While the author's descriptions of the Green and Black Forests are beautiful and vivid, the characters in this book are very one-dimensional-- inadvertent 'Everymen'. In addition, some of the necessary plot developments are highly improbable. World leaders gathered to listen to this young prophet-- due to his 'proof' of knowing the future (predicting the winner of the Kentucky Derby)-- would never happen. My third problem with the book itself is its length: the action would have been better served by stricter editing.
The narrator's monotone didn't add to the story. Although a huge fan of audio books, I will not be purchasing the next two in the trilogy.
The comparison to C.S. Lewis' gorgeous and engaging Narnia books is, in my opinion, totally unwarranted.
I found the novel extremely boring. Reads at a 5th grade level. I knew what was around the corner at every turn. This is a Christian based fictional novel. Be prepared to see parallels to biblical stories in the bible. After being able to predict what was going to happen next at several places in the story, I could not take it anymore and stopped after reading about 85% of the book. If you like Tim LeHaye's Christian based 5th grade reading level books, then you will like this one. Wow and it is a trilogy.
I quit listening to this book due to the thick flow of cheese that oozed out of my speakers every time I turned it on. We all know what over acting is, and its annoying to watch. Well, this book proves that there is over writing as well. Its sad that one of the most famous christian writers has to be so cheesy. The ending may have been good, but I guess I'll never know.
The "pre-fall" other world was very cool. I listened to the entire series after this and really enjoyed it.
I also though Rob Lamont did a great job.
The story took some getting used to with the split realities but it was interesting after you've listened for a couple chapters.
Classic Good vs. Evil and how our actions have consequences. Highly recommended for long car trips with kids. Enjoyable for adults as well
I found the first ten minutes awkward and almost quit, but fortunately hung in there. The rest of the book and series is awesome! AMAZINGLY CREATIVE, and in a zany way, uplifting. I found myself in an extra chipper mood after listening, and even looked forward to driving to hear the next chapter. This is my first Dekker book, and now I'm a big fan.
I have one major problem with this book that completely shatters its already shaky plot. A man that steals 100,000$ from the mob to protect his beloved mother and sister would NOT be confused over what reality is. But through the book he shows nothing but contempt for his family. They are irrelevant to Tom. He could not seem to care about them in the least. He keeps claiming he does but when it comes down to it, when your "beloved" sister says THIS is reality, for me thats the end of the argument. For me my sisters word is gold. There is no other argument. The bats can say all they want, present all the proof they want, but I do not love them. I do not love their land or their people. Sure it may seem "overly" real, but when it comes down to it they are not family. You can make the argument that he thinks one or the other reality is real. But that argument boils down to one thing, who is he going to believe. Tom blatantly shrugs off his family for this alternate reality, he seems so ready to get rid of his family I began doubting his motivation for anything. He seems overly ignorant of the things going on around him and lives in his own little fantasy world outside of the two that he already "exists" in. If Ignorance is Bliss, then Tom is Ignorance and his "dreams" are his Bliss.
Plus the 50 or so mentions of the "Matrix" within the story made me roll my eyes every time. I mean, honestly, dig up a few more references... maybe some well written literary references, instead of a pop culture hodgepodge of ideas.
The religious allegories were almost as bad. I would say go back to the drawing board, do some more research, flesh out the characters motivation a little more and try not to ham it up. Reading this book is like watching a Hollywood Summer Blockbuster. Lots of flare and things shoved in your face for shock vale, but in the end the overall story and character development are left wanting.
way too far out and fanatical for me. Ted Dekker went too far this time for me. But the thing is... is that I think that's just what he wanted to do.
This is truly fantasy at its worst.
Sleep in world and wake in another. An odd and "Ideal" world.
I can't give it more that two.