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America’s top gymnasts have been show stoppers at the Summer Olympics for decades - the women’s artistic team won nine medals in 2016 alone. But beneath the athleticism, smiles, sponsorship deals, and haul of gold medals was a dark secret: a story of sexual abuse and trauma that, when revealed, became one of the biggest scandals in the history of American sports.

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Published July 25th 2019 by Audible Originals
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Iris P
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing


This was a very emotional listen, I honestly had no idea of how dark and disturbing this story was going to be.

This audiobook chronicles the story behind the scandal that engulfed the USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University back in 2018, and the sexual abuses committed by Dr. Larry Nassar against countless female athletes, some as young as 8 years old.

As a piece of investigative journalism, I thought the book was informative and well organized.
Still, if you decide to listen to it, be prepar
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Jenna Bookish
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Audible for sending me a complimentary copy of this audio-book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.

 

"Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world." 

The Larry Nassar case is one that has been haunting me since it hit the public. How could a predator like Nassar be so brazen and prolific, sometimes abusing his victims under
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
TWISTED is a fabulous audiobook, using the voices of many of Larry Nasser’s survivors as well as audio from his sentencing hearing. Mary Pilon and Carla Correa helped tell the stories of some of the less-famous victims of survivors, including one who didn’t didn’t survive, her life spiraling downhill following the abuse until she eventually committed suicide.

Pilon and Correa examine the reports that went unheeded and the coaches and other officials who repeatedly let the girls and young women d
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Anna
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An Audible original production that is more in the vein of a true crime podcast put together by NYT reporters than an audiobook. Regardless of the slight quibbling of how to classify this, it's hard to listen to. While the journalists, Mary Pilon and Carla Correa, obviously feature heavily in this with the research they did, it is also loaded with interviews of survivors, their parents, coaches, and clips from Nassar's recorded police interviews and his sentencing. People go into very specific a ...more
Shadira
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-gr
I am NOT going to sugar coat this. Twisted takes true crime writing and reporting to a new level of intimacy with the unflinching retelling it made of the Larry Nassar child abuse and assault case that centered around U.S. Gymnastics. Unlike the other true crime trends you see today– specifically, murderers– this case is one of child molestation and abuse by a man these young girls trusted with their bodies and their health. The narrative is built on the foundations of survivor testimony and int ...more
Rachael | booksforbrunch
This is the most powerful Audible I've listened to to date.

This audiobook was short but damn, it packed a punch. I found myself repulsed, angry and sad at the story and how all of this could have been stopped countless times. I remember the trial and the media coverage, but I learned so much more from this audiobook.

This Audible includes interviews by the authors with real victims, recordings from the court proceedings, and journalism from many sources. It was especially hard to listen to the v
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Josh
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Twisted: The Story of Larry Nassar and the Women Who Took Him Down by Mary Pilon and Carla Correa is an audiobook about the dark side of the USA women's gymnastics team. It chronicles widespread sexual abuse in women’s gymnastics occurring over decades and culminates with the conviction of team doctor Larry Nassar. This is a powerful story. There are a number of interviews with the victims and their family members which are absolutely heart-wrenching. Most stunning is the sheer number of people ...more
Morgan
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
TW: pedophilia, sexual assault


This was such a powerful and poignant story and I commend these women for being so strong and coming forward. I couldn’t put this book down and the audiobook only enhanced the experience with the raw emotion in the voices of these women and their personal accounts. Would 100% recommend although it is very graphic.
Amy
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
This story was so powerful and heartbreaking. These children were failed by so many systems and people. People in place that are supposed to protect, turned a blind eye. I grew up as a gymnast but not to this level, I cannot imagine what they went through and the trust that got broken. It’s so sad it took years and years to get justice. These women deserved so much more than they got dealt.
Ms. Awai
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
TRIGGER WARNING!
This book was hard for me to get through for many, many reasons. There were some very graphic descriptions that brought me to tears and I had to put the book down for weeks.

I was a Michigan gymnast and have been seen by Larry Nassar many times throughout the years. I was one of the lucky ones, but many of my teammates and friends were not.

I don’t think this audio book did the situation justice, but it was a start. One thing I wish it would have addressed was that by the 2010’s
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ElphaReads
Heart breaking and powerful. These women are immeasurably brave and I'm glad that they got some justice, though I'm livid that it took so long and that this monster was able to prey on so many girls for so many years. This feels less like an audiobook and more like a podcast, but it's interesting nonetheless and very, very hard to listen to. But I think that it's important to hear these stories and experiences so that we can try and change the culture. ...more
Shannon
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
(1) catchy title! (2) this is shocking! I didn’t know that girls and women had been reporting Nassar to parents and authorities for YEARS and he managed to make hundreds of people (police and parents!) believe they the girls were wrong (3) this is only on audio and it’s more like a (very good) podcast (4) there are details about the abuse suffered, this may not be for everyone
Danielle Russell
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This audible original is by far my favorite. Hands down. They put it together so wonderfully, and it was so powerful and heartbreaking. I cried! This is a must listen for anyone wanting to learn more about the Nassar case.
Gabe
Fascinating and well told story. As a father, it was hard to listen to parts- especially towards the end when child pornography is found on his computer. An important book to read.
Laura Henry
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
What these women went through was horrific but the bravery and determination showcased in this book gives me hope.
Sarah
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-tbr
Cried my way through this. Remarkable story of the brave women who came forward against Larry Nassar.
Brittany
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am LIVID.
Caitlin Mccluskey
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really powerful listen. At parts, it's narrated by the women who spoke out against Larry Nassar and that made it so powerful. ...more
Books on Stereo
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A jumbled collection of narratives that expertly gives a singular voice to the victims in a bold and poignant manner.
Morgan Wilson
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I've read The Girls by Abigail Pesta and watched Athlete A on Netflix, so I'm no stranger to the stories of the victims of Larry Nassar, but I still found this audiobook to be enjoyable and not overly repetitive of the stories I've already heard. I'd been thinking about reading this one, but then when I found that it was now included in my Audible membership, I immediately downloaded it. The uniqueness of this story against The Girls was that it contained audio of the interviews and essentially ...more
Ashley
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐ *Listened to audiobook*

It just makes me sick and pisses me off all over again. How are people like this?!
Sara Estrada
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Never heard of this doctor until now, but I recommend people to read it even though it’s very emotional.
LittleDeadRedGoddessPersephone
5 out of 5 stars

All I can really say is that I was so moved by the bravery these women showed.
Jenny
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was actually a podcast. It contains many of the same gymnasts and family members who participated in the documentary "Athlete A". There wasn't much new revealed if you're familiar with the cases, however hearing these women speak on their own experiences, in conjunction with the information given by the narrators, really was interesting and moving. ...more
AttackGirl
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Intriguing tale of molestation under the guise of medical procedures but quickly turned to a gang of women demanding everyones neck.... so many and no one did anything...

What is wrong with our society, or perhaps we are seriously missing something.
Nicole Kern
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 - listened via Audible - I would have given it 5 stars has it been more in depth and longer! This was only a 5 hr listen but filled with all the high level details of this case. I will probably follow up with the Netflix documentary.
Allie Jo Dreadfulwater
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-matter
This was the most comprehensive story and timeline of the Larry Nassar case that I have read and numerous times made me come to tears. It is the story of the USA gymnastics/Olympic team doctor, Larry Nassar, and the medically disguised sexual abuse to thousands of women over his career working with competitive athletes. Larry, as we all now know, was sentenced to life in prison after dual charges with possession of thousands of images of child pornography.

I grew up as a competitive gymnast from
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Denise
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Excellent audio documentary on the Nassar case, gathering stories from a number of survivors as well as surrounding information and excerpts from the trial and sentencing. While I've already watched and read quite a bit on this subject recently, this added yet more details and voices. ...more
Cary
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such an emotional book. I listened to it, and hearing him try to justify his actions to police in interviews makes one want to jump through the phone and confront the SOB.
So heartbreaking but very well done.
Katie Hargrave
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, non-fiction, audio
I really liked this book. I was so worried it would be too dark and saddening for me to bear to finish it. This book showed the power and strength these girls had. They not only told about Larry Nassar actions but what led to it, who helped him, and other issues of abuse. Have the women tell there part and how they want to see the spartan they love change for the better.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars is becouse if one line that I thought about though out the book that really upset by one of
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Mary Pilon is the author of the "The Kevin Show" (Bloomsbury March 2018) and "The Monopolists," a New York Times bestseller that chronicles the secret history of the famous board game (Bloomsbury Feb 2015). A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Esquire, Fast Company, MSNBC, Vice, Politico, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, among other news outlets, Pilon has worked as a staff reporter at the New York ...more

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