Yes, the title. It suggests this book is predominantly about Mormonism. However, it was more like dissing Mormonism and pitching Christianity.
I haven't listened to any other titles narrated by Tamara. However, she nailed the tone for the Pollyanna prose in the book. Can be nauseating at times if you don't have a strong stomach for this sort of thing.
Yes and no. There are a lot of interesting things discussed about the Mormon religion and its history. However, I could of done without the sales pitch for Christianity. Also at times this book can become very tedious when passages from the Book of Mormon and Bible are being quoted or when details are discussed ad nauseum. In summary some good stuff about Mormonism, but its buried among a lot of unpleasantries.
I applaud the author for for her step toward increased awareness and breaking free from the mental constraints she willingly submitted to while she was a Mormon. However, I find it almost comical that she would so quickly jump to conclusions and adopt another set of mental constraints in Christianty after discovering inconsistencies with Mormonism. Both the Book of Mormon and the Bible were written by men and to believe either one has a connection to a supernatural being requires a giant leap of faith. It is obvious from her book that she is resentful for being duped by Mormonism, which makes it hard for me to give her judgement about Christianity any credibility. I suppose when you really want to believe something you find ways to make it happen no matter how far fetched they are. It is obvious from the books content that the author has spent a great deal of time researching Mormonism and reading the Bible. For those looking for a 30,000 foot view of Mormonism this book will likely have far too many tedious details. If you have a weak stomach for "God this, God that" talk then this also may not be your cup of tea.
Great writing similar to Pillars of the Earth. There was quite a bit of repetition of Pillars of the Earth in this audiobook, which is why I only gave it 4 stars overall. The author does a good job building the tension between the protagonist and antagonist. Although, I frequently found myself yearning for the antagonist to get what he has coming already. Perhaps this delayed gratification adds to the story.
I enjoyed listening to the authors trials, tribulations and triumphs while taking some time away from his conventional life. Something I feel many long for but few actually do. I was surprised by how insightful the author is and felt myself wanting more of that inner voice. While the narration was acceptable, I felt it had too much of a melancholy tone that seemed a little off from what I envision the author's true persona to be.
I have listened to other audio books on the FLDS and while their behavior may be shocking to the uninitiated, I have become to expect the irrational from the faithful. This book is very revealing about what occurs within this religious community. However, I am very puzzled by the authors own beliefs in Mormonism. Based on the book and his occupation as a PI, he seems like a rational human being capable of logic and reason. During the course of his investigations and research into the FLDS, I have to believe he uncovered the truth about the not so humble beginnings of Mormonism which contradicts the whitewashed version the church leaders are slinging. I know about the white washed version since I was forced into the religion growing up. Additionally, the FLDS is actually staying true to what the founder of this religion envisioned in many ways that the more popular LDS religion does not. Like it or not his religion (LDS) and its doctrine have the same fundamental holes in its validity and the same sordid past as the FLDS. It's very puzzling to me that the author has turned a blind eye to this, especially knowing how this blind faith can be exploited by evil people. One would have to be very naive to think that some of the horror stories coming from the FLDS devoutly faithful would never occur in the Mormon religion or any other religion for that matter where followers turn off their brain and follow without questioning.
This audiobook gave me some explanations and insight into some of my behavior and feelings that I have wondered about for many years. It is very reassuring that I am not the only one who is wired this way and that there is nothing wrong with not wanting to be as social as society infers.
I like the thought provoking insight that uncovers hidden agendas within the mainstream organizations and thought processes. It's the mainstream thought process that has led us to all the health and environmental issues that currently exist.
This isn't a novel.
His cadence is a little slow but methodical and somewhat soothing vocal tonality. If the slow pace doesn't bother you, it seems to work for the content.
Good, but left unanswered questions.
While I applaud Mr. Campbell's extensive career and efforts to uncover truth's related to health, medicine, nutrition and disease, it seems to me there are some gaping holes in his conclusions that a plant based diet is the only healthy diet for any human anywhere on the planet. Just from a purely logical point of view this raises some immediate questions in my mind. For example, should I assume that the only way an Eskimo could possibly be healthy is by eating plant based food. That is likely not feasible, and the Eskimo would likey not make it through the winter on that diet. One of the best books I have read on health and Nutrition is by Weston Price and is called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. It clearly indicates that healthy primitive people living in different locations all over the world eat different foods and this does not always mean that animal products are excluded. In fact in many cases animal based food was integral to the diet and health. I agree that most people should consume more plant based food and less animal based food, but I think that it would be somewhat reductionist thinking to only examine one group of healthy people (e.g. Rural China) and conclude that their diet is the only healthy diet for everyone located anywhere. I think we need to look to nature and our own common sense and rational for guidance. Although, technology makes it possible to consume an extraordinary variety of food that is produced all over the world, this is probably not what nature intended. I think our diet should be more locationally and seasonally based upon native food sources. Unfortunately humans have been extremely effective in disrupting the natural order of life on this planet and natural is becoming a rare commodity. It is a positive sign that more people are becoming aware that the fate of human beings is inherently tied to nature and are becoming alarmed enough to begin taking action. I believe Mr Campbell is one of those individuals.
I kept waiting for something interesting to happen or to become engaged in the story or characters, and there was just nothing there.
How slowly and uneventful the story unfolds.
The narration of Susan was enough to turn my stomach. Maybe the narrator was capturing how the character was written, but hard to listen to.
Well I guess it gave me a deeper appreciation for good books and I will make sure I am more scrupulous in my purchase decisions.
Book is over rated.
Engaging, informative, incredible
The story has a good cadence and doesn't get too bogged down in dry details that sometimes accompany documentaries. There are numerous quotes from written accounts by many characters within the story that add a sense of credibility and different perspectives.
Like good acting you just don't notice it. You get caught up in the story and the characters and forget an actor is acting. That is the way I feel about this narration, it was good enough that I didn't even notice it and just got caught up in the story.
Against all odds!
I feel this book not only provides a great story, but also provides a good look at one of the most beloved political figures in the past century at one of his most challenging periods. At times I was astounded at the incompetence and recklessness that admittedly makes this an amazing tale of adventure, luck, coincidence and human will power. While there are individuals described in this book with extraordinary character there are also those of exceptionally low character to counter balance the forces of good and evil. There is sufficient description to get a good sense of what the characters encountered on their journey and how they felt about it but not so much that the story gets bogged down. For those with a thirst for adventure and exploration this is a great listen.
Began listening to Volume 1, but only made it through the first 8 hours. I wouldn't have given it that long had it not been touted as one of the greatest novels ever written. I found no evidence of this whatsoever in the first 8 hours. Characters remained undeveloped, conversations between them are uninteresting with a whining, sniveling and pretentious tone. Made all the worse by a narrator with the same tone. An engaging story line never made an appearance. If a novel is unable to engage the reader in some fashion within the first 8 hours, I would hardly call it a gem. This one unfortunately is going on my most over rated list along with Ulysses and The Catcher in the Rye.
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