I applaud the author for writing this book which I'm sure was undoubtedly very difficult. I do not wish to be too critical on her performance narrating the book as obviously she is not a professional as other narrators. However, the narration performance leaves something to be desired and I think this book would be better read on paper rather than listening to it. Best wishes to Jaycee and her family.
No, i only like to listen to stories once
She was very into the story and narrated it very well
What set this audiobook apart was listening to Jaycee Dugard read it. It was almost like sitting in her living room hearing her tell her story.
I absolutely loved Jaycee's indominable spirit. It was the only thing that got me thru the awful, heart-rending stories from the first years of her captivity.
My favorite scene was when she was reunited with her mom. Her fears and doubts about whether her mom still loved her - whether her mom would accept her girls - I cried the whole way through it.
I haven't read the print version, but thought it was great to hear the book read by the author herself.
It makes you appreciate so much more of your own life and circumstances. Jaycee Dugard went through so much, yet a part of her always looked forward to a better time. We all be lucky to have her optimism, when fighting through tough times.
First time listening to Jaycee Dugard.
For the most part, a lot of this book was hard to stomach (mostly the first half). At times, I had to stop listening for a few minutes because it would make me feel so sick to my stomach hearing the awful things she experienced. But the last 1-2 hours of the book was so touching, it almost brought me to tears.
I loved this book! I was immediately struck by Jaycee's voice and how young she sounds...she doesn't sound like a 30 year old. I think she still has a child's voice. This story was such a gift. I could not believe how intelligent and resourceful she was as an 11 year old. She must have had an amazing mother to have been so
her honesty and clarity
This story would not have been the same without Jaycee's voice, reading it would have been a very different experience.
The strength this young lady has to go on and on.
Room as both young lady's where taken and kept locked up for many years.
Her strength and the grown up way she handled the whole situation.
Truely amazing that the human mind goes into states to protect ourselves yet our heart keeps searching, Thank you for sharing your story and hopefully others will know there truely is help out there.
This book is a, hard to read book, not because of how it is written but what is said. This will cut your heart with sorrow that any human can treat another like this man and women treated Jaycee. And the amount of time they kept her captive, I can't remember the exact amount of time but something close to 18 years. What is completely amazing is how well she has adjusted and accepted what had happened to her and how positive she is now living her life. God Bless you and your daughters Jaycee.This book reveals how incompetent our probation system is. It is unbelieveable how many time the probation officers were at the very house she was being held captive, how many times neighbors called and reported that there were children living in the back of the house in some shack and no one found them because they just didn't look.
When two women security guards at a university paid attention when they saw Jaycee and her daughters with the man and woman who were their captors and they listened to there hearts and approached her asking questions and not giving up until Jaycee finally felt safe enough to open up and tell them who she really was. Why didn't all the probation officers who were at the house so many times find her when it would have been so easy to do that? I thank God for those two women.
My reactions were of anger, frustration, sorrow and disgust, in the end joy that she was finally free to be with her mom again.
It was, obviously, a very interesting story. Quite unbelievable actually. I am thrilled that she survived and seems to be thriving after her ordeal. These types of stories are very valuable to read about in that they assure us that there is life after tragedy. However, the book is not well written, and the narration is not well done. I know that she is neither a writer nor an actress, so I didn't expect it to be stellar. But it was a difficult audiobook to get through, and not just because of the subject matter.
That Ms. Dugard had the courage to tell it.
Any professional actress or professional narrator.
Not anything I'm not already doing.
I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
Interesting theme - and especially so because it is based on a real life event. Unfortunately the author lost the plot in the middle - rambling on about her relationship with animals - and failing to explain adequately why she remained 'captive' years beyond her 'imprisonment'.