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
This is a great book, but I would not listen to it again just because it is so horrific and sad what that evil man and woman did to Elizabeth.
Elizabeth. She is smart, just like her name. She is brave and never gave up hope.
She read with a lot of expression and was real.
The human spirit is so strong. It is amazing what Elizabeth has gone through and come out the other side stronger and with such faith.
Such an inspiring story! What she went through and how she kept her faith is miraculous. She has touched my life and reminded me to be grateful for what I have and be strong through my trials.
Yes, because Elizabeth reads it herself.
Elizabeth. What a remarkable young woman!
She mastered how to get over adversity in her life.
A must for anyone who has ever been raped, abused or mistreated in any way. This book is a real eye-opener on how to handle the curve balls of life.
I really enjoyed hearing the story of Elizabeth's experience of determination and survival. She did an incredible job of telling her story and an incredible job of reading it! I couldn't stop listening. So glad she is able to go forward as she has. Very inspiring!
Mom of 3
What a horrible situation,! Somewhat repetitive and difficult to listen to. A different narrator might have been better, more details too.
Elizabeth narration is amazing. She didn't have to share her story and did so in a honest way. She shared a lot of detail and spared some other details that she was honest made her uncomfortable and I respect her for that. I'm so happy for her that she is free and has moved on and healed a little from what happened to her. I just want to hug her. I recommend this audio book.
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