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Freedom: My Book of Firsts

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jaycee Dugard

Narrated By: Jaycee Dugard

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2016

Duration: 5 hours 58 minutes


In the follow-up to her #1 bestselling 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 eleven 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 eighteen 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 grownup 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.”


  • Diane F

    An interesting book about life after captivity. Jaycee and her daughters had lived in isolation for 18 years.

  • Meagan P

    Love love love! So curious about this entire case and loved the details and honesty she portrayed! Even when repetitious

  • Yvette B

    I was enjoying listening to it, until she got political, and started making derogatory comments about Trump. I CANNOT STAND when ppl in the public eye trash on this man. It's so annoying, and it has gotten old. If you don't have anything nice to say about someone, keep it to yourself. Plus, I feel these Trump digs are always so inauthentic in the forum in which they are stated in. This book being one of them. So out of the blue, and really just pointless. I would never say, oh I don't like this person , or that person in my book of firsts. Maybe Jaycee is just a NEGATIVE person. Or that part with Trump was a suggestion by whoever. And they thought it was a good idea. I turned off the book, and I am writing this review. Honestly, I won't be listening to it again. It really turned me off.

  • Valerie Thompson

    The narrator of this book was not clear and was very broken? I found it ok to listen to but it didn't keep my interest sorry! I don't like giving bad reviews but I really didn't think it was put together that well. But still listen to the whole thing!

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