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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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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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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!
loved this it was memorising to hear all the things she had to endure then