I try not to be too negative, but as one who has done a fair amount of ministry to Mormons and read bits and pieces of the Book of Mormon, I just couldn't help but post this great bit from Mark Twain's Roughing It (which includes a number of great, if fanciful, sections on the Brigham Young era Mormons). Anyone else who has been subjected to Smith's book can relate:
"All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the 'elect' have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so 'slow,' so sleepy, such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print. If Joseph Smith composed this book, the act was a miracle- keeping awake while he did it was, at any rate. If he, according to tradition, merely translated it from certain ancient and mysteriously engraved plates of copper, which he declares he found under a stone in an out-of-the-way locality, the work of translating was equally a miracle, for the same reason." (from the first paragraph of chapter XVI, or 102-3 in my copy!)
I recommend the rest of the section, as Twain's sarcastic wit continues with equal hilarity. I guess it is especially poignant for me since a couple Mormon missionaries recently came by and I almost fell asleep as we all read through a chapter from the Book of Alma out loud.