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Out of the Shadows

A Memoir
Narrated by: A.J. Bridel
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (166 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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Timea Nagy is my hero!

as a Canadian women, I am so grateful for her help and support in everything she does in and for Canada. we need more people like Timea. she is helping so many people and her story is truly heartbreaking 💔 this is a must read. please don't think about getting this book, you need to read, listen and pass it on to others. this needs to be world known. so we can get rid of these low life humans who are trafficking young and older women and men. thank you for writing this beautiful book. ❤️

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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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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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A memoir to remember!

This memoir on Audible has it all!! An interesting and gripping story of a courageous woman, a triumphant end, and a great narrator. I highly recommend this memoir. It was hard to stop listening to it!!

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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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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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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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Excellent

This book was well written and read. We got to know Timea through AJ Bridel’s voice, which matched up with the situations and character perfectly. The book had harsh details, but they are required to fully understand the horrors of the trafficking industry, and just how hard it is to escape. We hear her doubts and misunderstanding and unknowing as if we are in the situation, and you really get a better idea of exactly how you would feel trying to live through these experiences. Thank you to Timea for sharing her story so that we can learn the harsh realities of these real situations, and for continuing to help other victims.

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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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Dreadfully boring....

I tried to get through it, but I couldn’t finish. It dragged on and on. Skip It.

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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.