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"My father had more than 50 children."

So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult - a radical branch of Mormonism - Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone.

She escaped when she was 13 - but the nightmare was far from over.

A shocking true story of murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist's Daughter is also the heart-cry of a fatherless girl and her search for love, faith, and a safe place to call home.

©2017 Anna LeBaron (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Redemption...

This book is full of heart wrenching details about little Anna's life but is beautifully redeemed at the end. I definitely recommend it!

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Riveting!

Couldn't stop listening. This memoir reads like a novel, LeBaron was the perfect choice to read her own story. I will listen to this one again.

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  • Joshua
  • Waterloo, IL, United States
  • 05-21-17

to religious


way to much about loving Jesus and preaching in this book. Descent story but the rest is preaching hard to deal with at times

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Incredible!!

Loved this amazing story of Gods beautiful redemption of something unimaginable. This story is so important as the scope of the cult is widely unknown.

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Heart wrenching memoir

You won't be able to stop listening. Anna tells her life story incredibly well. It's awful and astonishing at the same time. I recommend this to all my friends.

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  • A. C.
  • Chicago, IL
  • 04-25-17

Bait and Switch

How could the performance have been better?

Please, don't pronounce Jesus, "JeSUS."

What character would you cut from The Polygamist’s Daughter?

Jesus.

Any additional comments?

Before I delve into why I disliked this book, I will tell you that I was born and raised Catholic. I chose to earn my Bachelor’s degree at a Catholic university, and I was only one class short of a Catholic Studies minor. While I don’t consider myself a religious person, I do have strong Christian values and my Catholicism is very much a part of my identity.



That being said, I will never purchase a book without checking its publisher ever again. This book was published by Tyndale House Publishers, which publishes Christian works. That’s all good and fine, if that’s what you’re looking for, but this was simply filed away as “True Crime” on Audible. If I were to have looked up its genre, listed differently on Amazon, or looked further into its publishing company, I wouldn’t have chosen this book.



Ervril LeBaron was responsible for the deaths of over two dozen people, but there’s not too much talk of murder in this book. There’s a little bit at the end, but the true crime is mostly child neglect, child abuse, and corruption of a minor. So, yes, there is crime, but there’s also irony in being part of a cult and then being “saved by JeSUS.” 



The book was quick and interesting, up until the point where I realized this book was actually about going from one religion to another. I lost interest afterward, which is too bad because it reverts back to more true crime. As previously mentioned, I’m far from an atheist. Though, because I thought this was a book about true crime and the toxicity of a particular system of religious worship, I ended up sorely disappointed.

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Okay but not riveting

At times, the narrator had odd inflections or pauses which would drag me out of the story. The story itself was interesting but dragged in the middle, but I did enjoy the self-reflection. I don't know that I would have finished it if I wasn't reading it for my book club mainly because of the narrator.

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Meh

Anna LeBaron is definitely a survivor. I just felt like she held back and there was more to her story then she wanted to expose.

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Decent Story, But Dripping with Self Pity

What did you love best about The Polygamist’s Daughter?

The story was fairly interesting and gave insight into the day to day life of someone living in a polygamist community

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Polygamist’s Daughter?

Her escape from polygamy was interesting.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anna LeBaron?

I normally like when the author reads their own book, but in this case, almost anybody else would have been better. She reads in a very sing-songy voice that sounds like she's reading to children. It's irritating to listen to for hours and it doesn't sound genuine.

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

There were certainly captivating parts, but it wasn't a book I found difficult to put down.

Any additional comments?

There was lots of self pity in this book, which I found difficult to wade through. She certainly endured a difficult childhood, but through her poor writing, she over-explains everything to the reader, which is an insult to the reader's intelligence. She explains how difficult everything was for her and how upset it made her and how she always did without, rather than by letting the reader figure that out for herself. Also, I'm a Christian, but I thought it was too preachy and tied too neatly at the end.

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Boring!

Not worth your money or time! Zzzz zzzz zz zz zz zz zz z zz

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  • Ross McDougall
  • 06-14-17

shocking, sad and inspirational

Wow. What a book!

This is an unflinching look into life in a polygamist cult. LeBaron showed immense strength in writing this book, a journey with wonderful highs and devastating lows that she is all to happy to share with the reader.

LeBaron read this herself for the audiobook which I listened to. It added so much emotion and gravitas to what she describes. While it was harrowing and heartbreaking to hear what the members of the cult were put through as children, LeBaron often found small specks of joy and fun in its midst. These explanations of the good but mundane things that occurred would have been lost on me in another book, but because I knew about the horrible actions some of the other family members were involved in they became like an escape for me also. I smiled every time young Anna was overwhelmed with joy from a generous stranger or family.

As Anna grows up, the narrative shifts from her inner monologue of ignorance to one that questions everything she sees and hears, but the writing style does not become cumbersome to hear. Everything is still peppered with LeBaron's thoughts about a situation but how high the stakes are begins to show.

Reading more about the story, I'm not surprised there are several other books written about the Ervil LeBaron murders - it's a shocking but completely enthralling story. I need to read more! Listening to the book read by Anna herself, I was continually floored by the things that people can do to people - and maybe more importantly: the things that people can process and move on from.

Toward the end of the book, there's discussion of planning to write it and even some of the process. This brought it from a story that, while true felt like a different world into this one. LeBaron has a website and speaks about her ordeal to encourage others - what a truly inspiring story!

My highest recommendation, and I think this is a definite 'listen-to' book!

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  • Janet Wilkie
  • 04-21-17

a sad childhood

loved this it was memorising to hear all the things she had to endure then

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