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My Story Audiobook

My Story

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Publisher's Summary

For the first time, 10 years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, My Story, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.

©2013 Elizabeth Smart (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    linda mcguire 01-09-17
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    "Wry storyteller, incredible story"
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    She is very religious, but in her case it helped her survive something awful. She has such a great sarcasm...it's refreshing.

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    kgranstaff 12-30-16
    kgranstaff 12-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Happy ending!"

    Wow! What an amazing young woman! Her gratitude throughout the book really amazed me ... most people in her situation would be bitter and it would consume their lives trying to get through it, but to hear a story where the "enemy" doesn't win... heartwarming and praise worthy!

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    Patrick 12-15-16
    Patrick 12-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Eye opening & life changing"

    I would almost call this book a must – read. It is graphic in its descriptions, though not overly. It has opened my eyes and changed my perspective on many things. After reading this book I feel more empowered to protect my children. Thank you for sharing your story, Elizabeth.

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    Stephanie MacLean 12-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing listen!!!"

    I am so glad she shared her story. She is also a very good reader as well. I am amazed at all that she went through and her outlook after. She is an amazing woman!

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    Crystal 11-15-16
    Crystal 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story and an amazing woman"

    I'm so thankful and blessed to have been able to listen to her story. Elizabeth has so much Grace . Thank your for sharing your story.

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    N. ANDREWS 11-12-16
    N. ANDREWS 11-12-16 Member Since 2016

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    I'm not sure how anyone could give this book a bad review. Spoken from the victim herself. Touching.

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    Alice Jacobs 11-08-16

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    "Incredible story and well told."

    Love it. Elizabeth Smart is amazing. What an incredible person. She has endured horrific events and has made the best of her circumstances and has helped many more girls also.

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    Elizabeth 11-02-16
    Elizabeth 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing story! "

    Love that this was read by rhe author because it made it very personable. I can't imagine going through a horrible event like that and still being grateful.

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    ptpoffice 11-02-16
    ptpoffice 11-02-16
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    "Absolutely inspiring story of the human spirit"

    Elizabeth is a perfect role model to follow in choosing always to take the high road and to live life with a positive approach!

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    Jennifer 10-31-16
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    "Difficult Read"

    I am grateful for Elizabeth Smart's return to her family, and for her courage to overcome, but her book is extremely difficult to read. It is redundant and painful to get through. It is not painful because of the content, but because of the repetition and writing. I think the book may have been part of Elizabeth's path to healing, but I'm just glad to be done with the book. Halfway through the book my daughter gave up reading, and I began to fly through the chapters, skimming only the first few words and a few words through the middle and end of each chapter because it was so dragged out. I think there was room to have made this a very compelling, emotional story, but it was so dry, linear, and detail oriented that as a reader I found it difficult to connected. Elizabeth told me what happened and occasionally how she felt in a word or two, but I was unable to feel deeply, hope, sorrow, or know the despair she and her family must have felt. I don't recommend reading the book because other than a few nitty-gritty details of her being raped and forced to drink alcohol, most of what was written was already revealed in the news.

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