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- Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (December 17, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400155940
- ISBN-13: 978-1400155941
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
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Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Just as A Mormon Mother is the standout memoir of a 19th-century polygamous woman's life, this autobiography offers the compelling voice of a contemporary plural wife's experiences. Daughter of a second wife, Spencer was raised strictly in the Principle as it was lived secretly and illegally by fringe communities of Mormon fundamentalists—groups that split off from the LDS Church when it abandoned polygamy more than a century ago. In spite of her mother's warnings and the devotion of a boyfriend with monogamist intentions, Spencer followed her religious convictions—that living in polygamy was essential for eternal salvation—and became a second wife herself at the age of 16 in 1953. It's hard to tell which is more devastating in this memoir: the strains of husband-sharing with—ultimately—nine other wives, or the unremitting poverty that came with maintaining so many households and 56 children. Spencer's writing is lively and full of engaging dialogue, and her life is nothing short of astonishing. After 28 years of polygamous marriage, Spencer has lived the last 19 years in monogamy. Her story will be emotional and shocking, but many readers will resonate with the universal question the memoir raises: how to reconcile inherited religious beliefs when they grate against social norms and the deepest desires of the heart. (Aug. 22)
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Spencer’s riveting memoir recounts her experiences as a plural wife. Merlington infuses her reading with a sense of the author’s spiritual struggles over her lifestyle. She reads the early parts of the memoir dealing with Spencer’s childhood in a brisk, almost youthful voice. After the author’s marriage at age 16 to Verlan LeBaron, in which she became the second wife, Spencer’s sense of the ordinary collapses in her struggles to understand the religious dictates of her marriage. Merlington expresses Spencer’s internal and external conflicts with sympathetic understanding and heightens the woman’s physical and mental distress with a well-modulated and clearly paced narration. The near death of her 10-month-old son is one of the many horrors Spencer experienced during her 28-year marriage to LeBaron, and one that Merlington highlights with an empathetic tone. --Mary McCay --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Irene Spencer, unlike some of the other books I've glanced through, tells her story simply and honestly and attempts to impart to the reader an understanding of what and why she lived the way she did. She doesn't make her polygamous husband, Verlan LeBaron, out to be a monster or some terrifying persona. (Though, at times he does seem a jerk!) She was his wife and she loved him. She bore 13 of his children. She became his 2nd wife willingly.
Irene's honesty and acceptance of the choices she made in her life is what makes this book delightful to read. At times one has to wonder, especially as she battles with jealousy. Yet, hey, she is being honest here. She is baring her life - warts and all - and not all of it shows her in the best light.
When I finished the book, I had a good deal of admiration for this woman. Her life is very different from mine, but she is a survivor. She has probably had more sorrow than happiness, especially in her younger years. Yet, she seems to have no bitterness, and treats all she meets with kindness. I sincerely hope she has achieved happiness now.
I enjoyed the time I spent with Irene and her family. She allowed me to glimpse a life I probably will never understand, but I am glad she found the courage to share it.