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

Written by:
Nadia Murad
Narrated by:
Ilyana Kadushin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2017
12 hours 16 minutes
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE • In this “courageous” (The Washington Post) 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.
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Gwendolyn H.

I had seen a documentary on her life after she escaped and became a human rights activist. Before this I had never heard of the Yazidi people. I was captivated by the book. After watching the documentary it was interesting to hear how she went from being a farm girl in an isolated village to an award winning worker to end human trafficking. My heart goes out to anyone who has to endure such tragedy and trauma. The sad part is when the cameras are off she says she still feels like a worthless girl. I hope she finds peace, self worth and love.

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Patty H

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

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richard s

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 .

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Gayle B

Courageous and beautiful and thank you.

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