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Jennifer

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  • Eyes Wide Open

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Philip Hodges
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Who am I? My name is Christy Snow. I'm 17 and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don t even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.

    Ronda Snyder says: "Horrendous story - makes me angry I wasted money"
    "Disappointing after a promising start"
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    What would have made Eyes Wide Open better?

    About halfway through the book, the whole story becomes so contrived. Dekker should have stuck to realistic fiction - made it a good mystery/terror book - instead of escaping through the use of ridiculous, convoluted, supernatural plot twists. I also got so sick of the preachy tone of many of the characters regarding what makes one human. But I really wanted to throw in the towel (and the book!) when Dekker decided, in the last couple chapters, to tell us that the whole story had been a religious/spiritual experience for the characters (and the reader). It was a total cop out!


    What was most disappointing about Ted Dekker’s story?

    The book really sucks you in, and you can't wait to see how the protagonists will prevail. But as the story progresses, it becomes more and more ridiculous - as if a 10-year-old wrote it and didn't bother with revisions. Absurd devices are used to drive the plot. In the end, Dekker didn't use the "it had all been a dream" escape (I would've preferred that!); it was even more contrived and juvenile. Ugh.


    What three words best describe Philip Hodges’s voice?

    Nasal, nasal, nasal. He had a cold. I kept wanting him to blow his nose or use some nasal spray, something. Also, and I have never heard this before in an audiobook, they didn't edit out three obvious errors the reader made - twice when he repeated whole sentences, and once when he cleared his throat.


    What character would you cut from Eyes Wide Open?

    Outlaw.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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