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Narrated by: Megan Phelps-Roper
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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It was an upbringing in many ways normal. A loving home, shared with squabbling siblings, overseen by devoted parents. Yet in other ways it was the precise opposite: a revolving door of TV camera crews and documentary makers, a world of extreme discipline, of siblings vanishing in the night.  

Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church - the fire-and-brimstone religious sect at once aggressively homophobic and anti-Semitic, rejoiceful for AIDS and natural disasters, and notorious for its picketing the funerals of American soldiers. From her first public protest, aged five, to her instrumental role in spreading the church's invective via social media, her formative years brought their difficulties. But being reviled was not one of them. She was preaching God's truth. She was, in her words, 'all in'.  

In November 2012, at the age of 26, she left the church, her family and her life behind.  

Unfollow is a story about the rarest thing of all: a person changing their mind. It is a fascinating insight into a closed world of extreme belief, a biography of a complex family, and a hope-inspiring memoir of a young woman finding the courage to find compassion for others as well as herself.  

©2019 Megan Phelps-Roper (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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Not just a profound story of hope.

Not many books have me chocking back tears and not many audiobooks I finish in 3 days, yet both are true in this case.

If you have heard any of Megan Phelps-Ropers talked or guest appearances on podcasts, you will be familiar with the general outline of the story, however Megan’s way with words, descriptive yet having the story move along, made this a very enjoyable listen.

As someone who has experienced radical changes in deeply held belief systems myself, I found this book to be very familiar yet our stories have little in common from a surface level.

Megan has an incredible ability to help people see the human part of everyone. Yes even the people I once hated. I finish this book with sympathy for the victims of the WBT as well as (somewhat surprisingly) the members of that church, cruel indoctrination guided by honest conclusions based on faulty assumptions.

I hope this story touches people like it did me.

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A Fascinating book.

A Fascinating look into life in a very strict religious upbringing and the intense feelings it brings, both in the ways you can justify things to oneself, and the ways awakening from such can rock you to the very core of your being.

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Absolutely LOVED this

So beautifully written, so beautifully performed, I never wanted this to end, but the ending was also beautiful. Loved every minute of it.

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Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

I enjoyed Megan's story and her narration. She is intelligent, brave and good. At times I found it physically uncomfortable to listen to the hate and narcissism of the WBC. And felt so conflicted by the empathy I felt towards Gramps at the end of his life. It is also a powerful story of sacrifice, transformation and love. Of tolerance and forgiveness. Love always wins in the end. highly recommended reading.

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Thank you

Really wasn't sure if I would be able to finish this book. So glad I did. What courage and personal insight was shown. I thoroughly enjoyed your story. Thank you for sharing it.

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Beautifully written and narrated

An inspiring story, intelligently written and beautifully narrated by the author. A highly recommended read.

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Shannon

Have eagerly awaited this release since hearing Megan interviewed by Sam Harris the first time. This wonderful book did not disappoint, it’s honesty, kindness and openness was deeply moving and a pleasure to listen to.

Reading like a love letter to family and to a family misdirected. I particularly enjoyed the insights on beliefs and how strong their influence can be and what it takes to enter the world of open dialogue if someone is living their life completely ruled by such ideas. Highly recommended for people pondering a path forward in our fractured societies.

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Speechless

The best audiobook I've ever had the pleasure of listening too. Exploring themes from identity and core beliefs, to human nature and even free speech; Megan's honesty and intellect knows no bounds. Articulately written and eloquently narrated, I was reduced to tears countless times.
I would elaborate further but I simply could not do the book justice.

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  • Tecomarob
  • 19-10-2019

We are all Megan

The vitriolic intensity of her experience highlights all human journeys: complex and full. Her honesty and the kindness of others is inspiring and encourages epistemological humility I.e. doubt.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-2020

Absolutely fantastic

An eloquently told story about the deep ramifications of changing ones mind. Thank you so much!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2020

Unnecessarily lengthy

Story was interesting and the author herself proved a capable narrator, but it was really hard to finish.

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  • GapsOfTheGod
  • 26-10-2019

Hope for the hurting

Having recently left fundamental Christianity myself, so much of Megan Phelps-Roper's writing was immediately familiar. Her story reflects the lives of many who have left and are leaving their religions behind. Her intellectual honesty is to be greatly admired and should fly as a flag of hope and light for those who are entrenched in the machine of religion, and unsubstantiated beliefs of every flavour.

In spite of the many forms of horrific shunning, excommunication and social distancing inflicted on those coming out of religious belief, this book (and I) would have you know... 

There is life outside of religious belief.
There is love outside of religious belief.
There is morality outside of religious belief.
There is support outside of religious belief.
There is hope outside of of religious belief.

As for the audiobook itself, it's clear Megan had missed reading aloud, as she poured her all into articulating her story as though it were unfolding before me. So intelligently written. So compassionately written. The whole rainbow of emotion was clear and evident throughout her reading.

I'll be listening to this again very soon.

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  • Bob Noodle
  • 12-10-2019

Glad Megan shared her story

I thoroughly enjoyed Megan's account. Her journey from an indoctrinationed belief system to her emancipated state of mine is remarkable. Her story is, all be from the extreme end of the religious spectrum, so like mine and many others judging by the fall in Church members across the western world. I hope this will inspire others to spend their energy to improve society instead of the pointless dedication to religion. I wish Megan and others in the same position well in their rebirth. Megan's story is one to rejoice she fears people will judge her harshly but i would say people who hold a grudge end up bitter themself.

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  • Rob
  • 11-10-2019

a truly incredible story

a wonderful and beautifully read story of hope, Megan speaks in such an eloquent manner

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  • Ms. Hazel M. Jones
  • 11-10-2019

Amazing

Heart felt. Brilliant. True. Everything you could hope for. Well done Megan, a real masterpiece.

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  • Louise
  • 11-10-2019

A beautiful full of love and redemption

What a beautiful well written book. I often like to listen to books about personal experiences read by the author because it gives me a feel of the person and makes it far more personal. I have been following WBC for many years through documentaries and the books written by x members.

I think It is fascinating to look at the believes of others, particularly when I don't share them. Although the message they preached was hateful i never thought they were essentially evil, just misguided and wrong. This is truly a book about bravery and love and the power of change. I wish Megan , Grace and all of their family love, peace and happiness - I hope there is a happy resolution for them

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  • gillian
  • 10-10-2019

Amazing book 💜🧡

This book amazing, couldn't stop listening to it.
Hope she writes another book! x x

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  • Mrs. Lindsay P. Tonner
  • 17-02-2020

wow

brilliant!made me look at her and the wbc in a new way. still think they are awful but it made see how people get sucked in. so pleased for this brave woman

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-2020

Eye opening!

Such an honest account and interesting journey. Highly recommend, regardless of your views on religion and the WBC. So well written and heartbreakingly read.

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  • ania
  • 30-01-2020

insightful

Good, insightful book, good narrator. Very educational and eyes openning. Useful for everybody who tries to understand and not to hate people with opposite views.

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 25-01-2020

Brilliant!

I read a lot of biographies and autobiographies yet this is one of the best in years. Good content, good pacing, good narration. I recommend it wholeheartedly.