Changed my thoughts on this book since I've realized it's part one of a trilogy; story = 4 stars.Wish Audible made this clear on their site.
Maybe, but I'm not usually driven to listen to a past read. I am going to complete the trilogy.
No it wasn't, but I did make it a priority.
I loved the journey of Kent Anthony's growth but it was his Mother-In-law's faith that moved me the most.
Say something about yourself!
I would recommend this to anyone. It doesn't have sex scenes or bad language. It was a great story. I intend to read the next 2 in this series. I enjoyed it.
I do all sorts of things while I listen. I kept my ear tuned to this one.
Helen was my favorite character. She was steadfast in her faith from beginning to end. Tim Gregory made the story interesting. He made Helen interesting through out.
Is this the same Dekker who wrote "Adam"? He's obviously matured somewhat if a comparison of the two books is anything to go by, since this was written almost ten years earlier. I bought it because I enjoyed "Adam" and wanted to try more by the same author. The book has some good reviews. Has it been applauded by Christians out of a sense of duty? I feel as if I've skirted the fringes of lunacy for 16 hours.
I find almost nothing likeable about the main characters. The hero, Kent, is a highly intelligent man who becomes mentally unhinged and starts acting like a moron. The other main character, his mother-in-law, is depicted as a warm and caring old lady. Actually, I find her pushy, self-righteous, hammerhead preachy, and almost abusive in the way she lords it over others. She has visions of heaven, where they seemingly spend their time in continuous histrionic laughter. Well anyway, that’s all she tells us about it. Sounds scary. But we should strive for it.
The rest is preachy ad nauseum, with the single expletive of “Goodness!” repetitively thrown in at every turn. I waver between irritation and annoyance. Its one of the worst books I’ve listened to. I feel robbed! I think the only "goodness" out of this would be to gather all copies and send them for recycling.
The sole redeeming factor is the excellent narration.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
The story starts out with great potential when the main character, Kent, suffers personal tragedys and is cheated by his employers, but the whole thing moves very slowly and is filled with excessive religious overtones to the point it was hard to listen to many of the scenes.. In the parts where his mother in law, who is shall we say, overly relgious is going on and on about god etc it gets very boring. I was expecting a more intense story with much more action.
Listening to Kent plot his revenge and then come apart by guilt in a slow spiral could have been good if it was not so repetiitive. I barely made it to the end and then wanted to hack up a furball with the absurdity of it. If you are not someone who is extremely religious, spare yourself and skip this one. I have no intention of listening to the second and third books in this series.
Not sure after this one. I have enjoyed others but this was pretty bad.
The narration was okay; he just had a crappy story to work with.
Most of the ones when Helen, the mother in law was droning on and on.
Skip this series.
Ted Dekker is as good as any Christian author I have read yet. Every bit as good as Frank Peretti.
And --- his theology is pretty solid as well. Able to put doctrine to bed and just enjoy the story.
I normally love Ted Dekker's books. I read the circle series and the infidel series. This one however was slow to get going, slow in the middle and slow at the end. easy to put down etc.
I have already read quite a bit of Dekker. I tried this book hoping for something refreshing from him. For me, it wasn't special enough to merit continuing the series.
Gregory is extremely expressive and I really enjoyed listening to him. He gave the story more life than I was expecting.
Heaven's Wager does not need a follow up.
This story just wasn't compelling enough for me. Kent felt a little flat, which is kind of sad since he was the main character. The conclusion was quite excellent, but I would have liked to get there with a little less slogging.
Truly a life changing story wonderfully told. My only complaint is that the reader mistakenly voiced Helen's voice as being feeble, which does not fit her age or vitality. Most likely he mistook her weak knees as being indicative of more advanced aging, when actually they were injured earlier in life.
anyway the reading is still wonderfully done and the book is quite possibly one of the most important analogies in Christian fiction written in the last century in my opinion.