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Lucky: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit - as she struggles for understanding; as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker's arrest and conviction.

In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of a trauma victim even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: "You save yourself or you remain unsaved."

©1999 Alice Sebold, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A rueful, razor-sharp memoir...funnier than you'd think was possible...Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal." (Vogue)
"Sebold's wit is as powerful as her searing candor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cristina Carolina, PR, United States 08-27-10
    Cristina Carolina, PR, United States 08-27-10
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    "Very good book, shocked by the details..."

    I liked the book since I didnt only stated the obvious of the attack but the overall process an attack survivor had to pass thru back in the 80s to claim justice from a sexual assault..
    Alice Sebold is excellent making you part of the aftermath of proceess after the event.....

    Dont miss it.

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    Katherine HOUSTON, TX, USA 04-15-10
    Katherine HOUSTON, TX, USA 04-15-10
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    "slow and drawn out"

    Starts good but quickly becomes REALLY slow...not very good.
    I LOVED lovely bones but not this one.

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    Martha Cypress, CA, United States 03-24-08
    Martha Cypress, CA, United States 03-24-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Good book, bad reading"

    Alice Sebold should stick to writing, as she isn't the best narrator. She sounded very mechanical, often robotic. It took the life out of a touching and heartbreaking story. Otherwise the story is excellent and I did listen to the whole thing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Gordon New York, NY 06-29-05
    James Gordon New York, NY 06-29-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Sebold's Memoirs"

    Perhaps the most gripping and insightful memoir of recent years. Alice Sebold writes in pull-no-punches language about her rape and the aftermath. I was spellbound.

    Yes, Alice Sebold herself is not a professional narrator and, at first, I was annoyed by her clumsy verbal skills. Still, as the story progressed, it became clear that she is the only person who can give this memoir an authentic voice. Halting, stumbling and monotonous as she might at times be, Alice Sebold is a brave woman who has the voice of an angel.

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    Paul brooklyn, NY, USA 01-04-05
    Paul brooklyn, NY, USA 01-04-05
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    "good book well spoken"

    i can't listen to some books on account of the reader, but i found this one to be easy to listen to. she reads as if writing in her diary. not enthusiastic, but a nice voice with good tone and clarity. interesting true story. family secrets.

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    Jocelyn Nashville, TN, USA 09-09-04
    Jocelyn Nashville, TN, USA 09-09-04
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    "Good Read but Wrong Choice for Narration"

    Alice Sebold's account of her rape is brave and very well written. The ending's lack of closure is perhaps intentional since the author will never recover from such a tramatic event. The effect is uneasiness and lack of satisfaction in the reader.

    I absolutely agree with the other reviews- Alice Sebold was the wrong choice in narrators... her monotone voice detracts from the great narrative of the book and tempted me not to finish. Likely a better read than listen...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard MOUNT KISCO, NY, USA 12-26-03
    Richard MOUNT KISCO, NY, USA 12-26-03
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    "Gripping from the first ---"

    From the dispassionate details of the actual crime, the inevitable emotional scarring, the horror of the crime investigation process to the lifelong process of recovery the author puts you write there in the middle of it - as close as you can get without being the victim.

    Her courage and strength not only in surviving this ordeal but also in being able to acknolwedge that it changed her forever come across with crystal clarity.

    She puts it out there that while you can "recover" from such an ordeal, the secret to moving forward is being able to face the fact that you never get over it. It's always a part of you.

    Thanks to Alice for having the courage and strength to share this deeply moving story. It has changed me. The split second that it took to change her life - forever - is out there for all of us - just a heartbeat away. Not that you should live life with constant fear but you should appreciate the fragility of your peaceful and safe existence.

    If you think crime movies and TV shows tell you the story from the victim's side think again - then listen to this audio.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Bristol, TN 11-11-03
    Amazon Customer Bristol, TN 11-11-03 Member Since 2005

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    "A book that will make you think."

    Very insightful, painfully honest account. The author actually reading the story made it even more powerful.

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    Alice Enfield, CT, USA 10-15-05
    Alice Enfield, CT, USA 10-15-05
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    "Very good book - voice took some getting used to"

    This was a very interesting and intense book. Inspirational. It was exceptional how she was able to deal with everything. She does not sugar coat anything and admits her flaws and problems along the way. The only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars was the author's reading. While I do believe a biography or memoir is better when read by the author this one took some getting used to. Her monotonous tone was irritating in the beginning but it grows on you after a while and you get used to it. I would recommend this book, especially if you have read The Lovely Bones which I do believe is one of my favorite books.

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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 10-06-05
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 10-06-05
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    "A book I wish I hadn't bought!"

    I had a hard time staying interested in the book. I think that was, in part, because I found the narrator's(author's) voice annoying.
    I applaud Alice Sebold for her courage and determination, but she should not have narrated the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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