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Favorite Wife

Escape from Polygamy
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
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She had no choice in the matter - none of the girls did. Her mission was to give birth to and raise many children in devoted service to a shared husband. Susan was 15 years old when she became the sixth wife of Verlan LeBaron, one of the leaders of a rogue Mormon cult, who was engaged in a blood feud with his brother that from 1972 to 1988 claimed up to two dozen lives.

In this gripping and eloquent book, Susan Ray Schmidt tells the story of growing up on the inside and of her ultimate escape with her children from an oppressive and violent life. Delving more deeply into this mysterious underworld than any previous work, Favorite Wife is a powerful account of the affairs of the heart, coming of age under exceptional circumstances, and the tough choices that are sometimes painfully necessary to preserve human dignity.

Susan Ray Schmidt was once a member of the Church of the Firstborn of the Fullness of Times and the child-bride of polygamist Verlan LeBaron in Colonia LeBaron in Mexico. After eight years of marriage, she left her husband and fled with her five children back to America. She remarried three years later.

©2006 Susan Ray Schmidt (P)2018 Tantor

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An incredible true story !

I loved this book. The incredible true story about a young girl's escape from a polygamist cult. The story just pulls the listener in. The narrator does a fine job at dramatization, making you feel as though you are watching these events unfold rather than just hearing a story. I highly recommend this book to anyone . You won't be disappointed, it keeps your attention from start to finish. I am amazed at the author for being so brave and for telling her story.

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So so good

I’ve read many books about polygamy and the women’s lives in it.... this was a very good one, telling a full story, leaving out little. I love reading stories of strong women and men, and boy is Susan one of those. I admire her grit, and got so much out of this telling.

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Great!

Aware of the LeBaron story but intrigued now. Going to listen to more from other wives