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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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    Jonathon Sims 02-01-14
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    "Very moving"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Happy Ending


    What does Elizabeth Smart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    her voice and emotion that would would not get from just reading the book


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    Dianne 01-27-14
    Dianne 01-27-14
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    "Compelling and courageous"

    If I had not known the ending of this story it would have been unbearable to read. The fact that Elizabeth Smart was able to relive the horrow of her 9 months captivity at the hands of a demonic predator is a miracle in itself. Be brave and read it and then install securtity systems on all the windows and doors of your home.

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    Mike Temecula, CA, United States 01-22-14
    Mike Temecula, CA, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An Amazing Story"

    As a Father of girls, I was worried about reading about her getting raped. She does not go into detail about that, just mentions it happened. After you get through someone taking her in her home and the mention of rape, it's a remarkable story. There is so much more to her story than what I remember hearing about in the news, incredible! So many close encounters on being rescued. At times, the books is funny when she talks about how strange her captures were. Elizabeth is a remarkable woman and her story makes you feel like you want to do more to help people. If she lived it, I felt I should be able to listen to it.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 01-22-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2015

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Shocking, touching, inspiring"

    My Story is Elizabeth Smart's moving and shocking experience of being kidnapped from her bed at knife point and then held captive for nine months before being rescued. Elizabeth does not hold back in telling what happened to her--rape, hunger, abuse, desparation. Her will to survive is strong, and her faith in God even stronger. What is most impressive about her story is her attitude since the event and how she chooses joy and gratitude. Her captors stole nine months of her life, and she is not allowing them to steal any more. She is a well spoken and inspiring individual.

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    Marcie Iona, ID, United States 01-20-14
    Marcie Iona, ID, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I was afraid to read it...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... I would recommend this book! At first I was afraid to read it. I have a young daughter and I thought I would be quite disturbed and horrified to the point that I would be parnoid that something like this would happen to her. However knowing the outcome of her story, made reading it bearable.


    What about Elizabeth Smart’s performance did you like?

    I love that this audio book was read by Elizabeth herself! It gave the story so much more meaning. At first her voice seemed a little monotone, but I felt that she warmed up throughout the book. I like that she added emphasis where she would have wanted it. I love to hear the sarcasim is her voice when she talked about Mitchell.


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

    The very end was fabulous. The book ends soon after she is rescued. Smart talks briefly about how she recovered from her trauma. It is so inspiring to hear how she understood the power of choice in her life!


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    Susan Ekstrom Sweden 01-18-14
    Susan Ekstrom Sweden 01-18-14
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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
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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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    Amazon Customer United States 01-11-14
    Amazon Customer 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Canada 01-09-14
    Mary Canada 01-09-14 Listener Since 2010
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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