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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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    M 05-10-15
    M 05-10-15
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    "Powerful!"

    What an amazingly powerful experience, told in a deeply and compassionately powerful way...by Elizabeth herself! I would never want one of my precious daughters to ever experience what she experienced, but I am so very grateful that she courageously told her story with her own voice, and hope that I, my wife and my children may be as resilient and grateful as Elizabeth. Through her, we know that it can be done, that we can endure always with hope.

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    Renee 05-05-15
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    "Amazing woman"

    She is amazing. The details she gives, the horrific life she lived for 9 months. Forgiveness is her key to happiness

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    Aaron 05-02-15
    Aaron 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "not a crier, but I cried"

    I am not a crier, but this story made me cry. very proud of Elizabeth.

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    Meagan vR Ohio 04-30-15
    Meagan vR Ohio 04-30-15 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "She wasn't ready to talk about her ordeal"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The professional writer or whatever who helped Smart write this book. The way her story is written is terrible and shallow.


    Has My Story turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I've read lots of personal accounts of true stories. Probably all were better than this one.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She wasn't so bad


    What else would you have wanted to know about Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart ’s life?

    This book is the "see spot run" of true crime.


    Any additional comments?

    She wasn't ready to talk about how she felt during her ordeal. Was she backed into a corner and had to produce something by a deadline? Skip the book and read the newspaper/police records of the crime and you'll get just as much out of it as you would have from the book.

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    Laurie Sharpsburg, Gabon 04-15-15
    Laurie Sharpsburg, Gabon 04-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best book I have read in a long time."

    You just have to read this. I am amazed at what this girl had to go through. She is an inspiration.

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    aqtb2t 04-11-15
    aqtb2t 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    This was a great story of Elizabeth Smart. I am from Utah and always wanted to know more about her kidnapping.

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    Elizabeth 04-11-15
    Elizabeth 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A true inspiration"

    Loved every grueling minute of this incredible story of courage and grace. Elizabeth is inspiring.

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    Amber WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, United States 04-02-15
    Amber WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A touching story that gives you courage"

    Elizabeth is an amazing and inspiring girl. She is a great example for us all. We can all learn so much from her story.

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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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