Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.
Filled with details first recorded in the journals Knox kept while in Italy, Waiting to Be Heard is a remarkable story of innocence, resilience, and courage, and of one young woman’s hard-fought battle to overcome injustice and win the freedom she deserved. With intelligence, grace, and candor, Amanda Knox tells the full story of her harrowing ordeal in Italy - a labyrinthine nightmare of crime and punishment, innocence and vindication - and of the unwavering support of family and friends who tirelessly worked to help her win her freedom.
©2013 Amanda Knox (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I was a little hesitant to buy a book written by a young first-time writer, but Knox did an amazing job of pulling me through the entire story. The book was easy to follow; sure it's not a litterary marvel, but the author wrote well enough as to not detract from a truly fascinating story. I also liked the fact that Knox reads the book herself; it wouldn't feel right to have someone else telling us she's innocent.
I understand it's easy to be convinced of a person's innocence when you only hear one side of the story, but I've followed this case enough through the years that I already doubted her guilt. So many events in this book left me dumbfounded; sometimes at Amanda's immaturity and foolishness (like doing the splits while she waited in the police station to show an officer how flexible she was), but mostly at the Italian police and prosecutor. They appeared to be so fixed on hanging her that any and all evidence found was somehow twisted to indict her. If Knox is lying in this book, than she truly is a masterful writer because she doesn't come across as a schemer or overly complex person; either way this book is well worth the price of admission.
Without a doubt this has been the most difficult book to put down in recent memory. If you've been at all interested in this case you MUST listen to this book, but even if you haven't followed the saga you won't believe the way the story unfolds. I can't recommend it strong enough.
I went into this book not really knowing much about the story. I had heard bits and pieces in the press while it was going on. I finished the first half of the story feeling she may be guilty. Somewhere along the rest of the book, I think I understood what happened to her and felt she was telling the truth.
I am pretty cynical and for her to change my mind was quite a feat. Parents, take a lesson and do not send your immature young adults over to a foreign country..
It is a unique situation that the young lady is so competent. It is much much better to listen to her story. I may not have read it. But I could not stop listening.
She definately put it all out on the table. If we are all honest with ourselves we can all envision ourselves in similar situations.
I just enjoyed listening.
Could this happen to you?
Very good job!!!!
Amanda Knox is a courageous and incredible young woman. Her insights and eloquent ability to share with readers her very personal and painful struggles through this horrid tragedy has touched me deeply. I cried with her, I cried with her family and I ended this book wanting to salute and hug this young woman.The book, from start to finish captured my interest, ,
I just finished Knox's book and was pleasantly surprised. Not only does the book do a credible job of presenting Amanda’s side, Amanda does a surprisingly credible job of narration. The only part of the book causing me a little irritation was her repeatedly referring to feces as “poop”. My daughters stopped referring to “poop” when they were 10 years old.
This is a story of an incredibly naïve American girl set adrift in a foreign country she claimed to know but really didn’t. While her flatmates clammed up and got lawyers she continued to “help” the Italian police without a lawyer’s protection. The Italian Police thought her actions strange when in fact they were the actions of typical American teen. The real evil here is the murderer of Kercher, Guede, and the two prosecutors Mignini and Comodi who cared more about “keeping face” than finding and convicting the real murderer.
Bottom line, Knox’s book is an excellent listen.
She's a very, very good writer with a detailed, disturbing, ultimately inspiring story to tell. What more do we need in a memoir? (She's obviously innocent; if people think otherwise they don't understand how impossible it would be for her to have killed her friend and left no DNA at the scene.) I've read some comments from people whose knowledge of what happened comes from tabloids, and I have to say I hope she's able to ignore them. Most of us would have collapsed under the weight of what she faced; she didn't.
Hats off to her parents and step-parents, too. The saddest part of this whole thing, for me, is her description of sitting in prison after three years, thinking about how isolated she was going to be from these people, even if she somehow got out and got home again. She knew there was always going to be a giant space between herself and others -- which is an insight anyone who's lived through a long trauma will recognize as the truth. She's an extraordinary person.
Yes. Answers questions not covered by the media.
I was shocked to hear about children being raised in prisons with their Mothers
Passionate, detailed &
No. I think that anyone who hasn't been a victim of a flawed justice system may grow tired of some of the detail recounted by Amanda but I loved it!
I would love to see a 2nd book in a few years to see how far Amanda has com in life!
Absolutely.....Her reading her book made all the difference to me!
Well, Amanda of course!
Not really....I like taking breaks and this story required me to do so.
I once wanted to go to Perugia and study where Amanda was studying.....I had visited before and loved the place! I'm chosing Spain this summer instead of Italy. I was so furious at the Italian justice system or lack of.....
Much of what we hear from Amanda we already heard in the news. However, it was somewhat shocking to hear from Amanda's perspective all that took place in Italy. It became a true psychological study of a young woman. I quickly gathered a clear understooding of how easy it was for her to get caught up in this awful murder, completely unaware of how she was implicating herself.
Hearing Amanda's inflections and her still vivid emotions to all that took place was quite moving.
Throughout the book the constant support and sacrifice her family made to insure her safety was remarkable and many time very ingenius.
I think this is a great listen and very informative, especially for Americans who seem to travel believing they have all the same rights as what they have here in America.
A tragic tale of political egos and machismo versus a young American girl with innocent ideals and blind trust in what should be right.
Some of the prelimary evidence that was discussed and shown and how people were judging her cuddling and kissing with her boyfriend outside of the murder site seemed silly. I felt sorry for her that she was so far removed from those that loved her. I was happy to read the book and hear that her family rallied around her as best as they could.
I am now a confirmed 100% believer in her innocence. And, I am so impressed by her. She definitely took every minute of her experience and learned from it. That is evident in her telling this story.
She is lovely to listen to and does such a great job with the delivery and writing of this book. Surely she had some assistance, but I was very impressed by how well this book is written.
So many times my heart just broke for her and how the system failed her and how so many people betrayed and judged her.
She shares how people judged her for making a false confession and how they insisted they would never do such a thing, how people judged her for certain behaviors following the murder and insisted they would never act in such a way. But, none of us know how we will react in any situation until we are put there. Keys to her behavior as well were her innocence and young age. If people were to judge me based on my actions at 21, I wouldn't likely have a single friend- I'm sorry to say.
She trusted in people of authority, friends and the system so much. She just believed everything would work out. Her attorneys/friends/family did the best they could in my opinion, except in one instance. I was fried when I heard that she was wearing jeans and tshirts to the trial because she wanted to portray herself as she was - no false impressions. But, someone should have explained to her how that would come across and the respect she should show the court, the family and the system by dressing more appropriately.
I'm just happy she's back at home and hope she stays here. I hope the family of the victim will someday see how there is really no way based on DNA evidence that she could have done this.
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