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The Witness Wore Red Audiobook

The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

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Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs.

Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family. The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in - and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS.

Rebecca's subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life.

The Witness Wore Red is a gripping account of one woman's struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Rebecca Musser (P)2013 Hachette Book Group

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    lorraine salt lake city, UT, United States 12-21-13
    lorraine salt lake city, UT, United States 12-21-13
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    Where does The Witness Wore Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the best i have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its so shocking yet very inspirational


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Musser – was your favorite?

    Herself


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

    "the story.."


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like the lady that read the book but the story was amazing i couldn't put the book down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SHANNON THE DALLES, OR, United States 10-15-13
    SHANNON THE DALLES, OR, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Intriguing story--Texas accent super annoying!"
    Would you listen to The Witness Wore Red again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening to this book until the author began using a horrible Texan accent. It was annoying and distracted from the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It shows the insidious nature of the FLDS church (cult), and how it sanctions child, and spousal abuse. I read "Under the Banner of Heaven" and this was a worthy addition to my education about the FLDS church.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, until the accent.


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

    It made me angry that the followers of the FLDS church have buried their heads in the sand, and allowed the systematic abuse of children!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Plimpton 04-14-17

    Not a big reader. I read so much at work that I don't enjoy reading for pleasure. I fall asleep too easy. Audible has been the answer!!!

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    "AMAZING story from an INCREDIBLE woman!"
    What did you love best about The Witness Wore Red?

    This book was fantastic. By far, one of the best I have heard yet. The inside story from this young woman & a better understanding of this cult was amazing. She is incredibly brave & God BLESS her for what she has done. I knew this man was deranged, but this was eye-opening beyond what I could imagine! Makes me want to become more involved in helping these people trapped in this life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inside knowledge and true compassion shown when explaining how she felt & how the followers felt & their beliefs.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Musser – was your favorite?

    Rebecca herself. True compassion and a deep understanding of the pain her family/sister wives/fellow believers experienced. Impressed by her strength.


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

    Heavenly Trained with a Sickening Twist


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to listening to Becky's sister's book as well as the book written by the P.I. regarding this sect. I'm intrigued by this world & live in South Dakota. I would really like to become involved in "bringing down" the sect they are now constructing in western South Dakota to remove them from our beloved state!

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    Kelly Gordon 03-31-17
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    "Captivating and honest."

    What an incredibly brave woman! I'd like to think I would have been as strong as she was if I was ever brainwashed, but it takes a very special person to take a risk and walk away from the only life she has ever known. I am happy to hear she is still dedicating her time to help others recover from similar tragedies. The book was a fantastic telling of a terrifying truth. Exceeded my expectations!

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    Amazon Customer 02-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The Witness Read Well"

    I recently did a research project on the FLDS church, and Rebecca's autobiography was my favorite autobio that I read. Informative, moves along well, and she does a good job reading it.

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    Rosie 02-02-17
    Rosie 02-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Intriguing"

    This book kept me entertained the ENTIRE time, highly recommend! Thank you for sharing your story.

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    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-25-17
    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-25-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A jaw dropper"

    The FLDS is truly fascinating. I've read alot of books lately on this "religion" and this is a must read. It actually has some positives, which was a nice turn and was told from someone who started out life with a pretty normal existence...or normal in their world. Lots of detail and it filled in some blanks for me since most others are horrifying...not that this isn't. Narration was tolerable except for some funky Texas accents, but by then you're already into the book. Well worth the credit to learn just how disgusting people are under the guise of religion. Evil at its core! If this doesn't make you want to volunteer to help these poor people, nothing will.

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    Jordyn 12-27-16
    Jordyn 12-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I read this book in just a few sittings because Rebecca's story was so fascinating. Rebecca's lifestyle growing up is so different than that of most people who will read this book. I found myself shocked by the life she was born into and impressed by her ongoing compassion for the community.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very interested in both psychology and religion, thus I have found myself very interested in accounts of ex cult members. Rebecca's account is the best I've listened to (or read) thus far. Not only did Rebecca remain humble but she seemingly did her best to defend the FLDS while also bringing light to the abusive nature of the community. I highly recommend this book!

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    VinellaGal2000 Missouri 12-07-16
    VinellaGal2000 Missouri 12-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Good for her!"

    I hope every one of these sick pedophiles rot in prison! She has made such improvements in her life. By her self!

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    Kathryn 11-24-16
    Kathryn 11-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    Had me from the start. I could not put it down. Rebecca did a great job narrating, however she really needs to work on her Texas accent.

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