I quite honestly loved this book. It is like nothing I have ever read. It keeps you engrossed from the beginning to the end. Fantasy, science fiction, and Christian all at the same time.
that hasn't already been said. I listen to this book at least once a month. I love Jane Austen and this is my favorite of her works. It is well read and completely engrossing.
Even after reading the reviews I had no idea how deeply this book would effect me. At one point I had to stop the book and take a break from it because it in the common vernacular "It stepped on my toes" just a little too much. I will be listening to it again. I will also be purchasing the paperback versions of this and passing it along to several family members.
I loved it and hated it. The last book in the series was more difficult for me to read. I don't know if it was the fact that it was the last one and I had done them in a marathon, or if it was because it just was the least interesting than the other two. I loved the symbolism, it was beautiful. But I have noticed that Mr. Dekker seems to cram too much into the end of both his books and the end of his series. I just finished reading one of his latest books and noticed the same thing.
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I love mysteries and I enjoy them even more when they are couched in the Christian world. But this book was too predictable. I figured out the mystery within the first couple of chapters, then it just seemed to drag on and on.
This book keeps your attention. The mystery is pretty easy to figure out but the characters are fleshed out very well and the relationship between the two main characters is touching. Yes it is a Christian book, that's why it is listed under the Christian fiction section. The narrator has a good feel for a Louisana accent. The recording does sound like it wasn't recorded in a proper studio, kinda like it is in a well. It's not the most profound book I have ever listened to but it's entertaining none the less.
While none of the series holds a candle to the first book in the series The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. This one comes the closest. I adored this book. Every time I listen to it I am transported back to my childhood and all the worlds I ever imagined existed.
What works? Dekker's use of Nazi Germany and present day and his ability to tie them together into a moderately interesting mystery.
What doesn't work? Drawing out the ending to an almost painful extent. And the scene in the car I honestly got confused.
All in all not the best Dekker book I've read, but not the worst Dekker book I've read either.
I didn't like the narrator's voice, and the story was a little predictable. And one plot line is drawn out over all 4 books which just about drove me insane, and no it's not the blackouts. But there is a mystery and the ending. Well I defy you not to cry over the ending.
It is a Christian book, written from a conservative Christian perspective, but beyond that it opened my eyes to another view of heaven. One where we won't just be sitting on clouds playing harps. I cry every time I read or hear the part about heaven. The mystery part isn't bad either. I would highly recommend it.
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