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Captive

A Mother's Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult
Narrated by: Catherine Oxenberg
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
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In this heartbreaking and shocking exposé, one of Dynasty’s biggest stars lays bare a secretive organization that is holding her daughter hostage and details her mission to save her in this powerful depiction of a mother’s love and determination.

I am a mother whose child is being abused and exploited. And I am not alone

In 2011, Catherine joined her daughter, India, at a leadership seminar for a new organization called NXIVM. Her 20-year-old daughter was on the threshold of building a new company, and they both thought this program might help her achieve her dream. But quickly, Catherine saw a sinister side to what appeared to be a self-help organization designed to help its clients become the best versions of themselves. 

Catherine watched in horror as her daughter fell further and further down the rabbit hole, becoming brainwashed by the organization’s charismatic leader. Despite Catherine’s best efforts, India was drawn deeper into the cult, eventually joining a secret, elite “sorority” of women members who are ordered to maintain a restricted diet and recruit other women as “slaves” and are branded with their leader’s initials. 

In Captive, Catherine shares every parent’s worst nightmare and the lengths that a mother will go to in order to save her child. Featuring interviews with past members of NXIVM and experts in the field of cults, Oxenberg attempts to draw back the curtain on how these groups continue to lure in members. She relates her continuing journey to try to reach her daughter, to save her from what she believes is a dangerous, mind-controlling cult. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Catherine Oxenberg (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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to both Catherine and India. I can't imagine what both have gone through. It was heart wrenching to listen to. But I learned that India has left, and is moving forward with her life. I'm so glad. Let justice be served to those who enacted such cruel, sociopathic deeds.

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Cults are dangerous and incredibly prevalent.

This book really emphasizes the importance of actively engaging critical thinking at all times. It's an incredible account of this woman's journey in helping to take down a terrible group.

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Fascinating Story, disturbing but unfocused.

I utterly support what Catherine documents in this novel and applaud her determination and drive, in the role she played in the downfall of NXIVM and its abusive leader Keith Raniere and Alison Mack.

However I wish there was more about the cult,Keith, Alison and the inner goings on of the organisation, and less about Miss Oxenbergs personal wardrobe choices, in particular a pair of thigh high boots. Or that her ex husband has done everything in a film, and there-for is just as good at it, as someone who does it in real life.

I think her inner actress, and the often reminder's of her descendant from European royalty undermined her otherwise interesting telling of this harrowing tale, about her daughters subversion into a sex cult… But what were flaws for me, may not be for you,

There is a between the lines honesty in that Catherines own life style choices, and search for various forms of healing, and spiritual guru's, is in fact what brings her daughter into NIXVM's clutches in the first place. And Hence her motivation and personal guilt to get her out. But again here Catherine feels so distracted by expressing her intense hatred of Keith Raniere, the cults leader that even from the their first meeting he is only ever described in such a derogatory way, that he's reduced to a bad Hollywood villain, rather than a more in depth analyse, that would have painted a three dimensional, highly manipulative, psychopath that he clearly is. By merely insulting him Catherine is constantly twisting his moustache at us, and we never get beneath Raniere's surface, even from the authors point of view. Thus what could have been a solid personal inside into how to recognise such a person in our own lives, merely becomes a personal tale of revenge, written at times for an audience of one (Keith Raniere) And the Authors gotcha moment. But I do sincerely congratulate Catherine on the 'Gotcha' moment.

There is lots online about Keith Raniere online if you wish to see the detailed depths of his depravity.

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A must read for all!<br />

What an amazing book and an unbelievable testament to a mother's love. Catherine you are many people's hero. A life time of happiness is wished for you for the hell that you've been through.

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What a story!

I hate to write that I loved it, given what people have been thru for this book to come to light. As a former CBI employee, while I we thought something was odd, never to the extent described in this book. I was the travel and conference planner for the organization that Keith founded in the early 90's, then to company folded, I did side work out of Toni's home. I stayed in Toni's home to care for her son while she had traveled. I just floored by the description of the behind the scenes activities. The book gave a lot of insight to things that were going on. I hope the Oxenbeg family as well as the Natalie family find peace.

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A mother’s heart is unbeatable

Catherine will do anything to save her daughter from anyone. And she did. Her crusade is an adventure, a real one.

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A mother who never gave up

I first heard about this cult on the Canadian podcast which featured another prominent member, so I knew I had to read this. Catherine Oxenberg not only does an amazing job with the audiobook, but she shows that she is a mother who will move heaven and earth to get her child out of a bad situation. Beautiful both inside and out! Thanks for sharing this story.

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A MUST READ!!

I could not stop listening. It is shocking that one man, one very ugly stodgy dirty man could build such a far reaching and devastating organization. The information uncovered by Katherine and all involved over the past few years is terrifying!! It just kept getting worse. The depravity of that monster and everyone he infected and influenced is truly astonishing. I am glad he was stopped and I hope he gets everything he deserves in his new accommodations (and then some). I am in awe of your bravery and tanisity and the unwavering love for your daughter. I hope India heals and can go forward in her life stronger. This compelling book is beautifully written with compassion and love and indignation. You won't be able to put it down.

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Loved it.

What a well written, well performed story of a mothers unconditional love for her daughter and the tragedy of what happens when good hearted people fall pray to evil leaders. I highly recommended this book. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

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Fascinating story!

I had briefly caught this story on the news, but the other day when I saw a hearing update, I just wanted to know if India was finally safely home! Unfortunately, we still don't know that, but respect her privacy to heal & hopefully is doing so at home with her powerful kick-ass Mother Warrior & Fierce Grma Warrior-those who TRULY love her! Unbelievable courage & strength to share this frightening true story! Sending only love & healing to you all!