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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34,289 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jaycee Dugard Narrator: Jaycee Dugard Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781442344990
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The first work of its kind—Jaycee Dugard’s raw and powerful memoir, her own story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years.

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 Phillip Craig and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment. On August 26, 2009, Garrido showed up for a meeting with his parole officer; he brought Jaycee, her daughters, and his wife Nancy with him. Their unusual behavior raised suspicions and an investigation revealed the tent behind the Garridos’ home where Jaycee had been living for nearly two decades.

A Stolen Life is being written by Jaycee herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experienced—and offers an extraordinary account of courage and resilience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brave, dignified and painstakingly honest.

    New York Times

  • “This little memoir...was written plainly and simply by Dugard herself, without the help of a ghostwriter. And in that, it is powerful beyond its voyeurismreading the experience in her own words is a revelation.”

    Washington Post

  • “Dugard’s inspirational story…is a firsthand testament to the resilience of the human spirit.” 

    USA Today

  • “[Jaycee Dugard] has strength and unflappable spirit that are to be admired in any light.”

    Library Journal

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherida | 2/16/2014

    " Although what happened to Ms. Dugard is tragic, I found this book to be poorly written. I did finish reading it, but couldn't help but wish greater time and effort had been taken to write her story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Gerhold | 2/14/2014

    " Ugh, I couldn't finish. Too hard to read. I kept crying, I can't imagine how she survived. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genevieve | 2/13/2014

    " I was interested to hear Jaycee's story, but i have to admit it was pretty graphic. What those people did to her was terrible, and it's shocking that they got away with it for 18 years. If you can get past the rough spots in the beginning, it is worth reading on to get a sense of how strong a person Jaycee is. Praying for her and her daughters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meaghan | 2/9/2014

    " Beautiful story of a horrific life. I am so glad she was found and able to deal with the issues that arose from the situation. She is quite a remarkable woman... and anyone that is looking for an inspuring story, a story where a woman is tryingbto find herself in the midst of the hell that she lives in.... this is for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/4/2014

    " It was okay it was sad but it was interesting to hear about her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Gorringe | 1/31/2014

    " I read this book because I remember the case and I remember when they found her. It was a difficult book to read as she went through many horrific things and it is difficult to believe that such horrible and evil people like Philip are out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Lacour | 1/25/2014

    " The book was Great! Yet sad but I'm happy she's A ok now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 1/22/2014

    " Very interesting from a clinical perspective looking at thoughts and experiences as well as how she coped and even processes things now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chonny | 1/13/2014

    " a hard read, pretty emotional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 12/21/2013

    " It's hard to say I liked this book since the story is so horrific but it is worth reading- the author wants people to know what happened to her and it is inspiring in terms of her ability to live in gratitude once her nightmare was over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva Sanchez | 12/14/2013

    " I wouldn't re read it or anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin | 12/9/2013

    " This book was really graphic but definitely a good read!!! Almost every chapter was a nail biter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melstrah | 11/30/2013

    " I wish I hadn't read it but for some reason I'm glad I did. Maybe I will be less naive and more watchful of my girls "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Murray | 2/15/2013

    " I thought it was a very well thought out book. It was sad at parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Purcell | 2/1/2013

    " Such a sad thing to happen to anyone, but Jaycee puts a positive spin on her life and has learned and grown from her circumstances. This book was worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dwi Mustika Handayani | 1/26/2013

    " Sebenernya buku ini sedih. Kisah nyata tentang seorang anak perempuan yang diculik selama 18 tahun sejak usianya 11 tahun, dan mengalami perlakuan yang tidak pantas. Tapi saya kecewa sama Jaycee Dugard, dia bisa lebih berani. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen Maclennan | 1/3/2013

    " The hardships this Jaycee endured were difficult to read about. Phillip and Nancy were two sick people. I am glad Jaycee was able to escape and is receiving support to help her,her children and extended family . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 12/25/2012

    " It's surreal to just finish this when 3 women were just rescued after a decade of being held hostage. I've seen Jaycee comment on the situation. I hope I get my reviewing mojo back soon. I have a lot of catching up to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronda Shumey | 12/17/2012

    " Incredible book, I couldn't put it down. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Mounce | 11/30/2012

    " It was a book I couldn't put down. She went through so much & lost her whole childhood because of someone else. I liked the book. Reading it and knowing what Jaycee had to endure made me a more aware parent and the whereabouts of my child is at all times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Shepherd | 6/3/2012

    " This book is very specific and graphic at times as to what was done to her. But it gave her a way to tell her story and I think that in that way the man that did those awful things to her had to pay by just every one knowing what really happened. He wasn't able to keep it a secret. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy Huot | 5/15/2012

    " This was an awesome book that took us on a personal tour of what her life was like behind the closed doors of her secret life. It was an enjoyable book that allowed me to feel her pain along with her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liliana Rivas-torres | 5/10/2012

    " This book was absolutely amazing. Although the writing is very simple nd not all dressed up, Jaycee Dugard did an amazing job on describing her life kept prisoner. You will be in tears reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 4/21/2012

    " Well written, but saddest story! Cried all way through it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharlet | 3/29/2012

    " Intense True Story of kidnapping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Winters livesay | 10/30/2011

    " This had to be one very hard book to write. Even though she didn't have the best education it was an honest heart felt account of her trials with that horrible man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannette | 10/16/2011

    " I cant even imagine the horror this child endured and the yearsof trauma she later experienced. What a brave person to write this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Araceli Varelas | 10/11/2011

    " This is probably one of the most difficult books I've read. It's a very emotional memoir. My heart goes out to her and her family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 7/23/2011

    " Jaycee has a horrifying, fascinating, brutal, heartwarming story to tell. It has some graphic detail and can be hard to read at times, but what she endured, and how she is working her way out of the psychological prison Garrido forced her into is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 7/23/2011

    " I was amazed how intelligent she wrote considering what she has endured. Basically she had about a 5th grade education. How she survived the horror and the insanity she was exposed to is beyond me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 7/23/2011

    " What an amazing story. Incredibly heatwrenching yet fascinating. Highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kambri | 7/23/2011

    " Truly inspiring and hearbreaking, but could have used an editor's hand. Perhaps in a future edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlana | 7/23/2011

    " Unbelievable what this poor child was forced to endure for so long. Amazing the way her life has come full circle from abduction to present day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/22/2011

    " Wow. I just can't believe that this young girl went through this and raised 2 children. Unbelievable story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 7/22/2011

    " This was such an amazing read. It makes you realize what we take for granted. It is so inspiring to read all the things that ms. Dugard went through yet see how she was able to stay hopeful and remain positive. What an inspiration. I would definitely recommend this book as a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 7/22/2011

    " I'm always fascinated about stories like this. I was excited to read this book, although there were some very graphic parts in the beginning, there weren't any passed the first couple of weeks of her kidnapping. She is a brave woman, reminds me of Elizabeth Smart with her maturity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kt. | 7/22/2011

    " I hear there are people who disparage Jaycee because she didn't leave. All I can say is, Read her story. And then walk a year in her moccasins. Holy cow. This is a well written story. It's not too horrific or depressing, considering the topic. She's a very level headed woman. Amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lolly | 7/22/2011

    " It's hard to say that this book was good because of the awful events that took place. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and read it very quickly. I would recommend it to anyone! "

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About the Author
Author Jaycee Dugard

Jaycee Dugard has turned her highly publicized survival story into a bestselling inspirational memoir titled A Stolen Life. In her own words, she chronicles her harrowing kidnapping and imprisonment and her journey to recovery. She has since founded the JAYC Foundation to provide support and resources to similar victims and their families.