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3,096 Days in Captivity: The True Story of My Abduction, Eight Years of Enslavement, and Escape

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On March 2, 1998, ten-year-old Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped, and found herself locked in a house that would be her home for the next eight years. She was starved, beaten, treated as a slave, and forced to work for her deranged captor. But she never forgot who she was-and she never gave up hope of returning to the world. This is her story.
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Berkley Books (first published October 27th 2010)
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Apr 19, 2011 Chick_Flick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I think the book would have been a lot better had Kampusch gone all out with the details of her 9 year imprisonment. Of course I understand her desire to keep certain parts of the ordeal private, but because of that, you always had a feeling while reading the book that there were specific facts withheld, that there was more to the story than she was willing to share.

She also strikes me as having a chip on her shoulder with regards to the labeling of "Stockholm syndrome." She is very defensive ab
No sé exactamente cómo darle una calificación a este libro. ¿Me gustó lo que leí? No. En lo absoluto Pero, ¿me gustó leerlo? Sí. Muchísimo. La diferencia es simple. Natascha es una joven que nació en Austria, que fue secuestrada a los diez años y permaneció así durante 3,096 días (calculando, unos 8 años y algo). Sólo por si no lo saben, es una historia real,escrita por la muchacha secuestrada. Leí el libro en una tarde. Durante su lectura, te das una idea,probablemente no muy acertada, pero una ...more
Oct 21, 2011 Riana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is hard to rate a book like this with any number of stars. i applaud ms kampusch for having the courage and strength to make it through the ordeal without losing herself, and to process it in part by writing down her story.

in my opinion, her account gives very good insight in the damage that is done not only to the body, but also to the mind and soul of the victim of a violent crime. she describes in a detached way the mechanisms her mind resorted to, like feeling compassion for the abuser a
Andrea Madriz
May 17, 2013 Andrea Madriz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austria, ebook
Wow. I don't know if my English vocabulary will be enough to describe everything I felt reading this (so expect a lot of grammar errors), but I feel the need of doing it in English hopping this way it will be read by more people than writing this in Spanish, because I think everybody should read this book. Well written considering this girl has nothing else than basic education, provided mostly by herself and her incredible desire of superation, inside and outside her imprisonment.
This woman, s
I am not able to rate this book.
I have finished it a week ago and since then I have tried to decide which rating would be appropriate. I can't even find the right words for a proper review. All I can say is that it kept me in a constantly alternating state of fury, horror and tearfulness.
I simply can't rate this book.
How does a person survive 8 1/2 years of captivity, kept by a man who brutalizes her? Natascha's story is an amazing one--how a 10 year old girl finds herself thrown into a van and whisked away to an underground bunker, well hidden in an ordinary looking house in the city. She comes from an unhappy family situation and seems already inured to living in less-than-ideal circumstances. I'm only an amateur psychologist, but even I can see the ways that she is twisted by growing up in captivity. I th ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Tonkica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tko preživi će da priča! Natascha skidam kapu!
Dec 27, 2014 Nicola-Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember the television footage when Natascha Kampusch first escaped from captivity back in 2008. I'm not someone who watches the news much, but something about her story captivated me then, so when I discovered she'd written a memoir about her experience, I downloaded the ebook immediately and was glued to my Kindle in every spare moment for the next couple of days.

Others have criticised Kampusch for painting a "poor me" account of her childhood before the abduction. I disagree, though I foun
Julia Graf
Mar 16, 2013 Julia Graf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Natascha Kampusch was all over the media, but reading her book gave a whole other look at her harrowing tale. Natascha was abducted as an 8 year old girl on her way to school, and was imprisoned by her kidnapper for 8 years in a self-constructed underground prison in his home. In this book she writes how she adapted and how she managed to survive 8 harrowing years until her escape, during which she suffered extreme psychological, physical, and (alluded) sexual abuse. Her story seems ...more
Pooja Jeevagan
This is a book one can't really rate...because no humane person can like it...and you can't say it's's, to be simply put, dreadful...

And then again, most of us won't b able to remotely identify with the I didn't find it odd when at so many places I was shaking my head...thinking that she never tried enough...or wondering if the book is just dragging (oh, not to forget I am d one who craves on fiction...this genre, true and sad's mix, is a lot too tough for me in any case)

I don
Valerie  Shampine
Jul 17, 2014 Valerie Shampine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True crime readers
A rare look at a kidnap victim's story, after she was able to escape her abductor after 8 years imprisonment. Her true tale from her own perspective, including her feelings about her kidnapper, and the Stockholm Syndrome, among many other things.

Natascha Kampusch was taken by Wolfgang Priklopil in March, 1998 when she was only 10 years old, on her way to school. She was locked away, sleeping underground in a basement-like dungeon, where she was eventually starved, beaten, and treated as a slave
Celia Lynch
I have to say I agree with most of Chic Flick's comments.
I am glad this young woman lived to tell her story. I'm pleased she made a life for herself.
However, as she described in her book it is very like being locked inside an abusive marriage
Having read the book I felt very unsettled and unhappy that I hadn't tried to break out of my prison. I was the bird in the guilded cage. Married at 17, 2 young sons by the time I was 19. Married a few days when I was told I was not allowed see any of my
Maurice Conchis
Jeg læste om 3.096 dage i otte timer...

En god bog om en syg sag - og det kendte plot gør den til en pageturner. Første del omkring hendes barndom var ikke særlig stærkt skrevet, men ligeså snart hun bliver hevet ind i den hvide varevogn tager bogen fart.

Enkelte gange blev jeg i tvivl omkring, hvor meget hun selv siger tingene, eftersom hun bruger flotte ord, og jeg går ud fra 8 års fangenskab ikke ligefrem stimulerer ordforrådet, men så igen, hendes bortfører underviste hende.

Hun er en meget sv
Misericordia ❣
This book is so incredibly scary, so difficult even to read! I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been to Natascha to actually survive this all. The fact that she actually managed to stay alive and grow and develop shows that the powers that be were guarding her.
I was so sorry to learn about the death of her beloved grandmother during her captivity! I understand how deep the bond between grandparents and grandchildren can be, and how devastating it feels when something happems to one of t
Eigene Meinung:

Cover: Es ist eine Biografie, also ist Natascha Kampusch auf dem Cover. Was soll man dazu sagen. Passt!

Inhalt: Nach dem Lesen dieses Buches brauchte ich erst einmal eine Pause zum Durchatmen, um dieses Review zu schreiben. Neben dem Lesen habe ich immer wieder Sachen im Internet nachgelesen, habe alte Interviews mit Natascha Kampusch angehört und angesehen, um mir ein noch umfassenderes Bild von ihrer Geschichte zu machen. Und das hat mich emotional sehr aufgewühlt, ihre Haltung u
Aug 19, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psyche, missbrauch
Nach einer kurzen Liegezeit habe ich mich dem Titel "3096 Tage" von Natascha Kampusch gewidmet.
S. hatte es noch im letzten Jahr entdeckt, es gelesen, und mit den Worten "ich bin enttäuscht" an mich weiter gegeben. Da ich dieses Buch aber gern selbst haben wollte, kaufte ich es mir in der Weltbildausgabe, welches die Taschenbuchausgabe ist.
Ich habe angefangen zu lesen, und ich war sofort drin. Natascha Kampusch hat alles so beschrieben, dass man sich sofort in einer bildlichen Darstellung wieder
Walter Villalobos
Mar 22, 2013 Walter Villalobos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bajo la piel del secuestro

Desgarradora. La historia bajo la cuál nos mueve la protagonista y autora del libro, es sin lugar a dudas dura bajo todas las perspectivas. En el modo en que va narrando pequeños trazos de su vida, y la manera en que habla desde una primera y tercera persona; hace confrontar al lector, y es que simplemente no hay escapatoria. Es un libro de lectura fácil y rápida, en el sentido estricto de complejidad, pero duro como ninguno respecto a la temática y el sentimiento pla
Oct 21, 2013 Umisyafiqa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued with this book after I watched the movie, 3,096 days. I googled her case right after I watched the movie. Natasha Kampusch really is a brilliant woman even as a child. Her words were a complete relevant statement. I agree and really love her opinion on the Stockholm Syndrome. What she went through was heartbreaking and the real kidnapping scene really did terrified me. Some of the abuses she receive I don't really have words to put it.

“22 August 2005. Punches to the head.

23 Aug
Jul 29, 2011 Suzydumeur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
D'habitude je n'achète pas les livres "d'actualité" ou les récits de ce genre (fait divers, autobiographie actuelle...) mais j'avais écouté une interview de Natascha Kampusch à la radio, et cette personne m'avait beaucoup touchée dans le sens où sa voix était bizarrement monocorde et sans émotion. J'ai voulu savoir si elle s'en était sortie (je m'intéresse aussi à la résilience). Le livre est plutôt rassurant car l'auteur fait preuve dans cette expérience épouvantable d'un immense sens de l'adap ...more
Dec 31, 2012 D.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to know how much of Kampusch's memoir of her days in captivity are absolutely true and how much is her memory several years removed from the time, but if even half of it is this is still a remarkable story. Not that I for a moment doubt the physical facts, but her emotional memory from more than a decade past is surprisingly rich. She does a thorough job of explaining her own emotions, motivations and sheer fear during her time in her kidnapper's cell underground. Her descriptions of t ...more
Lauren Hopkins
Aug 03, 2011 Lauren Hopkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was happy to finally get an English copy of Natascha Kampusch's memoir in Berlin, as it's something I've been looking forward to for quite awhile. When she was ten years old, Kampusch was kidnapped by a man who wished to control her and turn her into his "perfect woman." She writes well (with some assistance) and really attempts to put us in her place as a young girl trying to survive in a place most people could never possibly imagine. She goes into detail over some of the more harrowing expe ...more
Woran es wohl liegt, dass viele Menschen ihrer Geschichte so skeptisch gegenüberstehen. Ist es die Stärke, mit der sie ihren Standpunkt vertritt, wie sie ihr Leben verteidigt. Sie hat in meinen Augen etwas sympathisches ansich, wenn sie in ihrem Enführer nicht nur das "Monster" sieht, sondern den Menschen, der eben etwas Böses, ja unverzeihliches, gemacht hatte, aber eben immer noch ein Mensch. Ich hatte zwischendurch auch immer wieder den Gedanken, warum sie nicht einfach die erste Gelegenheit ...more
Rabenfrau (Molls Reads)
Als sie am frühen Morgen des 2. März 1998 auf dem Weg zur Schule von einem Mann in einen weißen Lieferwagen gezerrt wird, glaubt Natascha Kampusch, bald sterben zu müssen. Stunden später liegt die Zehnjährige, eingewickelt in eine Decke, auf dem kalten Fußboden im Keller eines Einfamilienhauses. Um sie herum herrscht absolute Dunkelheit, die Luft ist schal und stickig.

Hier, in dem nur knapp fünf Quadratmeter großen Verlies, wird das Mädchen die nächten achteinhalb Jahre leben. Ihr Entführer Wolf
Oct 13, 2012 Austenlove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Wie soll man so ein Buch bewerten.. Natürlich ist sie keine professionelle Schriftstellerin und es ist auch weniger ein Roman, als viel mehr ein Bericht.
Es hat ja nicht sehr viele Seiten, trotzdem war ich überrascht, wie schnell ich es ausgelesen hatte. Ich hab eigentlich nur einmal kurz aufgehört zu lesen und es sonst in einem Rutsch durch gehabt.
Es war ein gutes Buch, es war sehr bewegend und man musste sich immer wieder daran erinnern, dass es wirklich passierte.
Ich denke ich fand nicht so
Sarah Russwurm
Apr 02, 2013 Sarah Russwurm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating a book that is not supposed to be enjoyable is always difficult. After living in Cambodia I practically absorbed every book ever written about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge uprisings. These books, almost always written by outsiders, can be evaluated based on the quality of writing and the information they convey. Here, I'm not going to judge the author on the writing. Writing a biography, and such a traumatic one, is very different from writing about fictional or far removed events. Describ ...more
Sep 30, 2011 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with harsh souls
I really don't know how to rate this book.

I mean, this girl have survived eight years in the closest thing we come to Hell. She managed to keep her head held high, even after being abused, starved and humiliated. She never lost her identity or the belief that some day she would escape from this prison.
If i should rate this book from this terrifying experience, that any of us never fully could process, three stars wouldn't be enough.
It would not be fair to rate a such act only three stars. There
Feb 09, 2012 Turtelina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012
I already knew that the mind goes to great length in order to survive. But in the case of Natascha Kampusch, it went far bayond anything that is imagine-able!

The book tells the story of her capitivity in Nataschas words. Well almost. They are her words, but her memories were clearly (and good for her) very much analyzed and that is what you can read in this book.

I remember the Kampusch case making headlines when she was kidnapped. I will never forget her mother seeing a "seer", who told the med
Jul 11, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2012, 4-stars
I don't know why, but I have some fascination with missing child cases, so I already knew the details about Natascha's abduction and escape. (I still remember reading about her escape in the newspaper.) So I was perversely excited to read this book.

After finishing it, I have to commend Ms Kampusch for her strength. Not only to get through everything alive, but for never forgetting who she was. It was hard to read about her beatings, it made me sad to read about all the abuse that she took. It se
Mar 12, 2013 Viktoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
Nicht einfach dieses Buch zu besprechen... Ich hatte nie das Gefühl, dass Effekthascherei oder ein Zu-doll-drauf-drücken benutzt wird. So kann man sich als Leser auch immer wieder ganz gut von der Geschichte distanzieren bzw. die Realität nicht zu sehr zulassen.
Man sollte sich nicht wirklich ein Urteil über Natascha Kampusch bilden, wenn man dieses Buch nicht gelesen hat. Hier erklärt sich, warum sie wie mit den Medien umgeht. Für mich ist das alles sehr nachvollziehbar.
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Natascha later became a talk show hostess and now works for animal rights with PETA.

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