Yes, the story was good but just so sad and dysfunctional.
I really liked the main characters grandmother- she was a woman who was doing the best she could and I felt for her throughout the book.
I did not care for the narrators tone or the voice she used for the adolescent and adult Delores. It was a little bit distracting.
Yes, I probably wouldn't re-listen to the book though.
This book is just sad- from beginning to end. If you are looking for a pickmeup story- might want to listen to something else.
I have not read the print version.
I do love audio books and hearing the author read this book was definitely a plus. However, the author was almost whispering through long portions of the book. Maybe she was just a little too close to the material to be a good choice to read it.
Definitely when the author tells a little white lie that turns into a massive problem for her parents.
Soft, Whispery, Detached
Yes, knowing that there are millions of people in the US who live in houses at all stages of hoarding. To think of children trying to survive in these conditions is just heartbreaking. Seeing an hour long television show is nothing like hearing about decades of the problem affecting a family.
I think the author did an amazing job of showing her parents as people who are struggling with a disorder, but that was not the only thing that defined them. I truly hope that she is able to set appropriate boundaries and have a family of her own.
Yes, I thought the story was haunting and the creepiest part is that the people in the Westboro Baptist Church are educated and somewhat contributing to society but still blinded by hate.
I have often read of things like this happening in other countries, but it's just appalling that this type of hate is being taught in the suburban MidWest. The WBC uses fear to control it's members. Anyone who has experienced emotional abuse, will sympathize with this young woman.
It seemed very similar to the books written from escapees from the FLDS, people who have fled North Korea and the Princess Sultana books.
I found it striking how alike extremist groups are, regardless of their message or creed, they are all based on feeling superior to others, cutting contact with the outside world and constantly claiming that they are being discriminated against.
Youthful, Soothing, Resilient
Cast Out of Hell: My Expulsion from the Westboro Baptist Church.
Once I started listening, it was hard to turn off this audiobook. I was fascinated and this story just sucked me right in.
The way that Guy Grieve described the scenery. I have been to Alaska several times and it made me just smile with all the details.
The fact that Guy was willing to admit his mistakes and show the reader how tough everyday activities are in the Alaskan wild. I also like how the people Guy interacts with are developed characters and not just one dimensional.
I really appreciated that it was not someone with a thick Scottish accent reading this book. His voice relayed a bit of humor at just the right times.
I wouldn't say extreme, but I did at a few points tear up. But that was mainly because I was remembering my grandfather and the time I spent with him in Alaska as a kid.
This a very fun book, I would definitely suggest to anyone who wants to know a bit more about visiting Alaska. There are many accounts of the pioneers experiences in the Yukon, but this book gives a modern perspective that I think most young adults could really benefit from.
As other reviewers have pointed out, there are a few things that do not match up with general bush experience/protocol. I am not going to discount this amazing story due to a few minor inaccuracies.
The fact that different characters narrative is read by different people. It definitely made it easy to keep everyoone straight. I loved the narration!
It's hard to pick one because this is definitely my favorite Audible book so far.
The scenes where Jonathan is in Dracula's castle. The descriptions of his surroundings are amazing.
Jonathan Harker- he ties all the other characters together.
The story was just okay. I kept waiting for the really interesting part to come along and it just never did. The story is all centered around one person, but you never hear her side. You never hear her internal struggle or how she feels about all the other problems in her family. Also, everyone is so fixated on Edie that they don't see the massive problems in their own lives.
No, I feel like the story is a bit flat. The book leaves you wanting more of an explanation and less of a running news story of the comings and goings of the rest of the family.
I feel like there are many other books that are better stories about family struggles.
Debra Messing- she could have certainly done a better job at pronouncing the Yiddish sayings and terms. I just didn't like Molly Ringwald's performance. The only part I thought she really pulled off was the pissy teenager personality of Emily.
I think the original book needed more wrap up. I felt like I was taken through bits of their lives at ninety miles per hour and then just wham! The book just ended, nothing was tied up at all. Maybe the author wanted the reader to decide what happens next.
Having two different narrators was great- they both made listening enjoyable and portrayed their main characters well.
It made me think of The Glass Castle- how choices of our parents impact our lives beyond childhood.
No, I really enjoyed both readers performances and would definitely listen to other books they read.
I didn't have an extreme reaction, but did re-listen to several sections by Arthur .
This book makes me realize that a day spent feeling sorry for yourself is certainly a wasted day. Such a good story- I will definitely re-listen soon.
Amazing, Needed, Healing
The fact that I know there are other people who have felt what I am feeling and who have found a way to have a relationship with someone with BPD without losing themselves in the process.
She definitely helps to set a tone that isn't always serious. When dealing with difficult personalities, you must have a sense of humor and this book definitely made me laugh out loud more than once.
Whenever the author discussed that how a BPD loved one acts is not your fault. That you are not a bad person and are not the cause of their pain and anguish. I broke down and cried because I needed to hear that.
I got more out of listening to this book the second time. The first time I was just thinking of situations I had been through that were similar but the second time I absord a lot more of the advice and listened slowly.
Yes, the book was informative but there was really no story. The book just blurts out a lot of a information and doesn't really hold anything back and let you wonder. I was really looking for something that played a bit more coy with the reader.
The ending was just kind of blah. If you keep up with the national media coverage for the FLDS, then you already know the ending.
Consitent, pleasant, expected.
I think this TV Series was already made- BIG Love.
This book really shows that the family oriented, straight laced persona of the FLDS is only a front to hide the crimes of the few men at the top. It is fascinating to even think about people who still live like this in the Western US today.
I have not read the print version, but I was drawn to the audio version as I think the print version might lost my attention.
When they discussed the people who have gone missing and are believed to be imprisoned on church owned compounds. It really gave me a spooked feeling to know this is taking place in the US today.
Have not listened to any other Morton Seller performances but I did enjoy his reading.
All the Scientology lingo was interesting. I have heard several people use this vocabulary before but had no diea what they were talking about.
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