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My Story Audiobook

My Story

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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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    Jessica 02-11-16
    Jessica 02-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "incredible story of survival"

    what a brave girl Elizabeth was at the time of abduction, story of empowerment after the rescue

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    Amazon Customer Anchorage, AK 02-10-16
    Amazon Customer Anchorage, AK 02-10-16 Member Since 2011

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    "touching and inspirational"

    I wanted to feel sorry for Ms. Smart as I listened to her tell her story but I is clear she needs no pity. She is a strong young woman with an good support system and an incredible mother.

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    Sheryl Miller 01-21-16
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    "We determine who we are, others don't."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will continue to recommend this book to friends. This book is honest, and bold.


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Smart takes us through her horrible ordeal without being too graphic about it. She demonstrates the power of family during difficult times. The reader feels her fears, her anger, and her triumph.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 01-07-16
    Janet 01-07-16
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    "Gratitude"

    Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for your positivity and gratitude throughout your ordeal. It gives hope and a a path to life and happiness to other abuse survivors. God bless you and all those who have endured or are enduring abuse. Thank you for your time, talents and resources to bring real happiness and hope to so many.

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    Dylan 12-28-15
    Dylan 12-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly Amazing!"

    I will never forget how your kidnapping made headlines across the county. As a mom my heart went out to your family. I prayed for you. I know God was with you, and as a victim of rape myself, I find strength in you. May God continue to bless your path.

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    Kate PO Box 34, Ucluelet, BC V0R 2A0 12-28-15
    Kate PO Box 34, Ucluelet, BC V0R 2A0 12-28-15
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    "Read by the author"

    This audiobook is all the more compelling because it's read by Elizabeth herself. You know the inflection, humour and even sarcasm is her own, and it's her story as she would say it.

    I've listened to this book many times now, because of how Elizabeth managed to cope with and survive the 9 months she was held captive, and how she moved on from her experience and lived her life so beautifully.

    Well done.

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    Janet Mcbee 12-18-15
    Janet Mcbee 12-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Humble"

    Humbling the humble, is another question I'll take with me. Your true spirit shined in this gripping story, even though, "Story" doesn't really fit here, but does, in the past tense. Thank You for reading this aloud as I can imagine it was theaputic but painful to live through again. Blessings to you and your family, Always.

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    Sheepdog Brown 11-09-15
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    "not a criminal thriller"

    very one dimensional so if you're curious and wanting her to pull back the layers to her story it's not going to happen. Although beautiful ending.

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    John C. 10-01-15
    John C. 10-01-15
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    "Courageous!"

    Amazing story of courage in recovery! But the truth of her story is brutal.

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    TAld 09-03-15
    TAld 09-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Thank you to this amazing woman for sharing her story and helping other victims. She is such an inspiration.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • philh
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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 2 people found this review helpful

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