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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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    Pamela CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-01-12
    Pamela CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Moving..."

    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.

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    Linda 11-11-12
    Linda 11-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Heartbreaking personal account-a courageous Woman"

    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.

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-09-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-09-12 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    ""Heartbreaking & Encouraging at the same time!""

    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.

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    Elizabeth archdale, NC, United States 10-08-12
    Elizabeth archdale, NC, United States 10-08-12

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    "Breaks your heart.."
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    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..

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    Joan 10-01-12
    Joan 10-01-12
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    "It didn't keep me gripped."
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    I thought she sould have had someone else narrate the book. She was too dull.

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    roberta AURORA, CO, United States 09-25-12
    roberta AURORA, CO, United States 09-25-12
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    "WHAT A STORY!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I couldn't stop listening to this sad but victorious story!


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

    Nothing compares to this young girl's true story.


    What does Jaycee Dugard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just hearing her young voice retell her story kept her story real and amazing.


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

    A true and courageous victory over evil.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 09-05-12
    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 09-05-12
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    "The strength of the human spirit is incredible!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Stolen Life the most enjoyable?

    It was a upsetting sad story with a wonderful empowering ending.


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

    It reminded me of Room by Emma Donoghue


    What about Jaycee Dugard’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    KeyExpert 08-27-12
    KeyExpert 08-27-12
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    "Answers all of your 'why did she...' questions."
    If you could sum up A Stolen Life in three words, what would they be?

    The girl wins.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Jaycee Dugard bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Her own voice. Only the author can truly deliver the work with the inflection, pauses, and sincerity that she felt when writing originally.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 08-27-12
    Randy 08-27-12

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    "An excellent book about resiliency"
    What did you love best about A Stolen Life?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jaycee


    What about Jaycee Dugard’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    It made me cry to realize the failures to find her when Law enforcement had chances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Miller Dublin, CA United States 08-21-12
    Angela Miller Dublin, CA United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Story"
    What did you like best about A Stolen Life? What did you like least?

    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.


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

    The pine cone was the last thing she touched as a free person.


    What does Jaycee Dugard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her passion and pain are very evident in the way she read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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