I liked all of the voices and the stories woven together! I made the mistake of starting this during law school finals and would take little breaks to listen to bits of it but I almost couldn't stop to go back to work!
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I struggled with this novel, not because it's about polygamy, but because of the story telling mechanisms. There are multiple stories being told across different timelines. Sometimes I found this to be intriguing and added to the quality of the book and other times I just wanted it to be about one story line; hence, the indecision.
This was a great account of polygamy, past and present. The author expertly interwove a murder mystery occurring within a polygamous sect of Mormonism with memoirs and documents "written by" historical figures of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Reader note: while they sound legit, these are *all* fictional, but heavily based in research/fact.
I knew very little about Mormonism and the LDS community before reading this book. By enticing the reader by weaving two characters, stories, and communities together, Mr. Ebershoff successfully gave me a history of the church and explained the spiritual/political/social rise, impact, and fall of polygamy within its confines. It was interesting, although the "murder mystery" part lacked drama or suspense, and, being the only entirely fictional part of the story, felt a little forced and left me disinterested.
I have to say, I wish I had read (with eyes) this book. The narrators were unoffensive, but their constantly swapping chapters was distracting at best, especially when the chapter titles were announced by someone other than the speaker; therefore, it would always take me a few sentences to figure out if I was past/present/scholarly, etc. I imagine font changes would have eliminated this confusion in written text.
Overall, if this is a culture you are interested in, give it a read! It's accessible, light, and thorough!
If you like psychotic religion, this is for you. Couldn't stomach the likely fact-based abuse of women and boys by this religious cult. After numerous hours, couldn't find any redeeming features and gave up.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
I hung in there and listened to the whole story. It was so confusing at first listening to the past and present 19th wives but I got it after a while. This si a completely new topic for me so I had the fascination of something new. It is a long story and I think I may have missed big chunks and didn't care enough to go back. The story was very interesting.
It could have been shorter. Especially the part of the 19th wife; it got very redundant.
Great voices which made the characters come to life.
Not become a Mormon, that's for sure! It made me interested in reading non-fiction about Brigham Young. He seems like an amazing person.
I didn't read the print version
Different voices for different perspectivs.
Yes, although it wasn't possible.
This book gave fascinating insights into Mormonism and polygenous marriage in the context of absorbing fiction.
Love dogs, books and being outside.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
The author has two parallel stories that reveal both the history and motivation of the "Saints".
For many people the "mystery" that surrounds Mormonism is intriguing. The author answers many questions about the religion while presenting historical facts to the reader. While the narrative switchesfrom the time of Brigham Young and his wives to a present day polygamist's compound, the listener can confortably follow the two engrossing story lines.