Joseph Smith

  • by Donald W. Hemingway
  • Narrated by Marvin Payne
  • 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Live in the period of 1830-1844. Feel the thoughts of Brewster Cabot who followed, loved, and suffered persecution with one proclaimed to be a prophet, Joseph Smith, the man who started The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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I expected much more than I received.

What would have made Joseph Smith better?

The title is very misleading. The story contains occasional references to Joseph Smith. It is really a book about the Mormon history and the main character's (not Joseph Smith) involvement in it.


What do you think your next listen will be?

The Secret Garden.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, it was fine.


What character would you cut from Joseph Smith?

He was a man of God. The story would have been much better if it would have focused on Jospeh Smith and his story.


Any additional comments?

Why don't you carry audiobooks from Deseret books?

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- kathy

Vert good if you understand what you are getting

Any additional comments?

This is not a biography of Joseph Smith but rather a series of journal entries from a fictitious character who is an early convert to Mormonism. This character takes the listener through the process of his conversion, his gathering to Zion in Kirtland, Missouri, and Nauvoo and the persecutions and troubles of those time periods. The character interacts with Joseph Smith along the way but this is not a book about Joseph Smith per se. As a convert, the character portrays the events through the lens of a believer though the author includes the other side of the story via apostates or the main character's own internal debates as events unfold.

I found the book entertaining and a worthwhile listen because I understood what the book was before I started. In that regard, the title of the book is misleading. The author's portrayal of historical events were accurate and his writing style was very appropriate to the time period and kept me engaged. If you are interested in learning more about the early history of the LDS Church in an entertaining way then you will enjoy this book.

I will not spoil the ending but there is a twist at the end that some reviewers did not like. Though I knew something was coming, the twist caught me by complete surprise and I thought that it was an incredible move by the author (in a good way). It proved to me that the author was out to write a great book and not just follow a traditional script.

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- Douglas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-27-2006
  • Publisher: Big Happy Family, LLC