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Out of the Shadows

A Memoir
Narrated by: A.J. Bridel
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
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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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Heartbreaking

This unbelievable true story rocked me to the core.
Her bravery , courage and overall horror she endured palpated with each chapter .
Its frightening this is still occurring on a daily basis.

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Exceptional and inspiring

First of all, it takes a lot of strength and courage to have lived and gone through everything Timea went through. I can't imagine how it must have been for her to re-live the experience everytime she had to share her story and to even keep going after it all. She didnt diserve what happened to her. I admire her as a person, a human, a woman. She's a true hero. I am so grateful for her story as I am sure I am not the only one. Shows how strong a woman can be. She made a huge difference in many parts of the world and in many lives. Forever grateful! Narrator was very good. Loved the book.

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Brave, Survivor to Advocate

A educating recount of a serious international issue. All should read or listen to Timea’s experiences and learn to be a better human. Thank-you Timea & Shannon.

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Beautiful and eye opening

Excellent book! It has a beautiful ending. I recommend it so much to anybody !

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Must read

This is such an amazing and heart wrenching story. I could not stop listening. It is so well read, both by the writer and the reader

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

Hate the topic but loved the story. I am so happy you met some of the people you did on your tough tough journey. thank you for your service.

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Incredible

Absolutely inspiring. A difficult but important read. Some parts will make you wonder how these things can be happening in your neighborhood. Makes you open your eyes to the darkness, but also to the light of hope and possibility. Would definitely recommend.

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wow!

wow, what an awesome recanting of a VERY interesting little known side of life in Canada! ouch!

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Read This Book!

Timea’s story is so heartbreaking and raw. She is so inspirational and should’ve never been subjected to such dehumanizing cruelty. The narrator did a fantastic job too. She definitely got my heart racing in those moments of panic. It is a MUST LISTEN!

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A must read.

This was an eye opening listen.
Human trafficking is happening in our own backyard.
I needed to know how this Story ended and finished it in a weekend.
I definitely recommend it.

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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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  • The Minx
  • 2019-12-22

Great snapshot into human trafficking

This was a well done story that was easily to follow and told in a relatable way. The story was direct and offered a realistiv insight into how innocent people get roped into the darkness of others and the challenges of getting out of the mess. Very interesting and honest.

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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.