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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An emotionally raw debut about the dangers of blind faith - and the power of having faith in oneself.

The cult known as the Community has taken everything from 17-year-old Minnow: 12 years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something - but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of - if she's willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past. With a harrowing poetic voice, this gripping story is perfect for listeners who like their novels dark and smart.

©2015 Stephanie Oakes (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Morris Award Finalist, 2016

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Bit of a Disconnect

The concept is great. The execution is good. The characters are unusual and distinct. The nonlinear format is an interesting way to tell this story about a girl who is in juvenile detention after the prophet of her cult has been murdered and the camp of the cult set aflame.

This has all the classic factors that should add up to equal a perfect book, and yet I still wanted to hold it at arm’s length the whole way through. I just wouldn’t or couldn’t let this book get too close, and I’m not sure why. I think that maybe something about it feels a bit too prescribed, and not authentic enough. I guess I wanted more emotional resonance, and this is a bit flat and dry at times. Almost mechanical.

It’s not really a book that you enjoy. It’s more like it’s a book that you survive. That being said, it was compelling, and I kept moving forward, even when I sometimes felt a disconnect.

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Wonderful book of an awakening!!!

So very much worth the read/listen!! I recommend also watching the series about this on facebook!!

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Great read

It was a great book. I the narrator did amazing in reading it. I love all the suspense and mystery behind everything.

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great book

loved the narrator. the book is great. wondering if there will be a second book

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Great book

I loved this book. I found it very interesting and different. Would definitely recommend this!

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Good story, very difficult

The narrator was great. I didnt have any problems listening to her and she portrayed the.characters well.

The story was upsetting, that is the nature of the story, but definitely a trigger warning for many people with several different types of trauma.

I liked the character arcs and the plot was interesting throughout. There wasn't a part when I thought it dragged.

all in all 4 stars.

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  • Kat
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jaw-dropping and breath taking.

This is an amazing book. I have to say, if i didn't have it on audible i would have finished it in a night. A gripping page turner that pulls at your hear more and more with each passing sentence.

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Had so much potential!

Started strong but really dragged especially towards the end. It’s a shame because the storyline about the main character, Minnow, living in a religious community was initially fascinating but disappointed in the end. I honestly couldn’t wait for it to be over. Don’t waste your money or a credit on this.

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good story

I thought this was a good story, well written and good narrator. I would definitely recommend this one

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Amazing read

I really enjoyed this novel. It was a little scatterbrained at times, but overall the story is fresh and it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The ending makes you wonder if the storyteller (Minnow) was a dependable narrator and storyteller and it makes you question everything that you had read.