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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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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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Heavy on the Jesus

I got this book because I was interested in the story of the Ervin Lebanon cult but instead this book is really about the author’s journey to finding god in an evangelical sense. I really wasn’t expecting that and the story doesn’t really touch on the cult in its structure or story. In fact, the author seems more upset that her dad wasn’t there for her rathe than the murders he caused. If you want to read a memoir about a child from an abusive background finding god and piece, this book is for you. Otherwise, beware.

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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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An amazing true story of hardship & victory

I think I have read every book that is written by someone who would been a part of the LeBaron cult. I have to say that this one was probably my favorite. I think because it gave such hope in her relationship with Jesus Christ that Anna was able to find as she struggled to get over The horrific acts of cruelty and neglect that this girl had to endure for the sake of a madman with far too much power. I think of the words from the book, Unbroken, apply to this cult leader, "The fatal poison of irresponsible power."

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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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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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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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Don’t waste a credit

What a really bad book in every way. It rambles on with no real storyline or development of characters. The narration is terrible. I couldn’t finish it.

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A must read book!

Where does The Polygamist’s Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most engaging stories I have listened to in some time.

What other book might you compare The Polygamist’s Daughter to and why?

I can't think of one, though I thought of stories by holocaust survivors on several occasions. Anna lived through her own holocaust in a way.

Which scene was your favorite?

I wouldn't try to say that. I'm grateful for the few friends and the best Christmas ever (first Christmas ever) and for Mark and Lillian.

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

The Polygamist's Daughter: A story of indomitable spirit and hope despite tragedy

Any additional comments?

Where do I start? Anna LeBaron ... what a tremendous book! This true story of a girl who grew up in multiple states under a polygamist cult which centered around her father, Irvil LeBaron, will rock you to the core. I was riveted. I sometimes found myself saying, "OH, Anna!" in the middle of reading. I just wanted to jump into the book and help her along or get her out of a tough situation. At other times, I was so moved at the sweetnesses she experienced along the way.

This is not merely a documentary from the perspective of a child in a tragic upbringing. While you do learn a lot of the ins and outs of what a polygamist family can be like, the facts are not what will keep you reading. Amidst the extremely penetrating traumas throughout Anna's life, there is the constancy of her indomitable spirit. What would have taken many under, never completely did her in. As you read The Polygamist's Daughter, you find the kind of hope that does not disappoint. You will be in awe as you walk through Ana's experiences, enduring all she did and rising from the ashes of her challenging upbringing to be the woman she is today.

Anna is a wonderful storyteller. If you are into audiobooks (I sure am!) give yourself the blessing of listening to Anna tell her own story. Some authors are not storytellers and were never meant to read their own writing aloud. Anna has a gift of telling her story in an engaging and suspenseful way. I never knew if she were about to have a surprisingly sweet outcome or if yet another tragedy were about to befall her.

I hope my review is screaming: Go get this book! What are you waiting for? Go.

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Not bad, but not what I expected

This book being listed in the "True Crime" lists on Audible is not accurate. It is a memoir, but it's not a crime story. It was interesting, but just not what expected. Her story was good. I did manage to make it through the entire book & was happy for her victory over her life, but still somewhat disappointing. I have listened to a number of books relating to the FLDS & that's what I expected of this book, but it was not. It's "OK", but not fantastic.

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  • Julie
  • 04-13-22

Wow, it sounded like a very difficult life

Such an interesting read, as a person who safeguards children I found it hard to understand how any woman can believe a man like Ervil. I hope this doesn't offend you Anna. The book is so well written & read. I am so sad for those who died at the hands of this so call religious group. I am Christian & love my Church family. But that's it. I read up on your family, I am left haunted by those never found. I must be a bit of a femenist now as a glad I don't need a man in my life. God bless you & you children. Be happy.

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  • Lynne
  • 07-29-22

Good story , enjoyed the listen.

Enjoyed this book and Well done Anna for Narrating yourself too. Very interesting to hear Anna's story

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  • Denise field
  • 07-01-22

surprising good

I've never heard of this cult leader. really well told. especially as its narrated by the author. I know I'm a savage with my audible, but yes I did listen all the way through as it was so engrossing

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  • LisaAlo
  • 06-29-22

Brilliant

This is so good , the insight to a controlling cult which leaves you wanting the writer to continue writing more secrets
I could honestly see a movie of this story .

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  • Nicky Ramone
  • 06-26-22

Growing up with crazy people

Thank goodness Anna escaped from her crazy father’s religion, though a shame she didn’t escape religion altogether. She seems happy with her new beliefs however so who can complain?

An interesting story. I listened to it at 1.1x as it seemed a bit slow at normal speed.

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  • Alan Everitt
  • 03-10-22

Riveting

riveting immersive moving touching spiritual inspiring I learned a great deal from this extraordinary memoir.

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  • hellojoanie
  • 01-29-22

An interesting story

Very interesting and well narrated by the author. I like when authors read their own words. Took me into a world I cannot imagine growing up in.

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  • Nichola
  • 01-04-22

Moving, compelling and beautifully read by the author

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone.

The author is honest, just and bravely tells a very difficult story.

A really hope giving book.

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  • Natasha chesson
  • 11-17-21

Very good read and easy to listen to very interest

Loved it very easy to listen i learned alot of things. . .
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  • ania
  • 10-20-21

Too much talking about god

The book is involving but at the end she talks to muxh about god. It feels like she escaped from one sect and fell into the clutches of the other one.

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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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  • Michele
  • 09-26-22

an important story but...

I struggled to finish this. I very sad story and important memoir but it just got too "Jesus" in the end.

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  • Artless Dodger
  • 09-19-22

Interesting story, boring writing.

I thought that this might have a more active and interesting voice, but I was let down. I understand that having a lifetime of god in you alongside being in a cult might dull things a bit, personality-wise, but I found it boring. There was no relatable anecdote or personal judgements/epiphanies that you would hope someone might have as they go through life. But hey, I somehow got to the end of it… mostly because I thought there would be some sort of arc, but it was like surfing in an English canal. Flat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-22

informative

,I really enjoyed listening to to this book and to see the strength of the author to overcome incredible childhood trauma

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  • Fred Smith
  • 08-22-22

gripping memoir

narration was great and didn't surprise me in the end that it was the author narrating. An encouraging story how God's love heals and restores

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  • alex
  • 08-16-22

The polygamist daughter

I really enjoyed this story Well narrated and interesting to the end Will listen to it again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-22

Eye opening, heart wrenching

I really enjoyed listening to Anna tell her story, and especially more so with her reading it herself. The insight to such a life was eye opening and made me curious to know more! I love that Anna found Jesus and freedom, and pray she has continued to be well. There are a quite a number of family members and events - it can be confusing at times, but listen on and it falls into place. It was a safe book for me to play in the car with my children on board - no foul language or overly explicit content. Awesome read!
P/s: at the end of the audio book Anna mentioned a PDF with charts and images that accompanied this book. I can’t find it in my audible account. Unsure if i am looking the wrong place or if it’s really not there. Anna is on Facebook - look her page up - she is lovely!

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  • Chris Grame
  • 08-06-22

love to you Anna

so many parts of this story I can relate to
thank you for sharing Anna

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-22

Secretly preaching religion

First half of the story is somewhat interesting insight into cults, though the reader makes it painful to listen to at times. The protagonist ironically morphs into religious preaching herself by the end of the story. Missed opportunity to be critical on the danger of narrow minded religion, she simply finds a different religion to form a personality around.

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