Prophet’s Prey is the story of a private investigator’s involvement in uncovering the workings of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) during the reign of Warren Jeffs. A member of the Mormon Church (LDS), Sam Brower relates the history of the FLDS sect and how Jeffs took control. Along the way, he describes the horrendous and illegal workings of the organization in the US and Canada. The result is a heart rending story of crime against children and their families. It is a disturbing story of corrupt politics, courts, and law enforcement. This is for anyone reading true crime, concerned about child abuse, and those who have been reading about the imprisonment of Jeffs. It is not entertaining. It is a disturbing book. If you are sensitive to graphic description, this may not be for you. The reading of Jonah Cummings is very good.
learn to pronounce
Narrator was very listenable except he butchered every uncommon proper noun. How hard is it to learn how to say the names you're going to be reading beforehand?
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.
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.