• The Doomsday Mother

  • Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, and the End of an American Family
  • By: John Glatt
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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The Doomsday Mother

By: John Glatt
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
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At first, the residents of Kauai Beach Resort took little notice of their new neighbors. The glamorous blonde and her tall husband fit the image of the ritzy gated community. The couple seemed to keep to themselves - until the police knocked on their door with a search warrant. Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell had fled to Hawaii in the midst of being investigated for the disappearance of Lori's children back in Idaho - Tylee and JJ - who hadn't been seen alive in five months.

For years, Lori Vallow had been devoted to her children and her Mormon faith. But when her path crossed with Chad Daybell, a religious zealot who taught his followers how to prepare for the end-times, the tumultuous relationship transformed her into someone unrecognizable. As authorities searched for Lori's children, they uncovered more suspicious deaths with links to both Lori and Chad, including the death of Lori's third and fourth husbands, her brother, and Chad's wife. 

In June 2020, the gruesome remains of JJ and Tylee were discovered on Chad's property, and the newlyweds were arrested and charged with murder. And in a shocking development, horrifying statements revealed that the couple's fanatical beliefs had convinced them the children had become zombies - a belief that may have led to their deaths.

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Miserable narration

I like John Glatt’s books but he insists on using Shaun Grindell as his narrator in ALL of them. Much better to read than listen to them. Shaun not only has a British accent, which many Americans find hard to follow, he has a sing-song cadence with emphasis in unusual places. I realize that John Glatt is himself British, but this book was written about an American crime, as I think all of his books are and presumably aimed at an American audience. I think most of us find an American accent much more comfortable for audiobook listening. I will not purchase another book narrated by Shaun Grindell.

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another excuse for religion

all of them are bat crazy….no where close to normal. hidden under the guise of religion

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Inadequate Narration

I have to agree with the many comments about the narrator. I am listening because I can no longer read due to eye disease. As a story set in the US, expectations are that we can easily understand the words. Not so in this case. This is my first and last book by this author.

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narrator's accent is distracting.

I can't understand why Producers use a narrator with a British accent to tell an American crime story. it takes a lot away from the story in my view. People, locations,facts are all in the u.s., so WHY would you hire a foreign narrator?!

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Religion: Constitutionally protected schizophrenia

What fools these idiots are, believing the BS they do. Too bad I have shame and won't go around preaching the word of the lord. Morons.

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Annoying Narration

The narrator's voice is unpleasant. I wish I had listened before paying. It is so annoying you really don't even hear the words he is saying. Terrible.

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Could not listen because of narration

The cadence and accent of this narrator is impossible to listen to. I’m so interested in the story I put up with it for an hour but had to stop. I’ll buy the book I suppose and read it myself. I have learned my lesson and will always preview a narration before buying.

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Well written, great narration

I enjoyed the book, well written and the narrator keep my attention. Excellent Narrator.

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Wow!

What a story! Truth is truly stranger than fiction.
I remember hearing about this case on the news. Never knew the details until I listened to this book. Crazy!
I recommend this book to any and all lovers of True Crime! It is a must-read/listen!

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Good read.

I was skeptical (sorry) due to the case being nowhere close to finished, but it was very good. No overly sensationalized details & straight to the point. Author took his time with researching and following the case & it shows.

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  • kerina m.
  • 06-29-22

Good in parts but boring in others

I found some of this very interesting. I found some of it boring, lengthy and unnecessary e.g. the thorough background and life story of Chad - it seemed like the book was about him for awhile. That could have been condensed as it didn't add to the story about Lori and her kids. Felt soooo bad for the Dad of her daughter, he really tried to save her from her mother :(

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  • Louise Carroll
  • 01-26-22

Compelling listen

If only police would listen to men when they tell them of bullying, wrong doing by females, perhaps so many lives could be saved. Charles tried to report /tell police. No one acted. So sad and heartbreaking for those beautiful children and their extended families. May they rest in peace

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  • Janine
  • 01-21-22

Engrossing

I enjoyed this audiobook, as harrowing as it was at times. Lori came across as quite chilling. but I couldnt make my mind up about chad. But they were certainly a match made in hell. I shook my head, during the last sentence in the book. I wont give it away, but it really sums that person up.
Ive listened to at least 4 other john glatt books. I love the style and flow of his writing. And I love shaun grindells performance. he seems to be an acquired taste, but I think he's an excellent and flawless narrator. long may he and john continue.

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  • Rachel
  • 06-30-22

Take or leave it

The narration on this was ok but I found the story a bit drawn out and a little difficult to follow.