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?
The PI who wrote the book.
The material was so organized and the description so riveting that it kept me fascinated. As a fan of Big Love, the HBO series, I can see where many of the real life characters were the inspiration for the cast of Big Love. It amazes me that the type of child abuse perpetrated by this community is allowed to exist and I am appalled that the CPS of Texas were so derelect in their duty.
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.
Addicted to Audio Books.....
I decided to listen to this book after listening to "A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown" by Julia Scheeres. Both books intrigued me in relation to how some religious "leaders" can manipulate their followers all in the name of God. This book reveals so much about FLDS and its leader Warren Jeffs, and the most astounding thing about the whole story is that no elected officials would try and save those unfortunate children even after his diaries revealed his and other male follower's sexual abuse and depravity. The story is a sad but cautionary tale of what can happen, when one person has too much power over people and their psyches -- all the while pursuing their illicit pursuits under the guise of being religious and one with the Lord.
Someone from Utah should have listened to and edited this. There are multiple mispronunciations of common Utah places.
yes, one long drive
Okay I can't believe Brower and Krakauer are completely in agreement on this. Brower professes to be a mainstream LDS Mormon but Under the Banner of Heaven goes to great lengths to document how Mormanism led to some of the crazy activities that the FLDS have perpetrated. I just can't believe the Brower dismiss the past of the church he is a member of. I of course applaud his dogged pursuit of Jeffs for being the creepy pedophile that he is.... but but but, how can he still pass off the sins of his own church that helped beget the FLDS?
Wonderfully interesting story of an investigator's search for the true. The only issue is the narrator is not quite up to the standards I have found in other books.
I like this book. It is very informative. well written but a lot of people and names to keep up with. very neat to hear the story from someone on the inside versus what I have seen b in the media.