"In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it."
©2011 Jaycee Dugard (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio
While the author is the narrator, it obvious, she is reading the story and not a professional narrator.
However, what makes this book so moving is you can at times hear the emotion and pain in her voice as she remembers the horror she lived through for 18 years.
This audio book was very difficult for me to work through. As a mother it was so very painful to know what she was subjected to and I felt physical pain and anguish for her. There were times I had to set the audiobook aside and absorb the enormous reality of her life in captivity. I had to clear my head and breath for a while before I was able to continue. Jaycee Dugard narrates her personal account of a horrific life as a prisoner to a sick and demented couple. Her courage and ability to distance herself from the reality of her impossible life helped me to stick with the audiobook, despite the pit I had in my stomach the entire time. I decided that if she could survive this ordeal with the strength, courage and the tenacity she showed, I could overcome the pain it caused to listen to the horrible atrocities she was subjected to for years and years. I knew I wanted to hear her message, and I concentrated on the incredible resourcefulness she showed -even as a little child, and I pray she can continue to heal and move on with her life. Jaycee Dugard is a hero in every sense of the word. May God bless her and her family with peace, joy and the opportunity to have the privacy and normal happy life they deserve. Thank-you Jaycee for sharing your story, for helping us to understand how you survived this experience and for sharing with us the healing journey you have begun. You give us all courage to tackle our own demons-although so very small in comparison.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
What a well written from the heart book. Jaycee must be applauded for the courage to relive her ordeal & the wisdom to put it in writing. Most people would have hidden from the public eye & just left the details to our imaginations. Jaycee is a strong, courageous & very articulate young woman. Her daughters & Mother must be extremely proud of her. Like one of the other reviewers said - it is not a feel good book but it is a must read! Thank you Jaycee for having the courage to share.
mother, wife, artist
The book is read by the author and it just breaks your heart. Not aways easy to listen to, but so neccessary for her to tell this story..
Yes, I couldn't stop listening to this sad but victorious story!
Nothing compares to this young girl's true story.
Just hearing her young voice retell her story kept her story real and amazing.
A true and courageous victory over evil.
It is so amazing how such a very young child who grew into a young woman endured then overcame such a traggety to become a wonderful, beautiful and spiritual human being! God bless Jaycee, her children and her wonderful mother who never lost faith.
It was a upsetting sad story with a wonderful empowering ending.
It reminded me of Room by Emma Donoghue
It was nice to hear her words from her mouth. I don't think she is the best actor or uses that much emotion at times but she was good.
The girl wins.
She tells the story of her experience in chronological order while interjecting with her present-day self analysis. Knowing what she was thinking then and now about the various events was nice.
Her own voice. Only the author can truly deliver the work with the inflection, pauses, and sincerity that she felt when writing originally.
Yes and no. I didn't feel an overwhelming need to consume it all in one sitting, but it certainly would have been possible. I did knock it out in a couple of days, though.
Jaycee Dugard tells a riveting story about her 18 years of imprisonment. She is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. For those people who think an iPhone and a 46 in Flat Screen are requirements for life should listen to this, and realize we are a coddled people. She survived in the worst of circumstances, and came out stronger.
Jaycee not only survived a hell most of us cannot imagine, but was able to clearly communicate what happened to here better than most people who read Audio books for a living.
It made me cry to realize the failures to find her when Law enforcement had chances.
I enjoyed the book and hearing the story of how she lived. What was most impressive was that she was able to maintain her positive outlook in the midst of her captivity.
The pine cone was the last thing she touched as a free person.
Her passion and pain are very evident in the way she read the book.
Although I enjoyed the book, it was a bit one dimensional. Some of the phrases were repetitive. It was as though it was written by a little girl, which made it somewhat boring. At the same time this was part of the charm and it was genuine feeling.
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