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Out of the Shadows

A Memoir
Narrated by: A.J. Bridel
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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An unforgettable story of an ordinary woman in astonishing circumstances who defies the odds.

Timea Nagy was 20 years old when she answered a newspaper ad in Budapest, Hungary, calling for young women to work as babysitters and housekeepers in Canada. Hired by what seemed like a legitimate recruitment agency, Timea left her home believing she would earn good money to send back to her family. What she didn't know was that she'd been lured by a ring of international human traffickers - and her life would never again be the same. 

Upon her arrival in Toronto, she was forced into sex labour in some of the city's seediest nightclubs, starved and controlled by her agents, and brainwashed to believe she was to blame for her situation. The only way she'd be free was when her debt was paid - but, no matter how hard she worked, that debt seemed only to go up, not down. 

Out of the Shadows is a gripping, heartbreaking, and eye-opening journey deep into the underworld of human trafficking and the sex trade, told in riveting detail by one brave survivor. At once tragic and powerfully redemptive, Timea Nagy's story will stay with you long after you've heard the last moments.

©2019 Timea Nagy and Shannon Moroney (P)2019 Doubleday Canada

What the critics say

"Timea Nagy's harrowing story deeply reports the ugliness of human trafficking. But it's ultimately a remarkable tale of survival and resilience, with lessons for a country that considers itself to be a safe place for immigrants." (Pauline Dakin, best-selling author of Run, Hide, Repeat)

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Earth shattering

This book is heartfelt, terrifying, gripping, and hopeful. Timea’s story is brutally honest and well written. If you live in the Toronto area, you will recognize a lot of the places she mentions as well.

This story is not for the faint of heart. It contains brutal details of the abuse she endured.

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Incredible

This story rocked my soul to the core....and opens your eyes to things you never though existed . You must read this!!!

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could have been much better

This topic is important to recognize and to care about - human trafficking, confinement, abuse, rape . .... . The graphic accounts of sexual assult and the abusive situation leave an impression, but they do not tell a great story. Perhaps the book just needed to be shorter.

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Insane

This story blew my mind!! Makes you feel so naive about what’s out there. A must read!

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Simply Mind blowing

Highly recommend. Beautifully written and narrated. I was sad when I finished it. Listening to this book was a highlight of my day. Be prepaid to not want to shut it off.

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An Eye Opener

I initially listened to this memoir as a way to learn more about human trafficking in Canada. However, the story was engrossing and compelling. A must listen for a riveting story and a must needed eye opener for most. Very well narrated.

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emotional rollercoaster

I couldn't stop listening to this book. Timea's story is so honest and raw. Blessings go out to her.

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Amazing story amazing woman!

I would highly recommend this book. The true story of Timea’s journey is amazing. This really brings the underground world of human trafficking into the spot light. The strength of this woman and where she is today is a miracle. The story is engaging, gripping, terrifying and joyful. The narration is excellent. I finished this book in 2 days :)

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  • Chris
  • 2019-08-04

important and timely

There is so much in this book that every person should hear and understand. Excellent!

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  • Hana
  • 2019-09-05

Dreadfully boring....

I tried to get through it, but I couldn’t finish. It dragged on and on. Skip
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  • Libby Hartman
  • 2019-08-30

I had to return this

The story of this poor woman's life is compelling, but it just drug on and on covering the same thing.