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On March 2, 1998, 10-year-old Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped and found herself locked in a house that would be her home for the next eight years. She was starved, beaten, treated as a slave, and forced to work for her deranged captor. But she never forgot who she was, and she never gave up hope of returning to the world. This is her story.

©2010 Natascha Kampusch (P)2016 Tantor

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Interesting story..could be better

The story has all the earmarks of a great true crime read. Some parts had great potential, but it is told from a child's point of view for most of the book. I understand that is needed, but it became monotonous and repetitive which slowed down the read. I would have liked to have read more from her adult situation, and not have certain parts deliberately left out with the explanation of "privacy issues". The book is built up as being based on her whole Slavery experience....unfortunately, all you get is a weak apology as to why she does not want to tell the whole story! Big let down. I wish I would have done my research before listening to this, I would have been for warned of the author's predisposition to not trust media and how she tends to hide the whole story. I am sad she was so brutalized and that she lost her childhood, I don't want to sound heartless. I am just giving my honest opinion on how the story was presented.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

These stories are so interesting, I truly feel for the survivors and am grateful that they share their stories. Great book!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Unreal

Great book. It could happen so easily to any of our children. It is not too graphic but you understand what is going on without have to hear gory details.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The narrative sucks

I found it hard to feel fully emerged and sorry for this girl due to the person reading the novel. She is so withdrawn and monotone that it really made it hard to connect with the story. I feel like a lot of the victims emotion of her story was lost, the narrator could have been explaining my dinner just as clearly as this poor girls captivity.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Interesting, sad story. Terrible narration

The story was a very interesting and heart wrenching true story.

Unfortunately the narrator ruined the book. She made it very difficult to get through, and I had to put it on a faster speed. The narrator had awkwardly placed pauses, and was, most times, super slow, and other times, fast. She made the book very hard to listen to.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Debi
  • Hays, KS, United States
  • 07-05-16

awesome book and well read..

the story is interesting.. it takes a while to get started..and if you're looking to anything sleazy or salacious you don't find it here..

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste your time on this bore fest

Omg how could they screw up such an interesting story?? This story should have been gripping, and tantalizing! Instead it was boring and went off in other directions so frequently you almost forgot what the story was about! I didn't expect molestation or rape cause that would have been hard to listen to but I did want to hear about what exactly was going on for 10 years of being locked up. She's talking about fairy tales and how she wished she could be floating here, and floating there and what she would be doing if she were home etc etc, I hated this book terribly! I felt as if I was locked up and being tortured while listening to this snooze fest! The narrator was as boring and docile as the story and it drove me crazy! I couldn't even finish listening to it! If this was a movie you'd get up and walk out! Horrible don't waste your time this book isn't even worth $1.00 they should list it as free, and then you still wouldn't be able to drudge your way through it!!

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Terrible.

Don't waste a credit. While I empathize with what happened to this woman, I feel as tho she is not someone that I'd like much in real life. She sounds like a self centered whiner. Very "me-centric". Among other things. Ugh.
It was all I could do to get through it, but I did, simply for the fact that I loathe wasting a precious credit.
Skip it- unless you like listening to someone whine about every thing that's ever happened in her life, and then self psychoanalyze it to tears. Not sure if she became a therapist as an adult, but she sure sounds like one! There is much more "psychology" to this "book" than there is story. Won't recommend it to anyone I like!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Incredible story of sadness & bravery.

I did not like the narrator’s voice. Was harder to get into the book because of it.

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Unbelievable Story of Survival

this is the incredible story of a young girl kidnapped by a stranger at 10 years old and thought freedom by running at 18 years old. she tells her story from the beginning of her childhood until the outcome after her freedom. It's incredible how she survived and had the maturity two get through 8 years of torture, abuse, and empathy for her kidnapper. although, some people may not understand why or how she made forgive so easily but the detail in her book makes it easier to understand how the man that was her only source of any type of Authority or companionship was also the only source of her survival. I found that I empathized with her greatly after realizing her. Ory of survival. Very in-depth and insightful book.