I enjoyed this book immensely. While it does present an anti-religion bias in general (and an anti-Mormon bias in particular), it did not decrease my enjoyment of this well-researched tome. It is impossible to separate the violence of the murder of Brenda Laferty by fundamentalist Mormons from the violent history of the LDS church from its inception. It is well-documented, but by no means dry, and is well-worth the read.
I have wanted to read this book in audio for years, and it did not disappoint. The research, coupled with the human aspects of both the Brenda Laferty case and the polygamous Mormon sects throughout the western world, made it a compelling read.
Scott Brick's narration is well-done here, if a little clunky in pronunciation at times. He is neither overly-dramatic nor flat in tone, and was a great choice for narrator of this excellent book.
I cannot compare. I have only had the audiobook.
It was in trying to explain the connection between religious beliefs and the drive to commit murder. This matter held my interest, as I kept trying and trying to digest the connection, which is so alien to me. I believe all of the great religions of the world foster life in general, they do not foster killing. But some people do not understand their religion that way.
The memorable scenes are not anything I want to describe, it is better to let the author do it. They are not uplifting.
God told me to do it.
I expected this book to be true-crime, through and through. So at first I was a bit peeved that the story veered what seemed like off-track, into the entire history of the Mormon faith. I was already familiar with that, but I did learn stuff I didnt know about it. For awhile, right after the attention-getting first few pages about a murder, I was quite frustrated to be taken deep into a history lesson of the origins and history of the Mormon church. It seemed to take a long time to get back to the story that happened very recently.
However, a bit further into the book, I realized it hadnt been that long of a diversion, the true-crime story returned and was done quite well, all in all. It was a LITTLE choppy, as the story jerked back and forth in time, I do not like it when authors take that approach. But not a real problem.
Just so you know, with this book you are getting two things, not just the crime story, but the quite involved, entire history of Mormonism, a religion which is only less than 200 years old. This was rather off-putting to me at the beginning, after having just read the teaser part where the killings were done. But I think it is important information to have as you take in the story.
All in all an excellent read. Maybe I am being too nit-picky...
Krakauer is one of my favorite non-fiction writers so I didn't even bother to read the reviews or summary of this book, I don't regret my purchase in the least. I found his chronicle of the Mormon faith to be fascinating, frustrating and thought provoking all at once.
A well-known writer and researcher takes an historical look at the Mormon LDS faith...and connects the "beliefs" and "thinking" to modern day. Still hard to understand why it appeals to many unless they were raised in it and never questioned it.
The gruesome murder of a mother and child in the name of Fundamentalist LDS belief.
It made a cross-country car ride go by much more quickly.
all it talked about was religion and wives
this should not be under "true crime"
Intertwines the history of Mormonism with the story of a gruesome double murder of a young mother and her baby, with side trips to explore related crimes from the recent and more distant past. The author raises questions about whether such crimes are the result of madness, religion gone awry, or simply an extension of normal religious mentality. Reader Scott Brick does a great job holding the listener's attention with an intense and somewhat creepy reading style. The complexity of the interwoven stories makes the audio version a little difficult to follow at times.
It was a story that needs to be told, one the world barely knows.
There was so much to take in that it was a struggle to keep track at times.
The reader captured the emotions of the characters and intent of the author.
A strong sense of the author's voice.
That mixing religious dogma with government policy is very dangerous to say the least. That all religious fanaticism regardless of the particular faith is the antithesis of religious freedom. That any group of people in the United States that calls itself a "religion" seems to be able to operate tax free and avoid many of the laws of the land despite blatant disregard for individual and human rights. There are so many documented facts that are "interesting tidbits" that it is impossible to select just one.
I had no idea how much the information in this book would shock and impress me. I think it should be required reading in college and university basic courses in Western Civilization or related subject.
Jon Krakauer took me on a roller-coaster ride with this compelling story of Mormons, Mormonism, religion-at-large and the US legal system. I found myself, at different points in this book, defending, hating and simply questioning the Mormons in the center of this true story. As the author points out, this is a modern religion, having been born in recent times with modern record keeping and the printing press. Jon leverages that to go into great detail regarding the birth of the religion, its tumultuous history and the abhorrent events of 1984.
I saw many parallells between this modern religion and those that, perhaps only because of time, are considered orthodox.
Scott Brick's narration proved mildly troublesome. The book is filled with interviews and direct quotes. I found that distinguishing between the voice of the narrator and the voices(s) of the main characters difficult at times.
I grew up listening to the radio broadcast of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday mornings and thought The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was shrouded in mystery. Under the Banner of Heaven has lifted that shroud and challenged my own philosophies and beliefs.
Well researched, with quotations taken from all kinds of source material. However, it reads like a novel. The book isn't just about the murders, nor Mormonism, but religion as a whole. If you're not thinking by the end, you just don't think.