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3.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 5 3.38 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ashley Smith Narrator: Ashley Smith, Stacy Mattingly Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780310271291
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"He believed that I was an angel sent from God."---Ashley Smith In April 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe when she miraculously talked her way out of the hands of alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols after he took her hostage for seven hours in her suburban Atlanta apartment. In this moving, inspirational memoir, the 26-year-old widowed mother of a six-year-old girl shares for the first time the little-known details of her traumatic ordeal, and expands on how her faith and the bestselling book The Purpose-Driven® Life helped her survive and bring the killer's murderous rampage to a peaceful end. Just as she told her 6'1", 210-pound captor that his ultimate "purpose" in life was to end up spending the rest of his life in prison, preaching the teachings of Jesus Christ to his fellow inmates, Smith believes her own purpose is to spread that message of love to the rest of us. Juxtaposing the minute-by-minute tale of her experience with the never-before-told tragedies and triumphs of her own life, Unlikely Angel is a gripping tale of downfall and redemption, involving addiction, violence, death, loss, faith, and love. It is a story that will leave no reader untouched. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anskia | 5/9/2011

    " Very interesting, had not heard of this story before and is quite different from the new accounts I went on to read later online. Makes one wonder what is true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trinka | 3/22/2011

    " It was good. It could have been alot shorter and we would have known the same information. I am glad that I read it. It was very inspirational. I would recommend this book to people who are trying to quit a drug habit because she has some really good words of wisdom for those types of people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesa | 1/29/2011

    " A pretty good book. What I liked the best was how you are able to have some compassion for Brian Nichols in spite of his horrific actions. I hope Ashley has continued on the right path. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/6/2010

    " This book is highly entertaining. She does repeat herself a lot though which gets annoying, but its told in the authors own voice. I wish I had followed the story when it happened, I bet it would make the book even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnea | 8/27/2010

    " An amazing story!
    This was a very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou Ann | 5/3/2010

    " This was a wonderful biography of what Ashley Smith went through when she was taken hostage by a man who had murdered four people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patsy | 4/2/2010

    " This book repeated itself too much for me. Although this is a true story, some of it seemed unbelievable. Like, did this really happen this way? The title didn't really go with the book in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayley Mae Reynolds*:) | 3/22/2010

    " this book has taught me that you should have hope even throught the hard things in this book this girl had hope her whole way through the hostage and she talked him out of killing her "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 10/13/2009

    " Read in a 24 hour period. Was a good story, but hard to read. Brother has trouble with drugs and the book gave a first hand account of the lying and chaos that drugs create. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tamstr2008 | 9/24/2009

    " Another wasted of my time. I am happy to know that yes indeed we do have modern day heros. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/20/2009

    " Great Story about the woman held hostage by Brian Nichols, and how she got through it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaDawna | 4/20/2009

    " This was an easy read. It was interesting how she humanized her attacker. You could tell that she was very honest about her version of the story. She shared the good and the bad about herself and Brian Nichols. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 4/16/2009

    " Good read, Kept my attention. Believing in the power of your inner self can give you all the strenght you need in that moment of choice. "

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About the Author

By her own account, Ashley Smith is far from a hero. Yet today, her face is known around the world as the single mother who persuaded Brian Nichols, Atlanta’s courtroom killer, to surrender to police. Nichols called Ashley “an angel sent from God," but, ironically, it was Ashley’s less-than-angelic past that allowed her to convince him to face justice. Today, Ashley lives in Atlanta with her daughter Paige and husband Daniel. She is actively involved with her church, Blackshear Place Baptist Church, and its Celebrate Recovery ministry, and continues to speak nationally and tell the story of Unlikely Angel, which debuted at #15 on the New York Times Bestseller List and is now a major motion picture. According to her wishes, some of the proceeds from the book will be donated to a memorial fund that will honor the victims of the courthouse tragedy.

About the Narrator

Stacy Mattingly is an Atlanta-based writer.