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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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    Jennifer 10-31-16
    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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    Zach 10-25-16
    Zach 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    A powerful story written and read by a phenomenal woman! A must buy for everyone.

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    deseret 10-22-16
    deseret 10-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous"

    Most touching story!!! I cried all the way through this book!!!! I loved Elizabeth's own voice reading the book.

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    Lindsey Soliday 10-09-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm an amateur filmmaker and author; a Lord of the Rings connoisseur with a [more than] slight affection for Rey from The Force Awakens.

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    "Wow!"

    What a powerful testimony! Throughout her account, Elizabeth (who both wrote and narrates this audio book) recounts her story with such grace that is absent from other accounts such as this. The strength of this young woman is truly an inspiration!

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    M. Calderwood 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "love loved this book"

    a fantastic memoir, told by Elizabeth herself, about being abducted and her journey to get back home.

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    Nicolette J. Blount Hawaii, USA 09-24-16
    Nicolette J. Blount Hawaii, USA 09-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Sad, brave, and so honest."
    Would you listen to My Story again? Why?

    This is a great book, but I would not listen to it again just because it is so horrific and sad what that evil man and woman did to Elizabeth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth. She is smart, just like her name. She is brave and never gave up hope.


    What about Elizabeth Smart’s performance did you like?

    She read with a lot of expression and was real.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The human spirit is so strong. It is amazing what Elizabeth has gone through and come out the other side stronger and with such faith.

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    "Couldn't turn it off!"

    Such an inspiring story! What she went through and how she kept her faith is miraculous. She has touched my life and reminded me to be grateful for what I have and be strong through my trials.

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    Adam 09-08-16
    Adam 09-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful Story of Faith, Hope & Family"

    I can't wait to share this with my daughter! Tragic and heartfelt. Gripping tale that shows us the worst and the best of humanity!

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    Suzanne Samek 08-26-16
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    "Life changing book! One of the best I've read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Story to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because Elizabeth reads it herself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth. What a remarkable young woman!


    What about Elizabeth Smart’s performance did you like?

    She mastered how to get over adversity in her life.


    Any additional comments?

    A must for anyone who has ever been raped, abused or mistreated in any way. This book is a real eye-opener on how to handle the curve balls of life.

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    Ali 08-13-16
    Ali 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What a story!"

    An amazing story of miracles and courage. Elizabeth survived the unforgettable torture that now flues her life's work. 10/10

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