• The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1

  • The Mormons
  • By: David Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: David Smalley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-11-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dogma Debate, LLC
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (333 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The next time that squeaky clean pair of LDS elders comes knocking on your door, they're in for a surprise! Find out the secrets the Mormon Church would rather you didn't know (and for which they paid plenty of money to keep hushed up unsuccessfully!)
In this first book of The Complete Heretic's Guide to World Religion series, historian and award-winning atheist author Dave Fitzgerald takes us behind the Salt Lake curtain for a glimpse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and answers your questions: Where did this multi-billion dollar tax-exempt corporation come from? Did Joseph Smith really sleep with all those women? Are the Mormons going to take over the whole world, and if so, is there any way to stop them?
But that's not all! Learn about the bizarre, oxymoronic world of Mormon archeology and discover their strange beliefs - not just all the crazy stuff you already know, but all the truly twisted things you never even suspected - including the astounding shocking skeletons rattling around in the closet of the Mormon church hierarchy.
Don't miss out on this fun, informative and painstakingly researched historical romp by the highly praised and award-winning author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All. So when the missionaries show up on your doorstep, you'll have plenty to discuss with them.... Later days, Saints!
The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion. Because religion isn't just wrong. It's hilarious.
©2013 David Fitzgerald (P)2013 Dogma Debate, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Bob Killian on 05-22-14

Hilarious and disturbing history.

The author has an ax to grind, and he sharpens his ax beautifully. It's funny and well documented, full of illuminating history from the goofy and occasionally violent days of the Mormons.

A less than stellar reading, though. Although the narrator is a likable radio host, he offers many cringe-worthy mispronunciations that detract from the flow. ("Ec cetera" is particularly jarring, as it occurs in the text frequently. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, then buy the book.) I had to decode "cholera" when it was pronounced ko-LER-uh. I lost half a paragraph figuring that out.

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4 out of 5 stars
By B. C. French on 08-06-13

Amusing treatment, but narration problems

The subject matter of the book is good; I didn't learn anything new, but the presentation was very amusingly written. For those not familiar with Mormonism from the outside, it's a good overview, if perhaps a little cheeky.

However, the narrator's constant and consistent mispronunciations often threw me out of the narrative. If you are going to do a book about Mormonism, at least learn to pronounce some of the place names, personal names, and words correctly. Just a few examples:

Mormon specific:
- Palmyra (pal-MY-rah, not pal-MEE-rah -- I live about 30 minutes away from it)
- Deseret (DEZ-er-et, not DESS-er-et - like "desert")

- Ervil LeBaron, not Evril LeBaron (to be charitable, he may have been reading a typo)
- Jon Krakauer (KRA-kow-er, not "cracker")

Normal words:
- Sheepishly, not sheeplishly
- Prodigal (PRAH-dih-gul) son, not prodigial (prah-DIHJ-ee-al) son

There are many, many other examples, but this shows a certain lack of direction and editing, as well as some ignorance by the narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 07-18-13


Would you listen to The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book One: The Mormons again? Why?

So much detail one listen is not enough!

What did you like best about this story?

Everything from start to finish!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The detailed account of modern day mormonism.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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2 out of 5 stars
By Mrs C Garstang on 07-16-15

A missed opportunity

What disappointed you about The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book One: The Mormons?

I was very interested to find out more about the belief system behind the Mormon religion. This book dragged it out to a point that I couldn't make it to the end of the book. The drab narration didn't help!

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