as a mother, i listened to this story with fear and horror. it's not fancy literary style, it's in her own voice. which makes it all the more chilling. her consistent focus on the bright side of life is admirable, but the story itself is not uplifting. cringe inducing to think of all that time she was captive by such sick people.
I was worried about this book being difficult to read, but Jaycee Dugard as the narrator tells her story in a brave way that helped me cope with the difficult content. I admire her strength and resiliance.
I really think that Jaycee was brave to write about her experience, and I applaud her for doing it. Unfortunately I found this book to be quite bad. It was all over the place, first of all. On top of that, I really don't feel that she should have been reading the book herself. Perhaps her lack of emotion was a way to cope with telling the story, but it's an audiobook - I'm sorry but I don't want to hear a woman reading such a difficult story in a monotone voice ... sometimes it felt like she was listing random things. I got through the whole book, but it was not easy. My husband usually likes listening to audiobooks with me, but after hearing 15 minutes of the book he asked me to switch to another one, and I couldn't blame him. I think I would have preferred to read this book than to listen to it, and feel like I wasted a credit on it. Oh well, it happens ....
I would never try another book by this author/narrator. Where in the world was the editor? It felt like a self published book that jumped around and kept repeating things over and over.
Ms. Dugard's story was very sad and made you loath her abductors
Ms. Dugard should NEVER have narrated the book. Even though she is 31 she sounds like the nine year old girl who was abducted. Very discontenting to hear someone who sounds nine swear and talk about disgusting things, all done with no emotion at all.
While I really feel outrage for the things she had to endure, she should have had a lot of help with this book, i.e. someone else write her story. It would be hard for her to sell another self authored book to someone who had read this one. That's too bad.
It was so good to hear Jaycee read her book. She is an amazing woman and sounds like she is healing more every day. I hope she makes a ton of money off this book, so she can take care of her children and herself. She uses this book to heal herself, and it is very plainly a book written by a beginner. She even admits that her thoughts and memories are very disjointed, and sometimes following along is like listening to a small child tell you indepth stories about their pets. This book takes much patience, which is perhaps an interesting lesson Jaycee is trying to teach.
I must address those poor souls who actually wasted their time to give negative reviews. This is a story about a wounded healer giving her account of her reality. The truth! People who actually wrote some mindless criticism... such as "Children should not talk like that" are truly astoundingly ignorant! Jaycee is 30, a mother of two, and a survivor with a message so profound it's beacon of light is too blinding for those people that are so cool they wear sunglasses at night. Here is a woman so wronged by society and it's utterly disgusting to me people are so uppity they could actually offer such negative criticism. To those people who did not get it Jaycee Dugard did us a service as a collective people so that we can learn from this terrible flaw in our society... That prisons like hers exist, although she did nothing to deserve this, our law enforcement aided her prison when there was NO viable reason she could not have been rescued early on. So yeah it's HORRIFIC, we live in a world this could happen to you!!! HELLO! Jaycee and her family deserve the respect of our President and country. This is supposed to be the land of the Free People! So sorry if you do not find her sheer horror to your standard whoever you are, you must also be sadist.
I feel privileged that Ms. Dugard would share her story with us. Her story made me cry so many times. I got this gut-wrenching feeling every time I knew something terrible was going to happen - this book is not for the faint-of-heart. But her experience is real, and the suffering was so painful in a way I am glad she did not gloss over the terror.
I disagree with one review about how Ms. Dugard's voice seemed detached. Do we seriously expect her to read like an actress and acting out the parts? That's just plain disrespectful... She is telling her story but at the same time, she needs to not be living that moment again... And in all honesty, she read very well. If you are at all curious about her story, this is a must.
Too horrible and disturbing to even finish. Even though she must be near 30 now, she sounds 11 -- the age she was when she was abducted. I just can't listen to all that cruelty and sadism for hours on end. However, I admire her courage and resilience for writing this and even functioning in life. She must be immensely strong and have a lot of faith and hope.
While Jaycee???s story is compelling, her narration was childlike and troublesome; children shouldn???t use such language. The last several chapters were ???feel good??? in nature and her tail certainly is not. She???ll make a lot of money on book sales on top of the millions the states of California has already paid her for their missteps in keeping her adductor under wraps???I guess that???s ok, but..!