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  • Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John G. Turner
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the United States and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than 50 women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. While previous accounts of his life have been distorted by hagiography or polemical exposé, John Turner provides a fully realized portrait of a colossal figure in American religion, politics, and westward expansion.

    Darwin8u says: "The Lion of the Lord says "Mind Your Own Business""
    "What a disappointment!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I honestly doubt that ANY serious reader is going to enjoy this book. Positive reviewers must have been from John's family. Save yourself the immense pain I just went through and pick a different book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John G. Turner? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book has really put me off on John G. Turner. I doubt I will trust his research in the future. His collage approach of throwing in any random "idea" that anyone ever had on the subject without any vetting process is disturbing. I know of 10-year-old's with a better research sense.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was an incredible farce! What a bad selection for this subject. You could almost feel his disdain as he read spiritual narratives. I will assume that he "tried" but he was so distracting that he alone made it difficult to make it through the book. In addition there was no preparation on his part because almost every proper noun was pronounced wrong. What a farce of a narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    I had high hopes for this book after reading other reviewers. I was greatly disappointed before ending the 3rd chapter. The book just continued in the same method of regurgitating anything the author ever had considered swallowing. By the end I was just forcing myself to finish it because I had spent the money on it and also because I thought there had to be something redeeming. I should have followed my gut and stopped listening after the first chapter. If you are wanting to get confused and lead down many, MANY, crazy, false paths this is the right book for you.

    John G. Turner's approach is unique but it is horrible. He takes ANYTHING that ANYONE ever wrote onto paper about Brigham Young or his ancestors and throws it together with barely any attempt to keep it organized. His approach is barely chronological and has so many barely substantiated claims that you seriously end up knowing less about history when you are done than when you start.

    You might consider this the printed equivalent of taking EVERY answer ever posted on some subject the Web as the "facts" and having all of those various (and false) answers written into a single "collage" answer. Come on John, do a tiny bit of validation after you hit the search button! The truth is out there but you will never be able to pull it out of this ball of slime. What a disappointment!

    Then narrator, as I said, takes the book to a new low level and the synergistic combination is somehow even worst. What a stunning waste of time for all of us. Please don't support these guys any more than I already have. There are tons of books out there, pick a different one.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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