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.
Even though the story may seem to be old and we all hear or say that money can't buy happiness, we still want and pursue things in life that not only do not make us happy but separate us from Light. In Heaven's Wager me and my partner found a colorful and awakening story of good and evil, which teaches us what really matters. And main character's question 'why nobody told me that!?' at the end of the book may be the reason why to read this book. Of course it is all fiction but what if heaven is there, God is there fighting for His lovers, waiting for His children to come home... the narrator did a fantastic job creating each character of the book! We really enjoy it and highly recommend!
Ted Dekker has taken the subject of intercession for the souls of others and masterfully weaved it into a story that has made me want to intercede for others' souls like I have never done before. Thank you.
Very engaging story with a good message and excellent narration. A little predictable at the end but I like happy endings!
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.