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"In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it."
©2011 Jaycee Dugard (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio
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By Daniel on 07-27-11

Terrific

Jaycee does a terrific job of telling her story. It is heart wrenchingly honest and gives amazing insight into both the worst of human beings and the strongest. She does jump around a bit so you have to follow close and give it your full attention.

I would caution anybody who is not sure about reading something so tragic. There are parts that will make you downright sick. However not all of it is just horrid. If you can get through the tough parts, there are many hopeful parts as well

As far as listening to it versus reading it. I think it is great Jaycee narrated it herself, however she is not a practiced or professional narrator. She has a bit of a lisp that you get used to but can be distracting. If any of these things will distract a listener from the story they should read it instead because it's worth it!

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By Bonnie on 08-18-11

Book powerful, narration not so much

I'm reluctant to criticize at all for fear of being beat up by other reviewers who seem to think any negative criticism is criticism against Jaycee herself - but here goes: I almost stopped listening on numerous occasions - her story is incredible on so many levels and I applaud Jaycee for writing it and for sharing her story. I kept reminding myself that if she could endure so many years of what she went through, I could withstand listening to it - it's tough to hear what she had to endure! I also find myself a little more aware and so many of us take for granted our safety in our cars or bedrooms as we're listening to this story - sadly, there are other young children with similar or worse fates than Jaycee. The criticism I have, and it's a strong one, is that I found the narration horrible and distracting from the story - I would highly recommend reading this book instead of listening to it.

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By Ms.Allison B on 05-06-12

An amazing story

I heard of her amazing release on the news a few years ago...the book was quite amazing to listen to her story,horrendous in many parts but must give hope to parents of missing children. Very interesting to listen to

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By Wicked on 04-21-12

Captivating

Thank you Jaycee, for having the courage to tell your amazing story. It is a story of survival in the most harrowing of circumstances. Not only did she survive but she has gained strength and has grown into a remarkable woman and mother. Hearing her story, read herself is a truly humbling experience and one that will stay with me for a long time. Not because you were a victim, but because of how you have survived.

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By Michelle on 06-05-16

To Jaycee

One of the most powerful things I have ever heard. Especially coming from this incredible woman herself in her own words & voice. This story had an extremely powerful effect on me. Absolutely heart wrenching & awe inspiring. Thank you Jaycee Lee Dugard for sharing your incredibly difficult story. I'm sure there are many people in this world whom you have inspired, including me.

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By Lucy Fieldhouse on 06-29-17

harrowing story of Stockholm syndrome

the narration was great, i came across a documentary on Netflix about your story mainly told by your step father but it didn't have how your doing today, i had to know so i bought the book and I'm glad i did because it makes sense why you weren't in it - he just wanted publicity. A harrowing story of Stockholm syndrome and a devastatingly lost childhood all for some sick pleasure but what a beautiful woman you've not only become but your 2 girls ❤

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