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In November 2007, Amanda Knox was twenty years old and had been studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, for only a few weeks when her friend and roommate, a young English student named Meredith Kercher, was brutally murdered. The investigation made headlines around the world, and Amanda's arrest placed her at the center of a media firestorm. Young, naïve, grieving at the horrifying death of her friend, and with little more than basic knowledge of the Italian language, she was subjected to harsh interrogations during which she struggled to understand the police and to make her own words understood. The subsequent trial exposed Amanda to international scrutiny and speculation, and she became a tabloid staple. In 2009, after an extremely controversial trial, she was wrongly convicted of murder. But in October 2011, after Amanda had spent four years in an Italian prison, and following a lengthy appeals process, the conviction was overturned. Amanda immediately flew home to the United States.

Now, in Waiting to Be Heard, Amanda Knox shares for the very first time the truth about her terrifying ordeal. Drawing from journals she kept and letters she wrote during her incarceration, Amanda gives an unflinching and deeply personal account of her harrowing experience, from the devastation of her friend's murder to the series of mistakes and misunderstandings that led to her arrest. She speaks intimately about what it was like, at the age of twenty, to find herself imprisoned in a foreign country for a crime she did not commit and demonized by the international media, and about the impact on her family and loved ones as they traveled back and forth to be at her side so that she would not be alone. She describes the relationships that bloomed with those who believed in her innocence and how the strength of her family helped her survive the most challenging time of her young life. With grace and gratitude, Amanda describes the aftermath of the trial and her return home to the States, where she is able once again to look forward to the future.

A young woman's soul-baring account of a nightmare turned real, of unimaginable horror and the miscarriage of justice that ensued, and, ultimately, of fortitude in the face of overwhelming adversity, Waiting to Be Heard is a memoir unlike any you have ever read.

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Awesome
May 12th, 2014
Most dramatic book couldn't put it down and if I did I was back reading it within minutes just wanting to know what was going to happen next!
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February 17th, 2014
I found this book hard to put down, thoroughly enjoyed it. It has really peaked my interest in this case and can't wait to read more about it.
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January 28th, 2014
Excellent to get the "response" from the "horses mouth". In an age where the accused no longer wait for the "authorities" to be heard, this is another reason why freedom of speech is a good thing. Quite obvious the legal systems of other nations are abusive and this account shows why we should be on guard when vacationing! The title is masterfully chosen as certainly her story was never given from herself ironic as that is, we are waiting for the future concerning the close of this chapter in her life.....
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January 28th, 2014
Awesome read. Amazing how laws in foreign countries can be twisted to hurt the foreign visitors . My heart goes out to Amanda and her family what they have been through. Must read for students travelling abroad .
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January 27th, 2014
I though the book was a reasonable take on the trial. From there point of view
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January 27th, 2014
Having been familiar with this case before reading this book, I found that it was very well written. It's hard to imagine what this poor girl has been through and what she continues to go through. I believe she is innocent of the murder she is accused of. I just hope that her next book has a happy ending.
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January 27th, 2014
This book is fascinating! A story of injustice and justice, I don't believe anyone could read this book and believe she is guilty. A must read for lovers of true crimes.
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January 26th, 2014
excellent book, but sad tale for a person so young. She deserves a lot of credit. Wonderful book Amanda
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January 25th, 2014
A terrific read, very well written.
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January 24th, 2014
This book was a page turner. Even if you watched Amanda's trial unfold on TV, I think after reading this you might change your mind about her conviction. This is told first hand from her about what Happened to her roommate in Italy.
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Amazed
January 21st, 2014
I am amazed by the sheer strength Amanda showed during her 4 year ordeal. I hope she stays a free woman with a cleared name.
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October 15th, 2013
A very well-written memoir. This story may have been one-sided, but Amanda bared her soul and her life to the world when she wrote it and it is not all pretty. Only someone with nothing to hide would do that. I just finished reading this book and it is very scary how incompetent and unjust the Italian police were in your case. They wanted to pin that murder on someone, and unfortunately Amanda & Raffaele were their easiest target. I hope Amanda's life is much easier in Seattle and that this new BS trial that's going on in Italy finds her innocent - they already acquitted her and Raffaele - because of proper evidence investigation, why would they overturn that? Now Italy is a country I will never go to because of the injustice of this case -- It could happen to any foreigner!
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FANTASTIC BOOK
October 15th, 2013
This book shows how unjust legal systems can be, especially outside your own country!!!
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October 5th, 2013
i know that this is only her side of the story, but it sure is convincing........an excellent read !
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
September 9th, 2013
Really enjoyed this book. Can't believe what Amanda went through in her years of prison and trials. I hope her future is filled with joy.
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Waiting to be Heard
August 16th, 2013
Hard to believe that witch hunts like this still happen in this century. But they are still the case more often than we like to think. This is a very courageous young woman!
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