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My Book of Firsts
Narrated by: Jaycee Dugard
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
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In the follow-up to her number-one best-selling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own.

When Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than 18 years, held captive by Philip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment.

A Stolen Life, which sold nearly two million copies, told the story of Jaycee's life from her abduction in 1991 through her reappearance in 2009. Freedom: My Book of Firsts is about everything that happened next.

"How do you rebuild a life?" Jaycee asks.

In this book she describes the life she never thought she would live to see: from her first sight of her mother to her first time meeting her grown-up sister, her first trip to the dentist to her daughters' first day of school, her first taste of champagne to her first hangover, her first time behind the wheel to her first speeding ticket, and her first dance at a friend's wedding to her first thoughts about the possibility of a future relationship.

This raw and inspiring book will remind listeners that there is, as Jaycee writes, "life after something tragic happens.... Somehow, I still believe that we each hold the key to our own happiness, and you have to grab it where you can in whatever form it might take."

©2016 Jaycee Dugard (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Beautifully read

Narrated with ease and grace by a wonderful woman. A story, no longer of a woman and her daughters trying to survive, but of them thriving and leading a life nearly taken away from them.

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  • Rosalie R. O'Brien
  • 20-07-16

Not so good

Started out boring and didn't get past the fifth chapter, Her first book was great but this one didn't hold my interest.

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  • Feliz
  • 30-07-16

Thank you, Jaycee.

This book was wonderful. She shares what it was like for her, her daughters and mother. Learning to trust again and learning to love the goodness after such pain. Thank you for allowing us to love you, Jaycee. I wish you love and happiness and I thank you for your honesty. Your book made me cry, smile, laugh and appreciate my life and freedom. :)

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  • Bernadette
  • 14-07-16

Thank you Jaycee for surviving!

Awesome continuance, I hope you continue to inspire. I am looking forward to your next writing, I know you love to write.

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  • Carlee
  • 18-07-16

Okay Book

I realize that this is not a fictional book and Jaycee is not a trained writer but I was expecting more in this book. it was a little like reading a child's dairy. No disrespect intended at all and I don't claim to understand what she went through because I don't but for some reason I felt something was missing. I'm sure my critique won't hurt her feelings though...she's a tough girl....and an inspiration.

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  • Carol
  • 18-07-16

One of those books its hard to finish.

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Lack luster. It should of been titled a journal. I was hoping to a follow up to how her daughters and herself are doing without the cringe worthy ten year old voice.

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  • Scott
  • 04-10-19

Seeing The World Through JayCee

Jaycee, thank you for letting me see the world through your eyes. It has been uplifting, wonderful experience.

The knowledge Jaycee gives to you by allowing us to see the world through her is amazing.

Thank You!!

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  • Carmella B
  • 21-06-19

Everyone should listen to your books

I love you Jaycee! My mom and I will always have a special place in our hearts for you. You did an outstanding job writing and narrating this! I hope to see you write another book updating your current life in the future! ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-19

good book

Love it. Enjoy how positive. she is and dispite everything she been thrust she so happy and positive.

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  • OrangeGAL
  • 28-02-18

Amazing story

This young woman LIVED through unimaginable horror, birthed and raised 2 daughters, and actually seems NORMAL. Kudos to Jaycee for her inspiring story.

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  • Sharey
  • 04-01-18

Pass on This 2.5*

Her first book was quite good but this one is...well, boring. Not everyone is an author. I have the utmost respect for her personally but to be fair to readers/listeners, I couldn't possibly recommend this book. I'm rooting for your continued success, Jaycee, and can't imagine the horrors you have survived and overcome. Bless you and all the best to you! You are still an amazing person.