Waiting to Be Heard

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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 Meredith Kercher was brutally murdered. Young, naïve, and grieving, and with only basic knowledge of the Italian language, she was arrested and subjected to harsh interrogations during which she struggled to communicate with the police. In 2009, after a trial that made headlines around the world, she was wrongly convicted of murder. But in October 2011, after Amanda ...

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Overview

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 Meredith Kercher was brutally murdered. Young, naïve, and grieving, and with only basic knowledge of the Italian language, she was arrested and subjected to harsh interrogations during which she struggled to communicate with the police. In 2009, after a trial that made headlines around the world, she was wrongly convicted of murder. But in October 2011, after Amanda spent four years in an Italian prison, the conviction was overturned.

Now, in Waiting to Be Heard, Amanda Knox shares for the very first time the truth about her terrifying ordeal. Drawing from her journals and letters, she gives an unflinching account of what it was like to be imprisoned in a foreign country for a crime she did not commit, and about the impact it had on her family and loved ones as they traveled back and forth to be at her side. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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
Knox’s memoir will doubtlessly be gobbled up by those who have followed her imprisonment and trial in Italy. For those who are unfamiliar with the case, her story as she tells it is harrowing: a junior year abroad gone horribly wrong as Knox’s British roommate Meredith Kercher was found murdered and Knox and her Italian boyfriend pinned as the killers. Certain passages and turns of phrase (her repeated insistence that she is “quirky,” for example) seem strange until it becomes clear that she is responding to tabloid allegations. It’s hard to imagine Knox’s story will change anyone’s mind: those who believe her to be innocent will continue to do so; those who believe her to be guilty will see this book as a lie. Those who have no opinion as to her guilt or innocence will find that, despite its doorstopper proportions, Knox’s memoir is a very fast read.

Verdict Obviously, this book will circulate. If nothing else, people who think she’s guilty will want to hate-read this without generating royalties. Readers of The Monster of Florence will note that prosecutor Guiliano Mignini also appears in the Knox case.—Kate Sheehan, Waterbury, CT
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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.
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062217202
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 109,370
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Knox was convicted of murder in Perugia, Italy, in 2009. In 2011 the conviction was overturned, and she was acquitted of the charge of murder. In March 2013, the Italian Court of Cassation annulled the acquittal and ordered a new review of the case. She now lives in Seattle, her hometown, and is studying creative writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    "Innocent until proven guilty" here in the States. Som

    "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.

    32 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    I'm glad Amanda Knox finally got to tell her story. No one with

    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. 

    31 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Beautifully written by a strong brave woman. Faced with such ad

    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.

    29 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    the media convicted her without concern for the facts. She was

    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.

    23 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Who goes home when the door is ajar, showers in a bathroom with

    Who goes home when the door is ajar, showers in a bathroom with blood in it, and a toilet full of crap THEN realizes something is wrong? And it just so happens to be the weekend the other roommates aren't home. After reading the story, I don't believe she murdered Miranda; however she knows who did, she was there, her story has some holes. She seemed very bright and ambitious, but misguided. 

    20 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    It is simple not true to state that "Amanda Knox spent four

    It is simple not true to state that "Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit."

    Yes, "in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge" but that does not mean that Amanda did not commit the crime! In fact, a great many people (including me) believe that she is not innocent at all.

    I'd like to give 0 stars to this worthless publication, but apparently I have to give at least 1 star.

    20 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Stop the Amanda Hate

    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.

    19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Not enough evidence for conviction

    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.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Surpisingly Well Written

    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.

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Guilty or not....

    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.

    16 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    She's a convicted liar. And has a murder conviction with one app

    She's a convicted liar. And has a murder conviction with one appeal left.  Why on earth would anyone buy this book?  Donate to the Meredith Kercher fund instead, and support Murder victims and their families, not Murderers.

    16 out of 94 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    More lies from a convicted liar

    More lies from a convicted liar

    15 out of 91 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Minus stars

    I cant believe this crap is even being published. This murderer is making money from her crime? She got away with murder and some publisher is actually printing these lies. It disgusts me. This woman should be in prison

    13 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Waoting to be heard.

    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.

    12 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    Ugh, I can't even get through the sample so I won't buy it.  The

    Ugh, I can't even get through the sample so I won't buy it.  The writing is dry and boring and not compelling.  Memoirs of late are so bad--I don't understand why.  

    12 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Finally HER side.

    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!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    she is innocent

    jajaja

    11 out of 73 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    I wasted my time reading this.  What a self absorbed, vain, spoi

    I wasted my time reading this.  What a self absorbed, vain, spoiled girl.  The author and the truth seem to be strangers at best.  My advice is to purchase something of value in having read it.

    10 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Strongly Recommend

    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.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Please..

    I've read enough about Amanda Knox. Americans love to criticize other countries' systems when things don't go their way. I purchased this book with the hope.of gaining an understanding of Amanda and why she "spent four years in jail for a crime she didn' t commit" and instead all I read is blame, blame, blame. In her recent interviews she has noted that she has been "forced to prove her innocence" yet in this book she does little to explain her behaviour including why her cellphone was turned off and why she falsely implicated her boss. And where is her remorse for that? Where I am from, falsely implicating someone is a crime. Sooooo, one could argue she spent time in prison for a crime she did commit. I understand her parents support of her. That is expected, as is the slanted American media coverage. I am privy to that regularly, as I live next door to the USA. However, I also understand Meredith's family's anger and sorrow. Amanda complains about their attitude towards her, yet to date se has not reached out to them, according to an interview she gave this month. She did not attend the memorial for her as she says in her book she was too tired. Maybe I am just missing something here. Perhaps I am a jaded Canadian. Finally, she complains that no one told her it was inappropriate to wear a pink boob top to court that screams All You Need Is Love? That someone should have told her to take a murder trial seriously? PLEASE......

    7 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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