Under the Banner of Heaven
- A Story of Violent Faith
- Narrated by: Scott Brick
- Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-12-03
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism. The result is vintage Krakauer, an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior.
"Krakauer presents details that indeed sound stranger than fiction." ( The New York Times)
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By Mark on 23-05-18
No mention of The Osmonds
Really enjoyed this. It was as much a history of the Mormon religion as a true crime book, which is just as well as the case wasn't exactly a whodunit. So if you find religion an interesting topic, specifically the reasons that people believe and how powerful that belief can be, then you will enjoy it too.
Usual "voice of doom" performance from Scott Brick, which is appropriate for the subject matter.
By Miss K L Mugridge on 28-12-16
Not for me
It became a bit of a chore to listen to and I didn't complete the book in the end. I have learnt more about Mormons than I ever thought I would, but as I'd primarily downloaded the story for the true crime aspect, the book was not for me.
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By Ashley on 06-04-06
Makes you think
I loved this book, both the story and narration. Scott Brick is a very relaxed reader, and doesn't try too hard to pull off voices.
I can understand why some would be offended by this book, and as a Christian there were some statements about religious people in general that bothered me. However, this book made me think, and is clearly not about mainstream mormons, but rather fundamentalists. The author isn't even "against" only mormon fundamentalists, but fundamentalists of all kinds.
This is well worth a listen
33 of 35 people found this review helpful
By pixychild on 17-07-09
Interesting @ arm's length
As an outsider, it's often easy to make assumptions about a religion's morality and values. But looking beyond the inflamatory language that the author resorts to in certain areas of the book (indicating his biases), I found this book to be quite insightful and informative about the history behind the LDS and FLDS faiths, as well as the geographical and logistical aspects of their beliefs/practices. It is very evident that the author has done extensive research for this book, and does a good job providing historical background information to shed light on present practices/situations. From my own protestant christian upbringing, I had a very limited perspective/understanding of the LDS faith, and I think this book helped to clarify many points. I found other areas of the book quite disturbing and struggled to keep in mind that the actions of individuals within a religion do not necessarily reflect the morals of the whole. Written as a scholarly approach toward something like religion (which is ultimately "irrationally" based), I think the author does a pretty good job trying to be informative rather than judgemental. The one downfall of the audiobook is that it does not include the bibliography, footnotes, and appendecis that are contained in the hard-copy. Included in these was a letter from the head of the LDS with their assessment of the book, and a then a counter response from the author with clarifications/corrections and closing arguments.
50 of 54 people found this review helpful