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Tracey

Vernon, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    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"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I found this book completely engrossing - once I started listening I didn't want to turn it off. The author moves back and forth between the foundations of Mormonism in the years of Joseph Smith and present day events. I can see why this book troubles the LDS church, but I think the author does a good job of emphasizing what is LDS doctrine, and where others have misconstrued or taken it in another direction. This book is a caution about any religion taken to extremes however.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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