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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"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)
I feel a little shock but also upset remembering my own cult past. this was hard to listen to at times, but also like therapy for me. I'm so glad she shared. I'm even more glad she found freedom.
Really enjoyed this book and the sound quality. It was a page turner. It was also very inspirational for me.
Fascinating as the story is…after the first couple of chapters the subsequent 8-15 chapters are predictable and become tedious. Even at Chapter 25 of 42 Chapters….and I have fast-forwarded at least three hours of the same ridiculous perverted lifestyle, I am still am not sure if I can tolerate the rest of the remaining verbiage. Thank goodness for Audible’s listening tools which include adjustable speeds. At 1.25x the narration is still very clear, as at the regular speed, the narration is fairly slow.
Lets see if I have the endurance to listen to this until the end.
This is the first performance by Ann Marie Lee I have heard. I will look for more books where she is the actress. She has a voice that is pleasant and easy to listen to. Certainly, if the actress were not as good as she is…listening to the entire book-FIFTEEN (15) hours of this…would be difficult. Even with the advantage of the excellent actress, I am not sure I can endure the remaining 16-17 Chapters of the book.
Nothing else.Enough nauseating information,
I am at Chapter 24 of 42. The first three chapters were fascinating. How women are raised to believe they are worthless chattel who could be beaten black and blue every day, if they dared to talk back to whatever misogynist they were assigned to marry. It is shocking how brainwashed both the women and men of this perverted cult were (are?). The backward life, debasement and abuse of women is almost hard to believe.I would have enjoyed this book much more if it were five hours instead of fifteen hours. Recommend…prospective readers wait for the ‘condensed version’.
Gripping story with great narration. This revealing and incredible insider's-story explains the internal mental conflict of so many caught under the mind control of over-bearing religions.
It is hard to believe that there is a Taliban-like community in the US. Carolyn's courage shines a light in a very dark place. I was riveted and now will support organizations that help people to flee.
I have always been interested in cults and I found this to be a very interesting inside view into the FLDS.
I enjoyed learning more about what women in the FLDS go through, although it made me angry at times. I feel so sorry for these women.
I think she did a great job narrating and brought a unique voice to the story.
Yes, it was a little long to do so but I finished quite quickly.
Yes, it is a very interesting TRUE story
She finally got out.
I really enjoyed this look into a polygamist Morman lifestyle.
I lost count of how many times Carolyn would say that something happened and think to myself "this is an exaggeration, these things don't happen in real life" only to go online and research it and find that it was COMPLETELY TRUE. Carolyn's story is one that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
The scene where she was describing her children's opening christmas presents for the first time. You could feel her utter joy and love coming across in her words.
Why ever would I do that?
This book, as far as I got through it, as quite good. However, the length of the book caused internal screams of frustration and I finally put it aside. Nearly 16 hours is at least 6 hours too long.
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