©2002 Donald W. Hemingway; (P)2006 Big Happy Family, LLC
The title is very misleading. The story contains occasional references to Joseph Smith. It is really a book about the Mormon history and the main character's (not Joseph Smith) involvement in it.
The Secret Garden.
Yes, it was fine.
He was a man of God. The story would have been much better if it would have focused on Jospeh Smith and his story.
Why don't you carry audiobooks from Deseret books?
Reformed Tom Boy
If they are interested in the life of Joseph Smith but are bored by your run-of-the-mill biography, then yes.
I liked that Hemingway included a story line. Joseph Smith's biography was, in a way, snuck into the story.
Payne's voice is a bit theatrical for my taste. At first, I thought I wouldn't finish the book but I got over it and am enjoying it now. With Hemingways extensive detail and Payne's deep voice, it is easy to zone out. I found myself skipping back regularly.
This is an interesting fictional account of the Prophet's life. Luckily it does retell the LDS church history in an accurate and respectful manner. It also has some good, uplifting parts, but the ending is a little confusing and the overall message in unclear.
I found this book to be very interesting. It is interesting to read a first hand account of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith. I appreciate that the book does not try to color his life one way or another. Because of this book I now have a greater appreciation for the prophet Joseph Smith.
I haven't read the print so I can't say. I thought the audio was excellent and the narratrion very good.
I liked the way it opened my eyes to how someone living in the circumstances depicted could interpret the events completely differently than history would remember them.
I have not. I would be more inclined to buy a book knowing he was the narrorator.
This book is cleaver in that you never can be certain if the doubts of the main character are building an eventual weight that with cause him to change his intense convictions or if he is going to be faithful to the end. I am 75% through this book and have no idea if the author is trying to cast Mormons in a positive or negative light. Very enjoyable.
THE ENTIRE BOOK IS INCREDIBLE! A MUST READ! NARRATOR DID A SUPER JOB!!
JOSEPH SMITH AND HIS FAITHFULL FOLLOWERS AND EVEN IN THE SAD TIMES THEY GIVE THANKS TO GOD! IT HAS TAUGHT ME SO VERY MUCH! ALL THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AND MISSONS THEY SERVED, TEACHING THE GOSPEL! IT MADE ME CRY DUE TO THE MOBS WHO PERSECUTED THE MORMONS, AND HAVING TO CONSTANTLY KEEP LEAVING THERE HOMES TO MOVE. ALL THE PPL WHO LOST THERE LIVES! THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL BOOK! ONE OF MY FAVORITES!
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