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Secrets in the Cellar Audiobook

Secrets in the Cellar: The True Story of the Austrian Incest Case That Shocked the World

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 John Glatt (P)2013 Tantor

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    Boldra 03-25-14
    Boldra 03-25-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Ahhhhhhhhh"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No way, it was very well done, but it made me feel ill.


    Would you recommend Secrets in the Cellar to your friends? Why or why not?

    Is this the same question I just answered, or am I missing something?


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

    No, not that I am aware of.


    Did Secrets in the Cellar inspire you to do anything?

    Stay away from creepers......


    Any additional comments?

    This is a truly tragic disheartening story, with nowhere close enough too true justice served, if you have a strong stomach you might like it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey 12-13-16
    Kelsey 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    This book was amazing! It definitely takes you into the depths of what the family went through!

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    Kara Hooverman 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tragic story"

    Great book with a horrific story line. I feel guilty about being so intrigued by stories like this!

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    Greg McDowell 07-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    Speechless at this story. It would be a horrible fiction story. Knowing that it is a true story makes you want to cry for humanity

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    Tammy Lamountain 07-06-16
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    "Disappointed"

    I didn't care for it. it was very slow going I found the story was good and I felt bad but the way it is wrote and read was very slow and boring

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    Jessica 09-03-15
    Jessica 09-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    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.

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    Sara ludlow, MA, United States 07-01-15
    Sara ludlow, MA, United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Could have been great if not for..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about John Glatt’s story?

    So called "doctor" Keith Ablow's "professional opinion


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Secrets in the Cellar?

    The "medical" opinion done by Keith Ablow


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    Amazon Customer Lilburn, GA USA 05-22-15
    Amazon Customer Lilburn, GA USA 05-22-15
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    "a well told story,"

    I wonder how Elizabeth and her children feel about it's publication and how they are doing now

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    Loribull 05-17-15
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    Wow, can't even imagine this happening in really life. The story was intense. Recommended for those who don't have a weak stomach

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    kasey mcnaughton 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unimaginable true story, told straight forward."

    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

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