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Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

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by Amanda Knox

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In March 2015, the Supreme Court of Italy exonerated Amanda Knox, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Waiting To Be Heard. In an afterward to this newly issued paperback edition, Amanda updates readers on her life since 2011, introduces the individuals who helped her persevere as her case continued through the Italian courts, and shares


In March 2015, the Supreme Court of Italy exonerated Amanda Knox, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Waiting To Be Heard. In an afterward to this newly issued paperback edition, Amanda updates readers on her life since 2011, introduces the individuals who helped her persevere as her case continued through the Italian courts, and shares her plans for helping others who have also been wrongfully convicted.

In November 2007, 20 year-old Amanda Knox had only been studying in Perugia, Italy, for a few weeks when her friend and roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, was murdered. The investigation made headlines around the world, and Amanda's arrest placed her at the center of a media firestorm. After an extremely controversial trial, she was convicted of murder in 2009. She spent four years in an Italian prison until a new court, which appointed independent experts to review the prosecution’s DNA evidence, affirmatively found her innocent in 2011.  She returned home to Seattle, Washington.

But just when Amanda thought her legal nightmare had ended, it began all over again. In March 2013, Italy’s highest court annulled the acquittal and sent the case to the lower courts for further proceedings. Even though no new evidence was introduced against her, Amanda was found guilty and sentenced to 28½ years in prison in January, 2014.  This decision was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court, which exonerated her of the murder charge.

In Waiting to Be Heard, Amanda speaks about what it was like to find herself imprisoned in a foreign country for a crime she did not commit, and how much she relied on the unwavering support of her family and friends, many of whom made extraordinary sacrifices on her behalf. Waiting to Be Heard is an unflinching, heartfelt coming-of-age narrative like no other—now with a new afterword, in which Amanda describes the heart-stopping final twists in her fight for freedom, and her hopes for the future.

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Entertainment Weekly
“[T]he 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.”
“A raw and dramatic account of her lost years.”
Michiko Kakutani
“Meditative.... Evocative.... [Knox has] an ability to convey her emotions with considerable visceral power.”
The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani
…[Ms. Knox] spent a lot of time in prison writing journals, poems, stories, letters, even lists of what she would do with her life (i.e., things she would do if she got out immediately, or things she would do if she were 46 when she were released). All that practice and all that introspection have given her an ability to convey her emotions with considerable visceral power—the shock of feeling the supremely ordinary morph into the utterly surreal, the vulnerability of being on trial in a foreign country in a language she had not completely mastered, the isolation of being in prison and at the center of a swirling media storm.
Library Journal
In November 2007, 20-year-old Knox, an American studying in Perugia, Italy, was arrested for the gruesome murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, resulting in sensationalist news coverage worldwide. Convicted and jailed after a deeply polarizing trial, Knox served until 2011, when an appeals court overturned the conviction. Here, she draws on journals she kept throughout her ordeal to give us her side of the story. With a one-day laydown on January 8 and a 750,000-copy first printing.

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Meet the Author

Amanda Knox is an exoneree and a writer in Seattle, Washington. She was wrongfully convicted of murder in Perugia, Italy, in 2009. In 2011 the conviction was overturned, and she was affirmatively found innocent of the charge of murder. In March 2013, the Italian Court of Cassation annulled the acquittal and ordered a new review of the case. Then in March 2015 Italy’s high court overturned the previous convictions and ruled she was innocent. She now lives in Seattle, her hometown. She is committed to helping others who have been wrongfully convicted.

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Waiting to Be Heard 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm glad Amanda Knox finally got to tell her story. No one with half a brain could possibly think she was guilty if they actually looked at the "evidence" presented at the trial. What happened to Meredith Kircher is horrible, but the fact is that Rudy Guede raped and killed her. His DNA was all over the crime scene, there was none from Amanda or Raffaele. It's not possible for three people to commit a murder and then for someone to clean up, leaving only one person's DNA behind. Rudy Guede committed at least 3 crimes (robberies and threatening someone with a knitfe) in the 5 weeks before Meredith Kircher's death. The Italian police did not arrest him for any of them. When he was caught robbing a school in Milan, the police just put him on a train back to Perugia. It's believed that he was a police informant. If he had been arrested, he would have been in jail and unable to kill Meredith. Please, people, look at the FACTS. Leave this girl alone and let her get on with her life. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written by a strong brave woman. Faced with such adversity and horror, she held her own in a hell that can only be imagined. How refreshing to read her side of the story instead of listening to the trash on many forums. No more he said she said. Amanda has finally spoken and its great to hear her truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Innocent until proven guilty" here in the States. Some people (like GFMurphy, above) believed the Mass Media Hype Machine, which sensationalized the whole "trial". There's a reason her conviction was not upheld. I applaud her for writing about her ordeal. It takes strength and courage to recount moments you'd rather forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone wans to focus on their guilt or innocence but to me the question is whether or not there is enough evidence to convict beyond reasoble doubt. We will never know what happened in Perrugia, but in just about any US court, if this case even made it past a preliminary hearing, the defendants would have been acquitted for lack of proof beyond reasonsble doubt. Beyond that, it is clear that Amanda has writing talent. It was a good read and conttibuted to my unerstanding of this strange and sad story. If I had to make a guess ( different from an opinion ) I'd guess they are probably both innocent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amanda was living the typical American teenage life. Lots of people have casual sex and smoke pot. That does not mean she committed murder. If you are not around crime and live in white suburbia the things she found when she took a shower don't add up to murder: some blood on the sink faucet and some on the bath mat. The poop was in the toilet in the other bathroom. Couldn't the police test the poop for DNA? If I found those things I wouldn't immediately think oh, someone's been murdered. Yes, some women do have messy periods and that was Amanda's first thought with the blood on the bath mat and she thought the blood on the faucet was from her own newly pierced ears. Those of you without sin can cast the first stone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting. I am one of those who believed in her guilt until the facts about the mishandled evidence came out. Amanda focuses on the drama in the court room, her life in prison and the shock of getting out. Moreover it is a story of an immature girl who becomes a mature woman through a heart renching journey.
sewindy More than 1 year ago
the media convicted her without concern for the facts. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I believe she had nothing to do with this crime and they already have the person who did it. Let this girl have a normal life and beware of the media.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never thought the evidence was there to say she was guilty. This book finally gives her a voice to tell her side. Not just what the police would have you believe. Amanda tells her truth in a very no holds barred way. I could not wait to read it and I am glad I did. There are lots of valuable lessons to be learned for any young woman. READ it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guilty or not I dont see how they can justify a guilty verdict considering they completely contaminted all the evidence by not changing their gloves! Also strange behavior is not evidence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't post a review based on your opinion of the case without actually reading the book. Well told story. There clearly was no evidence to convict and the case never should of went to trial.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention as soon as I started reading it. I was prepared to villify and condemn this girl, I really was. By the end of the book, I was still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor. In a nutshell, I think she's a total flake, but I really don't believe she committed this crime - at all. I hope she can move forward in her life and for Christ's sake - do NOT go back to Italy for ANOTHER trial. To Hell with that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just completed reading, 'Waiting to Be Heard', by Amanda Knox while on vacation here on the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, just a few miles from the Knox family, and having a daughter the same age as Amanda, I couldn't help but follow her plight through the years, so wanted to read the book as soon as it was released. It did not disappoint. With all the sensational media attention around this case, one really needs to hear from Amanda about what was actually occurring to understand what she as a human being, and her incredibly supportive family had to endure. This is a classic case of of an out-of-control prosecutor, constructing a case to fit evidence, and push for the conviction of two innocents, regardless of how the very evidence itself should have been clearing them. In the current 2nd amendment debate going on in our country, which is completely full of lies, rhetoric, and the usual garbage from the right, about their 'rights', it might be good to remind the world that we constitutionally protect our citizens from so-called 'double jeopardy' prosecution, so the Itailian 'justice' system can try again per their decision from their Supreme Court, but US officials should make clear there will be no extradition. This book is an outstanding (first) effort by Knox, and I hope we'll see more from her in her post-University of Washington years (Go Dawgs!). May this young woman now be allowed to move forward, be allowed to put this tragic part of her life behind her, be blessed, and be a blessing to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes one appreciate US justice system. Cautionary tale. Well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that the author was very brave to write this book when she knew that the whole world would not believe her bit there are a few out there. I believe she did not commit the and was wrongfuly accused.
LF48 More than 1 year ago
Amanda's version of what happened enlightened me a great deal. The media and the police tore this girl apart and tried to feed her to the wolves if you ask me. This book brings out what type of a person she is, and was when growing up. She does not strike me as someone who would go abroad and then murder a roommate for any reason, let alone the crazy reasons the policia were coming up with! Glad I read it, as I had read her boyfriend's book as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming from a position of absolute certainty (of guilt) following the trial obsessively - and changing my opinion... I feel like I've been through the wringer on this story. I have to admit, I got a little obsessed with the case - and the worry I had was that this book couldn't really tell me anything new! So if you already know about the twists, the dramatic DNA discreditations, and the strange prosecution theories and the weirdo hate groups... what else is there to know? Well, WTBH offers quite a frank and vivid account of a young woman's journey through an archaic and vindictive justice system. It lays her bare - and you're with her as she tries to wrap her head around a heartbreaking tragedy... and pull herself from the fire. It doesn't really work as a true crime thriller - and I expect many readers will be disappointed with this - but as a detailed inspection of an innocent mind under siege, it's pretty darn good.
joaninreno More than 1 year ago
One has to put their selves in the mind of an 18 year old to understand what happened. Poor Amanda was incredibly naive and ... well, I don't want to give too much away. Read it!
judy68 More than 1 year ago
An enlightening book on the torment she was put through. I believe her innocent based on the botched evidence and naivety of the writer. The book was well written and held my interest. It is also the story of an amazing family and the sacrifices they made to support her through her ordeal. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in disbelief that any court system went this far. Amanda is obviously innocent. The story is well written with the exception of some parts that were very drawn out. Then again, it was Amanda's life and many others were VERY drawn out to say the least.
ShelockHolmes More than 1 year ago
A wonderful brave book! It's a shame that such flagrant abuse of law and power still exist in this day and age. How ignorant of anyone to think that Amanda Knox was guilty merely by her actions when science has advanced so much and such thing like DNA exist. Not that these cases are similar in any way but if people would demonstrate to be guilty simply by their behaviors after a crime then people like Casey Anthony would be serving 5 consecutive life sentences given that she was a party animal the day after her daughter "disappeared". I unequivocally believe that Amanda was used as a scapegoat in Italy's failed justice system and hope that the United States plays the procedural defense of 'double jeopardy' and does not allow extradition. She deserves to be left alone and Italy needs to revise their absurd criminal investigation procedures!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amanda is a brave young woman who has gone to hell and back. I commend her for her courage and writing about the terrifying ordeal that no-one of us should ever have to experience. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have gone into more detail of her friendship with meredith. A little dry to read but good insight into itilian justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and hard to put down. Sadly, being wrongly convicted is not a rare occurance, in the US or any other country, due to twisted facts, oversaturation of the media and miniscule evidence (West Memphis Three, anyone?) I feel terrible for all that she has gone through and hopefully she will be able to live out her dreams with this tragedy behind her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book it was very well written and a good read. I learned alot i did not know about her case and the court proceedings and her years in prison. She was a very courageous young woman to survive all that and be able to make it home. I hope she can be happy and live the life she dreamed about. I would recommend this book for anyone to rrad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book, and was disgusted by the way the italian "justice" system had railroaded this individual. Yes, I am sorry for the loss of a young lady with a bright future, but people as always refuse to look at fact. There wasn't any evidence these two were involved in this crime.