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.
I have listened to other audio books on the FLDS and while their behavior may be shocking to the uninitiated, I have become to expect the irrational from the faithful. This book is very revealing about what occurs within this religious community. However, I am very puzzled by the authors own beliefs in Mormonism. Based on the book and his occupation as a PI, he seems like a rational human being capable of logic and reason. During the course of his investigations and research into the FLDS, I have to believe he uncovered the truth about the not so humble beginnings of Mormonism which contradicts the whitewashed version the church leaders are slinging. I know about the white washed version since I was forced into the religion growing up. Additionally, the FLDS is actually staying true to what the founder of this religion envisioned in many ways that the more popular LDS religion does not. Like it or not his religion (LDS) and its doctrine have the same fundamental holes in its validity and the same sordid past as the FLDS. It's very puzzling to me that the author has turned a blind eye to this, especially knowing how this blind faith can be exploited by evil people. One would have to be very naive to think that some of the horror stories coming from the FLDS devoutly faithful would never occur in the Mormon religion or any other religion for that matter where followers turn off their brain and follow without questioning.
Probably, just to get the history straight
Not aware of any!
Good reader, but mispronounced many nouns
Yes, the book was informative but there was really no story. The book just blurts out a lot of a information and doesn't really hold anything back and let you wonder. I was really looking for something that played a bit more coy with the reader.
The ending was just kind of blah. If you keep up with the national media coverage for the FLDS, then you already know the ending.
Consitent, pleasant, expected.
I think this TV Series was already made- BIG Love.
This book really shows that the family oriented, straight laced persona of the FLDS is only a front to hide the crimes of the few men at the top. It is fascinating to even think about people who still live like this in the Western US today.
I'm a fan of Krakauer's writing, esp. "Into Thin Air" - this was apparently written by Mr. Brower and I didn't find his writing as compelling.
Yes. This book is more comprehensive than many other FLDS biographies, and gives a look at the transpiring events since Warren Jeffs went on trial. There is not a lot of new information in this book, but coming from the perspective of an outsider, it is a solid addition to toher books about this group.
Yes. I could picture the author speaking in this matter, but as a listening experience it is clunky at best. There are many spots where he would say the letter A... such as: there was A tree in the middle of A yard. It got frustrating, but for the most part the narration was ok.
The special privileges that Warren Jeffs received in his new prison life. Amazing!
The reality of the story is frightening. The author (a cop) tells a complex story about a group of people that the general public may not be aware of. It is an important story that should get more attention.
Definitely. The reader forms relationships with the victims and the cops and wants the whole operation to be taken down right away.
Brower's account was valuable in recognizing the elements of fraud and manipulation. However, it was amazing to see how outraged and defensive Brower became when the FLDS people used some the same tactics on him (pointing cameras and entering private property) that Brower casually admits using on them. How hypocritical! "Sauce for the goose" eh, Brower?
I found myself frequently aware of the narrator due to his odd pacing, fluctuating volume, and distracting voices. Almost all the men's voices sound like asthmatic old men. The women sound like whispery drag queens. Usually I lose myself in Audible books, but this narrator's style made me painfully aware of his presence at all times.
I am super impressed with Sam Brower's perseverance in seeking justice within the impenetrable walls of the FLDS. I am sure he had no idea what he stumbled into in the early days, but he did not back down even as the horrors of the complete picture unfolded. Just to keep track of all the players and their various crimes required a great deal of skill. I've driven through Colorado City, and that is one scary, unwelcoming place. I commend him on his bravery.
This is the first time I haven't liked an Audible narrator, so I would have to say that I would pick almost anyone else.
I would be fascinated to find out how the apostates, and those who were kicked out of the church are faring. Perhaps a second book would be in order as Warren Jeffs spends more time behind bars and the FLDS community crumbles. I find myself rooting for the men, women, and children who were caught in Jeffs' web. I hope that they are finding peace and security. I don't know if this story will have a happy ending, but perhaps some of the individual stories will have a silver lining. Hopefully no one steps in to take Warren Jeffs' place to keep the horrors continuing. I would like to see the abuses of this cult stop with this generation. At any rate, I found myself on the internet trying to learn the latest info about the FLDS, so a follow up book may be in order, in a few years.