I only regret that I settled for the abridged audio version of the book (hence, a rating of four instead of five). Krakauer's rendition of the foundations of Mormonism and of a modern case of fundamentalism gone awry are equally compelling. It would be worth reading the complete, unabridged novel.
Krakauer's question is not one of the legitimacy of all religious faith but of how religious faith is often twisted to justify heinous actions. Fundamental Mormonism provides an intriguing case to study because of the religion's relatively modern roots. Certainly, any conclusions the reader draws could be applied to any set of values taken to an extreme end. The combination of the fascinating history of a religion (albeit a brief and possibly biased one) combined with an interesting set of moral questions makes for a very entertaining and thoughtful read (or listen). Highly recommended.
The book was very enjoyable: a nice account of the New Testament from an historical perspective.
My complaint is that the book is only 6 hours. It is listed as 12 hours and divided into two parts. If you download both parts, you just downloaded the same book twice. It's a good listen, just limit your expectations to 6 hours (not 12 hours!).
Excellent, entertaining story. At times it is uplifting, and sad, and suspenseful, and historical. My only negative comment regards the abridgement--sometimes you feel the gaps in the story, and you long for the unabridged version.
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