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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.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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:
- 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")
- 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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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?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful