is quite grueling, but worthwhile and it all ends well, thankfully. I kept wondering how many Americans had died overseas in similar circumstances, those who had not been able to talk their way to freedom? The narration is good, as well.

11 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anne
  • 05/02/2008

May be a great book, BUT...

I tried two or three times to listen to this book, partly because I saw the story on TV and it was utterly captivating. However, the narrator has such a strange oral delivery that I found it impossible to concentrate sufficiently and get into the story. He has a nice sonorous voice, but he doesn't seem to put the proper tones and intonations at the right places in the sentence. It is hard to explain, but you might want to listen to the preview first before buying.

9 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • peter
  • 29/01/2014

an absolute must listen to

This is an incredible story! The author was capable enough to be able to tell us all that happened to him in such a way that after you finish,you feel (for better or worse) that it was actually you that had the experiences. I was captivated all the way through the book.

3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kim
  • 10/02/2021

Antique Ethnography in Form of Shipwreck Tale

It's an old text, but shows an intimate, and fairly balanced view of traditional nomadic Arab life on the Southern west coastal region of Morocco in the 1815s. The original author strives to represent the environment and human life as he sees and experiences it. It kind of cuts off, meanders once the Americans shipwrecked are finally 'rescued as I would like to hear about their return... but .. can't read what isn't there 🤷🏻‍♀️. If interested in antique ethnography, give this a listen.

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas J. Bombard
  • 05/11/2015

Treasure of a story

If you could sum up Sufferings in Africa in three words, what would they be?

Unrelenting survival

Any additional comments?

Great story, I couldn't believe I had never heard of this story before. Very vivid descriptions of the Arab culture as well. I recommend this book.

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • jo Hansæl
  • 11/12/2020

The book is ruined by the terrible narrator.

The story itself is good. Even I didn't finished due to the terrible narrator.

1 persona l'ha trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • revdingo50
  • 11/11/2016

A must read for history enthusiasts

This is a interesting and factual recount of witnessed history. A book now 200 years old that gives us an account of a culture that is long past and The roots of a culture the west currently grapples with. It is a must read for anybody interested in today's east west conflicts and honest real history.

1 persona l'ha trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utente anonimo
  • 26/04/2022

muy recomendable, me encanto

da perspectiva a los pequeños problemas de la vida. great book i loved it, recmmend it

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Pam
  • 24/03/2022

Fascinating report of the ordeal

The book provides a fantastic recollection of Captain Rile’s experience, and a view of history from his perspective in that time.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Matt
  • 20/11/2021

Wow

This is an amazing story of one man’s (parties) suffering from a shipwreck, capture and enslavement on the African continent. This is a valuable book for our modern understanding of slavery that was once a worldwide practice, rather than as we Americans are told that this was a uniquely American problem. The entire book is harrowing with the candid details of malnutrition and subhuman treatment that was provided, but also of the generosity and friendship that was kindled through these sufferings, even between master and slave! You will likely come away from this book saddened by the sufferings, but glass of the relationships that were made by the mutual respect found, and may even change your mind about the realities of slavery.