In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of a trauma victim even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: "You save yourself or you remain unsaved."
©1999 Alice Sebold, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"A rueful, razor-sharp memoir...funnier than you'd think was possible...Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal." (Vogue)
"Sebold's wit is as powerful as her searing candor." (Publishers Weekly)
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This was so completely real. Make sure you are ready for such a raw description of this type of horror. In a way I wish I hadn't read it. I completely went into victim mode.Great read if not so close to home.
"Not for the faint of heart"
This is a truly intense and heart wrenching experiance in the form of an audiobook. I think the fact that it is read by the author gives it all the more intensity. You really fall right into her experiances as she retells them in this wonderfully written and powerful biography. It is graphic and honest and does not hold any punches. Be ready for a book that is hard to hear, but well worth it.
Well written, well read, and very moving: a lesson in how not to treat a woman who has been raped.
Extremely brave and so well written. Sebold is amazing.
This book was wonderful, gut wrenching, and in-your-face true.
"GREAT BOOK! Really bad narrating."
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read as a woman. Well, I haven't read any as a man.. but you get what I'm saying :-) This book is a must read for all women. It's also a must read for anyone that is close to someone that has been raped. It's incredibly insightful. It took my breath away.
Having said all of that... the book is 5 stars.. the narration, which I feel a little bit bad saying since it's the author that narrated the book, is just awful. She may as well have been reading out of the dictionary. She put zero emotion into this... well... that's what it sounded like.
I think it's a great idea for her to have read a prologue or epilogue, but not the whole book. I also understand why she wanted to narrate it... but the reason I listen to audiobooks is for the experience the narrator brings to it when I listen. The way the narrater brings a book to life is SO important. Someone should have let the author know she is a wonderful writer, but terrible narrator.
I would recommend READING this book... but I can't recommend the audio version. I will say the book itself is incredible!
This was a riveting story and admirably forthright. I would have liked to have read it instead of listening to it, the reason being that the author tells it in such an emotionless way and it is such an emotional story. It's a tough one to listen to, but worth it.
"Fascinating and Inspiring"
I truly enjoyed this book. Her intelligence, strength, insight and perserverence dealing with what she went through is an inspiration to all. Looking pain and hurt in the face and saying, "You are NOT going to defeat me!" Having the attitude that situations can make you a BETTER person instead of a BITTER person is something we all need to rememember.
"An okay read"
An okay read, not an overall outstanding book, nothing I would gush to others about. Though it deals with a personal matter in the author's life I think the it was a poor choice to have her narrate the audio book. The author's voice is a little monotonous and after lengths of time, annoying. So much so that it overshadows the great storyline. Unless the audio book is released with a different narrator, my suggestion is this is a book to pick up at the bookstore and save your audible credit for something better, my suggestion being The Time Traveler's Wife.
"I loved it"
The plot is dark and disturbing, but it is told from an innocent child's point of view. I found this story to be unique and compelling. The reader was perfect. I simply could not "put it down".
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