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Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints | [Sam Brower, Jon Krakauer]

Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.
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Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.

In Prophet's Prey, Brower implicates Jeff in his own words, bringing to light the contents of Jeffs's personal priesthood journal, discovered in a hidden underground vault, and revealing to readers the shocking inside world of FLDS members, whose trust he earned and who showed him the staggering truth of their lives.

Prophet's Prey offers the gripping, behind-the-scenes account of a bizarre world from the only man who knows the full story.

©2011 Original material by Sam Brower. Preface © 2011 Jon Krakauer. Recorded by arrangement with Bloomsbury USA. (P)2011 HighBridge Company

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    Amazon Customer Riverton, Utah 04-11-13
    Amazon Customer Riverton, Utah 04-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the book, hated the narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might. This type of book is not for everyone so it depends on the person.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prophet's Prey?

    When they finally caught the slime sucker Warren Jeff's.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonah Cummings’s performances?

    No. His mispronunciation of common Utah/Mormon words was horrifying. Obviously did not research any of it before reading this book. If you know how to pronounce Hurricane, Nephi, Cumorah, Rulon, Zion, or Helaman, this narration will make you crazy.


    Was Prophet's Prey worth the listening time?

    Yes. I have a sick fascination with the FLDS, so I liked it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 03-25-13
    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Reads like a novel"
    Would you listen to Prophet's Prey again? Why?

    Maybe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The PI who wrote the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The material was so organized and the description so riveting that it kept me fascinated. As a fan of Big Love, the HBO series, I can see where many of the real life characters were the inspiration for the cast of Big Love. It amazes me that the type of child abuse perpetrated by this community is allowed to exist and I am appalled that the CPS of Texas were so derelect in their duty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy United States 02-07-13
    Cindy United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Interesting book, very poor narrator"

    This book is interesting. Sam Brower did his homework and with help from Krakauer tells a compelling true story about a depraved religious leader, Warren Jeffs.

    The problem here is the narrator. He is bad. I normally can put up with a lot and that includes a wide variety of narrators. Not this one, though. It was as though he went to Elocution School for the first session, then quit. He heard them say, "Be sure to enunciate every word." But then he misunderstood every other thing they said. He sure does enunciate. He would say the word enunciate like this: EEE-nun--see-ate. I am not kidding about the long EEEs or the emphasis on the first syllable. He says every single article A as long A, never, ever the short a, as in uh. Never. Try it sometime when you have to present to others for an hour. After 15 minutes I am thinking people will start to look at you funny and wonder why you are talking so weird. So, while listening to this narration, I would find myself counting the As instead of listening to the book. He would pronounce other words oddly as well. For instance, "hor-OAR" for "horror," emphasizing and lingering over the second, emphasized syllable. To say that his narration ruined an interesting book is an understatement. I would give him zero stars if I could. Sadly, a decent book and compelling story which many of us could learn from was spoiled by the exceedingly poor narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Kula, HI, United States 06-01-12
    Chris Kula, HI, United States 06-01-12
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    "Another Horrible Person on a Horrible Power Trip!"

    This was one interesting and informative book. It is written by an private investigator who reveals his findings into the background of the break away Mormon cult group, the FLDS, and their perverted leader, Warren Jeffs. The book was written and read really well. This story helped me understand how this group of people got under the power of this horrible being called, Warren Jeffs, and all the previous perverted leaders of this demented cult. The sad thing is that even though Jeffs is now in jail. it is still, Business As Usual. Another really good expose story (with its extended history) to listen to is "Inside Scientology" by Janet Reitman, really good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Sydney 05-01-12
    Chris Sydney 05-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Prophet's Prey to be better than the print version?

    I certainly prefer to have a book read to me rather than reading it myself.


    What other book might you compare Prophet's Prey to and why?

    I would compare it with "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer.Another expose into the FLDS. Both books deal with the excess of this cult and its complete power over its congregation.


    What does Jonah Cummings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought his narration of the book was thoughtful, and hit the right tone for this subject matter.


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

    Where do you start, these FLDS people have violated every convention of civilised society.Animal cruelty, incest, slavery, child abuse, rape, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    The FLDS is an insidious organisation that uses religion as a tool of manipulation for self profit. I saw nothing in this group that in anyway inspires hope in their congregation.Legislators have to have resolve to put an end to this disgusting group.In the 21st century while we are busy liberating foreign nations, our very own citizens live under a pseudo religious tyranny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Bronx, NY, United States 04-17-12
    Kathleen Bronx, NY, United States 04-17-12

    Addicted to Audio Books.....

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    "Extremely Informative and Thought Provoking"

    I decided to listen to this book after listening to "A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown" by Julia Scheeres. Both books intrigued me in relation to how some religious "leaders" can manipulate their followers all in the name of God. This book reveals so much about FLDS and its leader Warren Jeffs, and the most astounding thing about the whole story is that no elected officials would try and save those unfortunate children even after his diaries revealed his and other male follower's sexual abuse and depravity. The story is a sad but cautionary tale of what can happen, when one person has too much power over people and their psyches -- all the while pursuing their illicit pursuits under the guise of being religious and one with the Lord.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Boise, ID, United States 04-01-12
    Katie Boise, ID, United States 04-01-12
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    "So Good!"
    Would you listen to Prophet's Prey again? Why?

    A perfect balance of intrigue and history. I'll read anything these two write.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    hooterville 07-02-14
    hooterville 07-02-14 Member Since 2014

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    "fascinating, scary, and eye opening"
    What other book might you compare Prophet's Prey to and why?

    Under the Banner of Heaven


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it outraged me and made me sad that so many Americans have no idea how dangerous a theocracy is.


    Any additional comments?

    the author is my new hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer L. Jordan 05-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Non-fiction that is actually a "page-turner.""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is so incredible, I listened to it twice. That this stuff happens, in this country, blew me away. It is simply a fascinating unfolding of a story that ought to be fiction, but isn't. Couldn't put it down, and kept pulling my headphones off to say "listen to this," to my husband.


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

    Too long to read in one setting, but I really hated to interrupt my listening for anything.


    Any additional comments?

    The single best non-fiction writing that I've ever read, and the reader was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Savannah, GA, United States 11-06-13
    Carolyn Savannah, GA, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A true horror story"

    It was something of a coincidence that I ended up reading this book at the same time as I was re-reading Bram Stoker's "Dracula."

    One of the books featured a maniacal elder, who used intellect and cunning to manipulate the people around him. This creature controlled every thought and aspect of their lives, and effectively created a legion of terrified slaves, who would in turn perpetrate violence and wreak terror on future generations.

    The other book was about a vampire.

    It is in jest that I minimize the frightening story and ideas Bram Stoker put to paper so many years ago. Yet, in truth, the real-life actions of Warren Jeffs and his followers are far more terrifying than anything I have come across in reading any fiction.

    The hideous, unabashed greed, meanness and predation that underlie Jeffs' every action are truly sickening. As bad are the lengths to which his followers have proven themselves willing to go, whether through active participation in the evil, or through handing over their most vulnerable family members to be brutalized and inculcated into the cycle of abuse and incest.

    Sam Brower's investigative take on the FLDS is engaging and well-composed. As he is a member of the mainstream LDS faith, it can hardly be said that he was unfairly prejudiced or ignorant of the subjects of his study. Since I read and enjoyed Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven" a few months back, it was fascinating to delve even deeper into the culture that set the scene for the Lafferty murders. In addition, the developing relationship between the two authors added a really interesting perspective. Initially unsure of one another, the two men ended up being strong allies in the crusade to bring down the shroud of secrecy surrounding this criminal group.

    The narrator gave a solid reading, true to Brower's words and powerful story without being melodramatic. It was easy to imagine that the private investigator/author was telling the story in his own voice.

    The subject matter of this book is quite heavy and quite disturbing, and perhaps that is what we need as a society to ensure that such atrocities are not allowed to take place while we uncomfortably look the other way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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