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On 2 March 1998 ten-year-old Natascha Kampusch was snatched off the street by a stranger and bundled into a white van. Hours later she found herself in a dark cellar, wrapped in a blanket. When she emerged eight years later, her childhood had gone. In "3,096 Days" Natascha tells her incredible story for the first time: her difficult childhood, what exactly happened on the ...more
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Published September 16th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published September 8th 2010)
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Chick_Flick
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Mansuriah Hassan
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is hard to rate a book like this with any number of stars. As this book wasn't written for entertainment, thus it is unfair to review it in a similar way of reviewing novels. This book is so incredibly scary, so difficult even to read! This was a detailed and grueling account of a real abduction. It shows us a harsh slice of reality. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been to Natascha to actually survive this all.

Most people will be familiar with at least the basics of Natascha Kamp
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Diane in Australia
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-crime
I was so impressed with Natascha. I felt that she told the story of her abduction, her escape, and her re-entry into society, with great care, and skill. I totally support her choice to not reveal everything that took place during those years. To me, her refusal typifies the strength of character that she most certainly possesses.

I also agree with her opinion of the 'Stockholm Syndrome'. Natascha wrote, "If I wanted to survive in this new world, I had to cooperate with him. For someb
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Nicola-Jane
Dec 10, 2014 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
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Riana
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Martini
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.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
I read this several months ago. But then I recently read The Girl in the Cellar. And now this one is clicking so much better
Andrea Madriz
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Valerity (Val)
Jan 30, 2013 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
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Wanda
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
NicholeReadsWithCats
How do you begin to rate or review something so personal?

This book was hard to get through, not only because of the content but also the writing style. It was at hard times to follow and she seemed to contradict her experiences throughout. She spends multiple pages vehemently denying she has suffered from Stockholm syndrome all the while saying how evil but kind her kidnapper was.

A huge portion of the book is dedicated to her "difficult" childhood. From someone who suffered so much later it wa
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Kavita
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Natascha Kampusch, abducted when she was ten years old and kept captive for more than 8 years. The book is very short and structured but it is sufficient to tell the story. Any longer and it would have been an exercise in voyeurism, any less would have been useless for telling the story. She writes well enough to make you connect with her story, and unfortunately, also with that of her kidnapper.

She tries to fill in the blanks about the psychological makeup of th
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
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 on
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Chris Steeden
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natascha Kampusch was born on 17-Feb-1988 in Vienna, Austria. At the age of ten she was abducted. This is her story. She provides some background of her life on a council estate on the outskirts of Vienna. Her mother and father moved apart when she was five years old. Natascha was never a confident girl, and this certainly did not help. She was quite insecure. Something was happening in Austria in the mid to late 1990s. Young girls were being molested and killed. Natascha even lists some of the ...more
Pooja Jeevagan
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a book one can't really rate...because no humane person can like it...and you can't say it's bad...it's, to be simply put, dreadful...

And then again, most of us won't b able to remotely identify with the girl...so 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 an
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Julia Graf
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Turtelina
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, kindle
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
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Kayla (kaylareads)
After watching the Netflix documentary about this I decided to give the book a go.
As a child, natascha was always told to keep a stiff upper lip. So you can imagine when her parents split up she’s carrying all sorts of emotions around with her and naturally starts to resent her parents and develop behavioural problems. She sets out to school one morning following an argument with her mother, only to be taken from the street and thrown into a van. And that’s where the book begins.
I found t
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Bibliovoracious
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Far more than a kidnap survival story. This is a memoir of transformation and commentary on humanity. This young woman has had an extremely rare and singularly extreme experience, and has several very important things to say between the lines.

Already unusually self-aware at 10 years old, this little girl goes through the unimaginable and against all odds not only survives physically but retains her identity and integrity to endure not only her captivity, but the subsequent public exa
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Celia Lynch
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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LibraryCin
Natascha Kampusch was 10 years old in 1998 when, walking to school alone for the first time, she was grabbed and thrown into a white delivery van. She was kept prisoner, mostly in a “dungeon” underground in her kidnapper’s house for 8 years before she escaped.

This is the first kidnapping story that I remember being so blown up in the media. (Sadly, there have been a number of them since). For those who are squeamish about sex/rape, she leaves this out; it doesn’t actually sound like there was a
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Koren
The author was kidnapped in 1998 in Austria and held captive for 8 years before escaping. Interesting book, but I think it would have been better written by someone else. The author doesn't come across as being a professional writer. There is no detail into the investigation or how her family and friends reacted to her disappearance and the book lacks descriptive information. For instance, we dont really get a feel for what she or her captor look like. But we do get lots of information on what s ...more
Laura Nowlin
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read other survivor accounts before, but none that had this level of honesty and perspective. If there was a ghostwriter involved in the creation of this book, their influence was minimal; this is not a sensationalized exploitation of a victim, this is a first hand account of the psychological effects of captivity from an early age. Kampusch grew up under the most brutal circumstances and came out on the other side thoughtful, intelligent, kind and fair.
Sleeping with Ghosts
Natascha: ¿How long do you plan all of this?

-Three months, since March to June. Everyday I dig to build this.

Only for you. I did it all for you...


Film: 3096 Tage (2013) with Thure Lindhardt and Antonia Campbell Huges

Stockholm Syndrome (Muse)
Lauren Hopkins
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Umisyafiqa
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Christina
Everyone knows the story of Natascha Kampusch. It was all over the world when this 18 years old girl suddenly appeared out of thin air, after having been disappeared for 8 years - 3096 days to be precise.
Kampusch was abducted when she was 10 years old and walking to school. Her kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil, kidnapped her and told her that he was doing it for some other people. When these never showed up, Priklopil took her home and put her in a tiny cellar and shut her in. She spent 6 mon
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Rose
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Vicky
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is so powerful that it makes me utterly speechless, for there are absolutely no words that can possibly articulate the tumultuous emotions which this memoir evokes. Ms. Kampusch's strength and resiliency are deeply moving and empowering. Her memoir shatters all my preconceived notion of a victim, and imprints upon me the faulty nature of humankind -- all too often, we deny the murky grey areas in this world and opt for the simplistic binary of black and white, evil and good. Ms. Kampus ...more
Charlene
If you are only going to read one book by someone who was abducted and held for almost a decade, chose this over Jaycee Dugard's A Stolen Life. You won't be disappointed.

If you want an education in trauma and recovery and psychopathology that rivals any Ivy course on the subject, read this book. It provides and excellent example of the ambiguity that makes psychology so messy and often excludes psychology itself from being a "hard science." Natascha Kampusch's
discussion of Stockholm syndr
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Natascha Kampusch is an Austrian girl known for her abduction at the age of 10 on 2 March 1998. She was held in a secret cellar by her kidnapper Wolfgang Priklopil for more than eight years, until she escaped on 23 August 2006.

Natascha later became a talk show hostess and now works for animal rights with PETA.

German film-maker and director Bernd Eichinger announced that he was making
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