The Polygamist’s Daughter

A Memoir
Narrated by: Anna LeBaron
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"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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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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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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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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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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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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Beautifilul & Courageous

Anna's story is a beautifully woven courageous retelling of the fabric of her complicated and oftentimes painful story of her life. I both wept and rejoiced with each story she shared throughout her healing journey.

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Boring

I found this book extremely boring. I kept forgetting to pay attention while listening. The recollections were uninteresting. I guess just being a polygamist's daughter does not mean you have a story to tell.
I also thought the narrator to be annoying. Her cadence during reading often sounded like she was asking a question in the middle of a sentence.

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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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