Freedom

My Book of Firsts
Narrated by: Jaycee Dugard
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (319 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the follow-up to her number-one best-selling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own.

When Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than 18 years, held captive by Philip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment.

A Stolen Life, which sold nearly two million copies, told the story of Jaycee's life from her abduction in 1991 through her reappearance in 2009. Freedom: My Book of Firsts is about everything that happened next.

"How do you rebuild a life?" Jaycee asks.

In this book she describes the life she never thought she would live to see: from her first sight of her mother to her first time meeting her grown-up sister, her first trip to the dentist to her daughters' first day of school, her first taste of champagne to her first hangover, her first time behind the wheel to her first speeding ticket, and her first dance at a friend's wedding to her first thoughts about the possibility of a future relationship.

This raw and inspiring book will remind listeners that there is, as Jaycee writes, "life after something tragic happens.... Somehow, I still believe that we each hold the key to our own happiness, and you have to grab it where you can in whatever form it might take."

©2016 Jaycee Dugard (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Not so good

Started out boring and didn't get past the fifth chapter, Her first book was great but this one didn't hold my interest.

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Thank you, Jaycee.

This book was wonderful. She shares what it was like for her, her daughters and mother. Learning to trust again and learning to love the goodness after such pain. Thank you for allowing us to love you, Jaycee. I wish you love and happiness and I thank you for your honesty. Your book made me cry, smile, laugh and appreciate my life and freedom. :)

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Thank you Jaycee for surviving!

Awesome continuance, I hope you continue to inspire. I am looking forward to your next writing, I know you love to write.

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Only for real Jaycee fans, no juicy details here

I have always found the story of Jaycee Dugard fascinating, and as soon as I heard that she had written this I wanted to read it. I wanted to hear all about the adjustment to freedom and all the juicy details those dramatic changes must have involved. I did not however find those things here. I enjoyed listening to her book and I am not bothered by her narration. She still sounds like a little girl reading, especially at the beginning. She does tell stories of some of her therapy (and she seems amazingly well adjusted) and she tells of flying alone on a plane, doing her first horse show, going on vacation to Ireland, working in a remote village with a church group etc. She has certainly done more interesting things than I have, but I would have been even more interested in hearing about her daughters adjustment to the new family structure and a free life. She does not however say anything but the vaguest things about her unnamed daughters. I totally understand this - she is leaving it as their story to tell not hers - but still I felt disappointed not to get more info on that.

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inspirational

one amazing young lady. stories of happiness and sadness. finding joy in everything she does

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Remarkable Strength and Courage

This book was remarkably positive and stands as a reminder we all have the power to rise up after injustice. For all the bad that happened to an innocent child and becoming of an adult, to see the strength and wisdom found is truly priceless. I love all the great acts of kindness and giving back to others. I highly recommend this book.

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I like her, just not the book.

just a rehashing of her previous book. same stuff said over and over. I bought the book more to support her than for an ongoing interest.

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Seeing The World Through JayCee

Jaycee, thank you for letting me see the world through your eyes. It has been uplifting, wonderful experience.

The knowledge Jaycee gives to you by allowing us to see the world through her is amazing.

Thank You!!

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Everyone should listen to your books

I love you Jaycee! My mom and I will always have a special place in our hearts for you. You did an outstanding job writing and narrating this! I hope to see you write another book updating your current life in the future! ❤️

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good book

Love it. Enjoy how positive. she is and dispite everything she been thrust she so happy and positive.

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  • CHIDI EMMANUEL IZUNWANNE
  • 03-13-18

Beautifully read

Narrated with ease and grace by a wonderful woman. A story, no longer of a woman and her daughters trying to survive, but of them thriving and leading a life nearly taken away from them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-20

continued wonderfulness

I read Jaycees books years ago but listening to her reading her story was so touching and made me connect on a deeper level. I would recommend x

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  • 07-24-20

LOVED IT!!!

LOVED that Jaycee narrated both of her books herself! Great book. Love you Jaycee. I will buy anything you write! don't limit yourself 🥰