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In late 1853, Parley Pratt received a letter from his brother and fellow member of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, Orson Pratt. Orson had committed himself to contribute to the publication of genealogical information on the descendants of their ancestor Willian Pratt, an English Puritan who had migrated to New England in the 1630s, and wanted Parley to contribute to the publication, too.  

The compiler of the information, a Congregationalist minister, had asked Orson that he and Parley, known to be prominent religionists, write autobiographical sketches for the planned publication. In reply to Orson, Parley was reluctant, writing that “a mere sketch of the outlines of [my] truly eventful life would occupy several hundred pages”. In subsequent correspondence, Orson pressed Parley, praising Parley’s “interesting, easy, flowing” writing style and observing that if they worked together under the “dictations of the Holy Spirit”, they might “write something that shall hereafter prove a blessing to our brethren”. It would take four more years for Parley to write his autobiography, and it would not be published until 1874.

Parley P. Pratt’s autobiography is one of the great personal stories of early Latter-day Saint church history. It is an eventful and thrilling story of a man’s complete faith in and total commitment to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as the price he paid and the blessings he received for pursuing such a course.  

The story presented in Parley’s autobiography has enthralled Latter-day Saint readers from its 1874 publication to the present day and has shaped many Latter-day Saints’ views of early church history.

©2018 Mormon / LDS Audiobook Foundation (P)2018 Mormon / LDS Audiobook Foundation

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I enjoyed learning more about Parley P pratt'

a bunch of lines which the orator has duplicated throughout the recording. Less frequent in the last quarter of the recording. I did not care for the orator, I'm just glad I got through it.

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Incredible life a & man

As a Church member I have known of Parley P Pratt my entire life, but his dedication to the Gospel as this record of his life exhibits is truly beyond anything I knew.

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Love it- Will renew your faith.

If you want to Know without a doubt that God lives then read this book- and you will Know. My favorite Church history Book bar none.
Well written Probably one of the most exciting and adventurous life’s ever lived!

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Uninspired Narration

While I have read the Autobiography of Parley P Pratt at least twice and love his life story his narrator is obviously not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is so unfamiliar with church terminology, names and places that his mistakes in pronunciation are laughable and make listening to the story annoying. If someone is narrating a religious book about anyone or anything of any denomination it should be by someone who is a member of that institution and who lives it and loves it. It would have been very easy to procure a narrator who would have loved to narrate this amazing life story, maybe even a descendant of Apostle Pratt

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Great book. Bad read.

The material is great. Reading not so much. Abundance of mispronounced words and bad edits. Grateful to have it for my commute but the accent is distracting. Should not have been charged a credit for this.

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great book. terrible audio editing

there are many manufacturers times when the same line is read twice and in different tones. whoever edited the audio didn't do very good. that being said the book is great. Parley P. Pratt had a very eventful and exciting life, dedicated to the Lord and h
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Historical Classic

I haven't read the original, so I could be wrong, but I think there are a fair number of editing mistakes; the reader repeats many lines.

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The content of this audiobook is 5 star.

The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints as lived in all of its glory and horror by the preeminent knight of early church. No other individual gave more time to proselytizing and maintaining the efforts of missionary work and conversion for the benefit of the church. Parly P Pratt was the author of the churches first book of information arguing the legitimacy of restored Ghospel. It became a massive tool for the conversion of thousands. Prophets of the future were lead to the church due to his efforts. Listen to this audiobook and wounder how this man could maintain a nonstop relationship with roads, the wilds of nature and consistant persecution by hatefull government officials world wide.

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Great story and Natration, only needs better edits

This book has many places where the narrator reread a line but the 1st read of the line didn't get edited out. It makes it slightly confusing.