I Was Told to Come Alone

  • by Souad Mekhennet
  • Narrated by Kirsten Potter
  • 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For her whole life, Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for the Washington Post who was born and educated in Germany, has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing - Muslim and Western. She has also sought to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other.
In this compelling and evocative memoir, we accompany Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad, starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another, and culminating on the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its promise. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner "Jihadi John", and then in France, Belgium, and her native Germany, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization.
Souad Mekhennet is an ideal guide to introduce us to the human beings behind the ominous headlines as she shares her transformative journey with us. Hers is a story you will not soon forget.


What the Critics Say

"The thrilling narrative brings up critical, persuasive insights while trying to answer the questions of where terrorism comes from and why it's so difficult to eradicate." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Amazingly Badass and Beautifully Told!

Brave. A story that raises cultural consciousness,eyebrows and awareness for what really happened behind "enemy" lines. A must read for every aspiring journalist who needs to understand what it means to hold a confidence, work hard to seek the truth and believe in your ability to understand a world beyond cultural borders.
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A timely book with poor narration

Loved the balanced content. it is timely because the author looks beyond the events she has covered- she strives to understand the sociological and political reasons on an individual level. An important book for Muslim and other immigrant parents raising children in the West. There are many memorable lines such as:

"People who see themselves as victims often do not notice when they become oppressors"

"Children inherit their parents' hatred"

"Religion does not radicalize people, people radicalize religion"

The book is filled with Arabic terms and names that the narrator simply cannot pronounce - her pronunciation, while wrong, is not even consist from one sentence to the next. This makes the performance irritating at times.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio