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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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    Miguel 03-18-15
    Miguel 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Book"

    what an amazing story and such a strong woman. Her narration was great and even at some parts made me laugh. especially when she was voicing that douche bag that kidnapped her. awesome book

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    Georgette 03-07-15
    Georgette 03-07-15
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    "Excellent"

    Intelligent captivating - did not want to leave my car when listening - well done keeps the listener in deep thought A+

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    Courtnee 02-10-15
    Courtnee 02-10-15
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    "AMAZING!!!!!!!"

    This is an amazing book!! Elizabeth smart is an amazing women who is so inspirational!!! Love this book so much!

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    Jessica 02-03-15
    Jessica 02-03-15
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    "good book"

    This book is much easier to hear than read. a truly inspiring story of courage.

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    Cynthia Toth Mentor, Ohio 01-30-15
    Cynthia Toth Mentor, Ohio 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring"

    Most of us know some part of her story, but to hear the whole ordeal from the mind and mouth of Elizabeth gives it new meaning and purpose. It also forces you to realize you should be grateful and your bad days not really so bad at all.

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    CARLY 01-29-15
    CARLY 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing young woman!"

    The strength and spirit of this young woman surpasses the evil she had to endure for 9 months! I wish her joy and happiness alway!

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    millymom8 01-18-15
    millymom8 01-18-15
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    "Courage"

    Because it came from the author herself, it made it 10 times more meaningful, and given a new perspective on overcoming trials and being strong

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    Johnson 01-14-15
    Johnson 01-14-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Such an inspiring story by an amazing young woman!"

    I was hesitant to read this book because I was afraid of having to face everything that Elizabeth went through. But it was so incredibly inspiring and has the best message of hope, gratitude, and maintaining our faith through the worst of trials. I highly recommend it. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your story and your faith.

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    Chris Independence, MO, United States 01-09-15
    Chris Independence, MO, United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Elizabeth Smart's Story that rocks the world."

    This book drew me in, as if I was right there with Elizabeth Smart throughout her horrific kidnapping experience. I felt her anguish and her hope and faith. After enduring unthinkable acts and abuse, I felt her hesitance, joy, and optimism after rescue. After the first chapter, I could not stop listening until the book was over.

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    J. Romano 01-06-15
    J. Romano 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting, but..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Story to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but I do imagine that had I read the print version I would have enjoyed it more. I admire Elizabeth Smart for wanting to narrate the audio book, but she was not very good at it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It is difficult to explain why I could not relate to how Smart read the book. Perhaps she just sounded condescending and did not have an enjoyable manner to how she read. The story was of course, fascinating and what she went through was a nightmare to say the least.


    Any additional comments?

    There were many specifics about her abduction and captivity that I did not know before listening, so the book was quite interesting. You certainly were placed in her shoes and experienced what she went through during her captivity. The problem is Smart should have left the reading to a professional.

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    2/21/15
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    "Outstanding and moving"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys true accounts and stories of real survival.


    What other book might you compare My Story to, and why?

    A Stolen Life, Jaycee Lee Dugard
    3096 Days, Natascha Kampusch
    I Choose to Live, Sabine Dardenne
    Similar powerful accounts of kidnap survival


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth wrote and read her own story, her own account of the ordeal she suffered as a kidnapped child. The way she dealt with each horrific day is remarkable, but the most incredible thing, is how she moves forward after she has been rescued. It is a story of real survival and people could learn a lot from her attitude about how to get past this and live the rest of her life. I am humbled that she chose to tell her story and I am delighted that she did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • philh
    1/14/15
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    "The lady doth protest too much methinks."
    Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart or narrated by Elizabeth Smart?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Smart’s performance?

    She kept going back over and over and over again saying why she didn't escape, or why she went without a fight,and while you can understand that she would want to make the point it got to the stage where i thought she was just trying to fill the book up and got bored.


    What character would you cut from My Story?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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