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'It's Not About the Sex' My Ass audiobook cover art
  • 'It's Not About the Sex' My Ass

  • By: Joanne Hanks, Steve Cuno
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Ellington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Get ready to laugh. Get ready to be outraged. And get ready to see polygamy as no one has ever revealed it before. Joanne tells their crazy story with humor and honesty. You'll share her angst over sharing her husband. You'll meet her "sister wives", a prophet calling himself a "celestial stud service" who seeks divine guidance on threesomes, and apostles who dress in weird robes to curse the White House. You'll fume at gut-wrenching tales of racism, sexual abuse, fraud, and manipulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Serious Tale Told With Honesty, Wit & Humor

  • By Dennis Asbury on 07-01-15

Funny, insightful, well written with a great narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-15

This book is particularly insightful for anyone who grew up Mormon, or are surrounded by members of the LDS church. It is both funny and liberating to hear someone be so open about their experiences and downfalls. It serves as a great expose on religion general.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Secret Ceremonies

  • A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond
  • By: Deborah Laake
  • Narrated by: Meredith MacRae
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

Secret Ceremonies is the story of the awakening of Deborah Laake. A devout Mormon, she attended Brigham Young University, received good grades, was popular - but most of all, she found the One, the man who declared that his claim to her was a matter of divine revelation. Thus, while still in her teens she was married in the sacred chambers of a Mormon temple. From there her life began to disintegrate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short and Entertaining

  • By John N. Berg on 08-30-13

Unique exit story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-15

Very well written bio from someone escaping an oppressive society/religion. Because this woman's experience happened largely before the LDS (Mormon) church updated many of its more extreme viewpoints and doctrines, it's gives a unique perspective and explanation of the more sexist and patriarchal generation that the current generation of liberal leaning Mormons and non Mormons are battling today.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Escape

  • By: Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Questions answered - candid and informative.

  • By Kim on 12-17-11

Gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-15

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.