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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (48,900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Sebold Narrator: Alice Sebold Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The critically acclaimed memoir from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lovely Bones

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit as she struggles for understanding, as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support, and as she ultimately triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of a trauma victim even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or remain unsaved.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book proves at once the astounding bravery of Alice Sebold in the face of dreadful circumstance and the extraordinary power of words to heal. Sebold has made beauty out of agony.”

    Carolyn See, author of The Handyman and Golden Days

  • “Reading Lucky, which I did in a single sitting, I was struck by the awful solitude that violence brings, both at the moment and in its aftermath. In this brilliant, eloquent, funny, precise account of how she survived rape and the pursuit of justice, Alice Sebold has triumphantly broken that solitude. We, her readers, are the fortunate beneficiaries.”

    Margot Livesey, author of Criminals

  • “This is the inspiring story of a survivor who allows listeners to follow her from trauma to recovery. ”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gruesome and strangely enchanting…A controlled and meticulous account…The quiet achievement of Sebold’s memoir of her rape as a college freshman is that she handles her subject with the integrity of a journalist and the care of a survivor.”


  • “Sebold bravely delves into her past…The book reads like a John Grisham page-turner and can't help but haunt you…Hers is a story about having the courage to speak about the unspeakable.”


  • “Told with mettle and intelligence, Sebold’s story of fierce determination to wrest back her life from her rapist will inspire and challenge.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mele | 2/19/2014

    " There is something about Seebold's voice that I find intoxicating. Lucky is just as thrilling a read as The Lovely Bones, and so much more emotionally gripping when you remind yourself that it's a memoir, not a novel. Seebold's vivid, moment-by-moment retelling of her own rape in the book's opening pages elicited such a visceral reaction that I literally would put the book down for a couple of seconds, tell myself I couldn't keep reading it, and then pick it up again because I simply HAD to keep going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lydiaviolet | 2/9/2014

    " This book is not for the "squeamish" Alice Sebold goes into depth about how she was raped as a college student. Based on a true story, she tells about how it changed her life, story is very detailed!!! and if you like court cases then you will really enjoy this book. It did make me more alert and nervous to walk alone but overall it is a novel i definitely recommend if you want a quick change from your romantic teen novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sophie | 2/3/2014

    " Such an inspiring an compelling memoirs, the journey you take with Sebold is one you never will forget. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arryn | 1/28/2014

    " A true story of the amazing ability of humankind to work through trauma and thrive. "

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