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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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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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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 05-03-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 05-03-13 Member Since 2012

    So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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    "A Fascinating Story- Buy it now!"

    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.



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    Barbara 05-10-13
    Barbara 05-10-13
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    "She changed my mind."
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    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..

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    Mitch 05-07-13
    Mitch 05-07-13
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    "This is a must read (listen) for young people"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Waiting to Be Heard to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She definately put it all out on the table. If we are all honest with ourselves we can all envision ourselves in similar situations.


    What about Amanda Knox’s performance did you like?

    I just enjoyed listening.


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

    Could this happen to you?


    Any additional comments?

    Very good job!!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    kate Bellevue, WA, United States 05-03-13
    kate Bellevue, WA, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Well done, Amanda"
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    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.

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    Herb Hudson, NH, United States 05-04-13
    Herb Hudson, NH, United States 05-04-13

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    "Her side"

    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Claudette Canada 06-21-13
    Claudette Canada 06-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A very touching and revealing book! A must read"

    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, ,

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    Laura 05-14-13
    Laura 05-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "You tell 'em, Amanda!!!"
    What did you love best about Waiting to Be Heard?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that she narrated her own story. No one else could have done this justice. Bravo, Amanda.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick King Exeter, NH 05-14-13
    Patrick King Exeter, NH 05-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Happy Ending to a Long Wait!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rodell 06-19-13
    Rodell 06-19-13
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    "Eye opening story about the Italian injustice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Answers questions not covered by the media.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waiting to Be Heard?

    I was shocked to hear about children being raised in prisons with their Mothers


    What three words best describe Amanda Knox’s performance?

    Passionate, detailed &


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see a 2nd book in a few years to see how far Amanda has com in life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LeeAnn Fry Conroe, Texas 06-18-13
    LeeAnn Fry Conroe, Texas 06-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen! Poor girl was screwed!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Waiting to Be Heard to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely.....Her reading her book made all the difference to me!


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

    Well, Amanda of course!


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

    Not really....I like taking breaks and this story required me to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    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.....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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