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.
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!
Not that great of a story, but the narrator made it worse. Very disappointed in this book. I have listened to other of his books and this was a let down.
Not worth your credit
Absolutely. Rob Lamont lives the parts as he reads them. I wear my earphone to bed and set it for one hour. The next day I find the point I recall last and begin again. The only problem with this book was that I couldn't go to sleep as the tension kept building. Today I gave up and stayed in bed all day until I finished it. Now, 12 hours later, I still can't get it out of my mind.
I loved how Dekker played Samantha against Jennifer, and the innocence in which the main character received their attention. The squabbling between jurisdictions certainly illustrated law enforcements at their nit-picking best.
The villain, Laster, and Princess were the most memorable, partly because of Lamont's excellent narration and partly because of the odd characters. I must say, Lamont was in no hurry. I think he enjoyed reading this book.
Yes - from beginning to end. If you really pay attention to all the chitter-chatter going on in the main character's head, the end will have a much greater impact. This is the technique called man against self, which is also the hardest kind of conflict to write, but done with great expertise, wile, and cunning.
The ending blew my mind. I thought I had it figured out, but not so. Now I have to listen to all of it again to see if the author slipped up in a tiny place. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to slip up somewhere. This book should be made into a movie. It's fantastic, and I'm not easily impressed. *high fives, Ted.
I am unable to listen to this book in its entirety due to the poor narration. I don't know if reading this book in written form might help, but unfortunately I already bought it in audio form so I won't go back and buy it printed. As much as I hate not finishing a book I am going to cut my losses here and move on.
His voice is nasally and all inflections seem melodramatic and insincere.
Every word that was read by the narrator.
Yes, I really enjoyed it.
When Samantha was able to talk him down.
He talked to fast. Went from sentence to sentence WAY too fast. I got used to it after a while and was able to enjoy the book, but I did not like his narration style at all.
What evil lurks?
Thr3e will captivate you from the start. The author moves the reader through a labyrinth of twists and turns, that will have the reader craving more, more, more.
I enjoyed the story very exciting, and exceptionally entertaining.