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My Story | [Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart]

My Story

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Susan Ekstrom Sweden 01-18-14
    Susan Ekstrom Sweden 01-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Sad story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book is a true story told by the only person that can describe what happend, the victim of the crime,


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    Sean COLUMBIA, MD, United States 01-14-14
    Sean COLUMBIA, MD, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating story, educational, and emotional."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Story to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but in general I would say yes. Elizabeth herself reads it which is meaningful for this story. Also, there isn't much about this story that requires a person to re-read it. So hearing it once in audio at the pace and tone it was written is probably better than what may happen if read in print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Story?

    When there are police nearby looking for Elizabeth but she is too afraid to scream to them for help. For me such a concept as not screaming for help when it's so desperately wanted was shocking. Yet Elizabeth does well at describing why this was so. I found that to be a powerful example and insight into how these crimes evade discovery.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Since most of the first half of the book is about lots of bad stuff happening, the part that was my favorite was Elizabeth being reunited with her family. I won't spoil it but it was quite the scene to read about. Especially, knowing it's actually happened and all that went on leading up to it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Sometimes it seemed like I wanted to get through it quickly. But there is only so much of the dark stuff described that I could take in one sitting. Don't get me wrong, it's not all dark, but I wanted breaks between large sections.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the story was well told. A reasonable amount of detail was provided to honestly and throughly tell the story without going too deep into stuff that's inappropriate to share.

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    Sarah United States 01-11-14
    Sarah United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Maybe the print version is better..."

    I was disappointed in this audiobook. As much as I believe that she has every right to tell her story personally, I believe that reading the book herself was a misstep. She has a very youthful voice, and at some times, she just sounds like a child and a brat during her reading. It was hard to concentrate on her story at times because of how she was reading it or doing the voices of her captors. I feel bad writing this opinion but a professional reader should have read this story. Her account was interesting but a bit repetitive in some areas.

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    Mary Canada 01-09-14
    Mary Canada 01-09-14
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    "Powerful Book"
    Any additional comments?

    Powerful book. I remember well when Elizabeth went missing. My pretty blond daughter was nearly her age. It hit too close to home. I was thrilled when Elizabeth was found, but worried that she would never fully recover. Over the years it became clear that she had recovered well and I often wondered about the inner strength that sustained such a young innocent girl victimized by such evil. I longed for insight but did not want to read something that reeked of voyeurism. Elizabeth has managed to write a book that captures the experience superbly without the reader feeling intrusive. But not only that, it will give you much food for thought and change the way you look at scruffy beggars for the rest of your life. Elizabeth does a great job of narration as well. An inspiring read. Strongly recommended.

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    Kimberly Grants Pass, OR, United States 01-09-14
    Kimberly Grants Pass, OR, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing!!!!"
    Would you listen to My Story again? Why?

    Yes, hearing it in her voice, telling her story was captivating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Story?

    The advise her mother gives to her at the end of the book about not giving him one more second of your life....she was just as amazing and strong.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The cold glass of water in the middle of the night when she thought she would die from thirst.


    If you could give My Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The strongest sole


    Any additional comments?

    I normally would not listen to anything like this. I am so glad that I did. I have told everyone to listen...although some parts are tough.

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    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14
    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Easily entertained and amused.

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    "Impressive!"

    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.

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    Ashley Person Sewickley, PA 01-04-14
    Ashley Person Sewickley, PA 01-04-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Moving account of a difficult story"
    If you could sum up My Story in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, Difficult, Inspiring


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Story?

    The epilogue and hearing how she moved on with her life with such grace.


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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-30-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "How brave, how strong, how real"
    What did you love best about My Story?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Charles Ionia, MI, USA 12-17-13
    Charles Ionia, MI, USA 12-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Sad and disturbing story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Story to be better than the print version?

    did not read the print version, so no opinion


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fact this story was not fiction


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Elizabeth's return to her parents


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Her refusal to admit she was Elizabeth Smart


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    Mark Louisville, CO, United States 12-11-13
    Mark Louisville, CO, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Well done, Elizabeth"

    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.

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