For the first time, 10 years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.
On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.
Now for the first time, in her memoir, My Story, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.
In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.
©2013 Elizabeth Smart (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
Easily entertained and amused.
It's unimaginable that this brilliant young woman could take a life altering event that would destroy the lives of most and present it in such informative detail. Her book is an incredible inspiration for survival and success in overcoming tragedy. Her actual performance makes this even more amazing. Kudos to Elizabeth! No one could have done this any better.
The only thing that could add to or compliment this book is the story of Ed and Lois Smart and how they conduced themselves, their family and their lives during and after Elizabeth's ordeal. Perhaps another book? I'd buy it.
Moving, Difficult, Inspiring
The epilogue and hearing how she moved on with her life with such grace.
I enjoyed the authenticity of it. Elizabeth's humor shines through even in the darkest moments. She does not sugar-coat her epxeriences, nor does she drag us through the mud by describing the details of her sexual assaults. She explains what she did and why without a halo on her head or a poor-poor-me philosophy, but also explains why she was too scared to speak up in the opportunities she had the chance to.
When Elizabeth came home. I spent time in Utah in April of 2003, just after she came back, and everyone was talking about it. It was incredibly moving to hear her describe the experience.
This is an incredible book, well worth the wait. Elizabeth has grown up, moved on, seen the trial, been married, enjoyed college and missionary work... If she had written the book shortly after the rescue, it would not have had nearly as much poignancy. Good on you, Elizabeth!
did not read the print version, so no opinion
the fact this story was not fiction
Elizabeth's return to her parents
Her refusal to admit she was Elizabeth Smart
I had a hard time listening to this book, but only because it is such a horrifying tale. I thought it was intelligently written. In some ways, I felt that a different narrator might have been easier to listen to. I was uncomfortable hearing her have to repeat her nightmare to the world.
Shielded by God
When she was in a library and was being questioned by police who were asking who she was and she was afraid to tell them...fear for her family...always feared for her family's safety!
Police station when father saw her!
Faith brings you through
Cried more than once while reading this book...touching and true story that shows that there are many "lost children" out there who are trapped by horrible people!
I enjoyed the story and was inspired by her courage. I know the author is not an actress but the reading was a little dull but I appreciated hearing her emotion in her own story.
It was very well told and made my heart hurt for what u went thru. There is a girl missing here in Conway N.H.. When a listened to this story all I could do is pray for this girl and hope she has the will power u did Elizabeth. I have put the word and face out all over face book so no one gives up looking for her. I'm glad u made it home....And you are strong enough to tell your story.
The whole thing...and Her straight. Plus she never gave up hope.
When she said "Yes, My name is Elizabeth."
Say something about yourself!
Yes, because although what Elizabeth lived through was horrific, her message to not let it ruin her life was very powerful. There are many people who have lived through far less who have let one event ruin their lives. Hooray for Elizabeth! I wish her the best in life!
Having Elizabeth as the narrator made the book that much better because she was actually telling her story. I don't think her true sense of thankfulness for life would have come through as powerfully in simply reading the book.
The raw story. It was so well written, she tells the story with all the feelings that are too terrible to imagine happening. It constantly made me think of all of the girls that have been kidnapped and did not make it out alive. She desperately wanted to live, even to the point that she knew that she would out live Mitchell and Barzee and then be free. How sad, and what a fighting spirit for a young, naive, innocent girl. It would not have been the same if she had not been the narrator, the story was even more poinient by listening to her tell her own story. I also loved the strong family love and ties that kept her going. This is a story that I will not forget and I recommend to others.
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