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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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    Sarah Ruder 06-14-17
    Sarah Ruder 06-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow..."

    This is truly amazing. How Elizabeth can not only tell her story but to go on with live as she does. True hero. This book was chilling at times especially listening to her read it. Very good book.

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    TLRizen REDMOND, WA USA 06-03-17
    TLRizen REDMOND, WA USA 06-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring"

    This book was a good read. It showed how a person can go through horrific things and come out on top. I appreciated not having to hear all the horrored details of her experience. It is well written and well preformed.

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    Dianna C. 05-24-17
    Dianna C. 05-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "All I can say is wow!"

    Well worth the listen. So proud of this girl for rising above her abuse and becoming all that God had planned for her to be.What an awesome testimony.

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    Gwen OCALA, FL, US 05-21-17
    Gwen OCALA, FL, US 05-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awe inspiring and life changing"

    Great advocate for children and those who need recovery guidance. God bless her and her family

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    J. Debnam Edmonds, WA 05-16-17
    J. Debnam Edmonds, WA 05-16-17
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    "Great book!"

    Very organized and well written account of her ordeal. She did leave out a few details of some graphic things, which was probably for the best. She doesn't have the best voice for dictating a book, but she does the best she can and I do appreciate the story in her own voice. She's a very brave girl.

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    Brian 04-26-17
    Brian 04-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Soul Stirring"
    What made the experience of listening to My Story the most enjoyable?

    Actually, at one point early in the book I turned it off. Even though I was only listening to and not living through this horrible and evil experience, it was disturbing. But then I looked at the peace filled face of Elizabeth on the cover. How in the world was it possible? I had to know, and now I'm glad I finished this amazing story. For any who face trials that seem too difficult to bear, listen to this story. It has changed me. Thank you for sharing, Elizabeth!


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    Linda Kraus 04-23-17
    Linda Kraus 04-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "What a Difference Faith Makes"

    The entire time I listened to this story, I found myself thinking about the gift of faith Elizabeth's parents gave her before she was abducted. I believe her faith helped get her through the 9 months she was held captive, and has continued to provide her strength since.

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    Sally 04-13-17
    Sally 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Elizabeth amazes me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Story to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Story?

    When Elizabeth spoke to her Mother on the phone.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Smart – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth is my favorite. She is so strong. I am amazed she didn't give up on her strong faith while going through this ordeal.


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

    Elizabeth is very articulate. I don't know if she had a tough time reading this book without breaking down. I became very angry knowing how these people treated her. She really showed a lot of strength talking Mitchell into going back to Salt Lake City. Well done. It saved your life.


    Any additional comments?

    I am nearly thirty years older than Elizabeth. Perhaps one day my strength can compare to hers

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    Raymond 03-29-17
    Raymond 03-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect portrayal of abuse, sorrow, and a relationship with God and, a conscious decision to be positive"

    Wow! Elizabeth did an excellent job of portraying her experience of being kidnapped and abused. I love how she describes her relationship with God, and how He helped her through. And then how she describes her faith and courage to live life to it's fullest after she was rescued is so helpful for anyone who has gone through hard experiences. Thank you, God, for rescuing her! And thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your story with the world.

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    teon Washington DC 03-27-17
    teon Washington DC 03-27-17
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    "Well done. Riveting, Tragic and Miraculous"

    Elizabeth you are a true reflection of strength and faith. Thank you for sharing your story.

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