There's a malady at the heart of this book. Problem is, the malady as depicted here has little to do with the malady as it exists in real life. Much occurs in the book that could and does not occur when actual humans have this malady.
I understand that readers are fascinated by the questions of good, evil, and volition raised by THR3E. For me, the fact that the plot is almost wholly removed from reality renders it irrelevant to genuine questions of good, evil, and volition.
Having stuck through almost all the way to the end leaves me feeling cheated. Life's too short to spend on thriller-mysteries that make no sense in the end.
Plot aside, the narration is inadequate. Rob Lamont cannot distinguish females' voices from males' and thus makes the tale harder to follow than it ought to be.
Like others who have reviewed this book, I was disappointed in the narration. I've only been an audiobook listener for a short while, but other narrators seem to have a knack for voicing characters in ways that help the listener know who is speaking. This is especially helpful during quick dialog exchanges when the author doesn't always add the "John said" of "Mary shouted."
Mr. Lamont's narration not only failed to distinguish characters, but as other have noted it was also a little "juicy." I can only attribute that to his being caught up with excitement while reading the story.
The story, however, was very good and that kept me listening. Others have said that the plot wasn't great or that they figured it out early. For me, the twists and turns kept me guessing for a while, and although I had most of it figured out about 2/3 of the way through, the final twist knocked my socks off.
I am currently on the third book of Dekker's Circle trilogy. While the story is fantastic, the narrator is the same. But since I like the story so much, I'm willing to make the sacrifice.
This one really had me going.It was like listening to a techno-thriller TV show,that had me on the edge of my seat to hear what would happen next to the main character.The ending is definitely an eye-opener and had me shaking my head in shock,thinking about how that had come about.Enjoyable.
Like others before me, I found the reader impossible to listen to for any length of time. Some day I may try to listen to this book again beyond the 35 minutes already invested. Or at least to the point where I can figure out the mystery. As of today, however, I don't care enough to continue listening. I have listened to so many excellent narrators. Unfortunately for this book, the producers didn't use one.
I thought this was a great book! The plot kept you on your toes. I thought the narrator did a great job. Some people thought he had a nasal problem, but it's a suspense novel. He also did a great job sounding out the different voices. I have read other Ted Dekker books and as usual he keeps you wondering. Can't wait to listen to another Dekker story.
I really enjoyed this book! Not the canned bood guys and bad guys we come to expect. I had trouble turning this one off.
I noticed this story when it was the featured sale audio here. I had never read/listened to anything by Dekker before. But, when I learned this story had been made into a movie I got it that day and spent every possible moment listening to it. I thought the story was magnificent and well crafted. I'm pretty good at figuring things out, but I couldn't figure out who the "bad guy" was until just before it was revealed.
At first I thought this was just another good adventurous story that had some Christian characters in it. But, then by the end of it I felt Dekker had created an even more remarkable story about the sinful nature of all humans that made perfect sense without being preachy.
I could not finish this book. The narrator sounded like Daniel Schorr with Paul Bunyan's adenoids. I kept wanting him to blow his nose and gargle. He actually gurgled a few times when inhaling. I couldn't listen.
I had the plot figured out very early on and found the writing somewhat juvenile. I've read Dekker before and liked him, but this book just seemed silly from the word go.
I only paid the $6.97 price for it and still overpaid by about $6.96.
Next time this guy reads a book, he needs Vicks VapoRub on his chest the night before.
With so many positive reviews, I'm surprised how terrible the reader is. He reads like a fuddy duddy grandfather with a head cold reading to an eight-year-old. There's nothing suspenseful about his tone and some of the voices he uses are inexplicably rushed and embarrassing. After listening to excellent readers like Len Cariou (he read Michael Connely's "Echo Park"), this was a major disappointment. Perhaps the story is good, but it's hard to tell. I really gave it a fair shot, too (I listened for a good 1.5 hours). I don't know what this guy got for reading this story . . . he should have gotten life. Who auditions these guys? Sorry I'm so harsh, but I'm trying to save some time and money for other unsuspecting readers who believe the 4.5 star (Huh??!) audible.com rating. I love audible.com and recorded books in general, but ouch!!