Absolutely.....Her reading her book made all the difference to me!
Well, Amanda of course!
Not really....I like taking breaks and this story required me to do so.
I once wanted to go to Perugia and study where Amanda was studying.....I had visited before and loved the place! I'm chosing Spain this summer instead of Italy. I was so furious at the Italian justice system or lack of.....
Much of what we hear from Amanda we already heard in the news. However, it was somewhat shocking to hear from Amanda's perspective all that took place in Italy. It became a true psychological study of a young woman. I quickly gathered a clear understooding of how easy it was for her to get caught up in this awful murder, completely unaware of how she was implicating herself.
Hearing Amanda's inflections and her still vivid emotions to all that took place was quite moving.
Throughout the book the constant support and sacrifice her family made to insure her safety was remarkable and many time very ingenius.
I think this is a great listen and very informative, especially for Americans who seem to travel believing they have all the same rights as what they have here in America.
A tragic tale of political egos and machismo versus a young American girl with innocent ideals and blind trust in what should be right.
Some of the prelimary evidence that was discussed and shown and how people were judging her cuddling and kissing with her boyfriend outside of the murder site seemed silly. I felt sorry for her that she was so far removed from those that loved her. I was happy to read the book and hear that her family rallied around her as best as they could.
I am now a confirmed 100% believer in her innocence. And, I am so impressed by her. She definitely took every minute of her experience and learned from it. That is evident in her telling this story.
She is lovely to listen to and does such a great job with the delivery and writing of this book. Surely she had some assistance, but I was very impressed by how well this book is written.
So many times my heart just broke for her and how the system failed her and how so many people betrayed and judged her.
She shares how people judged her for making a false confession and how they insisted they would never do such a thing, how people judged her for certain behaviors following the murder and insisted they would never act in such a way. But, none of us know how we will react in any situation until we are put there. Keys to her behavior as well were her innocence and young age. If people were to judge me based on my actions at 21, I wouldn't likely have a single friend- I'm sorry to say.
She trusted in people of authority, friends and the system so much. She just believed everything would work out. Her attorneys/friends/family did the best they could in my opinion, except in one instance. I was fried when I heard that she was wearing jeans and tshirts to the trial because she wanted to portray herself as she was - no false impressions. But, someone should have explained to her how that would come across and the respect she should show the court, the family and the system by dressing more appropriately.
I'm just happy she's back at home and hope she stays here. I hope the family of the victim will someday see how there is really no way based on DNA evidence that she could have done this.
Loved hearing Amanda tell her own story. The emotion was there throughout the book. Fantastic and compelling! I wanted to give Amanda a big hug at the end.
What a compelling story. I hope Amamda reads these reviews because I just want to tell her that her story moved me in a way many books have not. Having a daughter myself I can appreciate the anguish her family and friends must have gone through. The effect of her reading this herself just added enormously to the overall impression of the book. Kudos Kid, and have a great life.
I loved the Audio version because she narrated it. If anyone knows this story it is her.
With all she has been through, she found ways to be productive while in prison rather than having a pity party. Impressive.
Nobody can tell the story better than the person who lived it.
No, but I have followed this story for years and it was good to get the sequence of events as they happened.
Amanda, her family and friends should be very proud. This is a good bit of work that had to be heart wrenching to relive in the writing and then again in the narrating. She is obviously a smart, articulate young person. Based on what I know of her from this book I have a sense she will use her language skills, and situation to return the favor and be an advocate for others who are wrongfully incarcerated. Amanda you are an impressive and strong young woman and have vaulted into being a hero for your strength and resolve. Welcome Home.
Yes, it was good, plus there are some details I wouldn't mind hearing again.
The parts when she describes the courtroom scenes.
The proper pronounciations of the Italian words.
I could sense her pain when she referenced the sacrifices her family made for her. I can relate to her on this.
Overall it was a good book, very interesting. In the beginning and along the way, it was a bit hard to believe she was telling the truth, but who am I to judge? This is her story and she's sticking to it.
This is the first non-fiction true crime book I have listened to on audible. I really enjoyed the fact that it was read by the author, I feel like I really got to hear her side of the story. I did not follow this story at all when the events first occurred. Up until I read this book I had absolutely no opinion whatsoever on the case. I feel that if readers go into this thinking Amanda is guilty, then they may not enjoy the book as much as I did.
Being someone who has never had any run ins with the law, other than the occasional speeding ticket, I have a lot of faith in the justice system. I believe that as long as you are innocent, you'll be okay. This book really points out just how wrong I was. It illustrates the very different perspectives of Amanda and the Italian government officials. It is scary to think that someone can be convicted with absolutely no physical evidence because of the way they were acting.
I really felt Amanda's frustration when she was speaking with the police. She has done an excellent job of expressing her fear and frustration, and although I have never been in that situation before, I feel that I understand what she was going through, I almost felt as though I was going through it with her.
It held my attention from beginning to end. I found myself listening to it for longer periods of time than many of the other books I've listened to.
Hearing things from her point of view.
I think hearing it in Amanda's own voice made it so much better than if I had read the book. I would highly recommend the audible version vs. reading it.
I only mildly followed this story in the media when it was happening and I have always felt like she didn't actually kill Meredith but that she was there and knew more than she was saying. When I first downloaded this book I was feeling guilty for "reading" it. I don't usually read these types of books and felt embarrassed to even tell anyone. I definitely went into it thinking she was guilty in some degree and even at the half way point I still questioned whether she was telling the truth or not. She acted so weird in the days following the murder and the fact that both she and Raffaele changed their stories really made me doubt her. She did so many things an innocent person would not do but she also did a lot of things that in my opinion a guilty person wouldn't do. It was not until they got into the DNA evidence that I started to change my mind. I now think she really is/was just a bit of a strange girl but being strange or different certainly doesn't make you guilty of murder. Everyone reacts differently to grief, tragedy, and horrific circumstances and just because she didn't act how we think she should have doesn't make her guilty. I know you do not care about my opinion of the case but I was curious before I read the book if it changed anyone's mind so that's why I included this in my review.
It was well written and moving. I found myself in tears at the end. I certainly did not expect this book to have that affect on me. There are so many life lessons that can be taken away from this book. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is curious about the case even if only a little like I was. I thought she was guilty of at least being there but she changed my mind. It will be interesting to see if any new evidence comes out in the upcoming trial.
My name is Diane Heine not Larry Bruce.
I guess the fact that she was freed
Like true crime,watched her story unfold on the news, but book left me thinking I wasted my money. However I hope she stays free and I hope she makes enough to pay legal bills.