Two victims of the infamous Cleveland kidnapper share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their final, dramatic rescue.
On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland area home and called 911, saying: "Help me, I'm Amanda Berry.... I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years."
A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained in the basement. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry bore a child - Jocelyn - by their captor.
Drawing upon their recollections and the diaries they kept, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro's house with the ongoing efforts to find the missing girls.
The full story behind the headlines - including shocking information never previously released - Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of three women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.
Read by Jorjeana Marie, Marisol Ramirez, and Arthur Morey.
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A moving read.
I've not read the print version but I thought the narration was good.
I liked the sweet irony of Amanda, the girl he loved the most(if you can call it love) being the one that escaped and got him caught. I hope it hurt him to learn that, I hope it hurt a lot.
I'm not sure.
I started crying when Amanda's mother died before getting to see her daughter again, it broke my heart and made me hate Castro even more.
I've read Michelle's book before this and found her really remarkable and wanted to know more about the story from the other girls point of view, and while I enjoyed it overall and found it really moving the way Michelle's role was minimized bugged me a lot. I mean I understand it to a degree since she's already told her story herself and this is about Gina and Amanda, but the way it just skims over her involvement in their lives comes off as sort of dismissive at times? Like when she helped Amanda deliver her baby and Amanda choose not to mention the part where she actually saved the kid's life, or the way Gina doesn't really talk a lot about Michelle and their relationship even though they went through so much together and were really close.
The way they're framing it it's like Michelle isn't really important and barely an afterthought compared to Gina and Amanda which makes me a bit offended on her behalf. I think it's unfair to her, she didn't have what they had once she got out but that doesn't mean her life is any less precious.
Other than that it was a great read and gave me a greater understanding of the situation, if you haven't read Michelle's book yet I highly recommend it though to get the whole picture.