I hesitate to say anything negative about this book because the events that generated it were so horrendous, but the emotional impact was weakened for me by the poor writing and even worse reading by the author. For example, there are many ways to say " I was so lonely" besides repeating "I was so lonely" over and over. I know the author is not a professional writer, but surely there were editors reviewing this book. Perhaps it was a conscious decision to have it written with the sophistication of a 6th grader, which was appropriate for the beginning of the story, but by the end, when she was an adult, she still describes the events in a way that are neither emotionally compelling or intellectually adult.
Listened to this book in one day because it was so riveting. The narrator was fabulous. What might seem like a depressing story turned out to be a story of redemption.
Authors (including Jaycee) often are not as good at reading as professional readers are. It seemed Jaycee didn't always put emphasis on the correct words as she read.
Emphasis on thinking about her mother over done.
Editors should have done a better job with this.
"Good For Her" that Jaycee made this effort and told "her story" as only she could.
This story was fascinating but I think Jaycee would have had a much better book if she would have told her story and let someone else write it and narrate it. The writing was definitely at the level of a student. Short sentences and not very descriptive. Also, Jaycee read this book with no emotion at all. This would have been a better listen if someone else would have read it. Under the circumstances she did a great job but not professional.
It was interesting to see how intimidation and fear could make Jacee stay.
How easy it was to take her.
I found it very sad. She was so broken she didn't realise she could have got away.
I often wondered why she didn't escape, she had plenty of chances..other than that, I enjoyed it.
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.