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Secrets in the Cellar Audiobook
Secrets in the Cellar
Written by: 
John Glatt
Narrated by: 
Gildart Jackson
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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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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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    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 Member Since 2016
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    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
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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 Member Since 2015
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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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    "Horrific story, great book!"
    Would you listen to Secrets in the Cellar again? Why?

    No, once was enough.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth, for so many reasons.


    Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

    He did all characters very well. Great narrator!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but don't want to give the story away.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    sara Oslo, Norway 11-14-14
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    "Amazing !"
    If you could sum up Secrets in the Cellar in three words, what would they be?

    Wow no Words !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets in the Cellar?

    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.....


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

    You could definitely see the story differently than you do through a book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Jennifer Wegis 10-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Secrets Should Have STAYED in the Cellar!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have absolutely no idea. This book left me shocked and speechless. I still don't know what to make of this book.


    What could John Glatt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He did fine.


    What character would you cut from Secrets in the Cellar?

    I wish all of them, but this was a true story.


    Any additional comments?

    A friend recommended this book. I will NEVER forgive her.

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