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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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    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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    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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    Karen 03-25-14
    Karen 03-25-14
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    "Best Book Ever!"
    Would you listen to My Story again? Why?

    This was one of the best books I have ever read (via audio!). Elizabeth Smart tells her story that leaves you inspired and not feeling sorry for her. She has an elegant way of telling her tale without it being too disturbing. Instead of focusing on the really bad things she has a way of explaining her ordeal and focusing on things that you would never imagine, which is what I think makes this story so good. I often go back to some of the chapters .... whether you are Mormon or any other religion, she offers some inspiring words to move forward in life in general!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth Smart of course!


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

    No


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

    I would have if I had the time!


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    Alyssa VISALIA, CA, United States 03-12-14
    Alyssa VISALIA, CA, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating"
    If you could sum up My Story in three words, what would they be?

    Worth every penny


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

    She has so much emotion and I honestly feel the pain she felt, the hope she clang to and the faith she had


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

    My faith saved me


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marla COLUMBIA FALLS, MT, United States 03-06-14
    Marla COLUMBIA FALLS, MT, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2011

    56 year old working wife, mother and grandmother.

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    "Well worth the credit."

    Elizabeth did a fantastic job reading her story. I was so impressed with her. The story was written so well too. I couldn't wait to get back to reading it.

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    Christy Greenville, TX, United States 03-01-14
    Christy Greenville, TX, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspiring"

    It is hard to imagine what this young girl went through. It is so inspiring that she has chose to move forward with her life and not let her captures win!

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    Mr. V 02-15-14
    Mr. V 02-15-14

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    "An amazing story."
    What did you love best about My Story?

    Elizabeth's recollection of the events in such great detail was very impressive. Her ability to move on with her life and count herself as being lucky is truly inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Story?

    How she counted the number of months that she has been alive and the number of months that she was captured to quantify how blessed she is. This adds a whole new perspective to counting ones blessings.


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

    She played herself so this was not applicable.


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

    Shock with what she went through. Satisfaction in hearing a happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    I've been blessed to be able to trail run in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, yet have never been aware that much of this story took place there.

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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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