@natesrandomisms Believer (27yrs), Husband (15yrs), Dad (3yrs), Son (35yrs), Broken neck survivor.
This book in general ranks high since I have read the book twice and now have listened to it once and getting ready to listen to the book again.
Showing the reality of how some devalue humanity.
I found the history of the Mormon Church fascinating
Love having a book read to me.
I give it 4 popcorns:)
Yes, even though it delved deeply into a cult that is blindly accepted by society it was an eye opener.
The history leading up to the murder.
The entire book was compelling
The follow on book by Krakauer is just as telling.
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.