when i recited surahs and stuff, the passages had a hypnotic quality to them. but, so does a lot of religious chanting in whatever language, and a lot of indigenous "world music."
I should add that certain disco and pop tunes, played at ear splitting volume in a club, can have the same effect (most likely Razib includes them in the "world music" category).
many of my mormon friends asserted that the book of mormon was so long, so detailed, and so poetic & plot-thick that Joseph Smith couldn't have made it up. is the book of mormon poetic? well, i think it's far, far crappier than the [King James Version] that it tries to mimic, but my mormon friends thought they were listening to the tabernacle choir singing when they read it....
My own experience of the Book of Mormon is rather limited -- while I've read a few pages here and there, I much prefer Swedenborg, whose revelations were personal rather than the elaborate historicism concocted by Joseph Smith. I also prefer Fenimore Cooper.
In the introduction to American Apocrypha, a collection of skeptical essays on the Book of Mormon, editors Dan Vogel and Brent Lee Metcalfe write,
Historical anachronisms [in the Book of Mormon] are plentiful. For instance, such things as steel, horses, and wheat were first imported to the Americas by the Spaniards. Apologists counter with ad hoc hypotheses: steel is actually iron; horses are deer; wheat is amaranth; goats are brockets; cows are deer, brockets, camelidae or bisons; tents are makeshift huts. In short, things are not what they appear. Never mind that Mesoamerica had no metallurgy to speak of until after Book of Mormon times, that the Nephits used the horse to pull chariots in battle over long distances...
Again, the nature of faith is not what is at question here, but rather the structure of reason and theory. Some people would like to erect a closed system that admits only "positive" evidence. If apologists had their way, there would be no way to refute their theory and hence no method by which to fairly evaluate the Book of Mormon's historical claims.
This page has some interesting links to sites evaluating the historical ideas of the Church of Latter Day Saints against archaeological and anthropological evidence; I also recommend the collected essays in American Apocrypha, which assume a far higher familiarity with the Book of Mormon than I possess, but are interesting nonetheless.