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
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.
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.
Amanda story could happen to anyone of us.. It's a frightening realization. A comment Amanda made is when she described Rudy and said "I let my hopes up and thought he'd do the right thing because he's well... human" paraphrasing.. the hit home so well Amanda. I think the same way you do sweetheart. That all people automatically are good so why aren't they behaving good?.. I wish someone would introduce you to Christ. Because even though you're suffering was difficult and even strength beyond measure to go through it As Catholics we believe in Redemptive suffering. No one suffers in vain. If you offer it up for a greater good. Even though u didn't realize this concept. I still think it applies here. A greater good was done by the Injustice you suffered. You may not see it this side of heaven. but this book is one of the fruits of it. It inspired me. As I'm sure it will inspire all your readers. Keep going kiddo you have my love, support and prayers. Marylue McGraw-Wiesen Erie pa
The narrator did such a fine job, I feel she could have a future narrating other audio books. The pacing of the story is just right and crafted to keep you interested.
What a naive girl Amanda is at the start! It's painful to hear her foolish view of things, but she is gradually wiser and that's a well-capped part of the journey inherent in the story.
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