Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival

Written by:
Dean King
Narrated by:
Michael Prichard

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2014
13 hours 0 minutes
A masterpiece of historical adventure, Skeletons on the Zahara chronicles the true story of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the perilous heart of the Sahara.
The western Sahara is a baking hot and desolate place, home only to nomads and their camels, and to locusts, snails and thorny scrub--and its barren and ever-changing coastline has baffled sailors for centuries. In August 1815, the US brig Commerce was dashed against Cape Bojador and lost, although through bravery and quick thinking the ship's captain, James Riley, managed to lead all of his crew to safety. What followed was an extraordinary and desperate battle for survival in the face of human hostility, starvation, dehydration, death and despair.
Captured, robbed and enslaved, the sailors were dragged and driven through the desert by their new owners, who neither spoke their language nor cared for their plight. Reduced to drinking urine, flayed by the sun, crippled by walking miles across burning stones and sand and losing over half of their body weights, the sailors struggled to hold onto both their humanity and their sanity. To reach safety, they would have to overcome not only the desert but also the greed and anger of those who would keep them in captivity.
From the cold waters of the Atlantic to the searing Saharan sands, from the heart of the desert to the heart of man, Skeletons on the Zahara is a spectacular odyssey through the extremes and a gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.
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Abbe Hildebrandt

There is nothing I like better than a true tale of survival. I really wanted to like this novel and I think it is an important story to be told, but sadly I found myself struggling to stay awake while listening! I am not sure it it was the monotone of the narrator or the writing style of the author, but I was dozing off while listening to it on my commute to and from work.

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Charles Shackelford

I've listened to many stories of survival, this one is by far the most interesting. I've read someone may a movie of it, but a movie can't do justice to this book.

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