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Escape | [Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer]

Escape

When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church.
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When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church. Over the next 15 years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives, who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy.

Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. But in 2003 Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children.

Escape exposes a world that is tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop's flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. She became the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS. And in 2006 her reports to the Utah attorney general on church abuses formed a crucial part of the case that led to the arrest of its notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.

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What the Critics Say

"The story Carolyn Jessop tells is so weird and shocking that one hesitates to believe a sect like this, with 10,000 polygamous followers, could really exist in 21st-century America. But Jessop's courageous, heart-wrenching account is absolutely factual. This riveting book reminds us that truth can indeed be much, much stranger than fiction." (Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air and Into the Wild)

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Powerful"

    much more real and even and believable than the more bitter and forced LEAVING THE SAINTS. One only wonders why she dragged eight kids through all of that as long as she did.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 05-26-13
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2010

    Audio-addict!!

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    "Shocking and important! Couldn't stop listening."

    This book shocked me. Carolyn Jessop is truly an extraordinary woman. Brave and intelligent and a loving mother. Her story is shocking and compelling. America must act to stop polygamy in our states. The lifestyle is a terribly destructive cycle, and there are so many children that it astonishes me. Uneducated brainwashed children with no future. It's so disgusting. I can't understand why our government is not more active.

    The LDS or mainstream Mormons definitely are marred by the amount of polygamist sects that continue in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, etc. In fact, I have trouble seeing the Mormon religion as anything but a cult. Joseph Smith, founder of Church of Mormons, and Brigham Young, the famous leader who brought them to Salt Lake, absolutely believed in and preached that polygamy was the way to god. Both had polygamous marriages. I'm not sure when Mormons stopped practicing polygamy, but it is a strong value of their scriptures. This is bizarre. FLDS undermines the entire idea of the Mormons as a religion, making the whole thing seem like a creepy cult. As long as this continues, Mormons will always be seen with apprehension. Their common practice of sweeping it under the rug and ignoring the polygamist sects makes it worse, not better.

    I hope that women like Carolyn Jessop continue telling their stories. We need to support these women and stop this sick CYCLE of sex, control, manipulation and domination. How on earth is this happening in the US in the 21st century?????

    *** REALLY enjoyed the interview with Carolyn at the end of the book. Hearing her own voice made her that much more compelling.

    Must read!!!!!!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Alethia 05-08-13
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    "Scary and challenging"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story touched me in so many ways. It is hard to believe that she was capable of making such a huge decision. It is also amazing that she survived any court system at all. Fabulous acceptance to change.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 02-01-09
    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 02-01-09 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Triumph over tragidy"

    Well written and narrated. This is a long listen (over 15 hours) and some of the content is disturbing and difficult to listen to. At times it seems a long hall with depressing content. That being said, it is incredibly informative. I was familar with the organization through the news and felt like I was getting an insiders look through this book. "escape" says it all - so thankful for the exhale ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ida Chaparral, NM, USA 12-11-08
    Ida Chaparral, NM, USA 12-11-08
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    "Escape"

    This was an amazing book. I loved it. It was unbelievable how much these women suffered. I could not imagine a life like they had. I would never want to share my husband.

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    J. Grimmett 06-06-08
    J. Grimmett 06-06-08 Listener Since 2002
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    "Like a Sci-Fi Alternative Reality...But Real"

    I became so intrigued with the latest news stories coming from Texas that I went on a hunt to find out more about the FLDS. As a result, I found this book and discovered a society which is completely foreign to me. Despite this, I was able to relate to Carolynn's experiences, because I, too, have dealt with abusive people for most of my life. It seems that no matter the culture, these types of people are essentially the same across the board.

    This is one of those books that keeps you wanting to learn more, and I took very few breaks during the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzannah 05-20-08
    Suzannah 05-20-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent!"

    I loved this audiobook. I saw an interview with the author on one of the morning shows and became interested in reading the book. I was so happy audible had it. The book exceeded my expectations. I thought the narrator did a great job and the book keep my attention. I listened to it every spare moment until I finished it. I learned alot about the FLDS and it gave me new insight into all the things happening in West Texas with the 400 or so children taken from an FLDS compound by CPS. I would highly recomemend you listen to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna B. Pinneo Longmont, CO USA 04-02-08
    Joanna B. Pinneo Longmont, CO USA 04-02-08 Member Since 2012
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    "An Amazing Personal Story"

    Carolyn Jessup does an incredible job of telling this stunning and shocking story. She is so personal and present as she describes her life in the FLDS cult. I had been reading Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner Of Heaven and could not finish it because it was so upsetting though I will pick it up again after this. (He does the best research and is so through). Carolyn personalizes her story in a way that holds your attention and you hope for her future and the future of her children. I admire her so much. What can we do? A must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary j aboughadareh 04-01-08
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    "Egad, what a story!"

    Now I know more than I ever wanted to know. I just can't wrap my arms around the idea that this is taking place right now and in our country. And, it's always the women and children that are the victims. This one is really haunting me. It's not a pity party, although I don't know how she could not feel sorry for herself. I'd be wallowing in self pity if it were me. It's told in a very neutral tone. She answers, "Why, why, why?" satisfactorily. There's an interview with her editor at the end where she speaks of freedom with such appreciation it makes you realize that's something we take for granted. Go for it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Brookline, NH, United States 02-07-08
    Lynn Brookline, NH, United States 02-07-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Eye Opening"

    I cannot believe that this has been happening in my country! Jessup's tale is horrifying yet hopeful. I thought the pace was a bit uneven throughout, and started slow, but the injustices mount until you reach saturation levels and know the escape must be imminent. It was not the best read book I've downloaded, but not the worst either. Would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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