In 1992, nine-year-old Katie Beers was kidnapped by a family friend and locked in an underground box for 17 days. Katie has now come forward to tell the story that created a national media storm as reporters uncovered the truth about her prekidnapping life of neglect and sexual abuse and the details of her rescue. She shares how this experience and the recent death of her kidnapper, John Esposito, has affected her life. Despite the horrible reality of Katie's days of being chained in darkness, the kidnapping was, in fact, the climactic end of a tragic childhood and the beginning of a new life. Katie breaks her silence and reveals her inspiring healing process to the journalist who covered the story of the disappearance more than 20 years ago.
Buried Memories is the only source that includes the complete details of her traumatic childhood, transcriptions of recordings from Esposito, a firsthand account of how Katie felt after Esposito's death in 2013, and Katie's hopeful view of the future as she looks back into her dark past.
©2013 Carolyn Gusoff and Katie Beers (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
This is Katie Beer's horrific story of years of family abuse before she spent sixteen days kept locked in a box and being raped by a family friend at nine years old.
You wouldn't think anyone could recover— Katie not only recovers but thrives. Told in alternating narratives Katie on the inside, co-author reporter Carolyn Gusoff on the out. You get the raw story and how it played out in public and in the law. Narrators Allyson Ryan and Eileen Stevens give this story the respect it deserves without turning maudlin.
With help from the system that had, until then, failed her, she overcomes what feels like the worst possible circumstances. Help from therapy and school, and support from a loving foster family bring her through.
Contemplating human cruelty and endurance, it's heartening to know that we can be this resilient and flourish.
While the story is indeed disturbing, it is told in such a way that it becomes intriguing. An excellent "read" but not appropriate for teenagers or probably any young mothers.
Narration was perfect!, I loved how the story was told from two points of view., the survivor and the media. Definitely a great find!
This book was sad, heart-wrenching, and sickening...at the same time it was inspirational, empowering, and brave. I loved everything about the book and the way it was written/performed despite the contents....because although it's a horrific story...it's told from a place of bravery and understanding....in a way that could help other childhood victims of abuse, neglect, trauma.
I would definitely recommend.
The first thing I want to say is thank you so much for Having the courage to continue the healing process through telling your story. The times that it was hardest to listen for me was like you mentioned something that brought back memories of my own childhood abuse. As with everything else in my life the toughest moments are the ones I grow the most from. Your resiliency and all those who have been victims of childhood abuse will no doubt shape future generations. The story really clarified in my head why I am the person I am today and I can't thank you enough for that clarity. I also want to say thank you for hiring professional voice actors to tell your story . The best audiobooks for me are those that create a vision in my head for each individual mentioned. I definitely recommend that everyone needs to read/ listen to this book!
This is a story of an amazing survivor of trauma! it helped me understand.more about myself. Thank you Katie Beers for sharing the terror and triumph of your life. Though very hard to hear the horrors at times, I still took away from the story the strength of a survivor.
The narrator did an amazing job. She was even able to do the Long Island accents without making it silly or comical.
It wasn't overly dramatic like many of the performances, but it was highly entertaining. They were able to do the Long Island accents in a way that wasn't silly and made the characters more real.
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