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Publisher's Summary

Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.

In Prophet's Prey, Brower implicates Jeff in his own words, bringing to light the contents of Jeffs's personal priesthood journal, discovered in a hidden underground vault, and revealing to readers the shocking inside world of FLDS members, whose trust he earned and who showed him the staggering truth of their lives.

Prophet's Prey offers the gripping, behind-the-scenes account of a bizarre world from the only man who knows the full story.

©2011 Original material by Sam Brower. Preface © 2011 Jon Krakauer. Recorded by arrangement with Bloomsbury USA. (P)2011 HighBridge Company

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Listen to this

Every American should read this book. Ten to twenty thousand Americans are essentially living in captivity in a criminal cult and the government won't shut it down. An astounding story, very well told. Gripping.

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Fascinating & Frightening

A vivid and detailed account of the FLDS leader, his followers and his crimes. Hard to believe and difficult to deny. Recommended for anyone who wants to know more about this cult and its disturbing beliefs.

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Wondering about Sam Brower

Would you be willing to try another book from Sam Brower and Jon Krakauer ? Why or why not?

yes

Which character – as performed by Jonah Cummings – was your favorite?

Someone from Utah should have listened to and edited this. There are multiple mispronunciations of common Utah places.

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

yes, one long drive

Any additional comments?

Okay I can't believe Brower and Krakauer are completely in agreement on this. Brower professes to be a mainstream LDS Mormon but Under the Banner of Heaven goes to great lengths to document how Mormanism led to some of the crazy activities that the FLDS have perpetrated. I just can't believe the Brower dismiss the past of the church he is a member of. I of course applaud his dogged pursuit of Jeffs for being the creepy pedophile that he is.... but but but, how can he still pass off the sins of his own church that helped beget the FLDS?

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Fascinating true crime story

Wonderfully interesting story of an investigator's search for the true. The only issue is the narrator is not quite up to the standards I have found in other books.

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Well written but a lot to keep up with

I like this book. It is very informative. well written but a lot of people and names to keep up with. very neat to hear the story from someone on the inside versus what I have seen b in the media.

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Good story. Worth a listen.

Having listened to "Under the Banner of Heaven," this story is definitely a worthwhile listen. However, you don't need to have read it to appreciate the story.

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Not very uplifting

This book does not leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. It stirred up feelings of rage and a desire to put a stop to the injustices that occur in the FLDS organisation. I wish these girls knew what existed outside of the bubble they are forced to live in. Overall great investigative skills by the author. I am thankful to have a knowledge of the atrocities that are occurring right now.

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fascinating, scary, and eye opening

What other book might you compare Prophet's Prey to and why?

Under the Banner of Heaven

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

it outraged me and made me sad that so many Americans have no idea how dangerous a theocracy is.

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the author is my new hero.

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Non-fiction that is actually a "page-turner."

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is so incredible, I listened to it twice. That this stuff happens, in this country, blew me away. It is simply a fascinating unfolding of a story that ought to be fiction, but isn't. Couldn't put it down, and kept pulling my headphones off to say "listen to this," to my husband.

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

Too long to read in one setting, but I really hated to interrupt my listening for anything.

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The single best non-fiction writing that I've ever read, and the reader was very good.

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  • Carolyn
  • Savannah, GA, United States
  • 11-06-13

A true horror story

It was something of a coincidence that I ended up reading this book at the same time as I was re-reading Bram Stoker's "Dracula."

One of the books featured a maniacal elder, who used intellect and cunning to manipulate the people around him. This creature controlled every thought and aspect of their lives, and effectively created a legion of terrified slaves, who would in turn perpetrate violence and wreak terror on future generations.

The other book was about a vampire.

It is in jest that I minimize the frightening story and ideas Bram Stoker put to paper so many years ago. Yet, in truth, the real-life actions of Warren Jeffs and his followers are far more terrifying than anything I have come across in reading any fiction.

The hideous, unabashed greed, meanness and predation that underlie Jeffs' every action are truly sickening. As bad are the lengths to which his followers have proven themselves willing to go, whether through active participation in the evil, or through handing over their most vulnerable family members to be brutalized and inculcated into the cycle of abuse and incest.

Sam Brower's investigative take on the FLDS is engaging and well-composed. As he is a member of the mainstream LDS faith, it can hardly be said that he was unfairly prejudiced or ignorant of the subjects of his study. Since I read and enjoyed Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven" a few months back, it was fascinating to delve even deeper into the culture that set the scene for the Lafferty murders. In addition, the developing relationship between the two authors added a really interesting perspective. Initially unsure of one another, the two men ended up being strong allies in the crusade to bring down the shroud of secrecy surrounding this criminal group.

The narrator gave a solid reading, true to Brower's words and powerful story without being melodramatic. It was easy to imagine that the private investigator/author was telling the story in his own voice.

The subject matter of this book is quite heavy and quite disturbing, and perhaps that is what we need as a society to ensure that such atrocities are not allowed to take place while we uncomfortably look the other way.