"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
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.
This is an amazing story of how Jaycee was able to survive for so long under those ridiculous conditions forced upon her. I could not stop listening to her tell her story. I did skip past the grim details of the sexual abuse. Being an abuse survivor myself, I could not bear to hear her say what happened to her. I applaud her for giving the details; however, I could not stop thinking about how many perverts were listening to it over and over again. I wish that part was not in the book, but I realize that is part of her story and she should not be ashamed to tell it.
Jaycee's completely upbeat and optimistic outlook on life.
I think this is her only one...but I could be wrong.
No. I needed to take breaks from the details every so often.
Well worth it. I've been wanting to buy this book for some time now. I'm glad I decided to get the audiobook instead of the regular hardcover. Hearing Jaycee tell it in her own voice gave it so much more meaning. You go girl!
This is a difficult review because it is a REAL story, told by the REAL woman. For that alone, it deserves only 5 stars, but I guess I was disappointed for several reasons.
1) It was not the story I expected. What I mean by that is that I expected more details about how she lived/survived, how her daughters grew up, how she/they are doing/living today. It glossed over so much of 18 years that I felt like I was reading a badly abridged version of the story. [Having said that, what WAS there was very good, very poignant and very gut wrenching.]
2) The narration. As many of us say constantly on Audible books --- PLEASE DON'T LET THE AUTHOR READ THE BOOK. They are professional writers, NOT professional readers. It's like asking a roofer to build a desk just because he knows how to use a nail gun -- they do not require the same skills. Period. [Having said that, Jaycee did a creditable job reading her own story. She has a quiet, sweet voice that (once you're used to the cadence), allowed you to understand that this is still a grown woman who was, in so many ways, vacuum sealed into childhood.]
It was heartbreaking but Jaycee Dugard has such amazing strength for not only sharing this story but also narrating it herself.
Jaycee is an inspiration to all women. I wish we could all have the strength to write our own story, no matter how painful, and share it with the world with such confidence.
When I first started listening I felt a professional narrater would have been better. As the story continued I realized she was the only person right for the read. This lovely woman/child who had her youth destroyed has come through all those unimaginable horrors as a STRONG WOMAN. Everyone with children should read this.
The raw and unvarnished truth is stranger than fiction.
I cried in certain areas of her story.
Jaycee, I look for good things from you in the future!
Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!
Wow!! In this audiobook, Jaycee Dugard authors and narrates an explicit account of what she endured during her 18 years of captivity. This story is difficult to listen to as her experience was so awful - something nobody should have to undergo. The pedophile who kidnapped her rarely attended to even her most basic needs, yet Jaycee somehow maintaines a positive outlook. This really puts life into perspective. If she can remain positive in the worst of all circumstances, then there is no reason for the rest of us not to follow suit. I imagine that without her healthy attitude, she may not have survived the ordeal. This audiobook teaches us this valuable lesson of survival. My heart goes out to Jaycee and her children and i wish them the best in all of their future endeavors.
I liked the honesty of the author, despite the very personal nature of the material. However, there was a lot of repetition throughout the book, which was a little tedious at times. As terrible as I feel for saying it, the narration of the audio book was poor. I can't imagine someone else reading her story, but her narration was totally flat. I think this book would be better read on paper or e-reader.
Inflection and timing of narrator/author, I guess.
I applaud the author for writing this book which I'm sure was undoubtedly very difficult. I do not wish to be too critical on her performance narrating the book as obviously she is not a professional as other narrators. However, the narration performance leaves something to be desired and I think this book would be better read on paper rather than listening to it. Best wishes to Jaycee and her family.
No, i only like to listen to stories once
She was very into the story and narrated it very well
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