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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,527 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Jessop Narrator: Alison Frase Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.

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 that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. 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’s every move was dictated by her husband’s whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse—at her peril. For in the FLDS, a wife’s compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children held in the family. 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. No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. She had $20 to her name.

Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop’s flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, 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 their notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aspag | 2/15/2014

    " Fascinating! Couldn't put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Idamae Wallace | 2/14/2014

    " This woman is strong! I am amazed at all the things she and most others inside the FLDS cult endure. She is a survivor. While reading her autobiography, I felt all of her emotions while she described what she went through in the FLDS cult. I am looking forward to reading her new book "Triumph" which is about her life after she left the FLDS. I recommend this book. It was horrifically enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/13/2014

    " I thought I knew some about the FLDS cult before reading this....boy was I wrong! This book opened my eyes. The courage of Carolyn is astounding. This is an important book that give awareness to horrible "religion". I am so glad that I read it. I LOVED it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lawn | 2/6/2014

    " i loved reading about what happened before and during warren jeffs "

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