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Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  12,123 Ratings  ·  1,225 Reviews
In the fall of 2007, twenty-year old college coed Amanda Knox left Seattle to study abroad in Perugia, Italy for one year. But that November 1, her life was shattered when her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, was murdered in their apartment. Five days later, Amanda was taken into custody and charged by the Italian police; her arrest and the subsequent investigat ...more
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Published April 30th 2013 by Harper Collins (first published April 1st 2013)
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Jul 25, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Knox is certainly a polarizing figure.

In 2007 Knox left the University of Washington and moved to Perugia, Italy for a year of studying abroad. The night after Halloween, Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher was stabbed, brutalized and then left to bleed to death. Knox and her boyfriend of one week, Raffaele Sollecito, reported the murder to the police.

Knox's strange behavior caught the attention of the Italian police, who immediately made her their prime suspect. She was thrown in ja
Rebekah Welch
Feb 02, 2014 Rebekah Welch rated it it was amazing
For whatever reason I had always found Amanda Knox sort-of creepy. The Italian press had muddied her and between that and her beady eyes she bugged me. But when I started looking at the facts in this case it was so obvious she had nothing to do with Meredith's murder. This case has affected my overall emotional response to Italy and Italians. How dare they treat an American so poorly and someone who's so young and without defense. Italians ran with this story eating up the cruel accusations and ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Lesson to be learned from this book: Be VERY VERY careful if you are a quirky individual living in a foreign country, especially if you could be considered to have a unique or atypical personality.

I guess I have to start by saying that I believe Amanda Knox when she says she had nothing to do with the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy. There is no real evidence to tie her or Raffaele Sollecito to this horrible crime. The DNA evidence, and the crime scene evidence all points to Ru
Mar 02, 2014 Paula rated it it was ok
The book was okay. Its moderately interesting to hear her side. Lets all remember that everyone accused of murder proclaims their innocence, and this is her story after having years to get it all lined up- and its still wonky. Here's what I took away from it:

1)At best she's an idiot kid who is COMPLETELY self absorbed (like most 20 year old girls) who thinks everyone around her is an idiot too. He's an overzealous prosecutor. The two combine and act like an idiot kid and an overzealous prosecut
May 06, 2013 Wendell rated it liked it
If you followed nothing of the Meredith Kercher murder case in Perugia, Italy, in late 2007 or the Amanda Knox/Raffaele Sollecito trials, appeals and, ultimately, acquittal that followed over the subsequent four years, Knox’s new memoir, Waiting to be Heard, provides both a reasonable outline of events and a useful corrective to the appalling yellow journalism that accompanied the case (especially on the part of Italian and British journalists, who spent the better part of those years sullying t ...more
Stephanie Driscoll
Nov 05, 2013 Stephanie Driscoll rated it it was ok
I only had the smallest of ideas about the Amanda Knox trial. I briefly followed the media story and so was under the impression that she was a poor innocent American, stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. After reading this book, I am still under that impression, but I’m also going to add in some other adjectives…such as stupid, and self-centered and…stupid.

Amanda Knox opens up her memoir by admitting in the first 10 pages that she has herpes. From a one night hookup. On her first night i
Michelle Graham
Jul 05, 2013 Michelle Graham rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book a couple days ago, and I love it so much! I look forward to reading it each night. I haven't felt this way about a nonfiction book in years. It's a page turner. I dream about poor Amanda at night, and I wake up in the morning feeling so bad for what she went through. I never thought she was guilty and never will.
Tom Johnson
May 08, 2013 Tom Johnson rated it it was amazing
Occam's razor prevails. I had previously read The Fatal Gift of Beauty by Nina Burleigh and was eagerly awaiting Amanda's book. Well Done - not the least bit disappointed by her effort. So many people came to her aid - I especially took heart in the goodly Don Saulo Scarabattoli. Now I've looked at a few reviews (I dared not look at any before my own reading) - crazy world out there - this one is good (not about the book but about the case/trial, however it seems that it is the case more than th ...more
Kelly Carter
Jun 14, 2013 Kelly Carter rated it really liked it
I actually listened to the audiobook version from Audible, which was narrated by Amanda Knox herself. I had followed her case casually over the years, and eventually came to believe she was innocent and being railroaded by corruption within the Italian system of justice. This book gave a lengthy, detailed, and very personal account that for me is totally convincing of her innocence. I'm still disgusted at all the haters she has on the Internet, most disappointingly in the USA. Although a difficu ...more
May 03, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Amanda Knox made worldwide headlines for more than four years. As the American college student accused of killing her roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy she was both vilified and supported. Along with the newspapers and tabloids the line was drawn with two factions quickly forming; those believing she was guilty and those unequivocally convinced of her innocence. Her case spawned media frenzy, online blogs, endless news articles, books and even a made-for-television movie. Despite mount ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Anne rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: My worst enemy
Recommended to Anne by: Diane Sawyer
Shelves: trash
OK so MAjor disappointment.

I've been to Italy , OK, and people are super nice. And it's very modern. This girl tries to make it sound like their court system is in the dark ages or something which they're not. She obviously didn't fit in and is a weird girl. But guess what, that's not all. When they investigated the murder , Amanda Knox didn't stop lying, Casey Anthony style. She said anything she could to mess up the investigation, including blaming a black man that used to be her boss. She was
Jun 30, 2015 Ken rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, 2013
I was mesmerized by the audio book, read by the author. What a story! It's ironic that a young woman seeking adventure, fluency in Italian and maturity, got more than her fair share in a 4 year battle with the Italian legal system for her freedom, after being falsely accused of murdering her roommate.

It occurred to me that she was mistreated in part because she was an American. No doubt the suffering she and family endured should be compensated in some way by that country, and the police offici
May 11, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
More than anything, I wanted to buy this book to help Amanda and her family pay back the outrageous legal bills that they've built up fighting these ridiculous charges. Before I read this book, I recognized it as fact that she was not involved in murder. It is a question of fact who killed Meredith Kercher, after all, not a matter of opinion. Now, it can be a matter of opinion whether someone is convinced about the fact, but to me, this is as obvious a question as that I did not kill Meredith.

May 22, 2013 Donata rated it did not like it
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Apr 13, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it
This was such an interesting and informative read. Rock solid 3.5/5.0 stars! I rounded up to 4.0 stars because I could feel Amanda’s pain and suffering, loneliness and despair, hopefulness and dogged determination to prove her innocence and ultimate acquittal.

I never got sucked into all the tabloid drama associated with this case back in 2007 because it seemed like just another O. J. Simpson spectacle so I went into this read free of any preconceived notions or judgements. Without prejudice I th
Sam Arnold
Jan 17, 2014 Sam Arnold rated it it was amazing
When writing this review it was important for me to review the book rather than the case. Whatever my personal opinion on the case and the guilty, not guilty plea I am going to try to leave out.

There are times at the beginning of this book where I wondered if the author was trying to portray herself as too nice. However as the book progresses this becomes a sincere and honest portrayal. The author is not afraid to show her weaknesses and errors. It is however important when you read this book t
Dec 03, 2013 lp rated it liked it
Even those who doubt Knox’s innocence can’t deny that she was unfairly villainized. The police and press stole and misinterpreted her journals, bugged her, twisted her words, and spread lies. (For example, it was reported that receipts proved she bought bleach after the murder, but the receipts were actually from before the crime, and were for pizza.)

But Knox made it easy on the corrupt police by making mistake after mistake, though I'm positive she's not guilty of murder. I imagine that while A
May 02, 2013 Jazzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm probably one of the very few who have not heard of this case. But this book totally convinced me of one thing: Amanda and Raffaele are innocent.

Amanda's perseverance for truth and justice is truly remarkable. The book left me a lot of emotions: angry with the incompetence of local police and absurdity of the prosecution team; saddened with how the media are easy to tear someone in public, fabricating lies and stories just to sell; and most importantly, inspired for Amanda's courage to find h
May 26, 2013 Grace rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was interested in her point of view and voice. She studied abroad in Italy the same year I did so I remember following the case. Definitely an interesting and sad story. I read it in a few days. It is really just an account of her experience. Not amazingly written but I'm still glad I read it.
Randolph Carter
May 19, 2015 Randolph Carter rated it really liked it
Reams of paper have been wasted on this trial. This and Raffaele Sollecito's books are the only ones you "need" to read. The rest are just full of idle speculation and rumor. At the same time this book should never have been written. Ms. Knox should have been off doing whatever it was she wanted to do after her year of Study Abroad in Italy. Still we all know what happened.

For those of you that are still "on the fence" about Amanda's culpability, well you must still believe the earth is only 6,0
May 02, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, memoir
Though this book did not offer new or revelatory insight into the murder of Meredith Kercher and the subsequent trial, it was compelling to finally read about the circumstances from Amanda's perspective. In addition to the details of her life in Italy and her involvement in the investigation and legal proceedings, she describes her time while incarcerated and her emotional state during the traumatic 4 years. She admits to her mistakes and attempts to justify her behavior without sounding like sh ...more
Feb 05, 2015 A B rated it liked it
Cartwheels. I really, really, really wanted to know about the cartwheels.

I know it sounds ridiculous, but the part about this horrible crime that first caught my attention was the following: the American girl accused of brutally murdering beautiful English exchange student Meredith Kercher was turning cartwheels during police questioning.

Later, it was convicted murderer Rudy Guede's bad kebab defense that made me wonder WTF is up with this farce of a murder trial. (As someone who lived in Europe
May 02, 2013 Debbie rated it did not like it
I have been to Italy a number of times, even visiting Perugia in 2006 for the Eurochocolate Festival. Perhaps because of my fondness for Italy, possibly due to my time in Perugia, or maybe it just stems from my interest in reading mystery/crime fiction, but I have been invested in this case since the get-go.

Like so many others, I incessantly followed the media reports, TV coverage, and also read another book on the case. The book Angel Face, by Barbie Latza Nadeau, was much more thorough, and as
In November of 2007, Amanda Knox, an American college student studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, was arrested, along with two others, for the murder of her roommate, Britisher Meredith Kercher. Kercher's murder was an international news event in the truest sense (consider that the suspects were an American, an Italian and a guy from Cote d'Ivoire, and the victim from the UK, and the crime occurred in Italy). It probably wouldn't be much of a stretch to characterize Knox's trial as the "trial of ...more
Jun 16, 2013 kylajaclyn rated it really liked it
Memory is a faulty thing: just ask any profiler of The Beatles. 2007 was a year of self-consumption for me. It was a horrific year for me emotionally and, clearly, for Amanda Knox as well. That is why I had heard her name prior to this book, obviously, but I knew next to nothing about the case. No, I wasn't living under a rock. But depression makes you live in a glass bubble of your own construction. I first really heard about this case when I read an article written by Meredith's sister, Stepha ...more
May 19, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
I really think Amanda is innocent of the murder, just for the most basic reason that none of her or Raffalle's DNA is at the crime scene. None. And the prosecution did some shady investigate of the crime too and really just didn't believe the crime could be committed by only one person (whose DNA was all over the crime scene) so they focused on her & how she was acting.

BUT! She does have some really weird behavior after the murder that just makes me want to hit my head with wonder... Like t
Kimberly Russell
Jun 02, 2013 Kimberly Russell rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Up front - I think Amanda Knox is innocent so if you disagree then you might not like this review.
The thing is, I always think everyone is guilty; OJ, Casey Anthony, Scott Peterson - all guilty. But when this case was happening I was never quite sure.

I think Knox is a socially awkward, naïve, quirky girl who should have ran to the American embassy the day her roommate was killed. It is clear from her writings that she had no idea what she was getting herself into.

I enjoyed how Knox was upfront
May 06, 2013 Paula rated it it was ok
I was expecting something exciting from this book, but it ended up being bland, boring, long and repetitive. Surprising, since Knox "wanted to be a writer" and she can't write, even with the help of an editor. Though, in her interviews on TV lately, she's very well-spoken, so I question if this book was edited down TOO much, taking away any sort of raw emotion from her writing. The length of the book made me want to stop reading it at times because I thought I'd never finish. If you know the out ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
Apr 27, 2014 Melinda Elizabeth rated it liked it
An interesting look at the murder of Meredith Kercher. I can't say that I'm particularly swayed by her portrayal of events, and indeed I would have preferred an independent, knowledgeable third party book about the murder and criminal investigation rather than reading Knox's version of events.

And whilst a bit of what she says seems logical, there's just something about the whole thing that is just fishy.

Of course anyone who has been charged with murder is going to proclaim innocence, however Kn
Dana Delamar
Mar 11, 2014 Dana Delamar rated it really liked it
A compelling read for anyone interested in the Amanda Knox case. Since I'm from Seattle, I'd been casually following it, but I didn't become truly interested until I read Douglas Preston's The Monster of Florence, about a serial killer who'd plagued the hills of Tuscany for several decades. That case took on many bizarre twists and turns as the Italian legal system attempted to solve it, with several people being convicted, only to later be exonerated. Preston, who was living in Italy at the tim ...more
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While attending university in Perugia, Italy, Amanda Knox's life was irrevocably changed the day one of her housemates, Meredith Kercher, was murdered. Knox was convicted of the crime, and spent four years in prison. Maintaining her innocence, a retrial found her acquitted and able to return to America, but her legal battle with the Italian courts continue. She tells her side of the story in Waiti ...more
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