Cowboys, Armageddon, and the Truth

  • by Scott Terry
  • Narrated by Jason P. Hilton
  • 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cowboys, Armageddon, and the Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion offers an illuminating glimpse into a child's sequestered world of abuse, homophobia, and religious extremism. Scott Terry's memoir is a compelling, poignant and occasionally humorous look into the Jehovah's Witness faith - a religion that refers to itself as The Truth - and a brave account of Terry's successful escape from a troubled past.
At the age of ten, Terry had embraced the Witnesses' prediction that the world will come to an end in 1975 and was preparing for Armageddon. As an adolescent, he prayed for God to strip away his growing attraction to other young men. But by adulthood, Terry found himself no longer believing in the promised apocalypse. Through a series of adventures and misadventures, he left the Witness religion behind and became a cowboy, riding bulls in the rodeo. He overcame the hurdles of parental abuse, religious extremism, and homophobia and learned that Truth is a concept of honesty rather than false righteousness, a means to live a life openly, for Terry as a gay man.

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Sad and shocking story. Very poor production

This autobiography of Scott Terry is shocking, sad, moving, and inspirational in parts. It is hard to believe that his "parents" could get away with treating him the way they did without someone blowing the whistle and actually making a difference. From the reports regularly in the news, unfortunately, things may not be so different today, though not necessarily down to the specific religion which basically is one of the main characters in the book.

Unfortunately what made this book very difficult to listen to was the woefully poor production of the recording. The narrator's voice changes in tone and resonance many times during the book, presumably recorded at different times of day, and after his voice may have been used for other things (see his blog for details!). I could have coped with that, as it is not that uncommon, but there are sections - especially early in the book - where the recording volume is at a totally different level from surrounding parts. Some sections are very muffled, In some parts you can clearly hear a lot of background noise. Pages turning are a frequent sound effect, and sometimes there is a slight pause in speaking while the page is turned!

Worse than than, though, it appears that nobody has actually listened to the recording before publishing it, because there are lots of mistakes and mis-speakings. I gave up counting and bookmarking them after a while! On at least two occasions, you hear the narrator speak a sentence incorrectly, say "hmmm", then repeat the line correctly. All of this is in the published version, for which we are paying good money - not really what we should be expecting.

If you are interested in the story, you may well do better to READ the book instead. Sorry to be so critical, but a story which I found very affecting was very much spoiled by the poor production of this audiobook.
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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Lethe Press