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
This is the first non-fiction true crime book I have listened to on audible. I really enjoyed the fact that it was read by the author, I feel like I really got to hear her side of the story. I did not follow this story at all when the events first occurred. Up until I read this book I had absolutely no opinion whatsoever on the case. I feel that if readers go into this thinking Amanda is guilty, then they may not enjoy the book as much as I did.
Being someone who has never had any run ins with the law, other than the occasional speeding ticket, I have a lot of faith in the justice system. I believe that as long as you are innocent, you'll be okay. This book really points out just how wrong I was. It illustrates the very different perspectives of Amanda and the Italian government officials. It is scary to think that someone can be convicted with absolutely no physical evidence because of the way they were acting.
I really felt Amanda's frustration when she was speaking with the police. She has done an excellent job of expressing her fear and frustration, and although I have never been in that situation before, I feel that I understand what she was going through, I almost felt as though I was going through it with her.
It held my attention from beginning to end. I found myself listening to it for longer periods of time than many of the other books I've listened to.
Hearing things from her point of view.
I think hearing it in Amanda's own voice made it so much better than if I had read the book. I would highly recommend the audible version vs. reading it.
I only mildly followed this story in the media when it was happening and I have always felt like she didn't actually kill Meredith but that she was there and knew more than she was saying. When I first downloaded this book I was feeling guilty for "reading" it. I don't usually read these types of books and felt embarrassed to even tell anyone. I definitely went into it thinking she was guilty in some degree and even at the half way point I still questioned whether she was telling the truth or not. She acted so weird in the days following the murder and the fact that both she and Raffaele changed their stories really made me doubt her. She did so many things an innocent person would not do but she also did a lot of things that in my opinion a guilty person wouldn't do. It was not until they got into the DNA evidence that I started to change my mind. I now think she really is/was just a bit of a strange girl but being strange or different certainly doesn't make you guilty of murder. Everyone reacts differently to grief, tragedy, and horrific circumstances and just because she didn't act how we think she should have doesn't make her guilty. I know you do not care about my opinion of the case but I was curious before I read the book if it changed anyone's mind so that's why I included this in my review.
It was well written and moving. I found myself in tears at the end. I certainly did not expect this book to have that affect on me. There are so many life lessons that can be taken away from this book. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is curious about the case even if only a little like I was. I thought she was guilty of at least being there but she changed my mind. It will be interesting to see if any new evidence comes out in the upcoming trial.
My name is Diane Heine not Larry Bruce.
I guess the fact that she was freed
Like true crime,watched her story unfold on the news, but book left me thinking I wasted my money. However I hope she stays free and I hope she makes enough to pay legal bills.
I have always felt Amanda was not guilty of anything to do with this horrible murder, and this book solidifies my feelings. the Italian government, such as it is, was pissed, as well they should be, at a US fighter plane clipping a ski lift cable and killing 18 people. the USG refused to allow the pilot to stand trial in Italy for manslaughter, and so Amanda was pay-back. What the italian government did to an 18 year old kid is revolting, and I will never buy another bottle of wop wina again! This is a straight forward statement of a young woman wrongly accused of a horrible crime, and a horrible judicial system allowing her to become a 'circus animal". i wish nothing but good fortune to Ms Know, she has earned it.
it tells the whole story, and fillls in the blanks left by the press, especially the slanderous bwittish press.
she seems honest and sincere
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
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.
Yes, well written, very well narrated and a good story. I have to say, it makes me very nervous to visit a place like Italy where you are assumed guilty till proven innocent. The book was written so well that you feel every emotion that Amanda goes through.
A must listen. Especially due to the fact that its Amanda her self that narrates it.
It infuriated me how blatantly the corrupt or upside down the Italian Judicial system is.
At nineteen, you don't imagine being in a situation where you have no power. You believe that if you open your heart to people and accept them for who they are, they will accept you. You want to please adults because you are in between childhood and adulthood. If you have had a good childhood then you are very naive about how dangerous the world can be. Amanda was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her memoir reminds me of myself at that age and my friends- who backpacked through Europe but luckily came safely home (although there was a few close calls). Being that young (and basically have this being your first experience with death), I am not sure how I would have responded. Something like that would seem so unfathomable to me at that age. I don't know that it would have registered. It is clear to me that she is innocent of any wrong doing.
K. L. Jackson
I followed the Amanda Knox story avidly as it was unfolding, and was beside myself with frustration at people who believed the media distortions without looking into the situation in greater depth. I have been waiting for this memoir to be released in order to hear the story from the person who lived it, and I am tremendously impressed with every aspect of this book. Some reviewers feel that there is too much detail, but I wanted all the details in order to thoroughly understand the legal situation and what Amanda was dealing with. The story is told in a very coherent manner, with a skilled weaving of factual information about events and Amanda's introspection about how she was affected by what happened. She is unflinchingly honest about the perspective she gained on herself and her behavior, about the challenges of interacting with other inmates while being seen as a "celebrity prisoner," and about her reactions to the abominable injustice of the Italian legal system. I was impressed by Amanda's internal strength throughout the ordeal, particularly at such a young age. I was inspired by the existential decisions she made about how to respond to her grossly unfair situation, displaying a level of maturity and insight that many people never attain. Her voice is very easy to listen to, and she does a good job of bringing emotion to her words in order to deepen our understanding of her experience. I believe that older teenagers and young adults would benefit from listening to this book, both as a cautionary tale, as a source of inspiration, and as an illustration of the relative fairness of the American system of justice, even as flawed as it is. The graphic details of the murder of which Amanda was accused are difficult to hear, however, so this would be my only concern about younger listeners. I would recommend this book to anyone, even those who are not that interested in the situation; the story is so riveting that it pulls you in. Kudos to Amanda Knox for confronting what must have been an exceedingly difficult task, reliving the traumatic situation through writing, so that the rest of us can hear her story.
Honest insightful account.
Details regarding Knox trial.
Book also narrated by Amanda Knox. Good Narrator.
No extreme reaction.
Well written and narrated.
The book is read by Amanda herself it made the book that much better.
No you need to listen slowly to this book. You need to let your anger settle down.
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