Amazing is not even due justice to Jaycee's courage and strength. After listening to this book it is my belief that her ability to make the best of her situation and to make a life for herself as much as she did, not only got her through but why she is able to tell her story. Several reviews mention Jaycee's reading style of the book...but if one truly listens you can tell in her inflections the parts of her story she does not want to relive versus listening to her talk about some of the joyful things she did have during that time (her animals and daughters). It's one thing to live it, then write about, then to read aloud to re-live all over again. As her story progressed she was much more animated as she was heading toward her rescue. I read this book because I wanted to hear her story, but I knew listening to in her words would really offer a whole new sense of appreciating what I do have in my life. Thank you Jaycee for letting us into your life.
Obviously an intriguing story by a resilient young woman. However, I felt that one of the motives for writing it was psychological catharsis, which doesn't translate into a consistent tone. The excepts of the diaries were often distractingly childlike (and, at times, childish)--not surprising given her 5th grade education. I found her narration amateurish and sometimes jolting. I would have liked to read it instead of hearing Jaycee, frankly. That said I applaud her courage and determination for surviving and for having the courage to write this.
Such a tragic story with what seems to be a happy ending. Jaycee is a role model for triumph, regardless of the odds. I wish her and her children the very best.
Captivating story line. The narration is difficult sometimes. But having it come from her made it tolerable.
Kathleen in FL
Jaycee Dugard is remarkable in may ways, including her ability to write and then read the story of her ordeal. She is a most positive and firmly planted person, which must be, in part, because of the first eleven years of her life when she knew she was loved and valued.
This book is not for the feint of heart and it will break your heart but it will also give you hope. No matter how horrible an experience may be, it is possible to overcome.
The best memior I ahve ever heard truthful and moving
This book is going to take some time to get out of my head
thanks you Jaycee, for not only sharing your story but telling it in your own voice.
this is a bitter sweet story. it gets a little slow when all you hear about are cats but over all it's a story that should be heard to understand the courage it must have taken to be written at all.
The first half of this book is very disturbing. Dugard has a very small, girlish voice and when she reads the parts of the book where she is young you can hear the vulnerability and innocence in her younger self. It makes it even harder to comprehend what she endured. As she is older her voice does get a little more mature but it does still have a very girlish quality to it. It is somewhat difficult to sit through her reading, partially because of her voice and partially because of the words she has written.
That being said, this book has had a profound impact on me. She has shown how resilient the human spirit is. How strong and adaptive one can be when forced. How caring a soul can be even in the direst of circumstances. But also how cruel and self-absorbed some people can be. How manipulative and perverse.
My favorite part of the book is when she talks about her life now. It isn't rosy and she doesn't paint it that way. It's the story of real people coping with their reality being turned upside down and trying to find their own way in the world. They all have many, many years of therapy to go through, but it seems she passed her strength on to her daughters. They are survivors, too
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a story of triumph over darkness. It is all the more poignant in that Jaycee is the narrator. Her story reminds us there is always hope that life can be better, and is a testament to the invincibility of the human spirit to not only survive but to prosper.
This is not a fun book. It tells us what we all want to know. What was her life for the 18 years she was missing? The nightmare was told by Jaycee herself and I could hear the confusion, anguish, dispair, and every other negative emotion anyone could ever experience in her voice. I was glad I listened to it instead of reading. I am glad I heard her story for her and will be wishing her well for the rest of my life.