Hearing the story directly from the woman who lived it was amazing. I have to admit that it started off slowly, but then I couldn't stop listening.
Finding out what really happened- at least from her perspective. I suppose we will never really know for sure.
No- she really didn't, but being that she is not a professional, I think she did alright.
Once I got past the slow start, it was definitely one I couldn't stop listening.
Looking forward to listening to the story from the perspective of her boyfriend.
40-something, married, 1 step-kid. Love living in the country.
While I knew only a small amount about this story before this book, I found myself googling the information, investigation, and crime scene photos constantly as I went through trying to make sense of this.
It is clear that the Italian Police and Prosecutors totally blew this case from the beginning and to add insult to injury, they reduced the sentence of the only person that they are sure was there at the time of the murder. I find myself sad for the families and for the 3 young people destroyed by an over zealous prosecutor and an incompetent police force. I find myself especially saddened that in all of this, Meredith Kercher was lost because the police in Italy screwed up, wages a public war on innocent people and tarnished the investigation beyond repair. Short of a confession by Guede about what really happened, the world will not know the truth.
The book itself is well written and while clearly it is Amanda's version of events, it isn't hard to understand how a naive young college student with a limited grasp of Italian could get so confused and turned around.
What a miscarriage of justice. Absolutely no evidence, none, nothing, to point to her guilt, yet she's arrested, kept in jail, and convicted, all because they didn't like they way she looked. Well, God help us all.
Good luck Amanda, and shame of the USA if we honor Italy's request for extradition.
Loves baseball, art and Audible!!
An author's narration always makes a book seem more real to me. I enjoyed Amanda's narration of her book. Her emotional narration made it seem like the things she endured over her 3+ years in Italy were happening now.
The entire book moved me. It is always nice to here the other side of the story the media seems to always overlook and not cover.
I commend Amanda for having not only the will to survive throughout this ordeal, but to share her story, in her words and in her voice with the rest of the world. I wholeheartedly believe she is innocent and that she and Rafael were escape goats for the corrupt Italian Police involved in the case.
One of the very best. Her story, read by her. Listen.
I also recommend Honor Bound by Raffaele Sollecito. You will have a better understanding of what they went through.
Her release from prison.
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.
I have always felt Amanda was not guilty of anything to do with this horrible murder, and this book solidifies my feelings. the Italian government, such as it is, was pissed, as well they should be, at a US fighter plane clipping a ski lift cable and killing 18 people. the USG refused to allow the pilot to stand trial in Italy for manslaughter, and so Amanda was pay-back. What the italian government did to an 18 year old kid is revolting, and I will never buy another bottle of wop wina again! This is a straight forward statement of a young woman wrongly accused of a horrible crime, and a horrible judicial system allowing her to become a 'circus animal". i wish nothing but good fortune to Ms Know, she has earned it.
it tells the whole story, and fillls in the blanks left by the press, especially the slanderous bwittish press.
she seems honest and sincere