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Finding Me

Narrated by: Maria Cabezas
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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Michelle was a young mother when she was kidnapped by a local bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade, she endured unimaginable torture. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world. In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal her story, and how she has found the courage to now build a life worth living.

©2013 Lillian Rose Lee (P)2014 Recorded Books Inc

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"A memoir of the Cleveland Kidnapping, one of the most dramatic and unbelievable news stories of recent years"
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Must try before you judge

Not for the squeamish or judgemental, this heart-wrenching account is beautifully read and portrayed. Your heart will break many times over with her honest account of her life and its descent into the dangerous path that led her to the
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Sad story, with an uplifting message

Despite enduring the worst treatment, Michelle Knight's attitude and message is so inspiring. Shows that evil doesn't always triumph over good.

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Deeply sad story from an amazing woman

Very inspirational life and outlook from Michelle Knight who's experienced so much heartbreak. the narrator I had to power through and I didn't like her childish tone throughout the performance and pacing seemed at odds with the content of the book.

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Amazing!!!!!

What a truly amazing story! It was so interesting what they went through the book was a Real Page turner! I highly recommend this book that will change your life!

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good read

very sad book but a good listen but it does get a little bit better.

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Wow

Hard to imagine how anyone could survive that. In the beginning I found the story so depressing but then I became intrigued at how mentally strong she is. I am unsure how she cannot hate him with every inch of her being but really admire her for trying to move forward. She must be an amazing person.

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heartbreaking

everything was good apart from the creepy narator who makes her seem like a small child

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-2020

heartbreaking account of a horrendous ordeal

I am so angry that Michelle was singled out and abused while Amanda was treated much better. this is like a horrible psychological thriller. it certainly doesn't seem right.
I'm glad Michelle survived and I hope she finds her Joey.

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  • Sunshine_bren
  • 20-05-2018

Good overcomes evil

From the beginning of this audio book I was riveted. I was unable to turn it off and would often just sit and listen for an hour longer. It is horrifying in the details of what happened to these girls. No getting around that and it sometimes made it very hard to listen to. At times I was in tears. But more than that, it is a story about how good overcomes evil and the strength of the human spirit. I highly recommend this.

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  • lana
  • 08-01-2015

amazing. Michelle is magnificent

so enlightening the strength that she has is over powering and so amazing she is 20 tonnes of dynamite in a 1 tonne bag xxxxx

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  • Caitlin
  • 02-07-2015

Very moving story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Would recommend. Incredibly moving and motivates you to push through whatever it is you're going through.

What did you like best about this story?

This story taught me about the incredible feeling of hope.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The voice of narrator was a bit stupid... Kind of like a Disney princess

If you could give Finding Me a new subtitle, what would it be?

N/a

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-2014

Blown away

Where does Finding Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best book i have listened to in a very long time. I am in awe of Michelle. She has shown such inner strength. A must read...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Me?

Michelle is so humble and inspiring. Its hard to pick a favorite moment in the book. It did take me through all the emotions with her and her fellow captures. I couldn't put it down and had to finish the book in one read...

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The title is so apt...wonderful read!

Any additional comments?

So glad i found this book. It gave me a new perspective on life. Thank you to the author for taking the time to write the book and share her story with the rest of us.

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  • Nikki78
  • 18-08-2015

Cruelty to another level

I watch the movie then decided to listen to the book I got so hooked I was listening every chance I got and I don't normally do a lot of reading/audiobooks I much rather watch the movie except in this case I felt the book was far better than watching the movie. I can't believe how cruel the man that kidnapped her was, it was quiet horrible all the things he did to her it's truly a miracle she endured it for 11 years and made it out alive, a lot of other victims would have probably given up and take there own life but thank god she had a son to inspire her to stay strong and don't give up on the hope to see him again. I wish her all the best and I do hope she finds nothing short of happiness for the rest of her life. I gave 4 stars for the story because some times she didn't say exactly what he did to her or how he was hurting her I guess it was too hard for her say but apart from that great sad story.

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  • Francis
  • 17-01-2019

Heartbreaking

I want to wish Michelle Knight all the happiness in the world after surviving the most horrific ordeal. What a brave lady and a real inspiration. God bless her and the other girls who endured unbelievable torture and survived.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-2019

Harrowing yet courageous

This book had me completely hooked, the story was harrowing beyond anything you could imagine. Michelle Knight is such a courageous and inspiring woman I can wait to hear the following book. If there was any downside it would be that the narrators voice wasn’t as expressive as the story deserved.

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  • Miss P
  • 29-01-2018

The defintion of strength

Very interesting read and thank you for giving us a snippet into your life.
I really want you to meet with joey in the future.
You are his mother and it won't be long before he reaches the age where he can make his own decisions on weather he gets to meet you.
You're a very strong person and more power to you. All my love x

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  • titch
  • 27-09-2016

Shocking.

A beautifully narrated story, such a shockingly sad story about a very courageous young lady.

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  • KP8
  • 08-03-2015

Mediocre

Would you try another book written by Michelle Knight and Michelle Burford or narrated by Maria Cabezas?

No

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The voice wasn't easy to listen to and it wasn't formatted well. The story was meaningful but it offered very little more than media reports/accounts.

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  • Arthur
  • 21-02-2015

Very, Very Difficult !!, but SOOOO worth a listen.

This book takes you inside the mind of a very troubled person. Castro ..NOT Michelle. I believe this is achieved with honesty, pragmatism and down right determination to stay true to ones self. Great read but narrator could have been better.

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  • Tony O
  • 12-02-2015

Incredibly moving, touching & inspirational.

Michelle's story is a testimony to the strength of the human spirit & the prevailing of goodness. Michelle endured & survived unbelievable, unspeakable hell. She had also savagely suffered before her capture. Thankfully, she survived to share her story. She's an amazing person, strong & beautiful.

A gripping & compelling well read audio. It would've been easy for me just to press stop to escape the discomfort I felt listening to Michelle's ordeal; that a human being could inflict so much pain & suffering on innocent persons, yet I was compelled to listen through to Michelle's triumphant escape to freedom.

Several memorable parts, one being how she enjoyed reading horror novels, then realised she was living in one.

This audio brought tears to my eyes & has given me an even deeper appreciation for the beauty & blessings of my life & all that's good & great in our world..... despite the monsters.

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  • Eva
  • 23-10-2014

Michelle Knight is an inspiration.

If you could sum up Finding Me in three words, what would they be?

Disturbing, Heartbreaking, Inspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

what i liked best was the simplicity of how she told her story. she didn't dramatise anything (it was horrific enough) but she didn't mull over things, she just got the story out. also, when you read things like this, it can put your own life and your own problems into perspective. When she would mention dates and what was happening on those dates, i would think about what i would have been doing on those days and I felt very grateful. I found myself thinking 'HOW did she get through ELEVEN years of torture?' i wouldn't have made its past the first night. This girl is made of something special and i feel to listen to her story is to honour her - and also, to dishonour the man who held her captive. I will definitely be keeping an eye online to see if i can find out how she is doing.

Which character – as performed by Maria Cabezas – was your favourite?

MICHELLE KNIGHT OF COURSE - the hero

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I spent most of my time listening with my mouth hanging open
and sometimes saying No No! out loud to myself when i just KNEW something bad was about to happen to Michelle. I willed her on.