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Summary

"I heard a horrible screaming sound, like an animal being slaughtered ... then I realised it was me."

When Katie Piper was 24, her life was near perfect. Young and beautiful, she was well on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a model.

But then she met Daniel Lynch on Facebook and her world quickly turned into a nightmare....

After being held captive and brutally raped by her new boyfriend, Katie was subjected to a vicious acid attack. Within seconds, this bright and bubbly girl could feel her looks and the life she loved melting away. Beautiful is the moving true story of how one young woman had her mind, body and spirit cruelly snatched from her and how she inspired millions with her fight to get them back.

©2011 Katie Piper (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd, published in the UK by Random House AudioBooks

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Outstanding courage

If ever feel that your own life is falling apart or you don't know how to carry on or simply just want a bit of soul searching then this true life eventful account of one outstanding show of courage and bravery is a must read! If someone can pull through such pain and life changing features whilst still wearing a beautiful smile and laughing through the tears then so can we all. One truly inspirational young lady.

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You are beautiful, Katie.

A marvellous book with sorrow, pain and joy. The book is so evocative and pulls you in I listen to the book in the 8+ hour, looking forward to the next book. Good on you Katie 💙💙

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Inspiring

Would you listen to Beautiful again? Why?

I would listen to Beautiful again as it was an inspiring audiobook. It detailed the life of Katie before and after the attack. Listening to her struggles and strength in dealing with them was inspiring and humbling.

What other book might you compare Beautiful to, and why?

I'm not sure what I would compare beautiful to as I haven't listened to anything similar. It is very unique. Though it does illustrate the importance society places on external beauty.

What does Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Emilia Fox as an actress was able to bring the characters in Katie's autobiography to life by changing accents.

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

It is a book I wanted to listen too all in one sitting. As a listener you want to know what happens next: how Katie dealt with one struggle after another with the attack and ultimately enduring multiple operations.

Any additional comments?

Katie's autobiography should be listened to by everyone, particularly women. It detailed an abusive relationship - flagging warning signs of this.It is also the story of a survivor, she went through every woman's worst nightmare and overcame it.

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A very brave and inspirational lady

It is a horrifying tale. A totally senseless act committed by an idiot for an evil sadistic egotist is turned from despairing to inspiring by a brave intelligent lady.

Thank you Katie Piper for telling your tale and therefore giving so much hope to so many. Not necessarily burns victims but anyone facing adversity.

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Amazing

This book definitely got me through some difficult times. Katie’s journey and way of rationalising things she was struggling with was comforting. I really enjoyed the narrators voice and expression. Even though I saw this case play out in the news there was so much I didn’t know.

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So inspirational

Such an incredible story, well written and such an inspiration to me. Everyone should read this book - Katie is an amazing person and her story makes you realise how strong the human spirit can be in the face of such adversity. A fantastic read,

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The best book ever!!!!

What a truly amazing and strong woman Katie Piper is. Am sure this book will go down in history for us all to learn that when life gives us lemons we really can make lemonade.
I personally want to thank Katie for sharing her story and teaching us all that we can always find our way out of darkness one step at a time.

Ps the documentary was only a snap shot of the story, hearing the book gives you the full story alongside tips and examples on how to overcome fear.

Amazing!!!!! and thank you Katie for sharing your story.

I loved the relationship you built with the doctor.

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inspirational ...no other words needed.

Katie is amazing, loved every minute of this book, from her low points imagenable through the fight of her life to come out the strong beautiful lady she is today.

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Interesting

Not the best written but a very interesting story and really gets across everything that Katie went through

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Very heart warming and sad. Katie well done xxxxx

Absolutely loved this, the things that Katie went through is so very sad however it seemed very personal listening to her story. Emilia Fox who what's the narrator for this book made it sound just like Katie.