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Publisher's Summary

On March 2, 1998, 10-year-old Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped and found herself locked in a house that would be her home for the next eight years. She was starved, beaten, treated as a slave, and forced to work for her deranged captor. But she never forgot who she was, and she never gave up hope of returning to the world. This is her story.

©2010 Natascha Kampusch (P)2016 Tantor

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Very well done!’

So much to learn from this story! It makes me reflect on how children are treated in their various homes and schools and the effect on their self esteem.

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Riveting

Written very eloquently and really gives you a different perspective on her experience. Would recommend.

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Captivating, bringing the listener to tears ...

I enjoyed this book although it brought out many different emotions! I would recommend it to everyone. Fear, angry, pity, sadness & even an overwhelming helplessness at times. Unimagineably feelings of dispair seeing what an older human being can do to a child. Natasha was so wise for her age and so strong willed; this is what I credit with saving her life...the will to live! May good things come to her, always.

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Really enjoyed this book!

Overall a great read. Such a heartbreaking story, but a true story of resilience and bravery.

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Not what I was expecting

I read a lot of reviews about this book that were not that great, so much that it delayed me listening to this book for a long time. I’m glad I choose to do it, Natascha tells the story so well. The abuse she faced, how he made her feel so alone she wanted to end her life, and her escape. I admire her so much, this was a great listen.

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  • Kim
  • 2016-06-28

Interesting story..could be better

The story has all the earmarks of a great true crime read. Some parts had great potential, but it is told from a child's point of view for most of the book. I understand that is needed, but it became monotonous and repetitive which slowed down the read. I would have liked to have read more from her adult situation, and not have certain parts deliberately left out with the explanation of "privacy issues". The book is built up as being based on her whole Slavery experience....unfortunately, all you get is a weak apology as to why she does not want to tell the whole story! Big let down. I wish I would have done my research before listening to this, I would have been for warned of the author's predisposition to not trust media and how she tends to hide the whole story. I am sad she was so brutalized and that she lost her childhood, I don't want to sound heartless. I am just giving my honest opinion on how the story was presented.

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  • Sharon
  • 2016-12-22

Unreal

Great book. It could happen so easily to any of our children. It is not too graphic but you understand what is going on without have to hear gory details.

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  • Debi
  • 2016-07-05

awesome book and well read..

the story is interesting.. it takes a while to get started..and if you're looking to anything sleazy or salacious you don't find it here..

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  • Kari
  • 2016-12-06

The narrative sucks

I found it hard to feel fully emerged and sorry for this girl due to the person reading the novel. She is so withdrawn and monotone that it really made it hard to connect with the story. I feel like a lot of the victims emotion of her story was lost, the narrator could have been explaining my dinner just as clearly as this poor girls captivity.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2016-09-06

Interesting, sad story. Terrible narration

The story was a very interesting and heart wrenching true story.

Unfortunately the narrator ruined the book. She made it very difficult to get through, and I had to put it on a faster speed. The narrator had awkwardly placed pauses, and was, most times, super slow, and other times, fast. She made the book very hard to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-29

amazing book

I enjoyed the book but if she was going to tell the story she should have told the whole story.

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  • A. Kegley
  • 2016-07-01

Great book!

These stories are so interesting, I truly feel for the survivors and am grateful that they share their stories. Great book!

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  • Mary M.
  • 2019-03-20

Too long, Too much navel gazing . . . .

I feel horrible for the author. I cannot remotely fathom what she experienced. However, the book could have been half as long for the little bit offered. Lots and lots of repetition. A whole lot of introspection and defensive attempts to explain herself, her feelings for her captor, and her actions after escaping his clutches. I haven't felt that way after reading accounts of other women in similar circumstances. I don't know why; something about the story just didn't draw me in. I kept listening, hoping it would happen.

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  • T Time
  • 2016-07-11

Don't waste your time on this bore fest

Omg how could they screw up such an interesting story?? This story should have been gripping, and tantalizing! Instead it was boring and went off in other directions so frequently you almost forgot what the story was about! I didn't expect molestation or rape cause that would have been hard to listen to but I did want to hear about what exactly was going on for 10 years of being locked up. She's talking about fairy tales and how she wished she could be floating here, and floating there and what she would be doing if she were home etc etc, I hated this book terribly! I felt as if I was locked up and being tortured while listening to this snooze fest! The narrator was as boring and docile as the story and it drove me crazy! I couldn't even finish listening to it! If this was a movie you'd get up and walk out! Horrible don't waste your time this book isn't even worth $1.00 they should list it as free, and then you still wouldn't be able to drudge your way through it!!

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  • Mr. Dwayne B.
  • 2020-10-21

I can't stand the narrator!

I'm only partially through this book. And while I want to continue I am having trouble listening to the narrator. Idk if they needed to go with someone whose first language is English or what, but the cadence and the speed is just off, as though she's not overly familiar with English speaking. It's highly irritating, and I'm not super picky