On March 2, 1998, 10-year-old Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped and found herself locked in a house that would be her home for the next eight years. She was starved, beaten, treated as a slave, and forced to work for her deranged captor. But she never forgot who she was, and she never gave up hope of returning to the world. This is her story.
©2010 Natascha Kampusch (P)2016 Tantor
The story has all the earmarks of a great true crime read. Some parts had great potential, but it is told from a child's point of view for most of the book. I understand that is needed, but it became monotonous and repetitive which slowed down the read. I would have liked to have read more from her adult situation, and not have certain parts deliberately left out with the explanation of "privacy issues". The book is built up as being based on her whole Slavery experience....unfortunately, all you get is a weak apology as to why she does not want to tell the whole story! Big let down. I wish I would have done my research before listening to this, I would have been for warned of the author's predisposition to not trust media and how she tends to hide the whole story. I am sad she was so brutalized and that she lost her childhood, I don't want to sound heartless. I am just giving my honest opinion on how the story was presented.
Omg how could they screw up such an interesting story?? This story should have been gripping, and tantalizing! Instead it was boring and went off in other directions so frequently you almost forgot what the story was about! I didn't expect molestation or rape cause that would have been hard to listen to but I did want to hear about what exactly was going on for 10 years of being locked up. She's talking about fairy tales and how she wished she could be floating here, and floating there and what she would be doing if she were home etc etc, I hated this book terribly! I felt as if I was locked up and being tortured while listening to this snooze fest! The narrator was as boring and docile as the story and it drove me crazy! I couldn't even finish listening to it! If this was a movie you'd get up and walk out! Horrible don't waste your time this book isn't even worth $1.00 they should list it as free, and then you still wouldn't be able to drudge your way through it!!
Don't waste a credit. While I empathize with what happened to this woman, I feel as tho she is not someone that I'd like much in real life. She sounds like a self centered whiner. Very "me-centric". Among other things. Ugh.
It was all I could do to get through it, but I did, simply for the fact that I loathe wasting a precious credit.
Skip it- unless you like listening to someone whine about every thing that's ever happened in her life, and then self psychoanalyze it to tears. Not sure if she became a therapist as an adult, but she sure sounds like one! There is much more "psychology" to this "book" than there is story. Won't recommend it to anyone I like!
I found it hard to feel fully emerged and sorry for this girl due to the person reading the novel. She is so withdrawn and monotone that it really made it hard to connect with the story. I feel like a lot of the victims emotion of her story was lost, the narrator could have been explaining my dinner just as clearly as this poor girls captivity.
The story was a very interesting and heart wrenching true story.
Unfortunately the narrator ruined the book. She made it very difficult to get through, and I had to put it on a faster speed. The narrator had awkwardly placed pauses, and was, most times, super slow, and other times, fast. She made the book very hard to listen to.
the story is interesting.. it takes a while to get started..and if you're looking to anything sleazy or salacious you don't find it here..
"I believe I read this book to discover additional insights to human nature through two unique and extream perspectives."
I was not disappointed; but, instead rewarded with an incredible account of a child, while physically growing into an adult woman under the most extreme and out- horrible circumstances possible, absent a formal education since 10 years of age, I heard the story of an incredibly intelligent, wise-beyond-her-ears woman, who persevered and winning her freedom both physically and emotionally beyond what was certainly not thought possible.
Natasha is truly a remarkable woman, and I wish her all the best this world have to offer.
I can' t see well without my glasses - like now...
I absolutely loved this book. It is a testament to human strength and that we have the power to suffer the greatest atrocities, yet ultimately still believe in humanity. Natasha's courage throughout her years of captivity is inspirational. A must read!!
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