I Am The Central Park Jogger

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Trisha Meili

Narrated By: Trisha Meili

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2003

Duration: 6 hours 13 minutes


Shortly after 9:00 P.M. on April 19, 1989, a young woman jogs alone near 102nd Street in New York City's Central Park.

She is attacked, raped, savagely beaten, and left for dead. Hours later she arrives at the emergency room -- comatose -- with a fractured skull, an 85-degree body temperature, and she has lost so much blood that her doctors believe it's a miracle she's still alive.

Meet Trisha Meili, the Central Park Jogger.

It was a crime that stunned New Yorkers, the nation, the world. Even today, more than a decade after the attack, the Central Park Jogger -- who disclosed her name upon publication of this book -- is still in the news as startling new information about the perpetrators develops. Because of the nature of her injuries, Trisha Meili remembers nothing of the attack. But for Meili, the crime was not the climax but the beginning of an extraordinary journey.

I Am the Central Park Jogger recounts the mesmerizing, inspiring, often wrenching story of human strength and transcendent recovery. Meili tells us who she was before the attack -- a young Wall Street professional with a promising future -- and who she has become: a woman who learned how to read, write, walk, talk, and love again...and turn horrifying violence and certain death into extraordinary healing and victorious life.


  • from Kerrville

    How does one survive when others have tried to destroy them could lend itself to many people and situations. That's what I took away from this book. The inner strength this woman had. No magic beans. She had the acceptance--and appreciation of what is...not just what was. She chose the present, thus giving herself a future.

  • Lorraine Cimino

    This book was very powerful. I found her ability to recover a strong story on survival. She was able to take what was given to her and make decisions on how to move forward. I found that I talked about this book quite often with my co-workers and told them that they need to concentrate on how to move forward. This was based on the story that was shared with us.

  • Anonymous

    Book is well written and beautifully read by the author. Does not focus on the tragedy but rather on the recovery. An incredible triumph. I would love to hear her speak sometime.

  • Anonymous

    I found this book interesting, but there were a few times I thought I'd heard enough. I listened through to the end, but I think that was because my next selection hadn't come in the mail yet.