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Cross Roads | [Wm. Paul Young]

Cross Roads

Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He 'awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a 'living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt.
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Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He 'awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a 'living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt. It is here that he has vivid interactions with others he assumes are projections of his own subconscious, but whose directions he follows nonetheless with the possibility that they might lead to authenticity and perhaps, redemption. The adventure draws Tony into deep relational entanglements where he is able to 'see' through the literal eyes and experiences of others, but is "blind" to the consequences of hiding his personal agenda and loss that emerge to war against the processes of healing and trust. Will this unexpected coalescing of events cause Tony to examine his life and realize he built a house of cards on the poisoned grounds of a broken heart? Will he also have the courage to make a critical choice that can undo a major injustice he set in motion before falling into a coma?

©2012 Wm. Paul Young (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Debora Atlanta, GA, United States 12-27-12
    Debora Atlanta, GA, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great all around book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cross Roads to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy the audio better than reading the book. This book was meaningful, insightful and funny! Thought provoking and inspiring. Made me laugh out loud several times and overall made me feel great. Wonderful follow up to The Shack, I think I like it better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie. She was real and true to her type character. Felt like I knew her.


    Have you listened to any of Roger Mueller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know. He does a good job transitioning the characters.


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

    The discussion about the difference between real and truth.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping at the end he would have come back to life. The way it ended left you with the thought that he died.

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    Lee the HypnoCoach Ballston Lake, NY 12-24-12
    Lee the HypnoCoach Ballston Lake, NY 12-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "William Paul Young Does it So Well"
    If you could sum up Cross Roads in three words, what would they be?

    Hope. Redemption. Joy


    What other book might you compare Cross Roads to and why?

    It follows on the idea of the Shack. It has a bit of the elsewhereness of The Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia.


    Which character – as performed by Roger Mueller – was your favorite?

    Young developed the character of Maggie most completely. He was able to tell the story from her point of view so well. She got an assignment (from God) and she carried it out.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Young's style is emotionally evocative. I laughed, I CRIED! I enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    Young does many remarkable things in this enjoyable book. He clarifies some hard to understand ideas in Christian doctrine. He makes it possible for hurting souls to open to God. He does an amazing job of presenting the inner world of a child with Down's Syndrome. Every reader with an imagination, a liking for the spiritual side of life and a sense that more might be happening when a person i sin a coma will find this a great read or listen. Mueller does a credible job reading the story. His vocalizations add to the flow.

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    Audrey Brandywine, MD, United States 12-19-12
    Audrey Brandywine, MD, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2011

    I love reading and I really love Audible. I'm a Grants Administrator at a university with a very long commute in everyday. Audible helps me pass the time and helps me enjoy my favorite pastime.

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    "Not Exactly Shack-Like"
    What made the experience of listening to Cross Roads the most enjoyable?

    Good story. EXCELLENT Narrator! I love how the author makes the spiritual almost tangible.


    Would you recommend Cross Roads to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend it. It's not The Shack, but it's a good story. By the end I was crying. But with The Shack I was crying at points throughout the book.


    Have you listened to any of Roger Mueller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not, but his performance in CrossRoads was awesome. I only read The Shack. Now I'm going back to The Shack and this time on Audible. I can't wait. I hope there's something comparable to the Oscars for people who do these book performances, because Mr. Mueller deserves one.


    Who was the most memorable character of Cross Roads and why?

    Tony. But it's because the way the narrator acted the part of the downs syndrome child. I can still here him saying, "Tony."


    Any additional comments?

    Young's books, at the right time, should be given to the people of Newtown, CT. Anyone who has experienced tragedy, and that's all of us at some time or other, should have the experience of reading/hearing The Shack and Crossroads.

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    sheri 12-19-12
    sheri 12-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    What did you like best about Cross Roads? What did you like least?

    I didn't like anything about the book


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't know


    Did Cross Roads inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish this book. I wanted it to be as inspirational as the Shack and it wasn't.

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    Deborah 12-17-12
    Deborah 12-17-12
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    "Another great listen"

    I was worried that this would be too similar to The Shack, but the storyline was fresh and engaging. And another stunningly well-done performance by Roger Mueller! I think I'd buy anything he's narrating.

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    Kelly F. Solheim Minnesota 12-15-12
    Kelly F. Solheim Minnesota 12-15-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Great book"

    Cross Roads is a great book on its own, but if you try to compare it to The Shack, you will be disappointed.

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    Marisa Lochbuie, CO, United States 12-12-12
    Marisa Lochbuie, CO, United States 12-12-12
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    Wow I enjoyed the entire book. This is not just fiction but truth in so many many ways. This book as the Shack will have a impact and more positive changes in my life. Very well done.

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    Paul Kitchener, Ontario, Canada 12-11-12
    Paul Kitchener, Ontario, Canada 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Even Better Than "The Shack""
    Any additional comments?

    Friends told me about "The Shack" which I have listened to a number of times - excellent story, but "Cross Roads" is even better. Excellent story and excellent message. This is one of the best books I have ever read or listened to.

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    Becky Smith Plano, Texas 12-11-12
    Becky Smith Plano, Texas 12-11-12 Member Since 2002
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    What made the experience of listening to Cross Roads the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was perfect and made the story believable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie. She pulled on every heart string....made me laugh and cry.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure. Probably a scene with Cabbie.


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    Nicola M. Stone 05-25-13

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    Would you try another book from Wm. Paul Young and/or Roger Mueller?

    No - I didn't finish this one.


    What could Wm. Paul Young have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think this book must be aimed at a very Christian target market - not that I am anti-Christian in any way but I found it very tedious and uninteresting. I bought the audiobook to listen to in the car because of the good reviews but struggled through it until the native American (I think?) Jesus made an appearance ….. at that stage I was so bored that my mind kept drifting and I wasn't really concentrating on what was going on.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roger Mueller’s performances?

    No - I think he used too much expression which I found very irritating and hastened my decision to abandon the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cross Roads?

    Most of it ...


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given up on the book earlier but kept on hoping that the next chapter would jump back to the 'real' world which to me was a little more interesting than the comatose Tony's subconscious ramblings.

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    It was a very good book! It held my interest it made me to want to keep reading it.He is a very good Author!

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