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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irene Spencer Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781400183265
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Life for Irene Spencer was a series of devastating disappointments and hardships. Irene's first book, Shattered Dreams, is the staggering chronicle of her struggle to provide for her children in abject poverty and feelings of abandonment each time her husband left to be with one of his other wives. Irene was raised to believe that polygamy was the way of life necessary for her ticket to heaven. The hard knocks of her environment were just the beginning of Irene's shocking tale. In Cult Insanity, Spencer reveals the outrageous behavior of her brother-in-law Ervil-a self-proclaimed prophet who determined he was called to set the house of God in order-and how he terrorized their colony. Claiming to be God's avenger and to have a license to kill in the name of God, Ervil ordered the murders of friends and family members, eliminating all those who challenged his authority. Cult Insanity is a riveting, terrifying memoir of polygamist life under the tyranny of a madman. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting insight into the FLDS. Blook Attonement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libromaniac | 2/9/2014

    " Captivating alternate history story about Mitt Romney without the money. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misty | 12/13/2013

    " This woman has an amazing story to tell. She was one of the plig wives of a Labaron brother. They lived in Mexico in poverty and unbelievable conditions. I've read other memoirs on this that I liked better and her writing wasn't great but it was still very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nisha | 11/25/2013

    " This book was great and I am on the look out for the first one by Irene Spencer. I'm not sure what my deal is with polygamy books but I'm so fascinated! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 michelle | 11/20/2013

    " disappointing after loving shattered dreams - too much about the politics of the family & not the relationships i think "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tori | 11/19/2013

    " Out of morbid curiosity I attempted to listen to this book. I got to chapter 10 and it was just depressing to me... so I didn't finish it. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 8/29/2013

    " Still interesting, but not as captivating as her first book. I think by the time I read this one, I was almost sick of the characters and felt too much pity for them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terrie | 8/19/2013

    " Shattered Dreams was good, but this seemed just a rehash of exactly the same incidents, only with a slightly different focus. There wasn't really any new material here, and by omitting the daily details of her life it was less interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 8/5/2013

    " I read her first book - it was interesting and heartbreaking. I think she should've stopped there, and included tiny bits from this book in her first. It didn't flow well and seemed really scattered. I feel sad for her to have lost so many years, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cetta Hartman | 7/20/2013

    " Compelling book on Ervil LeBaron and his quest to kill everyone who wouldn't follow him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Micaela | 5/8/2013

    " If you don't know much about the Mormon religion or who is who, then this book will be confusing at best. The author jumps around from topic to topic a lot, and not always in chronological order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 4/12/2013

    " i love books about this crazy religion! i dont know why but i find them endlessly entertaining. This one really lives up to its title! what a bunch of freaks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cal | 1/30/2013

    " Interesting story spanning decades. The title pretty well summarizes it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana Higbee | 1/17/2013

    " I'll admit, I'm fascinated by the topic. Fairly well written and an interesting read (when read with the same caveats as any memoir). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/16/2013

    " It was alright, I really couldn't get attached to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 12/19/2012

    " Important story to read - explains the unbelievable. However, could use an editing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aim | 11/29/2012

    " This was an insanely good book! I read it as quickly as a week and would defintely read it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/27/2012

    " I wasn't impressed with the writing style of this book. This was a tragic story and it's sad to know so many lives were lost. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonya | 6/5/2012

    " Tough read because of the million people referenced throughout the book. I would recommend reading this authors first book before trying to tackle this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Harrison | 3/10/2012

    " Chilling, true life account of a womans' experience in a polygamous morman cult in 50's to the 80's. Not the best written of books, but one I couldn't put down due to the madness of these peoples lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara S. | 2/14/2012

    " I love Irene's books, even though it is non-fiction, it reads like fiction. She is easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tisa | 10/18/2011

    " Very interesting read. What a horrible way to live. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonya | 5/7/2011

    " Tough read because of the million people referenced throughout the book. I would recommend reading this authors first book before trying to tackle this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 3/7/2011

    " Still interesting, but not as captivating as her first book. I think by the time I read this one, I was almost sick of the characters and felt too much pity for them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tisa | 3/4/2011

    " Very interesting read. What a horrible way to live. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cetta | 1/4/2011

    " Compelling book on Ervil LeBaron and his quest to kill everyone who wouldn't follow him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/4/2011

    " Really interesting I'm glad I read this book but it is such a heavy topic that I had to read something really light and simple afterward. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misty | 8/19/2010

    " This woman has an amazing story to tell. She was one of the plig wives of a Labaron brother. They lived in Mexico in poverty and unbelievable conditions. I've read other memoirs on this that I liked better and her writing wasn't great but it was still very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nisha | 2/23/2010

    " This book was great and I am on the look out for the first one by Irene Spencer. I'm not sure what my deal is with polygamy books but I'm so fascinated! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 michelle | 2/5/2010

    " disappointing after loving shattered dreams - too much about the politics of the family & not the relationships i think "

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About the Author

Irene Spencer is public speaker, avid traveler, and author of many books. She comes from four generations of polygamy. As the second of ten wives, she was the mother of fourteen of her previous husband’s fifty-eight children—during her twenty-eight years in a polygamous marriage. Irene and Hector J. Spencer, her faithful husband of twenty-two years, travel to spread their love between all of their children and loved ones. Although she had only a ninth-grade education, Irene earned her GED and took a creative writing class at University of Las Vegas. Irene serves as a keynote speaker for “rescue missions,” church congregations, women’s centers, and other groups and events throughout the country.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of eight Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.