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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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    Scott&Sherrie 08-04-14
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    "Amazing story"
    What made the experience of listening to My Story the most enjoyable?

    Elizabeth telling her own story made it more compelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Elizabeth because you want her to be free and go on with her life. What an amazing young lady.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she out smarts her kidnapers. Pretty good for a young.


    If you could give My Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The true story of a young survivor.


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    carol M. Texas, USA 08-02-14
    carol M. Texas, USA 08-02-14 Member Since 2014

    I love a really good book. It expands my life experiences and emotions!

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    "If you have faith.....you have everything!"
    What did you love best about My Story?

    The truth was told without going into gory details.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her strength and faith


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

    She has a great sense of humor


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

    When God blessed her with a nice cold cup of water out of no where!


    Any additional comments?

    She shows us how to get through a horrific ordeal and come out on the other side
    Filled with hope and love.

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    V Ember 07-25-14
    V Ember 07-25-14

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    "Horrifying true story."
    If you could sum up My Story in three words, what would they be?

    Horrifying abduction memoir.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    That it was written and read by the author, sparing almost no detail of her terrible ordeal.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Smart – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth, of course.


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

    The account of her initial abduction and the first days thereafter.


    Any additional comments?

    It's impossible to criticize Elizabeth considering the immense courage and strength in telling her story. Although the story is not a world class writing, bogging down at times in the endless suffering she experienced, the events happened as they did. And while a professional actor might have read the book "better," the book is far more meaningful when told in the author's voice. She did a nice job of conveying how her faith helped her through the ordeal without actively preaching her religion as better than others. Although shocking and disturbing, it might be an important story to give strength to rape victims and also to introduce 14+ year old children to the horrors that exist around us.

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    colprubin Tel Aviv, Israel 06-02-14
    colprubin Tel Aviv, Israel 06-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible personal story but too distant"
    Would you listen to My Story again? Why?

    No. If I read something else about the case I would pick a book written by a third party.. For example, Smart refers to but then does not describe certain sexual acts her assailant made her watch and/or undergo. While such a description may not in and of themselves be necessary to describe their omission gives her story a less than fully authentic feel. Also, I found annoying certain attempts at black humor. Yet overall, her story is so compelling and her writing and reading of this book is truly brave.


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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 05-27-14
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 05-27-14
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    "Despicable Adults, Amazing Child"
    What made the experience of listening to My Story the most enjoyable?

    The strength this little girl had.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She was detailed without being graphic. It was fascinating to learn the horror she went though and, more importantly, the beautiful life she came home to and continues to live.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as my headline "Despicable adults, amazing child"


    Any additional comments?

    I hope her story, especially the close calls where she COULD have been rescued sooner, will change US laws. If an officer of the law has reason to believe a veiled person is undercover as a means to hide their identity, we need to have laws that allow this situation to overrule any religious belief about someone remaining covered up. With respect to all faiths, I would hope that even in those religions which insist on veiled women and girls, they too would want police to be able to look at the female if THEIR loved one were in Elizabeth's situation.

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    Judie S. Fletcher 04-23-14
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    "In good taste"
    What made the experience of listening to My Story the most enjoyable?

    She tastefully told of the sexual abuse with out going into morbid details.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Her positive attitude afterwards


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Smart – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth herself


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, couldn't put it down


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerrilynn 04-22-14
    Jerrilynn 04-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful in Every Possible Way"
    What made the experience of listening to My Story the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this story with my 12 year old daughter. We loved that Elizabeth had the courage to write this story, and then with a tremendous amount of strength read the story herself. She is an admirable young woman with the attributes that we can only hope we are teaching our daughters.


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

    The only book I can think of as a comparison is "Bringing Adam Home," the story of Adam Walsh's disappearance. The reason for this likeness is because of the very personal account of the events. As a reader listening to this book you are going to feel the pain, the fear, the rage, the anguish, the triumph, and even a bit of relief with final justice.


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

    Listening to Elizabeth tell her story allows the reader/listener feel like she is part of their circle of friends. One reason we have listened to her story several times is that we simply don't want to say good bye to her. We cannot interact with her. We cannot offer her our comfort and praise. We cannot tell her we are proud of her in person. This story will move you in ways you just don't see happening until it is over and you have to let her go.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. For that matter we have listened to it more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth is simply amazing. I wish it would be possible to thank her for telling this story. I would if I could thank her for sharing it with my own daughter who felt the story on a very personal level. I would thank Elizabeth for teaching my daughter in a way I never could that both good and evil are real, but surviving is more than living through it, it is coming out the other side knowing you are loved and strong. Elizabeth taught my daughter about the dangers and helped her to understand why I might be more cautious than she feels is necessary. Thank you Elizabeth. God Bless.

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    Julia Schuble 04-09-14

    Long commute- Audible is the best :)

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    "An inspiring read!"
    What did you love best about My Story?

    The fact that Elizabeth Smart narrated her own story made it so much more inspiring and meaningful. That she was able to find the courage to share these intimate details should teach us all a lesson about inner strength.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me cry, and it made me smile. I cried at some her descriptions and thinking about how people could treat others in this manner, but smiled at the ending.


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    cindy 04-08-14
    cindy 04-08-14
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    "Strength through adversity."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Story to be better than the print version?

    Na


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Elizabeth's knowledge of the love of God and her family carried her through unspeakable torture.


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

    Her sincerity and frankness.


    If you could give My Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Relying on the love of God.


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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 03-27-14
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 03-27-14
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    "Thank You For Your Bravery"
    Where does My Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First position. This is an amazing story of courage, faith, love of family and forgiveness. Other stories that I have read that have shown this type of courage are A Captain’s Duty Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand and South by Earnest Shackleton. Each of these books shows great courage against unbelievable odds. Each of these books has given me the strength I needed to go on with my own battles in my live.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Smart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Elizabeth thank you for reading your own story, your voice inflection said it all, and story telling was wonderful. I live in Centerville and remember the search for you. Having four daughters some your age I can’t imagine the pain your parents felt for nine months.


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth's mother's advice is some of the best I have ever heard. I am inspried by her advice to not give Brian and Wanda any more time or energy from her life.I will try and apply this in my life when something difficult happens.Thank you

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