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Secrets in the Cellar: The True Story of the Austrian Incest Case That Shocked the World | [John Glatt]

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

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.
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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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    Loribull 05-17-15
    Loribull 05-17-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-28-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-28-14 Member Since 2014
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sara Oslo, Norway 11-14-14
    sara Oslo, Norway 11-14-14 Member Since 2014
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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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    jan stanko 10-13-14
    jan stanko 10-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "dry narration and repetitive. Not a story a report"
    What disappointed you about Secrets in the Cellar?

    more like a middle school book report than a story. repetitive, dry and not entertaining.


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    KAT IN PA 09-30-14
    KAT IN PA 09-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I am an older woman and I love life. I have done alot of reading and have gleaned some knowledge from every book.

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    "Horrible story but a great book."
    Would you listen to Secrets in the Cellar again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The daughter, Elizabeth. Some how she endured and had a spirit about her that caused her to teach her children all that she knew.


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    I liked the tone and inflections, all great, given the subject matter.


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

    Bomb shelter or terror cellar?


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Charles Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-14-14
    Charles Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Too terrible to listen to."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have never commented on a story before, and I don't usually, but this story is just too terrible and horrible. I couldn't listen to it and really want my credit back. Perhaps my next book will be something really happy, cause I'm just stunned that such a horrible thing could actually happen in this world.


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

    nothing


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    absolutely not!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Do not listen to this book if you have a weak stomach for grotesque and horrible truths of depravity.

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    beverly sturgeon lake, MN, United States 01-14-14
    beverly sturgeon lake, MN, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "in your face that crazy people do crazy things"
    What made the experience of listening to Secrets in the Cellar the most enjoyable?

    it held my attention threw the whole thig


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the daughter


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

    daughter


    If you could give Secrets in the Cellar a new subtitle, what would it be?

    crazy is not just a word


    Any additional comments?

    unbelievable that one man can have a standing in the town and all that money and be the sickest ticket in town and no one knew

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    j 12-11-13
    j 12-11-13
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    "Incredible"
    What did you love best about Secrets in the Cellar?

    Kept me on the edge of my seat


    Any additional comments?

    You just have to read it to understand

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