When I found this book on Audible, I had to check Amazon to read other reviews. The summary sounded good, and the other reviews were raving about it, so I decided to go ahead. I didn't know what to expect, but as I began the book, I thought I was disappointed. Because I bought the book, I was going to keep listening.
I was very wrong about the book, and I'm very glad I kept going.
This is not a thrilling novel. It's not going to keep you on the edge of your seat, barely able to wait for what was going to happen next. It will, however, bring the story about Oregon pioneer days to life. It's was even more special to me, knowing it was based on true life people. The author knows the right way to use description without overwhelming her readers. The narrator did a wonderful job becoming Janie, and telling her story. The life struggles of the different characters were so poignant, so very pertinent to me as a reader even 130 years later, that it easily became one of my favorite stories.
The idea of this book is intriguing: Is America in danger of God’s judgment because the nation has turned away from Him? The author uses the judgment of Israel mentioned in Isaiah 9:10 to say that America will be judged the same way.
Whether or not you end up believing Cahn at the end, there are many “coincidences” that have to be looked at. And, the fact that the United States’ leaders proudly used Isaiah 9:10 to encourage the people? Now that is a little unnerving! Why? Read/Listen to the book.
The narrator, the author himself, was good. However, the writing style was awful. He used the hugely annoying habit of word repetition to push a point. It was like an adult speaking to a child... Aggravating.
If you've read any Dekker books, you know that you're in for a ride even before you open the book. I didn't expect the storyline to go the way it did, but Dekker usually does that- the unexpected.
Janeal, the main character, lives in a gypsy "kumpania" with her father in the first part of the novel, but she's not completely happy with her life there. Salazar Sanso, a drug dealer, approaches Janeal with a deal that could help Janeal leave the kumpania, but it backfires on Janeal and her life is forever changed.
I did enjoy the progression of the story, but the twist was somewhat unbelievable, a little crazy. I can't say too much without giving it away. It was, for certain, an entertaining story about good versus evil.
The narration was excellent. I especially enjoyed the Latino accent of Salazar Sanso.
The premise of this book is actually very intriguing; a woman hits a scooter on a foggy morning, and exits the car to check on the rider... Only to find no one is there. The "victim" of the crash can't be found. This book is a good mystery.
I enjoyed the author's writing. She's a very good storyteller. The only issue (and it doesn't detract from the book's quality) I had with the story is something you hear in the beginning of the book, that Audrey senses things and can feel people's hurts like they were her own. In a Christian book, I find myself not entirely comfortable with it. Even though the author clearly makes the character a Christian, and that is completely clear through the book, it seems a little too occult for me to believe to be true.
Another great thing about this book is the narrator. Nan Gurley's voice is wonderful with inflection and spirit. Sometimes the inflection didn't always fit with what the character was saying, but she did a great job.
This is not a book I would read over and over again, but not because of how it was written (it's excellently written). Throughout the story Francine Rivers' description of the characters makes them come alive and so I found myself enraged, frustrated, saddened, and anxious to hear what was coming. I didn't want to put the book down, and it's 17 hours long! I found myself listening when I was making dinner or sitting in front of the television with my husband in the evenings.
The situations in the book made me feel intense emotions and I am grateful that Rivers wrote a book with this content. I will definitely recommend it to others, with a warning to be prepared to have their lives changed.
The reader was okay for me. Not the best. She generally had one tone through the whole book, which didn't always work with the storyline.
Joyce Meyer's message in the Battlefield of the Mind is one that every Christian should read- it teaches about capturing every thought for Christ and allowing any freedoms to the enemy.
The narrator however was not the best choice for this book. She has lacks the tone and voice of the author, and her voice could be considered boring. I kept through til the end of the book because I really wanted to hear the whole message, but it was hard sometimes to get past the voice speaking.
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