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A Stolen Life Audiobook

A Stolen Life: A Memoir

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"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

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    Corrine United States 04-10-12
    Corrine United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart wrenching, but uplifting in the end."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Stolen Life to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but thought it was great to hear the book read by the author herself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jaycee Dugard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listening to Jaycee Dugard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Tina Eagleville, PA, United States 03-26-12
    Tina Eagleville, PA, United States 03-26-12
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    "This young woman is remarkable!"
    What did you love best about A Stolen Life?

    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


    What about Jaycee Dugard’s performance did you like?

    her honesty and clarity


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This story would not have been the same without Jaycee's voice, reading it would have been a very different experience.

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    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 03-16-12
    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 03-16-12
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    "Could not put this down"
    What made the experience of listening to A Stolen Life the most enjoyable?

    The strength this young lady has to go on and on.


    What other book might you compare A Stolen Life to and why?

    Room as both young lady's where taken and kept locked up for many years.


    What about Jaycee Dugard’s performance did you like?

    Her strength and the grown up way she handled the whole situation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    yes


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    Michelle Stewartsville, MO, United States 03-10-12
    Michelle Stewartsville, MO, United States 03-10-12
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    "Amazing"

    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.

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    02-06-12
    02-06-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "A Stolen Life: A Memoir"
    Where does A Stolen Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Stolen Life?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reactions were of anger, frustration, sorrow and disgust, in the end joy that she was finally free to be with her mom again.


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    Tonia 02-01-12
    Tonia 02-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Remarkable story, but not a great book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Ms. Dugard had the courage to tell it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jaycee Dugard?

    Any professional actress or professional narrator.


    Did A Stolen Life inspire you to do anything?

    Not anything I'm not already doing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 01-07-12
    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 01-07-12 Member Since 2015

    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!

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    "Lost the plot"

    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'.

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    Melanie Woodbridge, NJ, United States 01-02-12
    Melanie Woodbridge, NJ, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Hard to read - sad!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Stolen Life the most enjoyable?

    It was a good book but as a mother it was hard to read all of what this poor girl went through.


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    Fun 12-29-11
    Fun 12-29-11
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    "Tear Jerker!"

    Thank Jaycee for sharing your story. I cried and felt the pain. A good book with a box of kleenex

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    Diedra Mosinee, WI, United States 12-20-11
    Diedra Mosinee, WI, United States 12-20-11

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A shocking and sad but well told story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Stolen Life the most enjoyable?

    The author was the reader and you could feel her emotion but also the truth of her story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she and her mom met again after so many years


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Against all odds


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