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"This moving story of grit and resilience will resonate with readers long after the final page is turned." (Publishers Weekly)

"A gripping memoir, Dancing With the Octopus is both a heartbreaking reconstruction of a crime and a powerful account of healing from trauma." (Electric Lit, Most Anticipated Debuts of the Second Half of 2020)

"Dancing with the Octopus is a brave and authentic picture of the tailwinds of trauma, the limits of human forgiveness and what it takes to maintain hope in a world bent on breaking us. Highly readable, and deeply moving." (Rachel Louise Snyder, award-winning author of No Visible Bruises

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Bloomsbury presents Dancing with the Octopus by Debora Harding, read by Debora Harding.

For listeners of Educated and The Glass Castle, a harrowing, redemptive and profoundly inspiring memoir of childhood trauma and its long reach into adulthood.

One Omaha winter day in November 1978, when Debora Harding was just 14, she was abducted at knifepoint from a church parking lot. She was thrown into a van, assaulted, held for ransom and then left to die as an ice storm descended over the city.

Debora survived. She identified her attacker to the police and then returned to her teenage life in a dysfunctional home where she was expected to simply move on. Denial became the family coping strategy offered by her fun-loving, conflicted father and her cruelly resentful mother.

It wasn’t until decades later - when beset by the symptoms of PTSD - that Debora undertook a radical project: she met her childhood attacker face-to-face in prison and began to reconsider and re-imagine his complex story. This was a quest for the truth that would threaten the lie at the heart of her family and with it the sacred bond that once saved her.

Dexterously shifting between the past and present, Debora Harding untangles the incident of her kidnapping and escape from unexpected angles, offering a vivid, intimate portrait of one family’s disintegration in the 1970s Midwest.

Written with dark humor and the pacing of a thriller, Dancing with the Octopus is a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking narrative of reckoning, recovery and the inexhaustible strength it takes to survive.

©2020 Debora Harding (P)2020 Hachette Audio

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  • Aly
  • 2021/01/27

Can't get through it.

Bad voice for audio, awkward random pauses, very strange and nerve-grating accent that is some mix of Midwestern and British. There are over a hundred chapters, each about 2 minute long, and the chapter titles are "In Which I Blah Blah" that just randomly interrupt the story.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Larry Crabtree
  • 2020/11/18

More than I expected

The narrator seems a little unenthusiastic and the chapters all started with” In” so I mistakenly thought this is not going to go in much detail or depth. I was wrong a fascinating in depth look at how a dysfunctional family can make a bad situation worst. Really enjoyed the different viewpoints given in the book and even if you try to change things or put them out to be discussed denial and anger can be the results. The motto for her parents as for many families “Let sleeping dogs lie.”

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • sek..k
  • 2020/10/19

Narrator Dull

Could not get interested in thils book because I just didn't like how the narrators voice.....not a good voice for audio books.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Taylor
  • 2020/09/23

Love when the author gets to read their own work

Especially when it’s a story this personal, and with a story so profound and touching and humorous as Dancing With the Octopus. Bravo

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Ralph
  • 2021/03/09

blame Trump 🙁

Sad story ,no should endure this abuse,but to blame Donald Trump, please. I just struggle with this scapegoating.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • K. Lanners
  • 2021/02/24

Stilted and hard to follow

The first half of this book was so confusing and difficult to understand. The authors performance was stilted and, frankly, annoying to listen to. I actually kind of liked the last 4 1/2 hours or so... once it stopped jumping all over the place. Maybe if it were only 2 timelines and not several.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Rudy
  • 2021/02/02

narration is not good

The narrator is so slow and has awkward pauses. I put the speed at 1.75 and I got through the book. The story was pretty good, but hard to listen to....