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Amanda Knox, an American college student who was charged with the brutal murder of her roommate while studying in Italy, recounts her four years of imprisonment and the dizzying series of legal roadblocks to her eventual release in 2011. As the narrator of this audio edition, Knox sounds authentic, sincere, and vulnerable. In early portions of the narrative related to the crime scene and arrest, her emotions are muted, conveying the same deer-in-the-headlights reaction for which she was skewered in media coverage at the time. Yet, while recounting her experiences in prison after being convicted, when she grasped the gravity of the situation, Knox conveys her sense of desperation during a process in which the cards seemed hopelessly stacked against her. Her conversations with a sympathetic prison chaplain and with her deeply loyal family and close friends are especially moving. In her recitation of legal details, Knox falls into occasional lapses in pronunciation, but given the weight of the personal aspects of her performance, these flaws prove minor and don't detract from the listening experience. A Harper hardcover. (Apr.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Much has already been written about Amanda Knox: sensational international tabloid stories dubbing her “Foxy Knoxy”; numerous books examining the trial wherein Knox stood accused of murdering Meredith Kercher, her English roommate, while she was studying abroad in Perugia, Italy; a sympathetic tell-all written by her ex-boyfriend, another among the accused; and even a Lifetime movie. But amid the clamoring din, Knox pieced together her defense, not only against the murder accusation and 2009 conviction but also her condemnation in the court of public opinion. Drawing from journals, letters, court testimony, and other written records, Knox recounts how the trip abroad she thought would help her grow up became a kind of nightmare coming-of-age in which she was violently stripped of her naiveté and forced to confront her misplaced trust in Perugian officials. She also addresses actions she regrets, including the false accusation she leveled against her former boss. In clear, concise language, Knox offers the definitive story of her trial thus far. However, the saga continues. As of March 2013, her 2011 acquittal had been overturned by Italy’s highest criminal court. Required reading for those who can’t get enough of this headline-grabbing saga. --Courtney Jones

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062217208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062217202
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Knox currently lives in her hometown of Seattle. She is once again a student at the University of Washington, where she is studying creative writing.

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408 of 482 people found the following review helpful By Allison Wonderland on May 1, 2013
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Amanda Knox's memoirs of her time in Italy are simply written and an important read for anyone interested in the case. From tv interviews shown recently and other evidence given throughout the trial, anyone can see that Amanda is an unusually positive person. Her perspective on what happened, both during and after, is quite different from the average person's - ESPECIALLY the average European person's. After reading this clearly written, chronologically organized book, I have a better idea why she became such a controversial piece of the Meredith Kercher murder puzzle.

People are debating both sides of this case like fools, pretending that every "fact" they read online, either in some poorly written article or some ridiculous online forum, is the key to solving the murder case. The most comprehensive list of evidence against Amanda's innocence is made almost entirely of weird suspicions (why did she call her mother at 4 am Seattle time? well, because she was scared. I did the same thing in college when I came home to find my door open. I called my dad, then the police.) or questionable physical evidence gathered by a team of largely discredited professionals. None of it adds up perfectly for either side.

Amanda's book reads almost like a direct response to all these nutty allegations, however, many of her answers seem pretty lame at first. Did she do a cartwheel? No, she did the splits to prove how flexible she was to an officer. Did she go lingerie shopping with her boyfriend in between questioning? No, just bought a pair of clean undies - red with a cartoon cow... Her answers often make the reader ask, is anyone really this naïve and silly? I can tell you: YES.

I studied abroad in Europe for a year two years prior to Amanda's effort to do so.
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342 of 408 people found the following review helpful By Brooke on May 4, 2013
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It seems as though people either really like this book, or really don't like Amanda Knox. After reading the reviews, I came to see that many of the negative comments were about Amanda Knox as a person, rather than commenting on the book itself. It would appear that many reviewers didn't even read the book, they would simply say "don't buy the book" "it's blood money" "she's a criminal". This is a book review forum after all, read the book then review.
I though the book was very well written. The author Amanda Knox writes with brutal honesty, clarity, and conviction. The book was well edited and flowed easily throughout.
Before reading this book, I was familiar with the case, but had not followed it in depth. I thought Ms. Knox did a good job of detailing the events that unfolded over the four years that she spent in Italy. The book kept my attention and was overall a very good read.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By John P. DERMODY on March 27, 2015
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I write this on the day of her final acquittal: Friday, March 27, 2015. Congratulations, Amanda. And thanks to all the people who helped her seek justice. Part of her acquittal has to be due to the power of the pen - her pen, her ex-boyfriend's pen, the fair writings of journalists like Nina Burleigh. I only wish I could be in Seattle right at this moment in the best club in town celebrating with drink and music.

Seekers of justice, please do yourself a favor and read Amanda's and Raffaele's books.

I gave 4 stars for the audio version instead of 5 because I am a firm believer that most authors should not narrate their own books. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the best example by reading the first chapter, then letting a professional take over. Amanda's audio version kept lulling me to sleep. HOWEVER, the message needed to be published and it was.

Congratulations, Amanda!!!!
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98 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Adelette on November 5, 2013
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The Amanda Knox/Meredith Kercher case seemed to be made for the tabloids. It had it all. Casual sex. Rampant lies. Satanic worship. A corrupt prosecution. A murdered innocent. An American with an angelic face and a demonic soul. But as is the case with most tabloid headlines, very little of that was actually true.

Before I read this book all I knew about Amanda Knox came from sensationalized headlines, sometimes from respected publications. It was hard to tell the difference between what was real and what was gruesome entertainment. If you went by what the media would have us believe, you'd think Amanda Knox was a cold-hearted sociopath who happily bathed in a literal bloodbath and did gymnastics in the moments after her roommate's death.

Not so.

This book sheds the truth on what happened in the hours, days, months, and years after poor Ms. Kercher was killed. Amanda is not afraid to share all the heartbreaking details; indeed. she appears eager to share her side of the story. And what a story it is. Amanda's tale is both heartbreaking and chilling, especially when she reveals how a corrupt Italian prosecutor, obsessed with the idea of satanic cults and sex games gone wrong, sought to imprison her for a crime she did not commit. We learn how this prosecutor (Giuliano Mignini) was already facing his own trial for misconduct and never should have been assigned to her case to begin with. We learn how the Italian prison officials told her that she had AIDS. This was a lie, maliciously told so officials could obtain a list of her sexual partners. What a cruel and traumatizing thing to do to a student who was barely more than a child!
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