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Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir | [Amanda Knox]

Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Daniel Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-31-13
    Daniel Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This was a great great book"
    Would you listen to Waiting to Be Heard again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Waiting to Be Heard to and why?

    none


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

    no


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

    It infuriated me how blatantly the corrupt or upside down the Italian Judicial system is.


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    Lorena WHITTIER, CA, United States 06-28-13
    Lorena WHITTIER, CA, United States 06-28-13
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    "Typical American Teenager"
    Would you listen to Waiting to Be Heard again? Why?

    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.


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    K. Jackson Everett, WA United States 06-26-13
    K. Jackson Everett, WA United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2015

    K. L. Jackson

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    "Riveting, impressive, inspirational..."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer FONTANA, CA, United States 06-05-13
    Amazon Customer FONTANA, CA, United States 06-05-13
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    "Well Written"
    If you could sum up Waiting to Be Heard in three words, what would they be?

    Honest insightful account.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Details regarding Knox trial.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Knox – was your favorite?

    Book also narrated by Amanda Knox. Good Narrator.


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

    No extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S Mandel S. Calgary, Alberta Canada 06-01-13
    S Mandel S. Calgary, Alberta Canada 06-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amanda thanks goodness you are home"
    What made the experience of listening to Waiting to Be Heard the most enjoyable?

    The book is read by Amanda herself it made the book that much better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amanda


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

    No you need to listen slowly to this book. You need to let your anger settle down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph spokane, WA, United States 05-31-13
    Ralph spokane, WA, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Have been waiting a long time - worth the wait"

    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.

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    Carlotta Bellinjgham, WA, United States 05-28-13
    Carlotta Bellinjgham, WA, United States 05-28-13
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    "Good explanation of the media's exploitation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good read to satisfy some of the nagging questions you may have had from print and digital coverage


    What did you like best about this story?

    At least shewas finally freed. It is too bad she is still awaiting retrial.


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

    You can hear the pain of the injustices and naivety. She puts it all out their despite an upcoming new trial


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

    This is a blue print for how American law enforcement ShOULD NOT INTERROGATE. it is the antithesis of how we are trained


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie COLUMBUS, OH, United States 05-27-13
    Stephanie COLUMBUS, OH, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great job writing and narrating"
    Where does Waiting to Be Heard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was written very well. Obviously a very sad and scary story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was not very many characters since this was a memoir


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Knox – was your favorite?

    Amanda did an excellent job performing this story. It must have been a nightmare to relive the horror.


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

    It was very upsetting. The book was very well written and it was interesting to hear her side of the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Marina, CA, United States 05-23-13
    Lindsay Marina, CA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Heart Wrenching!"

    My heart just breaks for her, her lost time, and ALL of her horrible experiences. I've always believed she was innocent. This book makes you realize just innocent she is. I definitely recommend!

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    Legal Knits Denver, CO, US 05-19-13
    Legal Knits Denver, CO, US 05-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible Circumstances and Exceptional Writing"
    What did you love best about Waiting to Be Heard?

    I have been waiting to hear Amanda's story. I couldn't listen to the media coverage because it was so obviously twisted.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amanda, of course. Anyone who has gone to a foreign country alone as a young person can easily see how this very situation could have unfolded. It is a cautionary tale that I will remember when my own children are ready to study abroad.


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

    The raw emotion of it all is brought to life through Amanda's telling of the story.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Amanda's obvious development into a serious and solemn woman in prison is both extraordinary and sad. She was entitled to live a few more years in that frivolous bubble before the real world stepped in. I don't know if my children will even know who Amanda Knox is when they get ready to study abroad themselves, but after listening to this book, I will bet that they will say, "Oh yes, Amanda Knox-- she's that writer."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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