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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67,629 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Krakauer Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders, taking readers inside isolated American communities where some forty thousand Mormon Fundamentalists still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multilayered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Illuminating…Provocative…Krakauer is an adept chronicler of extremists [and] the tour guide of choice for secular quests.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Well-researched and evenhanded…Thought-provoking.”

    USA Today

  • “Marvelous…A departure from Into Thin Air and Into the Wild…but every bit as engrossing.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A hair-raising true-crimer.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Stunningly researched…Elegant reportage…An evenhanded inquiry into the nature of religious belief itself.”


  • “Captivating…Fascinating and appalling…[Krakauer] should be applauded—and read.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Compelling…Provocative…Illuminating…A gripping tale.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Krakauer writes with almost astonishing narrative force.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “A powerful portrait of how two seemingly ordinary Americans became murderers.”


  • “Terrifying…Startling…Mov[es] deftly between past and present [and] provides a fascinating glimpse of the church today.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “A powerful look at how religious belief can cross the line into fanaticism.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Fascinating…Engrossing…Krakauer’s knack for crackling narrative and taut focus…drives this thought-provoking story.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Horrific, gripping…Soberly written and courageously reported.”

    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

  • “A disturbing picture of Morman fundamentalists…Krakauer’s straightforward style and excellent storytelling ability make the book interesting.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Jon Krakauer is at his provocative best.”

    New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • “A great book…Krakauer has found a fascinating story in plain sight, right in the heart of the American West, and told it with the narrative drive and unflinching honesty that marked his 1998 bestseller, Into Thin Air.”


  • “Startling…Timely…Krakauer uncovers a ghastly trail of forced marriage, polygamy, violence, and mind control…A chilling look at Mormon fundamentalism.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Riveting…Intriguing…Breezy, smooth, and vigorously written, this ambitious book is entertaining and informative…Krakauer reconstructs the Lafferty brothers’ descent into fatal fanaticism magnificently, interweaving their story throughout the book and giving this wide-ranging work narrative coherence and emotional resonance…[He is] a superb storyteller.”

    Raleigh News and Observer

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2003 ALA Notable Book Finalist for Nonfiction
  • A 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginetta Bernard | 2/5/2014

    " Wao! Very powerful book. Difficult to put it down. Another tragic way of living life under the name of faith. Very disturbing to see again what religion can do to human beings! The saddest part is that no one seems to learn from others or for that matter, past events! Tragic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tanya | 1/19/2014

    " I had high hopes for this book because it started strong and I like Krakauer,but there was altogether too much history for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kyle | 1/15/2014

    " This should be required reading for everyone. Simply put, this book is an amazing work of nonfiction literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Murray Laing | 1/15/2014

    " A fascinating book by one of my favourite authors. "

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