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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Outstanding and moving"
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys true accounts and stories of real survival.
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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.
"The lady doth protest too much methinks."
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.
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