This is a great book. Some portions seems a bit stiff and some dialog strange. As some other reviewers have said the narration has much to be desired. The narrator would be perfectly at home reading some non-fiction title but this really is awful. No voice characterization, hard to tell who's talking and extremely bad choices of inflection make this thing nearly unlistenable. But the writing itself is great and the story does overcome the reader in the end. It's worth buying for the ending, but one needs to be patient. Ted Dekker is quickly becoming what King used to be-good
There are three ways to rate this book. As with any audio book, the story and the reader are two major factors. As for the story, I loved it and kept finding extra time to listen because I could not put it down. Even to the end, there are questions that need answers. Once answered, everything makes a lot of sense. So the story itself is very satisfying.
I did not, however, enjoy the reader. In some dialogues, I had trouble telling who was saying what. I basically had to guess based on the context. Also, it did not sound as though the reader got into the book much. At one point, his disinterest was almost comical. At a time in the book where one character should have been yelling another's name in near hysteria, the reader sounded as though he were calling for someone who was just barely in the next room with nothing particularly interesting happening.
The story is good enough to overpower the poor reading. But there is a third aspect to this book. As a treatment of the natures of man, it is very interesting. This aspect raises the interest for me even higher than it otherwise would have been. Not to worry, the "doctrinal discussion" does not detract from the story nor does it dominate it. It is tightly woven in and paints a very interesting perspective.
So, if you enjoy a fast-moving, psychological thriller and can get by an uninteresting reader, then you should enjoy this book. If you also like a little doctrinal discussion, then you will enjoy it a little bit more.
I was most impressed with the plot as well as with the narrator. I?ve read other novels by Dekker, and this is one of his finest. Rob Lamont (narrator) did an eerily fantastic job. I listened to this book at night as I would drive home from work. I could not get from my car to the front door fast enough! I recommend this book (& other books by Dekker) to all.
The book was great until I figured out it was a spiritual book...oh geez *eye rolling* The reader didn't change his voice for any new characters and I had to decipher what part he was reading for. Also, please refrain for playing music at the beginning and ending of some of the chapters because it is annoying. I love Audibles but not this book.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn't know what was going to happen or who was behind this. Crazy!!! Such a good suspense book!!
The ending was the most memorable moment.
interesting, but an annoying ending based on pseudoscience and bad psychology the author clearly recognized was false, but bent to suit his agenda.
Ted Dekker is a master story teller. The twists will leave you guessing up to the very end. Dekker messes with your mind making you love and hate him at the same time.
Please, do not succumb to the positive reviews & actually purchase this book. The story is similar to something we have seen on Law & Order SVU, or any other television show that has used this same, tired plot line, over & over. I shall not include spoilers. I know there are others that may be seduced, as was I, by the $1.99 Audible sale. I have frequently purchased some surprisingly enjoyable books through those promotions. This is not one of them ". Thaddition of music, IMO, was completely distracting. The exact, same "enhanced poorly written few bars, with a rock & roll beat, ruined any moments of suspense that may have occurred without the music. The music starts...something bad is going to happen.may be the worst book I have ever read. BTW, this is the first negative review, after purchasing over 400 Audible books, that I have ever written.
I usually love love love his books. This one - I was just ready for it to be over. Creative story, yes. However, I was more annoyed towards the end than anything else. He kinda gave it away too early what was going to happen. Spoiler: I was upset that Sam wasn't real, that was the only thing unexpected. It was definitely a creative way to depict the struggle between the good and evil in oneself. But overall, I was not super interested or impressed with this book. There were some holes in the story I was left confused about at the end. The dictation of the "evil" character was most annoying to me, and the narrator was only okay.
a humble, seeking, loudmouth, Jesus lover, and sometimes heretic explores his questions, concerns, and varied interests through books.
You are driving home one day and the phone rings. You answer to find a madman threatening to blow you up if you do not confess your "sin". Only you have no clue what he is talking about...
Excellent story. Ted Dekker is a gifted writer. He has a true gift for weaving truths into fictional stories.
Rob Lamont did a great job narrating!
I nightly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery!