My Prison Without Bars

The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal
Narrated by: Em Eldridge
Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (377 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

My Prison without Bars: The Journey Of A Damaged Woman To Someplace Normal is a novel based on a true story...Taylor's story. My Prison without Bars is a courageous and harrowing journey through the catacombs of hell, from the mind and voice of a little girl, living with her own monster underneath her bed. Written in first person, this novel is not a memoir, but more a psychological thriller based on true events; chronicling one woman's attempt to claw her way out of the darkness of Child Sexual Abuse, while struggling to find normal, in a not-so-normal world. It is poignant, dark and graphic; not for the faint of heart. This novel will make you feel... *Warning* this novel is graphic and disturbing. It may trigger csa victims. It is intended for 18+ readers

©2012 Taylor Evan Fulks (P)2014 Taylor Evan Fulks

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My life

I am a 45 yr old woman , who to this day has never been able to put pen to paper and write my story , although I have wanted to throughout countless times in my life. This book has brought about my sad and lonely childhood memories, as if it was written from the depths of my soul , I to suffered in much the same way as the Author, our childhood and adult life are mirror images of one another. I praise Taylor for having the strength to push through and become the woman she has! Even though I become a mother of 5 children and have vowed to never let them see the sadness or live the way I had lived , I lost myself completely as I have devoted my life to my children! I still haven't the strength to confront my mother , I am still yearning for her love and acceptance, I struggle daily with my past , and have never had one person to count on throughout my life:(
I would love to one day speak with the author , as she has given me a tiny bit of hope that maybe someday I can do as she has done and move on. I know this is just a review regarding her book , and she will probably never get a chance to read this, however I would like her to know she is not alone , and I too know all to well what she has endured! My best wishes to her and her family ! May she always have the strength and love within to make it in this crazy life .

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A Horrible Childhood

Where does My Prison Without Bars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's good, not great. The story has the ability to move one emotionally. The torture that this woman went through as a child is sickening and deplorable. The story was a touch too long and the graphic content could/should have been toned down.

Would you recommend My Prison Without Bars to your friends? Why or why not?

No. It's just too graphic and a little repetitive. After hour 12, it began to get a bit tedious.

What does Em Eldridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Em did an excellent reading. Her voice was soothing and soft. I never became bored with her and she kept up the tempo perfectly.

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

The abuse was scalding, but we didn't need to hear every instance of it. A couple of times was fine, but the graphic nature of the attacks was lost after the 5th, 6th, and 7th go around. It had a more shocking effect in it's first descriptions.

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5 stars for the narrator based on her excellent reading.
3 stars for the story because it was too repetitive and didn't need to be so graphic. It is a strong 3 stars and should not be considered a negative criticism.
4 stars total. Strong subject matter that could have been better, but is still solid.

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Very sexually graphic and begins feeling contrived

Having worked with damaged children, I enjoy reading others' accounts of their trials and successes. I guess I should have read some of the reviews of this book first.

While I can handle graphic sexual details (I heard many from the children I worked with) I soon found the book's sexual scenes to be more gratuitous than documentary, almost like reading a modern "erotic" romance novel, not the type of book I had wanted to read.

As the book's damaged child aged, I began to find the plot to be rather shallow and contrived. And the sexual depictions to be more and more gratuitous.

I finally stopped listening to the book with 6 1/2 hours left to go. I could not stand any more.

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eff no

you take trauma and make it sound fun which is sick; and painful; and before any real pain. No woman who has experienced this pain can hear you over your desire to write. Hope you feel accepted. and right. And good in your world. Hope you feel the way you need. Honestly, you make money off that. THAT. The hurt that can not be fixed.... you have a money story.

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  • 03-30-16

hard to hear then boring.

The start of this book is grafic horror, i almost stopped listing to it many times. I have never heard a book that made my body repelle in anguish. Then the majority of the rest of the book was the mundane life of a woman who needed counseling. Written well, but really just stories and accounts that ment nothing to the main idea of the book.

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A letdown

It started off engaging going on horrific. I wanted to hear about her childhood and find out when does someone finally come to the rescue. but instead just like that her tormentor is gone and I found myself listening to her experience with her first boyfriend, blah, blah, blah... Yawn
All in all a waste of credit! Skip! Opt for something else that catches your attention!

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LOVED IT!

Very, very good story. Hits close to home for me with the abuse. Brought back memories I thought I had forgot.

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Is this truly a true story?

This story seems embellished and overly dramatic to the point of it not being believable.

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Sure it's sad but is it true?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I tough story but I almost couldent finish

Would you be willing to try another book from Taylor Evan Fulks? Why or why not?

Don't know

What does Em Eldridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great narrator. The best part of the book

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I don't understand the description stated this was not a memoir but also says it's a true story. II can't quite tell if this is a true story but if it is this lady needs therapy to see what is going on that brings all these rapists and abusive people into her life. The character was very frustrating. I had to make myself finish it but the real story ended way before the book did.

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The story should have ended long before it did

The beginning of this story was heart wrenching. It was so sad to hear everything that this little girl went through. But, I have to say, by the end, I was very weary of hearing how she allowed herself to be victimized all the way to the end. Instead of dealing with her demons, she explores the reader to feel pity. She over uses words & phrases. Quite frankly, I was disappointed in the editing. Didn't anyone else hear that this was written, as if by a Jr High girl, who is trying to make herself sound faultless & turns into a hero? One aspect thst angered me to the hilt was that even though her mother allowed her monster to come back into their lives & admitted what she knew, she would allow her young daughters to stay with this woman. Really? Then, you're not a whole lot better. I was very relieved to finish. The author & editor would be great in the field of Soap Opera writing.

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  • Rose
  • 01-14-16

You can pick your nose but not your family

This is not just a book 'based on a true story' it is based on the truth. The human psyche is capable of some sick attitudes and this book explores them all including their aftermath. I liked it very much though nothing in it shocked or horrified me. However I would say it might shock most readers. It tells the sotry of rape among other things and a weak man in a relationship. In fact it seems Taylor, the author had a lot of trouble picking a nice guy or in fact anyone nice at all. My only criticism was that she didn't complete the story which she opened with in the prologue which centred on an attack in a hotel room in Daytona which leaves the reader wondering where it fits in with the rest of the story. Even at the end when it happens again it's not clear how the first eppisode ended except obviously in ehr survival. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about human depravity and the instinct for survival. Don't read it if you are of a fragile nature or personality.

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  • nicky beaumont
  • 05-28-20

it was ok I guess

story was more about her life with her husband than anything else.. kind of boring in parts

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  • Julie
  • 04-10-20

A must read

this book helped me with some of my life experiences for that i am very grateful.
it's hard to put this book down because it is like i am reading my life.
this book i feel will help others as it did me. thank you xxxxx

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  • samantha
  • 11-15-19

Wow just wow

I gasped, I cried, I laughed, I felt every emotion reading this. Taylor your such a brave woman, I want to know more. Are u and Tony still together? Hows your relationship with your mil and mom now? Amazing depth and detail I pictured it so well.

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  • Tara
  • 04-30-16

exciting and mind thrilling! fab!!

Very good book, couldn't put it down and a brilliant reader. would definitely read again!

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  • steph
  • 02-06-16

my. prison without bars

a fantastic story, have listened to it as several times now, it a true heart felt story of a sad childhood and how a very strong and brave lady turned it around.

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  • danielle martin
  • 01-26-16

gripping and shocking

excellent read and great narrating ...couldnt stop reading ...hard to listen to .not for the faint of heart...excellent book

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  • sarah crowther
  • 04-29-15

My life without bars

Very very sad indeed she really was given a bad set of cards in her life,
You just can't believe these sorts of things go on. 😉

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  • AnneDriscoll
  • 10-30-15

Good Audio Book

Enjoyed this immensely, the enjoyment was however marred by the narrators blasphemous use of the Lords name, it was insensitive & unnecessary,