Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox
A Memoir

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22 Critic Reviews

Seven years on, after her dramatic acquittal on appeal, she has written a book about that murder...Waiting to Be Heard is better than just required reading for the warring and often obsessive factions that continue to fight over her guilt or innocence in online forums and blogs.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit.

In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment.

After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

Filled with details first recorded in the journals Knox kept while in Italy, Waiting to Be Heard is a remarkable story of innocence, resilience, and courage, and of one young woman’s hard-fought battle to overcome injustice and win the freedom she deserved.

With intelligence, grace, and candor, Amanda Knox tells the full story of her harrowing ordeal in Italy—a labyrinthine nightmare of crime and punishment, innocence and vindication—and of the unwavering support of family and friends who tirelessly worked to help her win her freedom.

Waiting to Be Heard includes 24 pages of color photographs.

 

About Amanda Knox

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Now twenty-four, Amanda Knox lives in her hometown of Seattle and is studying creative writing.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Harper. 523 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Sam Tanenhaus on May 24 2013

Knox thanks her ghostwriter for having “turned my rambling into writing,” but one wishes she had pursued the natural course of those “rambling” sentences.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Apr 21 2013

Because her two trials have been endlessly dissected by the news media, Ms. Knox’s minutely detailed efforts in these pages to act as her own defense lawyer...can feel long-winded.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Tom Kington on May 04 2013

Seven years on, after her dramatic acquittal on appeal, she has written a book about that murder...Waiting to Be Heard is better than just required reading for the warring and often obsessive factions that continue to fight over her guilt or innocence in online forums and blogs.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Andrew Gumbel on May 01 2013

All of us who feasted on her story contributed in some way to the hysteria that did her such a disservice. Now, at last, she has been given a chance to tell it her own way.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Tom Kington on May 04 2013

Her stark account fills in the gaps behind the fleeting glimpses the world caught of her during her court appearances, when her stress-driven hair loss, fast-improving Italian and even her choice of T-shirt spawned countless articles.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Andrew Gumbel on May 01 2013

All of us who feasted on her story contributed in some way to the hysteria that did her such a disservice. Now, at last, she has been given a chance to tell it her own way.

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Book Reporter

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on May 10 2013

...Amanda loudly proclaims her innocence...and is finally free to reveal her thoughts and share with us the experiences that took over her life when she was accused of murder in a foreign country where she barely spoke the language.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Tina Jordan on Jan 17 2015

The bottom line is this: Waiting to Be Heard won’t make either Knox’s detractors or her supporters change anything they believe about her. Parents of college kids, though, might rethink that junior year abroad.

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The Telegraph

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on May 14 2013

The account of the investigation, the separation from friends and family and the erosion of dignity and hope as Knox is almost buried alive, is grim.

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Booklist Online

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on May 14 2013

Required reading for those who can’t get enough of this headline-grabbing saga.

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Huffington Post

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Reviewed by Nikki Luongo on May 28 2013

For a crime story, it had murder, intrigue, romance and suspense which great stories must have but in the end, the only people who can answered the unanswerable questions won't or can't speak for themselves.

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The Seattle Times

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Apr 22 2013

Because her two trials have been endlessly dissected by the news media, Knox’s minutely detailed efforts in these pages to act as her own defense lawyer...can feel long-winded.

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Entertainment Weekly

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on Apr 30 2013

...the section on her prison years rivets. It’s painful to see the smart, beautiful, incredibly naive exchange student of the first few pages turn hard and brittle as she navigates the labyrinthine Italian prison system.

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The Australian

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Reviewed by Geoffrey Luck on May 25 2013

It is a bland, straightforward account in diary format of her apprehension, interrogation, two trials and four years' incarceration in the concrete prison built on the freezing plain below Perugia for the mafia trials of the 1990s.

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GQ magazine

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on May 03 2013

Even if Knox is the victim of a miscarriage of justice and even if there will always be people who doubt her or people (like me) who simply don't know what they think, at least Knox lived to tell her tale.

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B***h Media

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Reviewed by Abby Dees on May 16 2013

Once she finally frees herself from the burden of being on the defensive in this tragic story of violence and loss, she has the makings of a nuanced chronicler of human experience and the complicated heart.

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The American Scholar

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Reviewed by Alice kaplan on Jun 10 2013

As intellectual biography, Waiting to Be Heard tells a great story: Harry Potter, Amélie Poulain, and Perugia had led Knox into a world of dissociated fantasy, where she wasn’t accountable. In prison, the tragic Russians, Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn, and the prison priest, her secular spiritual confessor, lead her back to reality.

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Boston Review

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Reviewed by Merve Emre on Jun 05 2013

Reading Waiting To Be Heard, one comes to appreciate more fully the tragedy of Kercher’s death through this tragic interlude in Knox’s life—her terrible journey to her grown-up self.

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Under My Apple Tree

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Reviewed by Leslie on May 14 2013

Amanda tells her story in linear style, beginning with her decision to spend time in Italy as an exchange student and ending with her release from prison four years later. She goes into a lot of detail about the case and her time in prison, and occasionally became repetitive, but overall it was a readable and compelling story.

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Booktopia Blog

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Reviewed by Andrew Cattanach on May 22 2013

The arrest, trial, and retrial of Amanda Knox remains a moment that enthralled the world. And in Waiting To Be Heard, we have a book that matches the drama and tension of the event itself, which is no small feat.

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JulzReads

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on May 02 2013

Mind you, Amanda is not Shakespeare, but her writing is articulate and engaging. She presents the events and facts in a rational manner while conveying her own emotional reaction to her ordeal. For readers like me who have been following this story for the past several years, this is what we’ve been waiting for and it doesn’t disappoint.

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Book Coasters

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Reviewed by Sam on May 22 2013

I believe this book would be of interest to anyone who enjoys court room drama or crime stories, as well as anyone who appreciates a detailed and thoughtful memoir of hard questioning, tragic circumstances and sincerity.

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