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Escape

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 Visionary Classics, LLC; (P)2007 Books on Tape

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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    Rae 08-01-15
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    "Horrid happenings"

    It's hard to accept that there still is slavery and such ignorance in the United States of America.

    Why do people allow themselves tone lead by monsters?

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    #StopFakeReviews NEW YORK, NY, United States 07-16-15
    #StopFakeReviews NEW YORK, NY, United States 07-16-15
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    "Great story, great audio"

    Really enjoyed this book and the sound quality. It was a page turner. It was also very inspirational for me.

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    SunnySideUpFlorida 05-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating but Much Too Long"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lets see if I have the endurance to listen to this until the end.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer ’s life?

    Nothing else.Enough nauseating information,


    Any additional comments?

    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’.

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    Lane 04-06-15
    Lane 04-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping"

    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.

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    Erin Brinker 04-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling"

    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.

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    Alexandra Wisconsin 11-04-14
    Alexandra Wisconsin 11-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrific injustice but a fascinating story."
    What did you love best about Escape?

    I have always been interested in cults and I found this to be a very interesting inside view into the FLDS.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she did a great job narrating and brought a unique voice to the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was a little long to do so but I finished quite quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT!

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    Cheryl Dumais Calgary, AB Canada 10-15-14
    Cheryl Dumais Calgary, AB Canada 10-15-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow what a story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a very interesting TRUE story


    What did you like best about this story?

    She finally got out.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this look into a polygamist Morman lifestyle.

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    Ex-Student 06-20-14
    Ex-Student 06-20-14
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    "I still can't believe this story happened"
    What did you love best about Escape?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 07-01-13
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Brave Woman Breaks Free"

    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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    Princess Raw Vegan Spiritual Coral Gables, FL 01-26-13
    Princess Raw Vegan Spiritual Coral Gables, FL 01-26-13 Member Since 2015

    I want to read a book a day. I think audi0book is the way!

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    "Best FLDS story and I have read several of them"
    Would you listen to Escape again? Why?

    I listened to the long version. I heard it all clearly. I would recommend this one. I am not sure I could listen to it again. It had lots of details.


    If you’ve listened to books by Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer before, how does this one compare?

    I have read all the Ervil Le Baron stories too. I did find this one to be better story.


    What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was able to read the whole book in three days all clearly. She was fast.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes,the fairy tale like approach to the story where main character was the princess and so many evil ogre husbands in it, a prince, child molesters and wicked sister wives.


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