"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
Kathleen in FL
Jaycee Dugard is remarkable in may ways, including her ability to write and then read the story of her ordeal. She is a most positive and firmly planted person, which must be, in part, because of the first eleven years of her life when she knew she was loved and valued.
This book is not for the feint of heart and it will break your heart but it will also give you hope. No matter how horrible an experience may be, it is possible to overcome.
The best memior I ahve ever heard truthful and moving
This book is going to take some time to get out of my head
thanks you Jaycee, for not only sharing your story but telling it in your own voice.
this is a bitter sweet story. it gets a little slow when all you hear about are cats but over all it's a story that should be heard to understand the courage it must have taken to be written at all.
The first half of this book is very disturbing. Dugard has a very small, girlish voice and when she reads the parts of the book where she is young you can hear the vulnerability and innocence in her younger self. It makes it even harder to comprehend what she endured. As she is older her voice does get a little more mature but it does still have a very girlish quality to it. It is somewhat difficult to sit through her reading, partially because of her voice and partially because of the words she has written.
That being said, this book has had a profound impact on me. She has shown how resilient the human spirit is. How strong and adaptive one can be when forced. How caring a soul can be even in the direst of circumstances. But also how cruel and self-absorbed some people can be. How manipulative and perverse.
My favorite part of the book is when she talks about her life now. It isn't rosy and she doesn't paint it that way. It's the story of real people coping with their reality being turned upside down and trying to find their own way in the world. They all have many, many years of therapy to go through, but it seems she passed her strength on to her daughters. They are survivors, too
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a story of triumph over darkness. It is all the more poignant in that Jaycee is the narrator. Her story reminds us there is always hope that life can be better, and is a testament to the invincibility of the human spirit to not only survive but to prosper.
This is not a fun book. It tells us what we all want to know. What was her life for the 18 years she was missing? The nightmare was told by Jaycee herself and I could hear the confusion, anguish, dispair, and every other negative emotion anyone could ever experience in her voice. I was glad I listened to it instead of reading. I am glad I heard her story for her and will be wishing her well for the rest of my life.
I have difficulty in puting the rating. If I were to think of this work as a novel or a piece of art work then I would probably find it easier to rate. Those who are seeking for any element of literature or art will not find much in here. I also find the reader's voice hard for me to follow. Some time, it felt like the story loses cohenrence.
However, I could not stop. There is some compelling thing I can't name made me going through. What ever this woman was telling was true. Despite knowing that it's true, and even feeling that it's true, it's still almost impossible to envision the suffering, the cruelty that this person went through.
I could not help but cried, many times.
Reading this book I realised every human being suffers, yet, there is no limit to the number of ways of suffering as well as the pain it brings. If one cares about the goodness of human being and wants to seek the meaning of life then perhaps this shall be a worthy reading.
I was afraid to read her memoir because I knew the details would be horrendous. First of all, she does an amazing job reading her memoir to us, it nice to hear the voice of this innocent victim. She also shares very profound life lessons about how an abuser can control and exert power over another person. She also provides thought provoking insight on our social values, or lack thereof. JC was among us in broad daylight, shopping, at schools, at the beach. She was afraid to make eye contact because she was afraid someone would recognize her. Overtime she began to realize that it didn't matter, because nobody cared.
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