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Price Of Life Kindle Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Captured by terrorists, kept in solitary confinement, guarded by men with AK47s and little respect for life. Could you survive it? Bundaberg photojournalist Nigel Brennan travels to Somalia with Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout. They are abducted by a criminal gang, that puts a price of US$3 million on their heads. If it's not paid, they will be killed. And the Australian government does not pay ransoms. After more than a year of stalled negotiations, Nigel's family takes matters into their own hands. They go against government advice, scarifying their livelihoods, their houses and personal lives to bring the hostages home. Meanwhile, the kidnappers are losing patience. Brutalised, shackled, not knowing when or how the situation will end, Nigel faces the fight of his life. This is a story about what it takes to survive, and how far a family will go for freedom, whatever the price.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5434 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: e-penguin (June 27 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APDOE72
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Read this right after Amanda's House in the Sky which was in itself a master-piece. "Price of Life" provides a unique perspective of the rescue and Nigel's account of the events. Mesmerizing saga- both books are a must read!
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I read Amanda Lindhouts book, House In The Sky and found myself compelled to hear Nigel's story. It was excellent, yet different than Amanda's. Amanda was raped and her torture more. Nigel's book provided the negotiation process and the effect it had on the family. The negotiation and release process was riveting It was hard to put this book down. I am so glad they were successful in being released. The fact that the governments failed to assist is appalling.
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Nigel's ordeal deserves attention for various reasons. His story, co-written with his sister and sister-in-law, cannot fail to elicit sympathy and admiration for the family's very tough commitment to their brother/son. Nigel's narrative is honest and, I suspect, muted as to some of the worst aspects of his imprisonment. We need to realize the dangers and realities of what people like Amanda and Nigel endured.

My main objection is in the proliferation of Aussie terms, making it difficult to follow the thread of thought while navigating so much unfamiliar slang. The same happens with names of people and organizations -- too many variations, etc. to comfortably keep track of. A good editor could have pointed these things out and helped maintain their distinctive "voice" while making the narrative a smoother read. Not that we have to be comfortable, but the overall effect was bumpy and disagreeable for the wrong reasons.
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I have read "House in the Sky", Amanda Lindhout's account also - the story of their ordeal is nothing less than compelling!! I liked that this book was written from the experience of Nigel, Kellie and Nicky! Thanks for sharing a most remarkable story! You are ALL so brave!
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I read Amanda's book first and just had to get Nigel's side of the story. Amanda's book was written more professionally and I was enthralled with it as an outsider looking in. The Price of Life gave me the feeling by the way it was written that I was right in there with the family going through the whole ordeal. It is well worth reading both books. There are a lot of Australian slang terns used that we (Canadians) don't use but one can figure out what they mean. The end part detailing the rescue process was enlightening and riveting. Thank God they were finally released but no thanks to both Canadian and Australian governments.
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I recently read Amanda Lindhout's book "A House In The Sky", which was astonishing and devastating and beautiful. I was interested in reading Nigel's side of the story, but unfortunately this book does not deliver. It's not very well organized, or well written. His story makes up about 1/3 of the book and while parts of it were interesting, it really lacked the same emotional impact that Amanda's book had. There aren't a lot of details or description, just a synopsis of his time spent in captivity. The other 2/3 of the book are his family's side of the story trying to organize the ransom payments, which is just a lot of tedious information that goes around in circles. They state pretty clearly they dislike Amanda, whether for personal reasons or because they blame her for Nigel being kidnapped, I'm not sure.. but the sister makes a couple snide comments referring to Amanda as a "cheerleader" and how the clothes she would be forced to wear by her captors wouldn't be stylish enough for her. I personally didn't think these remarks were appropriate considering Amanda endured unimaginable brutality by her captors, much worse than Nigel did. If you're interested in this story, skip this book and read A House in the Sky instead.
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Not very well written.
Too many acronyms and people mentioned without an explanation of who they are.
The last few chapters dragged on and on. Too much unnecessary detail.
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I first read Amanda's book which I enjoyed and then read a Mcleans article about Nigel's story. At fist I thought I was reading the same story and wondered why but as I got further into it I realized that Price of Life gives so much more of an indepth story that to see the whole picture it has to be read. A great account of a horrifying journey to freedom.
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