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Scottish Wayan

Scottish Wayan

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  • Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Irene Spencer
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Irene Spencer did as she felt God commanded in marrying her brother-in-law, Verlan LeBaron, becoming his second wife. When the government raided the fundamentalist, polygamous Mormon village of Short Creek, Arizona, Irene and her family fled to Verlan's brothers' Mexican ranch. They lived in squalor and desolate conditions in the Mexican desert with Verlan's six brothers, one sister, and numerous wives and children.

    Paul Mullen says: "Eye Opening... Difficult Listen... Honest"
    "Shocking tale of self-inflicted martyrdom"
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    What disappointed you about Shattered Dreams?

    I am fascinated by this subject, and feel a great deal of empathy towards those whose lives have been impacted by polygamy and other such cults. Frankly this woman inspired none of this, the book is simply a catalogue of droning, whining, completely self-centered and painfully repetitive complaints.

    Not a single other person has their character fleshed out in any way, including the true victims ... her dozen poor emotionally, physically deprived ad neglected children. Nobody forced her into this situation, in fact she had ample opportunity and encouragement to take another path. I literally forced myself to finish the book, but found Irene more and more tediously self involved, irresponsible, and unself-reflective by the minute.

    What could have been a rich, informative and constructive sociological account is simply a medium for this woman to flaunt her woes, with zero accountability for the dreadful life she inflicted on her children. She glosses over others' suffering and all the larger sociological issues at hand as though everything was just an insignificant backdrop to her own glaringly narcissistic perspective.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Big Burn


    What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

    It was fine, but I have no idea how the woman could have stood reading it out loud!


    What character would you cut from Shattered Dreams?

    The Author


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2157)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1149)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "A Fabulous Read"
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    What did you love best about Elegance of the Hedgehog?

    I loved the humanity and tenderness of it


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interweaving of characters was brilliantly done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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