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Publisher's Summary

In The Lost Girls, John Glatt tells the truly amazing story of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight - who were kidnapped, imprisoned, and repeatedly raped and beaten in a Cleveland house for over a decade by Ariel Castro - and their amazing escape in May 2013, which made headlines all over the world.

This audiobook has an exclusive interview with Castro's secret girlfriend, who spent many romantic nights in his house of horror without realizing that he had bound and chained captives just a few feet away. There are also revealing interviews with several Castro family members, musician friends, and neighbors who witnessed the dramatic rescue.

©2015 John Glatt (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"For a wide-angle view of the horrific string of crimes start to finish, Glatt constructs an absorbing winner." (Kirkus)

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Enthralling

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author does a great job of providing the background of Castro and the victims, and of the timeline of the events. It isn't fictionalized, which is good. It's a straightforward account of everything you could ever want to know about this story. It was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to know what made this guy tick, and it was the same thing that made Josef Fritzl "tick", which is a fear of abandonment. These two have many similarities. They both said, "I'm not a monster" and they had similar relationships with their mothers.

Any additional comments?

I liked the narrator. I was not distracted by the British accent. I could hardly stop listening to this audiobook and glad I found it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Did we have to have a British guy read this?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. I think this is a story that should be known.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that it's over. Those women made it out.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was actually ashamed at one point. When the narrator was reading the 911 call where Charles Ramsey spoke I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Hearing the voice of a British man reading what an African-American said was classic.<br/>

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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includes various perspectives

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The story speaks for itself in both the empathy and outrage it entices, but the narrator's voice seems a bit out of place. I'm not trying to speak ill of Mr. Grindell, who has a lovely speaking voice, it's just that I think the narrator of any audiobook might be better served in either the tone of the author or main character. The inflection lends a certain kind of authenticity to the story being told, as if we are told the story by the intended voice rather than being read a book by a third party. Just my opinion! Either way, a fantastic journey into the dark place of human deviancy.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great read after listening to the girls' stories!

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Girls the most enjoyable?

Several of these facts I had already heard from listening to the girls' stories & their books. This was the perspective from the other side & the author did a fantastic job of research! I learned even more about horrible situation from this book.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The additional facts compiled by this author was fantastic. Just when I thought I had "heard it all", he sheds more light on the subject from the point of view of the courts, police, outside, etc. The other two books were from the girls' experiences. Hard to believe that people in America have to survive people like this pathological liar. My heart goes out to these amazing survivors & hoping they can return to some life of normalcy.

What about Shaun Grindell’s performance did you like?

I love a British accent, but besides that he did a great job. Narrator keeps you involved. Good inflexion in his voice, easy to listen to & did a great job of telling the author's story. I was interested all the way & listened to this book as quickly as I could. Couldn't stop!

If you could give The Lost Girls a new subtitle, what would it be?

The "Normal" Guy Next Door

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Very informative book!

This book was written well and full of facts! I wasn't too impressed with the narrator's accent though.

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heartbreaking but you girls are amazing survivors

you are an inspiration to all those who have been through similar circumstance I pray God blesses each and everyone of you

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My heart goes out to these ladies.

It's a sad and upsetting story. Hard to read the retails. But I wanted to know the truth about what happened to these girls and why, for more than a decade, nobody found them. It is wonderful that they escaped and are healing and making the best of their lives now that they are free. Even after knowing the truth it is still unimaginable. What strong young ladies. What a horrible, deceiving, cowardly man to do what he did to them and act as if it was their own fault. They should have never had to go through any of it!

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Amazing quotation and Research from the author!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! It was well organized and well written.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Girls?

Michelle Knights experience stuck with me and I her for how brave she was and how strong she must have been.

Which character – as performed by Shaun Grindell – was your favorite?

I think my favorite was Michelle, she showed the most fierce and strong. Not undermining the other girls, but she went through the most and she still managed to stand up to Castro.

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

Actually yes, I travel a lot and was hoping to listen to it while i was on the road.

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British accent in OHIO???

The story was informative,but using a narrator with a British accent didn't keep me as interested as I could have been. Felt like I was listening to a crime story that occurred in England.

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Not for the faint of heart!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook only if you are not easily shocked. Although it isn't as graphic as it could be, there are still some parts where I almost stopped listening and wanted to cry.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I would say all the characters. Castro was a complicated but interesting man, amazing how he could act normal to some folks but be a manipulating monster to others, including his own children! I admire Michelle the most I think - I can't believe she kept her spirits up during all this, and was strong enough to try to protect Gina from abuse when she could! Amazing!

Which scene was your favorite?

When Amanda was able to crawl out the hole in the door!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh my gosh yes, I wanted to cry several times in this book. I think Michelle's forced miscarriages were the worst. I cannot imagine the physical and emotional pain she felt.

Any additional comments?

Again, read only if you're not too squeamish!

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  • melissa
  • 09-16-15

Gripping but emotional read

I have so much admiration for what these girls went through. I dont know how they had the will to survive. I especially admired michelle as she was the first taken and was a lone victim in the house for a while and was there the longest. Plus she helped care for the others. Had me hooked all the way through. Good narrator too.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-17

Monotone narration

Very interesting story but ready dreadfully and randomly Swapped between narrators with no obvious reason. A little repetitive doesn’t do the story justice

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  • Toby
  • 07-13-16

Chilling from start to end

If you could sum up The Lost Girls in three words, what would they be?

Chilling. Fascinating. Disturbing.

What did you like best about this story?

Very well written, definitely recommend 'finding me' by Michelle knight. Still baffles me to this day how he got away with it so long.

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  • Marika
  • 08-27-17

An amazing story told in an ordinary fashion

If you could sum up The Lost Girls in three words, what would they be?

Repetitive, lacking depth

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There is way too much reading verbatim from police reports/court testimony and some of the facts are repeated over and over, causing me to tune out and skip ahead. The background story is necessary but is too long and take focus away from the main story

What three words best describe Shaun Grindell’s voice?

Aussie done poorly

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No emotion as there was little of the in depth emotional recounts you would expect from a story like this. It was basically a retelling of facts, and no actually interviews with the victims. Disappointing.

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  • Anika
  • 05-26-16

A bit too long and repetitive

Would you try another book written by John Glatt or narrated by Shaun Grindell?

Not written by John Glatt.

What was most disappointing about John Glatt’s story?

The book was really detailed on events that seemed tangential to the main story. It was also repetitive, and overall could've been about 30% shorter.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful