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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: January 2003 ISBN: 9780743568777
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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, ultimately, she 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." Download and start listening now!

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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.”

    Newsday

  • “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.”

    Biography

  • “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 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 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 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 Arryn | 1/28/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Borek | 1/26/2014

    " Riveting from the first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yolanda Arredondo | 1/23/2014

    " This was a very sad and fearful read for me. I'm filled with empathy for the author, but I am also very impressed she shared her story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaylin | 1/22/2014

    " I started with lovely bones and loved it, but this book is so much better. More raw than most, and more true than you would sometimes like her to be, Alice Sebold's Lucky is heartbreakingly terrific. I cried through most of it, and immidiately read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 1/19/2014

    " After reading "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold a few years ago, I really wanted to read her memoir, "Lucky." In captivating and frank way, Sebold shares intimate details about being raped while a student at Syracuse. The story begins with the night of the assault, and shows how it affects her throughout the rest of college and as she begins her career. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 1/18/2014

    " This autobiographical account of a rape victim is interesting, especially after reading her fiction book, The Lovely Bones. It's sad to see the long lasting effects on a victims's life, and the lives of everyone around them. I admire this author for going after the guy who did it rather than being scared into silence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcee | 1/16/2014

    " This is a well written book. I liked the story a lot. I feel that the author did a great job of sticking to the story w/o creating unnecessary pages. This is a very quick read, but I did not find it all that engaging. Def. something I would get from the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Bybee | 12/1/2013

    " A terrifying personal account of a horrible fate to endure. A book that no doubt touches many in a way that is strong, loving, but brutally honest. Well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma Moss | 11/16/2013

    " Horrific and difficult to read at times but couldn't stop reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 11/14/2013

    " Wow, this book was very descriptive and I wasn't sure I would be able to get through it right from the beginning. I cannot believe what Alice went through but she is a very strong and amazing woman! A really great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Hipwell | 6/23/2013

    " Heartfelt, brutal, honest, and a revelation.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zawn Villines | 5/17/2013

    " Every American child should have to take a class in which they read this book in conjunction with "Are Women Human?" and then talk about rape. Maybe then the cultural attitude surrounding rape would change. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara_littlelegs | 2/3/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this, no matter how you write the subject matter for me is just to real. I preferred Lovely Bones, but only slightly more than this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 1/11/2013

    " I read this novel for a women lit class. We were supposed to read a couple of chapters a week...I read the entire book in one setting. Such an amazing read and it gripped me from beginning to end. Strongly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolle | 7/18/2012

    " Alice Sebold has given us an insight into the happenings after she was brutally raped in such a way that I could feel the emotions with Alice. I cannot belive that so many bad things could happen to one person, let alone things like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby Smallwood | 4/9/2012

    " I preferred The Lovely Bones, but it was a completely different type of story. Alice Sebold has a way of drawing you into her stories and feeling them as if they were your own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalie | 2/4/2012

    " Amazing, inspirational book. Had circles of emotions as I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie B | 1/7/2012

    " I can't say I would necessarily recommend this book, although it was engaging and very well written. It's graphic nature an subject matter are quite jarring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 11/6/2011

    " I read this book because I had enjoyed reading the Lovely Bones. This book is the true story of the author's experience of being raped. It was very emotional and I liked reading her story, it was just very depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa Wayt | 10/14/2011

    " It was really good, but crazy disturbing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 9/9/2011

    " Easily the worst book that I have ever read. Ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 6/30/2011

    " A gripping story. I couldn't put it down, which surprised me because I couldn't stand "the lovely bones." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/26/2011

    " Heartfelt, brutal, honest, and a revelation.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/23/2011

    " Non-fiction. Allice Sebold, writer of Lovely Bones, tells her own story of her rape during college and its effect on her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/18/2011

    " A brave and honest memoir about rape, its victims, and its aftermath, Lucky is an important read. I think many women will relate to her feelings, especially her feeling of being "spoiled." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 6/17/2011

    " Her story is so sad, but she shows really strong resilience. Much better than The Lovely Bones. Glad I read before heading off to college. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 6/14/2011

    " I connected so forcefully with this book. I think it is one of the few real honest views on rape and what the aftermath can be like for a person and their family. As a survivor it really resonated with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 6/12/2011

    " this was such a great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/10/2011

    " Disturbing but remarkable story of rape and recovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/7/2011

    " Very scary and sad but a really good read. I actually enjoyed her memoir more than her fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 6/2/2011

    " hits you over the head from the beginning and doesn't stop. her story is just incredible. "

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About the Author
Author Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Lovely Bones, The Almost Moon, and Lucky, a memoir. She won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2002 and the ABA Book of the Year Award in 2003, both for The Lovely Bones. The book was also made into a movie starring Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, and Saoirse Ronan. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, the University of Houston, and the University of California, Irvine. Sebold lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.