Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family - though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls' doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance....
For 27 years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon, complete with soundproof paneling and code-protected electric locks. There, she would eventually give birth to a total of seven of Josef's children. One died in infancy, and the other three were raised alongside Elisabeth, never to see the light of day.
Then, in 2008, one of Elisabeth's children became seriously ill and was taken to the hospital. It was the first time the 19-year-old girl had ever gone outside - and soon, the truth about her background, her family's captivity, and Josef's unspeakable crimes would come to light.
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I was hesitant to purchase this audiobook based on other reviews. However I'm glad I finally did. I found it to be extremely interesting and of course disturbing that someone could do this and get away with it for so long.
Could have been an amazing story of nor for "Doctor" references from Keith Ablow, shame on this author, this could have been good if not for him.
So called "doctor" Keith Ablow's "professional opinion
The "medical" opinion done by Keith Ablow
Really heartbreaking story, read perfectly without being unrealistic in its dramatization. The discovery of the victims, in this story, came about relatively recently, so there are some unanswered questions in regards to the victims and how they are now. I will be looking forward to, hopefully, a second book, of the progress of the family members who are affected by this tragedy
No, once was enough.
Elizabeth, for so many reasons.
He did all characters very well. Great narrator!
Yes, but don't want to give the story away.
If you like true crimes, this is one of the better ones. Although it's hard to listen to the gruesome details, it's a great listen!
Wow no Words !
The first time Elisabeth and her children saw daylight and finally came out from the cellar. It was horrible and so sad to listen to her boys talking about the sun and the moon. It made me cry a bit. Young adults who have lived there lives in darkness and to finally se life again was indescribable.....
You could definitely see the story differently than you do through a book.
Wow Elisabeths strength! She had an amazing drive and how she went beyond her Self and everything just to give her children the normal as possible life despite that they were captives and she were abused. How she continued to explain and encourage her children to learn and be happy. It was amazing.
I have absolutely no idea. This book left me shocked and speechless. I still don't know what to make of this book.
He did fine.
I wish all of them, but this was a true story.
A friend recommended this book. I will NEVER forgive her.
more like a middle school book report than a story. repetitive, dry and not entertaining.
I am an older woman and I love life. I have done alot of reading and have gleaned some knowledge from every book.
Yes, I would listen again just to catch some detail I may have missed. You ask yourself over and over again, how could this happen! The book gives answers but I'd like more.
The daughter, Elizabeth. Some how she endured and had a spirit about her that caused her to teach her children all that she knew.
I liked the tone and inflections, all great, given the subject matter.
Bomb shelter or terror cellar?
This was a tough subject but the narrator was wonderful and soon into the book you become part of the story.
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