I might. This type of book is not for everyone so it depends on the person.
When they finally caught the slime sucker Warren Jeff's.
No. His mispronunciation of common Utah/Mormon words was horrifying. Obviously did not research any of it before reading this book. If you know how to pronounce Hurricane, Nephi, Cumorah, Rulon, Zion, or Helaman, this narration will make you crazy.
Yes. I have a sick fascination with the FLDS, so I liked it.
Not a mainstream reader.
As a member of Latter Day Saints and as a convert, I haven't practice my faith in a long time, but when I was going to church, I heard stories about Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. It always bothered me and still does when the public thinks that Mormons still practice polygamy and other myths which isn't true anymore.
As I read more about Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and their leader, Warren Jeffs and his root of evil, it bothered me to read more, just because the doctrine and the commandments of the Book of Mormon is being twisted for their evil. Such as, Word of Wisdom and allowing the Prophet to drink and having multiple wives with underage girls in order to go to the Celestial Kingdom.
FLDS is a total sham.
As I read more and more of "Prohet's Prey", I could not help thinking "WTF" when I learned more about FLDS and the constant abuse to their members and underage girls.
The only refreshing part of this book is how the author, Sam Brower, regained his faith again after over 20 years of being non active as a Latter Day Saints.
I don't regret at buying this book. It's extremely interesting about Warren Jeffs and his followers of FLDS, but it was also hard to fathom because I've learned a lot as being a Latter Day Saints and their true teaching from the doctrine.
No matter how far I stray away from the church, I still feel the Holy Spirit from time to time.
That is one part of my life that will always be with me.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
How can this happen today and in this country? Not only did it happen, but it is still happening. We like to look at other countries (Afghanistan, North Korea, Africa, Middle East, etc.) and go on about how barbaric they are. I thought we had laws against raping twelve year old girls, but it seems our laws just don't work when it comes to religions that have rape as part of there beliefs. I have no problem with multiple marriage between consenting adults, but 12-16 year old girls!!!
Sam Brower is the author of this book and all Krakauer does is write a small Introduction. I bought the book thinking he was a co-writer. I am a big fan of Krakauer and have read all that I know that he has written. Having said that this is still a good book and a very important book. Brower is a private investigator and not an author, so the writing of this is not as polished as a JK book, but the content makes up for it. Jon Krakauer's "Under The Banner of Heaven" is an excellent book and is on the same subject. It is more polished, but has less of the facts and none on the trial. I think everyone should read both books.
It can be hard to take. This is a society who treats women or little girls as baby making machines, They marry the girls off at very young ages to men, decades older then they are. They are forced to have sex. They are often the second, third or 90th wife. In a ten year marriage a women is likely to have nine kids and they keep going until they can not have kids anymore and then they are discarded. Little boys are considered competition and many are driven out of town and told don't come back, don't call and don't write. Many times men are ex-communicated and kicked out. Then their wives and children are given to another man, like cattle. Some women get passed around several times.
This is a sad book, but an important one and I have only scratched the surface of what you find out in the book.
Say something about yourself!
This book is interesting. Sam Brower did his homework and with help from Krakauer tells a compelling true story about a depraved religious leader, Warren Jeffs.
The problem here is the narrator. He is bad. I normally can put up with a lot and that includes a wide variety of narrators. Not this one, though. It was as though he went to Elocution School for the first session, then quit. He heard them say, "Be sure to enunciate every word." But then he misunderstood every other thing they said. He sure does enunciate. He would say the word enunciate like this: EEE-nun--see-ate. I am not kidding about the long EEEs or the emphasis on the first syllable. He says every single article A as long A, never, ever the short a, as in uh. Never. Try it sometime when you have to present to others for an hour. After 15 minutes I am thinking people will start to look at you funny and wonder why you are talking so weird. So, while listening to this narration, I would find myself counting the As instead of listening to the book. He would pronounce other words oddly as well. For instance, "hor-OAR" for "horror," emphasizing and lingering over the second, emphasized syllable. To say that his narration ruined an interesting book is an understatement. I would give him zero stars if I could. Sadly, a decent book and compelling story which many of us could learn from was spoiled by the exceedingly poor narration.
This was one interesting and informative book. It is written by an private investigator who reveals his findings into the background of the break away Mormon cult group, the FLDS, and their perverted leader, Warren Jeffs. The book was written and read really well. This story helped me understand how this group of people got under the power of this horrible being called, Warren Jeffs, and all the previous perverted leaders of this demented cult. The sad thing is that even though Jeffs is now in jail. it is still, Business As Usual. Another really good expose story (with its extended history) to listen to is "Inside Scientology" by Janet Reitman, really good.
Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.
I certainly prefer to have a book read to me rather than reading it myself.
I would compare it with "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer.Another expose into the FLDS. Both books deal with the excess of this cult and its complete power over its congregation.
I thought his narration of the book was thoughtful, and hit the right tone for this subject matter.
Where do you start, these FLDS people have violated every convention of civilised society.Animal cruelty, incest, slavery, child abuse, rape, etc.
The FLDS is an insidious organisation that uses religion as a tool of manipulation for self profit. I saw nothing in this group that in anyway inspires hope in their congregation.Legislators have to have resolve to put an end to this disgusting group.In the 21st century while we are busy liberating foreign nations, our very own citizens live under a pseudo religious tyranny.
Under the Banner of Heaven
it outraged me and made me sad that so many Americans have no idea how dangerous a theocracy is.
the author is my new hero.
This book is so incredible, I listened to it twice. That this stuff happens, in this country, blew me away. It is simply a fascinating unfolding of a story that ought to be fiction, but isn't. Couldn't put it down, and kept pulling my headphones off to say "listen to this," to my husband.
Too long to read in one setting, but I really hated to interrupt my listening for anything.
The single best non-fiction writing that I've ever read, and the reader was very good.
It was something of a coincidence that I ended up reading this book at the same time as I was re-reading Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
One of the books featured a maniacal elder, who used intellect and cunning to manipulate the people around him. This creature controlled every thought and aspect of their lives, and effectively created a legion of terrified slaves, who would in turn perpetrate violence and wreak terror on future generations.
The other book was about a vampire.
It is in jest that I minimize the frightening story and ideas Bram Stoker put to paper so many years ago. Yet, in truth, the real-life actions of Warren Jeffs and his followers are far more terrifying than anything I have come across in reading any fiction.
The hideous, unabashed greed, meanness and predation that underlie Jeffs' every action are truly sickening. As bad are the lengths to which his followers have proven themselves willing to go, whether through active participation in the evil, or through handing over their most vulnerable family members to be brutalized and inculcated into the cycle of abuse and incest.
Sam Brower's investigative take on the FLDS is engaging and well-composed. As he is a member of the mainstream LDS faith, it can hardly be said that he was unfairly prejudiced or ignorant of the subjects of his study. Since I read and enjoyed Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven" a few months back, it was fascinating to delve even deeper into the culture that set the scene for the Lafferty murders. In addition, the developing relationship between the two authors added a really interesting perspective. Initially unsure of one another, the two men ended up being strong allies in the crusade to bring down the shroud of secrecy surrounding this criminal group.
The narrator gave a solid reading, true to Brower's words and powerful story without being melodramatic. It was easy to imagine that the private investigator/author was telling the story in his own voice.
The subject matter of this book is quite heavy and quite disturbing, and perhaps that is what we need as a society to ensure that such atrocities are not allowed to take place while we uncomfortably look the other way.
I would recommend the *book* to a friend, but not the audiobook. The narrator is rather whiny, and doesn't seem to know how to read out loud. He reads like a middle-schooler reading a paragraph out loud in his English class. "There was Aaay rock in the middle of Aaay street." That sort of thing. Many mispronunciations of common words. Was there no producer around to correct him?
They could have chosen a different narrator. I don't mind different styles of narration, but I really have no clue how this guy got to be a professional. In order to get through it, I had to imagine that it was the author himself reading, so I could give him a break for not being a professional voice-actor.