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Summary

Natalie Queiroz was eight months pregnant when she was stabbed by her partner in the most vicious attack imaginable. 

In the space of nine minutes, and in broad daylight, Natalie was stabbed 24 times with a carving knife. She suffered horrific wounds to her lungs, liver, stomach and uterus, whilst the knife missed her baby by a margin of two millimetres, before the arteries in her wrists were methodically severed by the hooded attacker she finally realised was her partner and the father of her unborn child. 

After heroic intervention by passers-by and police, the attack was brought to an end, but her ordeal was not over. An air ambulance rescue was launched, and against all medical odds, Natalie and her baby survived - but not without life-changing physical and emotional damage. 

Still Standing is the story of one life-shattering event - what came before that fateful day, what happened on it and how one woman and her baby survived to rebuild and heal together after it. At once a shocking story of evil, manipulation and violence and a truly moving reminder that a life can be pieced back together, no matter how bad the damage, this book will empower and inspire anyone who has ever faced true adversity to rise up and stand tall.

©2019 Natalie Queiroz (P)2019 Bonnier

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Inspirational

Once you start this book you have to keep listening until the end - it is the very personal story of a brave, positive, strong and inspirational lady who, faced with an horrific trauma, has step by step put her life back together - she shares her journey in this book showing her determination and strength.

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wow what an absolutely courageous strong women.

such a strong women. I am amazed she even survived that sort of attack. an angle was certainly looking over her. good choice of narrator aswell

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A must read

wow what a truly inspiring story,fantastically read out, you will not be disappointed by this audio,Nat if you get to read this comment I wish you and your girls all the luck in the world for your future x

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Exceptional.

I cried like a baby listening to this story. I really hope Natalie Queiroz is in a better place and her children and thriving. The callous act was just so evil and it was a miracle that she and Leah got through it. When you hear it from her family’s side when she was stabbed I quite literally cried just imagining the terror they felt for her and her baby. She is an inspiration for coping and pushing through for her children. Brave lady who has my utmost respect.

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An irritating narration for an inspirational story

An amazing story of strength, but after 7 hours of listening to the annoying over-pronounciation of every syllable by the narrator, I couldn't finish it. It became so distracting from the story which was a real shame :(

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the cartography not good

the story it's self was very heart reaching , she and her family are to be commended , but the reading of the story was I am sorry to was terrible, I felt it was read matter of factly as if was a trouble for her to put any feeling in the reading

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Excellent

Natalie Queiroz is a brilliantly courageous lady, I wish her and her children all the luck in the world.
God bless you all.

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Brave lady

What a horrific but incredible tale- really enjoyed the book. I didn’t know where the story would go, I didn’t know the back story, and was truly shocked.

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A very moving experience.

I simply could'nt stop reading your book, and found it so shocking I almost cried. Being a Mum of grown up children, I really felt for your Mum, you all sound a wonderful family and I wish you all the happiness you deserve. xx

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Shocking Event

Felt story was too long; felt narrator was too emotional the whole way through but had to hear the end of the story so stuck with it; couldn’t match the narrator at all with Natalie so that spoiled it a bit for me.

However, shocking story & very brave of Natalie to keep fighting through this terrible event. Her bravery & courage was amazing.

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  • 16-05-22

Horrific but confusing

The story is horrific and I applaud her for all she’s done as far as her charity efforts but at the same time I was slightly annoyed/confused about her reaction towards her attacker. I felt it didn’t make sense as to why she’s afraid to walk alone since the attack but then fights to have contact with that very person who caused it. Insisting on sending pictures of the child he attempted to murder and having a dialogue with that horrible person. What made it worse was the accent of the narrator. I listen to audible regularly and have heard a variety of accents and have no issue understanding what’s being said but the accent of this narrator was too distracting and annoyed me at times. The only reason I forced myself to keep listening despite the nails-on-a-chalkboard accent and confused nonsensical rationalizations of the author is because I wanted to finish what I started.

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  • 03-05-22

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Inspirational to say the least. What a brave woman you are, may your courage and strength always shine brightly

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  • Aliné
  • 30-04-22

What a read (listen!)

No housework done in my house as I was so wrapped up in this story. I made any excuse to listen and was totally gripped by a true story that I felt could not possibly be true, but it was. That my listening pleasure was based on real life misfortune made it all the more poignant. I cried, had to switch off at times it was so heart wrenching, I laughed at her quick wit while amazed that she could find anything funny in her life. Best read (listen) in years!

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  • Maggie Torres
  • 09-08-22

inspiring

this was the saddest, most inspiring book. thank you for sharing. you are a blessing.

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  • 09-08-22

I have to thank her

Her strength and courage in this situation is astounding! I have fallen in love with her and her family and O know I will never meet them. But they are the most amazing people in the world!! I wish her nothing but goodness and love in her life! This book is riveting and by far the most horrible thing that any human could do to another. It will pull you in to her life and you will never be the same after you read her story! God be with her!

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  • ScrappyCricket
  • 06-08-22

Devastating read. God was with her.

If your listening on audible and live in the US, turn the speed down to .09. Otherwise the book was gripping. I didn’t want to stop listening to it. I made excuses to leave the house so I could listen to more of it.

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  • Chic Mommy
  • 23-07-22

A must read for anyone.

This book was excellent. I am so happy that Natalie Queiroz pressed on to do the fundraising work she's doing and to write this book- in spite of the pain. I read another review that was critical of her contact with her would be murderer and his family. I completely understood her need to speak with his family and him to try and make sense of what happened. The only downside is this killer is a narcissistic psychopath and bona fide liar... which means he will never completely tell the truth or have remorse for what he did. Speaking to him in person was arguably a waste of time because his only goal is self preservation- meaning his aim was to get her to continue writing and visiting him. No words he said could mean a thing. The saddest part is that his family continue to treat him like the golden boy he always was treated like... they visit him religiously and no doubt when he gets out, they will be right there providing him a loving home and financial assistance. They likely rationalize his actions as "losing control" because Natalie put too much pressure on him. Thus, they will forgive a man who has done an unforgivable act. In fact, the only way he should be released from prison is when he is too old to have meaningful relationships with anyone- if then. Natalie's progress is remarkable... she shows us that if she can make it through that horrific ordeal, many of us who struggle with the day to day toughness of life can make it too. I wish her much love and happiness in her "new normal" life.

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  • sarah
  • 17-07-22

? "Push/pull" relationship with attacker?

I liked the initial story. However the scenario repeated itself with same story told over and over. I didn't understand what author wanted. She got angry about responses she was receiving from "Bobby and family" but continued to provoke responses by continuing to communicate with them. she talks over and over about horrible memories and PTSD from attack, but then got upset throwing tantrum when "the system" wouldn't let her visit the attacker in prison. What? I believe she needed a professional to sit her down and explain to her about the "cycle of domestic violence" and "how" to "help" herself move on. Even though she notes she is making progress she seems not to realize that she "stays stuck" by revisiting her attacker and his family. An "intervention" from close family. friends, and professionals would have aided her greatly in helping her move on from continued dysfunctional relationship with her attacker and his family.

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  • MV
  • 06-07-22

omg the narrator

I couldn't bring myself to listen to more than one chapter. The accent is exhausting.

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  • Tammy
  • 28-06-22

Incredible survival story, but very, very long

This book is a woman’s incredible survival story, but it was unnecessarily detailed and seemed like it would never end.