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
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.
Loved hearing Amanda tell her own story. The emotion was there throughout the book. Fantastic and compelling! I wanted to give Amanda a big hug at the end.
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Having followed the Amanda Knox case, read many articles and the book "Murder in Italy", I was very pleased to see that she had finally published her memoir. It is even more gratifying to see that Amanda decided to read the book in her own voice rather than having someone else read. The book reads like a "who-done-it?" with never ending twists and turns as the investigation and trial unfold. The listener is likely to know the outcome before they begin, but it does not make the book any less interesting. I for one could not stop listening. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in the truth behind what happened in this case.
What a compelling story. I hope Amamda reads these reviews because I just want to tell her that her story moved me in a way many books have not. Having a daughter myself I can appreciate the anguish her family and friends must have gone through. The effect of her reading this herself just added enormously to the overall impression of the book. Kudos Kid, and have a great life.
Finally Amanda has the chance to share her story. She does so with amazing detail, care, and grace. I know she has learned from her growing pains, this horrible nightmare. May her future be blessed.
I loved that she narrated her own story. No one else could have done this justice. Bravo, Amanda.
When I first heard of Amanda Knox or Foxy Knoxy, the name that stuck in my mind and the collective consciousness of the world, I thought she must be a type of female Charles Manson. I've read a lot about this type of criminal personality and I have to say from the beginning something didn't seem right. There have been such women, Judith Ann Neelley for example. But they are abused and neglected children whose criminal behavior starts early and goes from bad to worse culminating in murder. The ideas that Amanda Knox, a college exchange student, one evening, fueled by marijuana (a substance the effects of which I have a more than a passing familiarity) got a couple of guys together and murdered her roommate for a sexual thrill simply did not ring true. The drug was wrong, the perpetrator's background was entirely wrong. But why would Italy, a modern nation and the cradle of Euro/American civilization railroad a young American woman for a brutal crime? Amanda Knox's book is the eleventh book I've read on this case and the answer to that question is still speculative.
I've waited six years to hear Amanda Knox tell her story and she certainly does here in harrowing detail. She is brutally honest and self-critical about her early behavior in Europe. That said, she was a much better behaved young adult than I ever was. There but for fortune... Her analysis of her ordeal in the questura which produced her false confession and named her former employer as the murderer is so vivid and so carefully thought through it was easy for me to understand what was done to her. Her short-lived but dramatic relationship with Raphaele Sollecito, her co-defendant, is carefully explained and detailed. Knox is a journalist in the sense that, like Anaïs Nin, she keeps journals, so the specifics of her experiences is much more vivid than most other memoirs I've read. Her recap of the three years and eleven months almost to the day she spent in Capanne Prison, her contemplation of suicide, her efforts to keep herself busy and sane, those who intimidated her and tried to undermine her perfect record of cooperation, and those who succored and encouraged her are equally given their due in these pages.
The murder of Meredith Kercher is not the focus of this book. As Knox notes they were friends for a few weeks and their relationship was evolving when Kercher was murdered. Although Knox frequently expresses grief and anger at Kercher's fate, the focus of the book is the unusual ordeal of Amanda Knox, an American exchange student who, based on hypothetical logic and intuition was accused and then convicted of murder in arguably the oldest civilization in Europe. The crime as described by the prosecution never made sense, but when it shredded rather than admitting 'mea culpa' they literally conjured evidence which also easily unraveled in the face of modern forensic science. All of this is described from Knox's point of view. It is a vivid and evocative picture.
The pleasure of hearing the author tell the story in her own words added greatly to my enjoyment. Knox has a pleasant speaking voice and her inflections sometimes say more than an entire paragraph. I waited a long time to hear this and the results are everything I could have hoped for. I wish her health, wealth and happiness.
I loved the Audio version because she narrated it. If anyone knows this story it is her.
With all she has been through, she found ways to be productive while in prison rather than having a pity party. Impressive.
Nobody can tell the story better than the person who lived it.
No, but I have followed this story for years and it was good to get the sequence of events as they happened.
Amanda, her family and friends should be very proud. This is a good bit of work that had to be heart wrenching to relive in the writing and then again in the narrating. She is obviously a smart, articulate young person. Based on what I know of her from this book I have a sense she will use her language skills, and situation to return the favor and be an advocate for others who are wrongfully incarcerated. Amanda you are an impressive and strong young woman and have vaulted into being a hero for your strength and resolve. Welcome Home.
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I was engrossed by this listen and finished it in two days. It brought various feelings up to the surface for me. Initially, when I saw this story in the newspapers, I believed Amanda was guilty. However, after listening to her self-narrated story, I do not believe she nor her boyfriend were guilty of the murder of her roommate, Meredith. I do wonder if she knows more than she was ever willing to tell and perhaps we will never know the answer to this this.
I felt unable to dredge up any sympathy for Amanda throughout her telling of her story. She did nothing to help her case. Actually, I believe she never took this entire event seriously until the outcome of her trial, when she received a very long sentence, much to her surprise.
Amanda refused to listen to anyone's advice consistently. Her aunt advised her to call the US embassy, to get an attorney (as her roommates did), she was advised by her attorneys not to discuss her case, but she knew better than anyone how to behave. Some of her behaviors included not shedding a tear when her roommate's body was found, being seen in an interrogation room making out with her boyfriend (of about 6 days), putting her bunny vibrator in her purse, being seen with a hickey while under scrutiny, being observed in an interrogation room doing gymnastic splits for a policeman, giving her family big smiles in the court room, wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt which read, "love is all you need" at her trial, and most egregious of all, making up a story of witnessing the murder and incriminating a totally innocent man of the murder.
Amanda spends a great part of her story making up excuses for all her childish behaviors. I don't think she has a clue about how her behaviors hurt her case and almost took away her freedom for the duration of her life. She takes no responsibility for her incredibly glib and naive actions. Additionally, I don't believe a word of her concern for the deceased roommate's family. Toward the end of her story, she voices all the right words but to me, they are not at all believable. I don't think Amanda is capable of empathy.
That said, I also think the Italian police's investigation of this crime was deplorable and I cannot believe what went on at the trial. Please let me never be arrested in Italy! However, if you think this could never happen in the good old US, please rent the dvd of The Central Park Five and then know that it could happen here, too. Our own criminal justice system can be very corrupt, too.
This is such a sad story. I didn't know much about the story so the events were new to me. she did a wonderful job in her memoir. I looked forward to each time I got in the cat because that is when I became self absorbed with her story. Way to be strong Amanda!
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