First of all I'll state that I'm mainstream Mormon. I grew up in northern Arizona and in Utah Valley. I knew that various polygamous existed but had never spoken with anyone who practiced polygamy. Due to the Texas raid I decided it was time to try and understand a little more about who they were
I have to admit I never knew how bad it was. I was raised by very loving parents in a large family (13 kids) so I can relate to them a little about living in a large family. I was shocked and felt horrible that such things were going on so close and nothing was being done. I have read many books about the Muslim world and other cultures and understand how much peer pressure works. Woman in some muslim countries are treated as slaves and property just like the woman in the FLDS cult. It isn't necessarily Islam that is the source of woman being abused it is people perverting religion and using it for power. It happens across many religions and places. Once the tradition gets started it is hard to break free and it perpetuates itself. You can't even really blame most of the men in the FLDS for what they do because they are taught to do it since they were small children. It is all they know. This book really shows how a closed culture can be easily turned into a cult.
I have no idea if the Texas raid will finally break the FLDS rein of terror and brainwashing but I hope it makes a sizable dent. It disgusted me like no other to read the horrors Carolyn went through. No human being should be subjected to that but it happens all the time all over the world. It makes me grateful for the opportunities the US offers to most of its citizens. Carolyn is a brave woman and her story touched me deeply. I have rarely felt so mad at a someone (Merill) before. I can't believe he isn't in jail if his wife and kids are willing to testify to his abuse. I knocked off one star because she kept repeating a few things over and over in the book.
I didn't even finish this book because it was so boring but the major reason was because the voice of the reader was SO awful , it was just too hard to listen to... I might have enjoyed the book more if I had read it myself.
people that don't mind reading the same thing over and over and over again...seriously there is only so many ways you can say..." My mother wants me to marry this rich young man, but I want to prove I can do things on my own and I don't know but I might be falling in love with this not so rich man but he loves me...blah blah blah.....now just repeat that for 300 pages and you've got the book...no joke
the huge lack of any plot , their was no relationship building at all.
ummmm not really
The reader, the Performance was really really really annoying to listen to.
Yes, I am interested in reading the next book, but I will be reading it not listening to it.
I didn't like it, she made this really annoying laugh thing after everything she said, like she was trying to hard to talk like a teenager and she just didn't get it.
The plot is reasonable but I've definitely read better. It starts off a little slow but it picks up half way through and maintains a decent suspense through out the rest of the book. The reader does an OK job, his accents aren't perfect but good enough.
I like the classics as much as the next guy, but this book was pathetic. It followed the lives of several people that at first was somewhat interesting. Then it just drags on and on and in the end you say to yourself, what was the author trying to say? It had no point and I had to force myself to make it to the end. The narrator did an excellant job, but the book was down right dull.
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