The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State

Version: Unabridged
Author: Nadia Murad
Narrator: Ilyana Kadushin
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Public Policy
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: November 2017
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
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In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.
Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.
On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia’s brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.
Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.
Today, Nadia's story—as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi—has forced the world to pay attention to an ongoing genocide. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.

Reviews (3)


Written by Patty H on April 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Hard to describe the feelings, she and all the Yazidi people have been very brave....


Written by richard s on April 2nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was one of the most moving books I have ever read, Walking threw everything which Nadia went through and what the people of the Yazidi had to deal with was extremely emotional and the narration made you feel you were right there as it was happening. A very thought provoking book and meant for mature readers. Strongly recommend .

Written by Gayle B on March 7th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Courageous and beautiful and thank you.