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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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    Lori James 06-09-16
    Lori James 06-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What an amazing story of survival!"

    This book is amazing! I found myself not being able to pause it for any reason. The strength of Carolyn Jessop is extraordinary. I would recommend this book to anyone!

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    Carrie Guillory 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "No words"

    I loved this book; parts are incredibly hard to hear. The emotional abuse these people endure is disgusting, but what a strong woman she is unlike many of the others there. The manipulation and backlash among wives is unbelievable. Knowing she accomplished something and her life is better was what kept me going. I am so proud of her actions. I will be reading hey next book. What an eye opener.

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    EBeautySue Utah, USA 04-04-16
    EBeautySue Utah, USA 04-04-16
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    "amazing"

    The beginning is difficult to follow in parts. Some storylines are difficult to follow but when discussing such large polygamous families it by definition is difficult to follow.

    Overall a very compelling and amazing story.

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    Deana Davidson 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Escape in three words, what would they be?

    enlightening, sad, and inspiring.


    What other book might you compare Escape to and why?

    Just from recent experience, I guess I can only compare it to "I am Malala" because it tells the story of woman with astounding courage through her own words.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    She spoke for the Author flawlessly. For the most part I forgot that it wasn't the Author speaking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Woman finds Miraculous Courage to Break Free of a Cult.


    Any additional comments?

    Its amazing that this woman was born with a level of intelligence, courage and Self-Respect that enabled her to break free from this cult that she was born into along with her children.

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    Linda 02-20-16
    Linda 02-20-16
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    My eyes have been opened to the horror and terror suffered by Carolyn and her lovely kids....I cried right along with her as i listened to her story!! Carolyn you are so inspirational, strong and independent...I wish I could hug you right now!! Now I want to read more about the FLDS cult!!!!
    I have recommended this book to many people!!

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    Kindyra USA 02-16-16
    Kindyra USA 02-16-16
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    "Loved it! Fascinating!"

    Loved it! Can't believe this happens right under our noses. This was so fascinating to listen to. She is so brave.

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    Stacie Tucker 02-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "What an amazing story!"

    Could not stop listening to this book the entire time. Carolyn's story is courageous, heartfelt, enlightening, and most of all, shocking! I'd recommend this book to anyone. What an inspiration Jessop is, she is a true hero.

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    Desiree Mitchell Lawrenceville, GA 12-24-15
    Desiree Mitchell Lawrenceville, GA 12-24-15

    Desiree Mitchell

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    "loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes very informative and intriguing very well written and well read held my interest


    What did you like best about this story?

    the raw details


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

    no i havent


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

    it made me emotional at times hearing the hoorible things about the flds


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommend

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    Seth Hall 11-21-15
    Seth Hall 11-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Glued to it"

    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.

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    Rae 08-01-15
    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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