The story is so amazing, weaving folklore, truth, error, superstition and tradition -- a grand collision in one beautiful story. I loved the story, and Kate Forbes' old world accent made for a perfect telling.
There were many memorable moments -- small surprises throughout the story.
Her voice, inflections, accents.
I have read this book from a hardcopy, and have listened to the story three or four times at least. The narrator does an incredibly great job with this story, his inflections are excellent, his ability to convey a female character as well as a Male is wonderful. Francine Rivers is able to examine characters and develop them in amazing ways. This is set 40 to 50 years after Christ's death, when the apostle John was still living. It follows Atretes, a character from the first book. I highly recommend it, however it would be best to read the very first book in the trilogy. The second and third books can be read out of order.
Honestly, I love Julie Klassen's books, however, this book got off to such a slow beginning that I have never finished it. Sorry. I shouldn't write a review on something I haven't completed, but I didn't think the beginnings of this plot held up to what I expect from the author. I would recommend every Klassen book I've read or listened to before this one -- but would suggest a different title if you want a more gripping storyline.
This story follows the eldest daughter through the financial ruin of her family (sort of) to a mysterious benefactor who invites them to occupy an old mansion bearing a strange history. Although I suspected some of the plot, it twisted and turned enough to satisfy my love of a good mystery and emerged with surprising revelations. The narration of Elizabeth Jasicki is very good, and I found myself volunteering to run errands so I could listen to the story in the car. Well done, Julie Klassen, as usual. Her writing is not cookie-cutter plots.
Daniel Amen's book on Healing ADD is excellent. I do not take just one person's expertise on such an important subject, but I feel that Dr. Amen's research must place him in a high place regarding this subject. The book is easy to listen to -- he is the narrator as well. I have a hard copy of it, important as he goes through the various lists at the end of a couple of chapters regarding treatments, etc. Highly, highly recommend this for people who do not like to read (!) but who need the information. On some devices you can speed up the narration. Grateful to have this on audio.
My husband was frequently around when I was listening to this audio book for the second time. Because it is sports-related (NOT a true story about the 9er's, btw), his interest was drawn. He liked the story, and does not read much fiction - preferring history/biographical books and spiritual studies in his busy world instead.
Between Sundays has some solid direction for fathers and is narrated with simplistic language - for instance, Kingsbury captures a child's thoughts as a child would think them. The narrator is easy to listen to with properly placed inflections and some voice changes for various characters. Karen Kingsbury attacks real contemporary social problems in this book, as she does in her other books. I typically prefer period history pieces, however, I have enjoyed every one of her books I've read (over a dozen of them so far) or listened to.
Francine Rivers! She was a romance novelist who became a Christian. Voilá. Be prepared for some steamy allusions mixed in with quests and conviction. The historical value of this book is big as it is set mainly in Ephesus, part of the Roman Empire, following the destruction of Jerusalem (though one of the main characters journeys to Palestine on a quest). Ms Rivers is a riveting writer who is able to pull you into the emotion of her stories, giving you the full-blown senses: fright, sadness, hopelessness, disappointment, joy, love, excitement, anger, and the rest. Her writing is unpredictable -- I have read over twelve of her books, and there is no "pattern" to them, which keeps the story grabbing at you. This is a long book -- so the audio is wonderful if you need to be working on mindless chores or driving a distance in the car! Warning: It is difficult to put down.
An Echo in the Darkness is part of the Mark of the Lion trilogy and should be read after the first book, A Voice in the Wind (the second and third books allude to the first book but not to each other). The characters are intertwined in their journeys, but I was amazingly interested in each of them -- not always the case in subplots.
I've listened to so many audio books through the years that I am probably overly picky about the narrators. Richard Ferrone is an exceptional reader (GREAT reader), doing well with dialogs as well as the narration. He is very easy to listen to and I am able to forget that he is "even there" as he moves through the story.
I highly, highly recommend this entire series, even for non-Christians who might not care about the hunt for God, but will love the action of the rest of the story.
I would listen to this book again, most definitely. In fact, I will likely purchase the book in hard copy. There are many ways that Francine Rivers has woven Scripture into the story and
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