"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
This book provides insight into a situation very few of us would ever undertand if it were not for Ms. Duggard. This audio version of the book is the only one I would recommend because how she speaks her story is almost as important as her writing the story. What a wonderful person who has given us the wonderful gift of getting to know her. What an inspirational woman.
This amazing young woman has bravely and point-blank shared her story in such a way that my tears were full of anger as well as pride. Jaycee, if you read these reviews, know that I have had you in my heart and in my presence for the past two days. Once I started listening to this presentation, I could not stop. I finished it in two sittings. As a mother and grandmother, I am so proud of you and so happy that you have chosen to not fall victim to what has happened to you; rather to harvest the learning from the experience and forge ahead. This is a book that MUST be listened to; reading it might be okay;, but to hear Jaycee read it aloud makes it come totally alive. Your style and your voice bring the pure innocence that is truly you. I can't help but love you and admire you and wish I could give you and your girls a long and heartfelt hug. Much love and happiness to you and your family. Love and light EveLynn
I liked this book and I think Jaycee is amazing for living through this and still being able to function. The book goes into lots of detail. She even mentions in the beginning of the book that she rambles and changes subject sometimes. It doesn't take from away from the story but if I wasn't paying close attention sometimes I would have to rewind and try to figure out where the current topic came from. Anyway, it is a good book and we should all support her after what she went through.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Thank you Jaycee for writing and narrating this book. You are such a brave young woman. In writing this memoir, you have given others the hope to hang in there in the face of adversity and be proud. I think your family is so lucky to have such an amazing daughter and sister.... but most important you seem to be such a loving and wonderful mother to your young daughters, you do us other mothers proud! So you go girl, your life is now just turning a wonderful new chapter. The world is your oyster Jaycee; we await another book from this budding young author.
The overal impact of this story is more powerful with narration by Jaycee herself. Her reflections throughout help you understand how she was frozen in this captive relationship. If you are curious about how an individual can recover from 18 years of mental and sexual abuse--you will be impressed by Jaycee's story.
Probably not. The first listen was concise and informative.
Jaycee's personal reading makes the story so much more life like as she explains the years of her captivity and final release.
Survival through hell and freedom
Beautifully written and read. There would have been so much more suffering that she could have told, but instead of dwelling in the ugly and soaking in self pity she tells just enough to give the reader a good picture of her ordeal without degrading it to smut. Her description of reunification was fascinating to someone who couldn't begin to imagine what it would take to enter back into freedom.
Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
This audio book narrated by the author, Jaycee Dugard, takes you into a nightmarish world that had me thinking, "This can't be real!" However, it was real, and hearing the story in Jaycee's own voice gave the book much more depth. What I liked most about the writing is that in the early chapters the writing was of a child. As the story unfolds the writing grows with the author. There is much to learn from her experience and the one thing I have learned is that if ever placed in a position where I had to remain hopeful of a loved one returning home one day, I would never give up that hope.
The story had me sick to my stomach at times, cheering for her when she was reunited with her family, and even had a tear or two for her while listening to her story of her struggle to survive.
No. Although the book is interessant and involving, the story is too sad.
As a real story this is a lesson for my life
She is a lovely mother.
When Jaycee Dugard finally found her mother again and took her life back.
I think Duggard was strong and weak in the same time during the terrible years lived. She could had change her life before but probably didn't do because of embarrassment of the the terrible facts, including the young pregnance.
I absolutely respect Jaycee's conviction with telling the story herself. Unfortuantely for me though it was as if she was reading someone eles's story and not telling about her own horror. I didn't get a sense of the passion and bravery that eventually led to her survival. I'm incredibly humbled by her courage and honesty and inspired to not take each day for granted. I'm SO very glad that she's going to be better than the circumstance she was forced to endure and I'm grateful for her sharing her story with the rest of us.
I will recommend Audible to anyone who loves multi-tasking. I am able to learn while being active. It takes away my stress, totally!
I admire Jaycee for being strong and positive inspite of what she went thru. She is a gifted and talented human being. Excellent and heartfelt narration.
I even learned her dumpling recipe. More blessings to Jaycee and her daughters.
Thank you Jaycee, for having the courage to tell your amazing story. It is a story of survival in the most harrowing of circumstances. Not only did she survive but she has gained strength and has grown into a remarkable woman and mother. Hearing her story, read herself is a truly humbling experience and one that will stay with me for a long time. Not because you were a victim, but because of how you have survived.
"Awe inspiring young lady and story"
amazed at her bravery especially when first abducted at age 11. She has a real ability to understand her captors' characters which she uses to make things more bearable for her. Such a strong girl. I was in awe of her. Very sad. My favourite bit was when she befriended a spider in her room because she was so lonely. She used to talk to it and named it Bianca. This brought tears to my eyes.
I was very interested but not sure i could read another abduction book for a while as so sad.
Yes by being completely open and honest.
Nothing i was glad the author read it.
one of the things that came across in her story was her utter selflessness. She really believed that it was best that philip had chosen her so that another child did not have to gonthrough what she had. Amazing!! Would thoroughly recommend people to read this.
"Well narrated for such a traumatic story"
Very well detailed book, very shocking in places. Skipped a lot of chapters in middle, mainly the cat diaries etcetera
"A heartbreaking true story"
I would recommend this book to a friend but maybe as a paperback
I am so pleased the Jaycee got her life back and I give much thought to the fact that she was kept hidden for so many years. She is such a strong girl.
I think that it would have been better to have a professional to do the narrating as I find Jaycee's voice tiring in the long run.
It was worth the listening time but it was also very sad to listen to.
very sad but a little amateurish in the writing and reading of the story. I would have liked to know what sentences Phillip and Nancy recieved
"Human darkness & hidden depths of character"
I watched with interest this story unfold in the media and wondered how anyone could survive such abuse. Moreover the depts of darkness and depravity of the perpetrators is vast.
Reading the book written and read by Jaycee does give some insight into it and the fact that she survived is commendable. I think Jaycee was brave to tell what she did However Im sure this is just the tip of the Iceberg and far more happened that we the public will never be privy to. This is as it should be as certain facts should remain hidden for the protection of Jaycee and her daughters.
I think her mother showed such strength and devotion to her daughter and grandchildren and hope that they can go on now to have as normal a life as they can. I would recommend this book but it is clearly not for everyone and would kindly recommend the potential reader to please read the synopsis before purchasing.
"Such a sad book - It had to be told -"
Jaycee was very brave writing this book, it must have been so difficult for her re living all of those years. It was interesting, but very sad at the same time. There were graphic sexual chapters which bravely she left in the book.
"Upsetting but interesting."
I could'nt believe how this courageous young lady wrote this book, but I admire her for doing it. Due to the fact that the book is read by the author it makes it even more difficult to understand what Jaycee went through. She really goes in to detail and uses very explicit words to describe what she suffered, I will admit some of it was a shock as I was'nt expecting her to do this normally it would just skim over details. It is hard to listen to some parts but it's a great insight in to what this young lady had to go through. I would recommend this book to anyone.
"An amazing story"
I heard of her amazing release on the news a few years ago...the book was quite amazing to listen to her story,horrendous in many parts but must give hope to parents of missing children. Very interesting to listen to
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