eAudio - unabridged
Audio (15.88 hours)
Product Number: Z100011879
Released: Jul 12, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415942413
Narrator/s: Ann Marie Lee
Publisher: Books on Tape
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When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives, who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop's flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. She became the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS, and in 2006, her reports to the Utah attorney general on church abuses formed a crucial part of the case that led to the arrest of its notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.

Original Publish Date: Oct 16, 2007

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Product Number EB00153543
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: #9780767928472

Professional reviews

"The practice of polygamy by the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints) has long made the breakaway Mormon sect an object of curiosity and controversy. In her memoir, Carolyn Jessop exposes this closed society in a book that is both intriguing and unsettling. In light of this, the text can be excused its occasional melodrama and hyperbole. What is more difficult to understand is the flat presentation offered by Ann Marie Lee. Clear and precise, her delivery is pleasant enough, but her lack of drama renders this more of a reading than a performance. The final segment of the book is an interview with the author. Listening to her soft-spoken and articulate voice, one wonders why she didn't read the book herself. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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