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Deborah Owen

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  • Forbidden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (254)

    New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

    Donna Stieglitz says: "Don't miss out on a great book!"
    "A story that wll keep you on your toes..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would certainly recommend it. Very thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the quick take off, contrasted by the Stepford type mother who lacks the ability to think for herself. As readers move deeper into the plot, they better understand how the government separates and controls families. The parallels between the latter days and the situations that develop in this story keep the mind buzzing.


    Which character – as performed by Henry Leyva – was your favorite?

    He does all of them so well. Rom would be my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No... I needed time to mull it over in my mind. One thing that kept me befuddled was the clear lack of setting. I'm sure the year and location must have been mentioned at the beginning but it needed reinforcement. I'm not a hard core fantasy reader so I struggled with the imagery for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I was amazed at whole pages of narration that broke the Show/Don't Tell bylaws again and again, but Dekker's descriptive talents came to the rescue. The reader's mind is like a canvas and he draws mental pictures on it -- just enough, and not too much. There's still plenty of room to add artistic form and action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thr3e

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Imagine answering your cell phone one day to a male voice that gives you three minutes to confess your sin. If you don't, the madman, Slater, will blow your car to smithereens. You barely manage to exit heavy traffic and ditch the car when, precisely three minutes later, your car blows sky high. The media and police descend on the scene; your world has just changed forever.

    Tami B. says: "Brilliant!!!"
    "Outstanding! The best book I've read in years."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thr3e to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Rob Lamont lives the parts as he reads them. I wear my earphone to bed and set it for one hour. The next day I find the point I recall last and begin again. The only problem with this book was that I couldn't go to sleep as the tension kept building. Today I gave up and stayed in bed all day until I finished it. Now, 12 hours later, I still can't get it out of my mind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thr3e?

    I loved how Dekker played Samantha against Jennifer, and the innocence in which the main character received their attention. The squabbling between jurisdictions certainly illustrated law enforcements at their nit-picking best.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Lamont – was your favorite?

    The villain, Laster, and Princess were the most memorable, partly because of Lamont's excellent narration and partly because of the odd characters. I must say, Lamont was in no hurry. I think he enjoyed reading this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes - from beginning to end. If you really pay attention to all the chitter-chatter going on in the main character's head, the end will have a much greater impact. This is the technique called man against self, which is also the hardest kind of conflict to write, but done with great expertise, wile, and cunning.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending blew my mind. I thought I had it figured out, but not so. Now I have to listen to all of it again to see if the author slipped up in a tiny place. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to slip up somewhere. This book should be made into a movie. It's fantastic, and I'm not easily impressed. *high fives, Ted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sovereign: The Book of Mortals, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Nine years after Rom Sebastian was thrust into the most unlikely of circumstances as hero and bearer of an unimaginable secret, the alliance of his followers is in disarray. An epic battle with The Order has left them scattered and deeply divided both in strategy and resolve in their struggle to become truly alive and free. Only 49 truly alive followers remain loyal to Rom. This meager band must fight for survival as The Order is focused on their total annihilation. Misunderstood and despised, their journey will be one of desperation against a new, more intensely evil Order.

    Deborah Owen says: "The ultimate in reading pleasure..."
    "The ultimate in reading pleasure..."
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    If you could sum up Sovereign in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome. Magnificent. Outstanding.


    What other book might you compare Sovereign to and why?

    This book stands alone in my mind. It is the ultimate reading (or hearing) experience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The tender scenes between Roland and Jordan. We have this hulk of a man -- a warrior, a killer, a Prince, a deceiver and lady killer vs. his total opposite. I couldn't help but wonder what their domestic arguments would be like if both had knives and swords nearby.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to name, but when Jordan pulls away from Roland to move into the distortion so she can learn what's on the other side, it made my heart yearn to see what God has prepared for those who love Him. "Breathing water" was the perfect description. The parallels in this book are more than outstanding. I wanted to hear all of it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Today's audience expects blood, guts, and gore. Sadly, we have come to look upon it as the flavor of a book or movie. Dekker supplies it in abundance and without excuse.

    Fane's salvation paints a beautiful picture of how God sees only the loveliness of Christ in us, and yet she must bear her guilt.

    P.S. I thought it comical the way I kept worrying over infection from the transfusions, incompatibility of blood types, blood that wouldn't clot, AIDS, and reusing the same tube on different people. Laying aside all the cares of this world can be laborious. Ted and Tosca, thank you for this great series. I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water Walker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Randi Larson
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains.

    Nancy Reeves says: "This stiory was a bit too cruel and abusive"
    "Ted Dekker takes a leap into the unusual..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would highly recommend it. The collage of colliding personalities is intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My first impression was that of looney-tune characters who had stepped out of the realm of reality and into a cult. I kept waiting on one of them to come apart at the seams and chop someone's head off, so it made my nerves feel like a stretched band of elastic that would snap at any time.


    What about Randi Larson’s performance did you like?

    Randi blended from character to character without missing a step. Voice inflections were constant and perfect. The almost monotone voice of the mother was unnerving and added to the tension. Well done!


    If you could rename Water Walker, what would you call it?

    I'd call it -- A Step of Faith -- and would keep the scenario of the boat on water and stepping out of it, etc. I didn't particularly like the title. To be honest, I only bought the book because I heard a Walmart employee say she was reading it and it was such high tension that she didn't want to read it late at night.


    Any additional comments?

    As a writing tutor, I enjoyed studying the protagonist's inner conflict. At times, it stretched believability, but people who fall into cults do show that type of behavior, which is what saved the day.

    After the father takes the girl home, he pretty much drops out of the picture. If he had been more involved, I think it would have added more balance to the story.

    The reader never knows why or how Zeke came to hold such a high position of power. A little more background in that area would have helped the setting. Also, I kept wondering HOW he found the girl. The unanswered questions gave me an incomplete feeling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killer: A Jack Rhodes Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Carpenter
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (235)

    Jack is an author who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near oblivion before eventually working past his demons and becoming best-selling crime novelist. Just as Jack is finishing his fourth book, the LAPD interrupts his routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem - the murder took place before Jack's book was published.

    Russell says: "I'd kill to get the next Jack Rhodes book now"
    "If you like filth, you'll love this book"
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    What would have made Killer better?

    Good writing doesn't require every filthy word in the vocabulary, and that's what ruined an otherwise awesome plot.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    For as long as I listened to it, yes, but I couldn't tolerate the language.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Michael Levine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, and I won't, since they will probably follow the same guidelines.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It made me angry that an author couldn't write a book at least on the margin of decency.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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