• The Lost Girls

  • The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina Dejesus
  • By: John Glatt
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, True Crime
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (695 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In The Lost Girls, John Glatt tells the truly amazing story of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight - who were kidnapped, imprisoned, and repeatedly raped and beaten in a Cleveland house for over a decade by Ariel Castro - and their amazing escape in May 2013, which made headlines all over the world.

This audiobook has an exclusive interview with Castro's secret girlfriend, who spent many romantic nights in his house of horror without realizing that he had bound and chained captives just a few feet away. There are also revealing interviews with several Castro family members, musician friends, and neighbors who witnessed the dramatic rescue.

©2015 John Glatt (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"For a wide-angle view of the horrific string of crimes start to finish, Glatt constructs an absorbing winner." ( Kirkus)

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British accent in OHIO???

The story was informative,but using a narrator with a British accent didn't keep me as interested as I could have been. Felt like I was listening to a crime story that occurred in England.

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Excellent overview

I first read Michelle’s book, then Amanda’s & Gina’s and then “The Lost Girls” (this book). I would recommend to read them in this order. This book relates this horrible story from the police, family and Castro’s point of view. The narrator is fantastic, some readers complain of his British accent but it absolutely did not bother me at all. I highly recommend to read this book after the other two, great read/listen!!!!

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Enthralling

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author does a great job of providing the background of Castro and the victims, and of the timeline of the events. It isn't fictionalized, which is good. It's a straightforward account of everything you could ever want to know about this story. It was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to know what made this guy tick, and it was the same thing that made Josef Fritzl "tick", which is a fear of abandonment. These two have many similarities. They both said, "I'm not a monster" and they had similar relationships with their mothers.

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I liked the narrator. I was not distracted by the British accent. I could hardly stop listening to this audiobook and glad I found it.

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Eh

Narration was annoying to me. The writing is mediocre and gave too much salacious detail and leeway for Castro. Skip this and buy the books the women wrote instead.

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Very well done!

I really enjoyed how well this was done and the focus on the victims. I also enjoyed the way this book mentioned other big cases that were going on at the same time.

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So interesting, and heartwarming when they finally escape

I loved the book overall, however it is almost unavoidable that the story will slow down once they victims are out of harms way, and this is definitely true here. I appreciated the attention to detail but at the same time it got a bit drawn out. If it had been a book instead of an audiobook I might have skimmed the last chapters instead of reading it

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A thorough account worth the read.

This book is a must-read for my fellow true crime enthusiasts. Well preformed and masterfully written, it tells the story of the three brave women and the piece of human garbage that imprisoned them.

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Very compelling

This story was very compelling! John Glatt did an amazing job of telling what happened in the Cleveland abductions. The survivors in the Cleveland abductions are amazing women!!!

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Who Is This Narrator?

What would have made The Lost Girls better?

It would have been better with less repetition. We heard of incidents one in the story, then the victim(s) told it again,then......it kept repeating segments. And there was so much filler that was so uninteresting.

If you’ve listened to books by John Glatt before, how does this one compare?

I haven't.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terribly! He seemed to read each sentence as a statement and not as a flowing piece of work. There was just no variation. The British accent was a little disturbing, for a story taking place in the USA, but that wasn't a real issue for me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

It was definitely sad.....and there was some anger because, like other such stories, one can see situations where the villain should have been caught...or at least had some pressure put upon him. But for those who missed him, vision like this is always 20-20.

Any additional comments?

For me, I'd definitely listen more closely to the sample and I'd read the written comments on the books much more closely. The performance was questioned by many people.

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includes various perspectives

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The story speaks for itself in both the empathy and outrage it entices, but the narrator's voice seems a bit out of place. I'm not trying to speak ill of Mr. Grindell, who has a lovely speaking voice, it's just that I think the narrator of any audiobook might be better served in either the tone of the author or main character. The inflection lends a certain kind of authenticity to the story being told, as if we are told the story by the intended voice rather than being read a book by a third party. Just my opinion! Either way, a fantastic journey into the dark place of human deviancy.

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  • MRS S L MARTIN
  • 05-03-20

Incredible

I always try to get as much information as possible about a particular case and find that documentaries struggle to fit everything in. John Glatt has written a very informative book on what Ariel put those 3 innocent through and how they survived. The narration made this book very easy to listen as well

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  • S-J
  • 08-23-18

Great listen

A Very detailed account of the story, informative. However the way the narrator read dates was very annoying...minor issue but, I don't think it would of hurt to add rd,th or st after reading the numbers haha a little petty I know, but it did drive me a little potty ;)

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  • Jo
  • 01-07-19

A true life story - very sad but a good listen

loved this book, I enjoy listening to real life stories although very sad the outcome was as good as it could be. Not for those who struggle with abuse stories.

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  • MISS G E NOLAN
  • 10-23-17

Monotone narration

Very interesting story but ready dreadfully and randomly Swapped between narrators with no obvious reason. A little repetitive doesn’t do the story justice

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  • melissa
  • 09-16-15

Gripping but emotional read

I have so much admiration for what these girls went through. I dont know how they had the will to survive. I especially admired michelle as she was the first taken and was a lone victim in the house for a while and was there the longest. Plus she helped care for the others. Had me hooked all the way through. Good narrator too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-21

Jacinta Duffy, Dublin

Marvellous author and narrator of the book The lost girls. Mr Glatt was so articulate with a lovely clear and precise speaking voice. It made spellbinding listening. Well done on a harrowing and riveting book regarding this horrible psychotic delusional and evil man. What the girls went through and in particular, Michelle Knight, was gut wrenching to listen to. I am so happy they are free. They will be in my thoughts and prayers forever. Suffice to say any other poor unfortunate people being tortured and held against their will. A must listen to book. More than highly recommended.

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  • Emmet
  • 10-16-21

Excellent

Understandably harrowing from start to finish, attention to detail and flow of story is excellent.
Narrator is the best I've ever heard.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-21

gripping from start to finish

amazing strength the girls had to get through the years. Great book. loved it, would recommend it

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  • 01-01-21

Disturbing

A very well written account of what happened to those poor women. I found it difficult to listen to their ordeals and at times I thought I could not continue listening. But I wanted to know that justice would be done.

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  • Kelly
  • 02-01-20

Powerful

This story is terribly harrowing, these three women have overcome the most horrendous crime inflicted on them. They are all incredibly strong, powerful women who should be recognised as hero’s.

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  • terrence
  • 10-22-18

astounding

exstremely powerful story. the strength and resilaince of these girls is truely amazing. that said and as horrible as this was thank god they survived.

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  • Marika
  • 08-27-17

An amazing story told in an ordinary fashion

If you could sum up The Lost Girls in three words, what would they be?

Repetitive, lacking depth

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There is way too much reading verbatim from police reports/court testimony and some of the facts are repeated over and over, causing me to tune out and skip ahead. The background story is necessary but is too long and take focus away from the main story

What three words best describe Shaun Grindell’s voice?

Aussie done poorly

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No emotion as there was little of the in depth emotional recounts you would expect from a story like this. It was basically a retelling of facts, and no actually interviews with the victims. Disappointing.

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  • Anika
  • 05-26-16

A bit too long and repetitive

Would you try another book written by John Glatt or narrated by Shaun Grindell?

Not written by John Glatt.

What was most disappointing about John Glatt’s story?

The book was really detailed on events that seemed tangential to the main story. It was also repetitive, and overall could've been about 30% shorter.

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  • Cherylee
  • 01-29-18

good read

very sad read but good a must read. . . . . . . .