In The Lost Girls, John Glatt tells the truly amazing story of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight - who were kidnapped, imprisoned, and repeatedly raped and beaten in a Cleveland house for over a decade by Ariel Castro - and their amazing escape in May 2013, which made headlines all over the world.
This audiobook has an exclusive interview with Castro's secret girlfriend, who spent many romantic nights in his house of horror without realizing that he had bound and chained captives just a few feet away. There are also revealing interviews with several Castro family members, musician friends, and neighbors who witnessed the dramatic rescue.
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"For a wide-angle view of the horrific string of crimes start to finish, Glatt constructs an absorbing winner." (Kirkus)
Not written by John Glatt.
The book was really detailed on events that seemed tangential to the main story. It was also repetitive, and overall could've been about 30% shorter.
The author does a great job of providing the background of Castro and the victims, and of the timeline of the events. It isn't fictionalized, which is good. It's a straightforward account of everything you could ever want to know about this story. It was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to know what made this guy tick, and it was the same thing that made Josef Fritzl "tick", which is a fear of abandonment. These two have many similarities. They both said, "I'm not a monster" and they had similar relationships with their mothers.
I liked the narrator. I was not distracted by the British accent. I could hardly stop listening to this audiobook and glad I found it.
"Did we have to have a British guy read this?"
Absolutely. I think this is a story that should be known.
The fact that it's over. Those women made it out.
I was actually ashamed at one point. When the narrator was reading the 911 call where Charles Ramsey spoke I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Hearing the voice of a British man reading what an African-American said was classic.
"includes various perspectives"
The story speaks for itself in both the empathy and outrage it entices, but the narrator's voice seems a bit out of place. I'm not trying to speak ill of Mr. Grindell, who has a lovely speaking voice, it's just that I think the narrator of any audiobook might be better served in either the tone of the author or main character. The inflection lends a certain kind of authenticity to the story being told, as if we are told the story by the intended voice rather than being read a book by a third party. Just my opinion! Either way, a fantastic journey into the dark place of human deviancy.
"My heart goes out to these ladies."
It's a sad and upsetting story. Hard to read the retails. But I wanted to know the truth about what happened to these girls and why, for more than a decade, nobody found them. It is wonderful that they escaped and are healing and making the best of their lives now that they are free. Even after knowing the truth it is still unimaginable. What strong young ladies. What a horrible, deceiving, cowardly man to do what he did to them and act as if it was their own fault. They should have never had to go through any of it!
"Amazing quotation and Research from the author!"
Yes! It was well organized and well written.
Michelle Knights experience stuck with me and I her for how brave she was and how strong she must have been.
I think my favorite was Michelle, she showed the most fierce and strong. Not undermining the other girls, but she went through the most and she still managed to stand up to Castro.
Actually yes, I travel a lot and was hoping to listen to it while i was on the road.
"British accent in OHIO???"
The story was informative,but using a narrator with a British accent didn't keep me as interested as I could have been. Felt like I was listening to a crime story that occurred in England.
"Not for the faint of heart!"
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook only if you are not easily shocked. Although it isn't as graphic as it could be, there are still some parts where I almost stopped listening and wanted to cry.
I would say all the characters. Castro was a complicated but interesting man, amazing how he could act normal to some folks but be a manipulating monster to others, including his own children! I admire Michelle the most I think - I can't believe she kept her spirits up during all this, and was strong enough to try to protect Gina from abuse when she could! Amazing!
When Amanda was able to crawl out the hole in the door!
Oh my gosh yes, I wanted to cry several times in this book. I think Michelle's forced miscarriages were the worst. I cannot imagine the physical and emotional pain she felt.
Again, read only if you're not too squeamish!
"AMAZING story. a must read!"
loved it, this was such an inspiring, heart warming story . it is an exciting story . I was addicted to this story ,I had it playing on my radio for 2 weeks straight ,and when it was finished it left me pleased. Thank you for this amazing audio.
"Who Is This Narrator?"
It would have been better with less repetition. We heard of incidents one in the story, then the victim(s) told it again,then......it kept repeating segments. And there was so much filler that was so uninteresting.
Terribly! He seemed to read each sentence as a statement and not as a flowing piece of work. There was just no variation. The British accent was a little disturbing, for a story taking place in the USA, but that wasn't a real issue for me.
It was definitely sad.....and there was some anger because, like other such stories, one can see situations where the villain should have been caught...or at least had some pressure put upon him. But for those who missed him, vision like this is always 20-20.
For me, I'd definitely listen more closely to the sample and I'd read the written comments on the books much more closely. The performance was questioned by many people.
"The British Accent Seemed Ill-Fitting"
I read the story from Michelle Knight's perspective so I was curious about the other girls. Although this book didn't really delve into that, there were a lot of interesting facts regarding Castro and his family. I'm really glad he's dead after the horrible treatment he showed his captives and his wife and son. He truly was an evil being. The one thing that really seemed out of place was the narrator's accent. I'm guessing the author is not American due to some of the wording such as "car park" instead of "garage" but it would have been much smoother with an American accent.
"Gripping but emotional read"
I have so much admiration for what these girls went through. I dont know how they had the will to survive. I especially admired michelle as she was the first taken and was a lone victim in the house for a while and was there the longest. Plus she helped care for the others. Had me hooked all the way through. Good narrator too.
"Chilling from start to end"
Chilling. Fascinating. Disturbing.
Very well written, definitely recommend 'finding me' by Michelle knight. Still baffles me to this day how he got away with it so long.
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