The story overall is intriguing and I liked it, but the narrator is so odd in his phrasing that it made it really difficult to listen to. When he reads the words he often runs together sentences from various people and it can almost be difficult to distinguish which person is speaking.
Maybe the writing style would have seemed better with a different narrator. The inflections in his reading sounded like he was reading to a room full of grade school children. Turned me off, I did not finish the story.
As other people have stated this book is a little confusing at the beginning. I stuck with it and loved the book. I didn't realize it is a trilogy when I bought it so I bought the other two too. Can't wait to finish those. I have read other Ted Dekker and have always enjoyed them.
Excellent book. I never wanted to "put it down". My wife and I started listening last night, and we had a hard time turning it off.
Excellent parrallels to the Bible.
Rob Lamont, the narrator of the book reads like a racer on speed. It's had to follow due to how fast he reads and runs sentences and words together. I love Ted Dekker books, but will not download another read by this narrator.
If this book is written for children, it should be advertised as such. As it is, that is the only excuse I can find for such an amateurish, poorly written novel. The author's long passages would repeat the same words over & over, such as "And then....And then...And then..." That's just bad writing. The fantasy world was childish, with the bad black bats and bad black forest, and the good white bats and good colored forest. The whole fantasy parts were just boring. I kept finding myself daydreaming, waiting for the author to switch back to the real world. There is a lot of dialog in the book and sometimes the narrator did the voices well and sometimes you couldn't tell who was saying what - you just had to guess from the content. Perhaps sometimes the narrator would forget which voice was for what character? Sometimes he would use an incorrect word, leaving me wondering if the book had a typo or if the narrator just made a mistake. The book ends with a cliff-hanger (just like in children's books) and frankly, I could care less what happens next.
This book was awesome. It did't flow into Red very well but Red flowed into White wonderfully. When I was done with all three I listened to them again... I was left wanting more. Ted Dekker is a great writer and I look forward to every new novel he writes. Bravo!!!!
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This series is only for CF alternative readers who thirst for fiction and are willing to settle for less than less. I rushed out and bought the 3 books during a sale based on misleading reviews, only to find out it is a plagiarism fiction's clothing. A short into Black I figured out my loss. Black does not even merit of a good writing style; but generates an overload of "messages" and too obvious imaging imbedded into every other paragraph. CF's limited selection could explain why the books have received a high rating. Audible should have a section for Christian Fiction for informed choices to its customers.