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A true crime memoir: When Misty was six years old, her family started to live and dress like the Amish. Misty and her sister were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch where they were subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse, and extreme physical violence. Their stepfather kept a loaded rifle by the door at all times to make sure the young girls were too terrified to try to escape. They also knew that no rescue would ever come because only a couple of people even knew they existed and did not know them well enough to care.

Amish sexual abuse: When Misty reached her teens, her parents feared she and her sister would escape and took them to an Amish community where they were adopted and became baptized members. Misty was devastated to once again find herself in a world of fear, animal cruelty, and sexual abuse. Going to the police was severely frowned upon. A few years later, Misty was sexually assaulted by the bishop. As Misty recalls, "Amish sexual abusers are only shunned by the church for six weeks, a punishment that never seems to work. After I was assaulted by the bishop I knew I had to get help and one freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. After reporting the bishop I left the Amish and found myself plummeted into the strange modern world with only a second-grade education and no ID or social security card. To all abuse survivors out there, please be encouraged, the cycle of abuse can be broken. Today, I am a nursing student working towards my master's degree and a child abuse awareness activist. This is my story."  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Misty E. Griffin (P)2019 Tantor

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Thought it would be better, but still ok

From reading the reviews I had higher expectations for this book, so was quite let down. Nevertheless, I listened until the end so it wasn’t terrible by any means. I suppose I expected more. The poor author had a terrible life, but unfortunately sensors so much of it, you can tell parts are missing, and it comes across very tame. If you have the opportunity to read the first edition instead, the one that sold hundreds and thousands of copies, personally I’d read that and give this one a miss altogether. Sorry audible, you backed the wrong version. The author even explains this version is highly edited.
The narrator was quite good as long as she wasn’t doing voices, particularly female voices, as they sound like children’s voices, and her interpretation and choice of expressing words, isn’t how I would have done it. For example, when the author writes “No!” She reads it as a timid child making a supposition. I felt like she was asking a question every time she spoke in a female character voice. It makes the author sound extremely passive and very unsure of herself the whole way through. It really bothered me. But her general reading voice is absolutely amazing.
Overall, don’t waste your time reading this version, read the first version of the book, she said it was on Amazon, and It sounds very good

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Brilliant

Thank you for sharing
Thank you for inspiring
Thank you for trying to change our word

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Important insight into a closed world

The author is extremely brave to have written this book. It's important that we all read it, particularly law enforcement

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Such a gripping book

This book was hard hitting as well as beautifully written. I really enjoyed it and will definitely read it again.

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Tears of the Silenced

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I grew up with abusive and alcoholic father and fully understand the horrors the author went through! It was very well written and very well narrated. Listening to a reader I could feel emotions through her voice. The author is one amazing human being and inspiration to others!

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The most captivating story

Wow.... I devoured this book! It’s such a heart wrenching story, but I couldn’t stop listening. 110% recommend.

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Stunning,very personal and captivating portrayal of a life

A story that takes you in and wants you to keep reading. I loved it and shed a few tears also. Misty there are many people out there who care about your story and future. We trust it is all so good for you now.
Highly recommended.

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Beautifully written and told! 😇

This is a story about a woman of amazing strength and goodness. It makes one feel brave enough to do what you know is right in the most difficult circumstances.

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extremely moving

this book is amazing! the narators voice is calming and the story is so moving. such a sad but moving story

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A must read

Raw, emotional, and an extremely important topic. Although this book covers serious subject matters, it is down in a way where it doesn't feel like it is exploiting the people mentioned in the book.

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  • P. Stein
  • 19-09-2020

Incredible story. Wonderful narration.

This is a tremendous book. I agree with your old English professor. You made me feel like I was there. The book was very well written, and the narrator was terrific. A bad narrator kills a good book.

Is your original much longer e-book available anywhere? A lot of your audience would be interested in it. Congratulations on your powerful 5 star book.

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  • Teresa
  • 03-03-2020

Touching and eye opening

I prefer true stories to fiction. As sad as this story was, I was amazed to hear this was going on. I had always idealized the Amish. I know there are bad apples in every group and good apples. The story was well presented. God bless this young woman.

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  • Felisa Kay Chaloupek.
  • 15-09-2020

Author is definitely dedicated

The performance as great. The author has edited out details, as she tells you at end. Misty, I think too many people judged you into taking out content. Its my only critique. The content seems absolutely legit, but I think the author edited out a bit too much, due to comments from people who found if easy to judge her. And she has to add things to defend herself from unknowing people. Which is silly. Cause people can say someone should do something but that don't make it possible. I found this book easy to read and written in a flowing manner, I recommend it. And i send strength out to anyone in any similar situation.

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  • IndyMcDuff
  • 13-06-2019

Absolutely excellent

Once I started listening I was so hooked. This is one of the most excellently done books ever I would put it up there with Angela's ashes is so well written with so much heart, so well performed that I could not stop and stayed up all night

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-2019

loved it!!

Will. deffentely pass this on. come from Mennonite background but noting like this happened to me but you hear whispers and know it's happening.

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  • Kathi Johns
  • 25-03-2021

A story of tragedy and triumph over evil.

Every person needs to experience this book, listen to the tragic story of Misty Griffin and others who've suffered at the hands of the evil adults in their lives. Misty's experience is gut wrenching and at times hard to stomach. But her mission to raise awareness is a very real need. I suffered at the hands of my father when I was 12. Although I did not experience anything close to the horrors that Misty did, I lived for years with the survivors guilt that plagues us all. I hope that listeners can experience Misty's story and use it to save just one child victim, or if you are a victim, have the courage to tell someone.

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  • JustMyOpinion
  • 21-02-2021

Eye Opening, Very Interesting Read

This book was very written and edited. The author did a great job at telling her story in a way that keeps your attention and explains this tremendously well. Had never read a book about the Amish, and this may have not been a good first choice. But I am not naive to the fact that I have some Amish acquaintances that I know are in a good place and a good community. However, if this is indeed a prevalent issue and happening, I shudder to think about all of those innocent children or people that are possibly getting abused sexually. My heart and prayers go out to anyone that is dealing with this abuse. I will definitely keep my eyes open to this. 😥

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  • mb4snr
  • 04-02-2021

Incredible Book

I’ve listened to close to 40 audibles and this by far ranks within the top 3!

The book is very well written and the narration was also wonderful.

A a father of three daughters and a grandfather of four, there were a few times in the book that my eyes got watery. There were also times that I became angry.

This book pulled me in and showed me a glimpsed of Misty’s journey and I must say she is a voice to the voiceless and a face to the faceless.

I listened to this book as often as I could because I wanted to know what happened to Misty, Samantha and the people that were on her life.

If you’re looking for a book that you can connect with and also have your eyes opened to the injustices I this world, the I HIGHLY recommend Tears of the Silenced.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-2021

Amazing book

Loved it very inspiring. As a survivor I commend your courage and bravery to overcome. It is something you have to choose to do everyday

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  • Susan E. Corney
  • 04-06-2020

Outstanding Book

Riveting and so insightful, I too was an ignorant person who thought the Amish were true Christians...I’m sure many are but the abuse is absolutely disgusting. Praise the glory of God that saved Misty and all she has accomplished. I want to help now and be part of the solution...Misty just give me the best way and I’ll be there❤️

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  • Crazycats
  • 29-07-2020

Thoughtful

Not the normal book I would listen too but how sad how can anyone suffer so much in a life time, the cruelty of people in the world especially to the young and vulnerable really makes you wonder, this book was so sad. Well done to Misty Griffen for telling her story and always listen to your instincts and report to the the athorities the narrator was first class.

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  • Geoff Tomlinson
  • 02-04-2019

Breathtaking

Have about 2000 audio books in my collection but never have I been so moved by this true account. Would love to here more from but feel she could never top this

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  • Siobhan
  • 11-06-2021

A must read

This is a must read for everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Thank you.

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  • John G
  • 18-09-2020

Great read.

Great read. What a brave lady. I love this book and I'd highly recommend.💯

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  • Claire
  • 24-07-2020

Unmissable

Truly unforgettable.. thought provoking and shocking. made me view the Amish in a totally different way. Beautifully and heartbreakingly conveyed.

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  • Jyne Mills
  • 23-09-2019

Tears of the silenced by M Griffin & C campbell

It certainly gave me an opportunity to understand someone that is Amish. Cannot believe that they hold young girls is such low estime. But even the police were xso reluctant to get involved, and mothers allowed it to go on. Very good an eye opener for me. Will certainly look into the ways they treat their daughters.

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  • meriely
  • 08-07-2019

very said but eyes opening book

This book got me listening non stop, amazing story.
I totally recommend reading it .

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  • sarah
  • 10-04-2019

Good but very sad.

I read other opinions on this book and I disagree, I believe the story is true but poorly written, I don't know Amish culture really but I do know abuse and the after effects, this book isn't for everyone, I was frustrated at times, cried and smiled, I wish I had more time to write this review, if you like this kind of book and would like to know about the Amish ways give it a chance.

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