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My Story

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: October 2013

Duration: 9 hours 14 minutes


The harrowing true story of abduction and survival from the courageous young woman who lived it-now the subject of a Lifetime original movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart.

In this memoir, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime. On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Elizabeth was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.
With My Story, Elizabeth tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.
In the years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. She and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, now have two children.


  • Anonymous

    Love her! Love this book! Such a good writer!

  • Heather K

    Interesting read. I feel as though there was a lot of repeating. This may just be her way of trying to share with us readers as we will never understand.

  • Vincent Z

    A very ingesting book. It took me years later to read obviously, but it was a good read.

  • Wesley Martin

    What a great book! It is inspiring how she was able to go on looking at the good in life.

  • carol walker

    Interesting read. Amazing outlook by the author on how she dealt with it.

  • Sophia Taylor

    I cried so hard! that is so beautiful how it ended you are so inspiring

  • Jessie Evon

    loved it allot. wish I could listen to the whole book myself!

  • Lisa Tapper

    What an amazing woman and encouraging person. I wasn't sure what to expect and although parts were graphic they were not offensive.

  • Joanne Volpe

    Remarkable young woman who learned at a young age that even the most horrific experiences imaginable can be overcome by making a choice!

  • Sara Taylor

    Terrible book, I really wanted to like it but it was intolerable.

My Story

by Elizabeth A. Smart, Chris Stewart

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My Story, Elizabeth A. Smart, Chris Stewart