Secrets in the Cellar

  • by John Glatt
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family - though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls' doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance....
For 27 years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon, complete with soundproof paneling and code-protected electric locks. There, she would eventually give birth to a total of seven of Josef's children. One died in infancy, and the other three were raised alongside Elisabeth, never to see the light of day.
Then, in 2008, one of Elisabeth's children became seriously ill and was taken to the hospital. It was the first time the 19-year-old girl had ever gone outside - and soon, the truth about her background, her family's captivity, and Josef's unspeakable crimes would come to light.

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Customer Reviews

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loved this book

What made the experience of listening to Secrets in the Cellar the most enjoyable?

Just loved this book, she explained every detail of what she did and felt.
How brave she is, to go through what she did, giving birth on her own, with no help from a doctor, and then coping with her children, and the life she was forced to endure.

How brilliantly she wrote this, so inspiring.


Who was your favorite character and why?

the main character.


What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

All of it, no faults at all.


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

it made me cry, in several places.
Not much joy in this book.


Any additional comments?

you will want to listen to this all in one go. Beware serious time needed. You cant stop.

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- s.millin

Factual and dry, but an amazingly disturbing story

I recommend this book based on the astonishing and disturbing story alone. It delves into the mind of a truly sadistic and damaged man.

I found the part about Fritzels own up bring the most fascinating as it gives clues as to how a person can do such horrific acts to his own family.
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- Ben

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio