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Hugo, OK, United States | Member Since 2002

  • 1 reviews
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  • 2 purchased in 2014

  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Craig Hansen says: "Not bad, but a bit biased"
    "Compelling true crime story murder sex religion"

    I found this account much more interesting that Krakauer's story about climbing Mt. Everest (Into Thin Air). I could hardly put it down, and plan to listen to it again very soon.

    Krakauer takes a murder from 1984, along with the recent abduction of Elizabeth Smart, and weaves within it, an historical account of the Morman movement. I disagree with anyone who says he blames religion for the violence. Rather, he explains how the texts of religion can be used to justify violence; how anything can be justified so long as one earnestly believes that the actions are the will of the almighty.

    The discussion of polygamy (plural marriage) was eye opening. I had not understood how the practice is used to enslave women; or that girl children between 14 and 16 are so often "married" to relatives and then impregnated to ensure their bondage. Krakauer notes that plural marriage has been rejected by the Morman church, and that those who practice it are mostly ex-communicated.

    The parallels between fundamental religions (whether Morman - based, Christian based, or based on Islam) is truly amazing. I found it to be fascinating.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The John Updike Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, John Updike

    The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. The texts are taken from his recent omnibus, The Early Stories, 1953-1975.

    Jody says: "Good read"
    "Good read"

    This was a good read; I like short stories, and these were very evocative. I especially liked the connected short stories. The narrators all did an excellent job. The subject matter is intriguing; relationships mostly, and poignant and funny at the same time.

    42 of 42 people found this review helpful

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