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The Polygamist’s Daughter Audiobook

The Polygamist’s Daughter: A Memoir

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"My father had more than 50 children."

So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult - a radical branch of Mormonism - Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone.

She escaped when she was 13 - but the nightmare was far from over.

A shocking true story of murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist's Daughter is also the heart-cry of a fatherless girl and her search for love, faith, and a safe place to call home.

©2017 Anna LeBaron (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Ross McDougall Perth, Australia 14/06/2017
    Ross McDougall Perth, Australia 14/06/2017
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    "shocking, sad and inspirational"

    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!

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    Janet Wilkie 21/04/2017
    Janet Wilkie 21/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "a sad childhood"

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

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  • Amanda H
    13/06/17
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    "Redemption..."

    This book is full of heart wrenching details about little Anna's life but is beautifully redeemed at the end. I definitely recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Bruce
    Savannah, GA
    5/06/17
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    "Riveting!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua
    Waterloo, IL, United States
    21/05/17
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    "to religious"


    way to much about loving Jesus and preaching in this book. Descent story but the rest is preaching hard to deal with at times

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/05/17
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    "Incredible!!"

    Loved this amazing story of Gods beautiful redemption of something unimaginable. This story is so important as the scope of the cult is widely unknown.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meganstubbs
    10/05/17
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    "Heart wrenching memoir"

    You won't be able to stop listening. Anna tells her life story incredibly well. It's awful and astonishing at the same time. I recommend this to all my friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. C.
    Chicago, IL
    25/04/17
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    "Bait and Switch"
    How could the performance have been better?

    Please, don't pronounce Jesus, "JeSUS."


    What character would you cut from The Polygamist’s Daughter?

    Jesus.


    Any additional comments?

    Before I delve into why I disliked this book, I will tell you that I was born and raised Catholic. I chose to earn my Bachelor’s degree at a Catholic university, and I was only one class short of a Catholic Studies minor. While I don’t consider myself a religious person, I do have strong Christian values and my Catholicism is very much a part of my identity.

<br/><br/>That being said, I will never purchase a book without checking its publisher ever again. This book was published by Tyndale House Publishers, which publishes Christian works. That’s all good and fine, if that’s what you’re looking for, but this was simply filed away as “True Crime” on Audible. If I were to have looked up its genre, listed differently on Amazon, or looked further into its publishing company, I wouldn’t have chosen this book.

<br/><br/>Ervril LeBaron was responsible for the deaths of over two dozen people, but there’s not too much talk of murder in this book. There’s a little bit at the end, but the true crime is mostly child neglect, child abuse, and corruption of a minor. So, yes, there is crime, but there’s also irony in being part of a cult and then being “saved by JeSUS.” 

<br/><br/>The book was quick and interesting, up until the point where I realized this book was actually about going from one religion to another. I lost interest afterward, which is too bad because it reverts back to more true crime. As previously mentioned, I’m far from an atheist. Though, because I thought this was a book about true crime and the toxicity of a particular system of religious worship, I ended up sorely disappointed.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/08/17
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    "Great!"

    I met Anna a little while ago and she is a very sweet person and I loved listening to her story! It's truly remarkable and is very interesting for sure

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  • Natali Constanzo
    15/08/17
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    "Boring & poor writing style"

    I couldn't even make it to a third of the book. There are so many disconnected, underdeveloped anecdotes and the writing style is very poor. I didn't like the author's narration either. I felt like she was reading a bedtime story to a child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • meg Pearlstein
    ATLANTA, GA, US
    29/07/17
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    "A difficult life"

    I'm glad she was able to leave the cult. Didn't seem like she "escaped" really, but was allowed to stay with her sister. Also, seems like she left a religious cult only to kind of join another one.
    The read was a bit childish.

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  • Tamara Shope
    Albuquerque, NM USA
    16/06/17
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    "Redemption runs deep"

    Anna LeBaron may be the daughter of a notorious polygamist and murderer, but she has come to understand Whose she really is. She is shaped by the horror and grief of her childhood, but she is gripped by the grace of a God who makes all things new. Listen as she discovers not only the true nature of her father but her own true identity.
    Anna is a wonderful reader, drawing listeners into each moment and feeling.
    Her story is powerful, and I found myself longing to protect the young Anna, only to realize that God had been with her all along.
    Lon before I finished the book, I found myself recommending it friends and relatives who could identify with fatherlessness, with tragedy, and with a longing for healing. Anna's remarkable storytelling allows readers to journey with her toward hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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