Pilot Rayford Steele is contemplating adultery with a young flight attendant when over 100 of his passengers simply vanish, leaving vacated clothes and bewildered companions. Rayford and the others left behind must deal with mass chaos on top of personal loss. Among the passengers still left is star reporter Cameron "Buck" Williams, who just got the assignment of a lifetime: find out what happened and why. Theories abound, from Christian Rapture to alien abduction. Buck suspects secret meetings between international power brokers are somehow connected. And rising political icon Nicolae Carpathia seems to be at the center of it all.
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OK - I normally read / listen to fantasy and science fiction. In fact, when I started listening to this series I was listening to Stephen King's The Dark Tower series and waiting for the Song of Susannah.
What an excellent surprise this was. I was pointed to this series by a friend and was at first skeptical, but gave it a try anyway just to see what it was like. The more I listened, the more excited I was to hear more. I am now five books into it and can't wait to get to the next one.
Even if you are not religious, you will enjoy this book and this series. It is well written, the characters are well developed, and the plot is great.
Pluses for the Christian reader - learn more about the prophecies of the end-times, jewish beliefs, and portions of scripture. Explore your relationship with Christ while hearing about what the characters are going through.
All around, a very very satisfying listen / read for me and I highly recommend it. Don't be scared off by the religious content if you are hesitant about that. And if you are attracted to the series because of the religious ties, you won't be disappointed, either.
This series drove me nuts!! There are so many things that were simply aweful, yet I downloaded the entire series in less than three months. Let me be fair and first say what I liked about the books.
I found many inspirational moments that made me contemplate and deepen my faith. That's the biggest draw. I don't fully agree with the author's interpretations, but the entire journey of the books made me examine where my heart was, and I found many moments of deepening closeness with God. Also, in the early books, they were good at hooking you and making you want to know what happened next.
Now ... why they drove me crazy. They are terribly written. There are logical gaps throughout the series. There are too many to mention, but suffice it to say the factual or physical circumstances laid out in the first books are caste aside as people and things that could not happen according to the first books continue to appear in the latter. And it isn't because God made it happen. They just do.
The authors are misogynistic. Particularly in the early books, there is not an intelligent, well-rounded female character to be found. The women are shallow and flighty, and respond to all circumstances in a stereotypic fashion only very young men would think realistic. This improves over the series, but I never see myself in any of the female characters.
The narrator drives me nuts. He needs to listen to his earlier narrations and make up his mind. Throughout the books, his accents for different characters is all over the place. One day, a character sounds like an American midwesterner, the next day, Dracula in a bad Ed Woods movie. The pronunciation of names and cities also changes from book to book.
Like all successful authors, the editor must have lost heart. If these were written books, you'd skip whole chapters, but you can't glance at an audio book, so your stuck listening to it all.
They were worthwhile, but could have been so much better.
I had read this entire series, but enjoyed the audio version even more. Excellent narration. This series is knowledgeble and backed by the scriptures. A must read by christians and an encouraged read to all!
In general christians unconciously (or not) tend to imagine some of the less than pleasant scenes (future or past) in the bible not actually taking place being. This book makes an effort to present one possible interpretation of the end times as a real life situation and has you think how would you deal with it. This is obviously a challenge for the authors but they do a pretty good job.
Whether the actual interpretation is correct (pre-trib / post-trib etc) is probably less important than :
1. It makes you think about the whole issue
2. It is a good clean adventure story
3. It will likely leave you wondering what will happend next (and ready to buy the next one in the series).
It is the first christian tradition based fiction I have read and I certainly enjoyed it.
Probably the best part of the book is its attempt to describe in some way what it might be like to find parts of your family disappeared in the rapture and you were "left behind".
No particular complaints about the narration.
Around the top. It is a topic close to my heart.
The performance was excellent! Thestory was complete.
Hard to say. I guess when Rayford accepted Christ.
Yes. And I did.....
Went right away to the next book.
I enjoy everything from mysteries, to suspense novels, something based on history or myth and magic its all Good :)
Loved it I couldn't put it down! My only problem was understanding some of what certain characters said because of thick accents. But it was done well and made me feel like I was there!
This is an intriguing look at bible prophecy from one prospective. While it does start off a little slow it is necessary to learn and get to know all of the wonderful characters. THe charecter invovelment, as they tell the story from each point of view, is amazing and I really feel I can put myself in their shoes. It is a fabulous story that really gets you thinking!
In the grand tradition of speculative fiction, "Left Behind" takes a concept and carries it out to ridiculous extremes. For a sci-fi and fantasy reader such as myself, the premise of the Rapture taking place is no more ridiculous than assumptions such as there being a parallel world filled with magic (such as Piers Anthony's "Split Infinity"), or that organ transplants will extend human life infinitely (as in Larry Niven's "The Jigsaw Man").
Unfortunately the religious fervor of the author overwhelms what could have been a great novel, displaying itself either as naivete or ignorance as to why those exposed to the Gosepel and Christianity would ever *not* be instantly converted. It provided little insight to the point of view of born again Christians, instead displaying them post-conversion as one-dimensional characters remaining willfully ignorant to alternate opinions. Pre-conversion characters have much more depth to them, but are portrayed as being stupid, having low willpower, being extremely credulous of ridiculous explanations, or stuck up. The treatment of one of the main characters pre-conversion is a sad case of anti-intellectualism as she slowly descends from a lofty condescending intellectual position to a college dropout and convert meekly taking on her father's mantle of evangelism.
I expect born again / evangelical Christians will enjoy this novel for apparently showing how everyone can be converted with the right impetus, but for the rest of us, you can take it or leave it.
"So cheesy - but great!"
This is one of those books that is so cliched I'm slightly embarrassed to love it - but every single one of the series made me cry. So inspiring to hear people challenged in their beliefs, meeting Jesus, and then witnessing effectively. It's all wrapped in a hugely Americanised story, but this will always be one of my favourite novels.
Absolutely. I'll heard this book a few times.
"An intriguing perspective on Bible prophecy"
OK, not everyone will agree with the End Times view of the authors, but then again this is fiction. Personally, I really enjoyed this and would recommend the Left Behind series wholeheartedly. Whether you agree with it or not, it will certainly get you thinking.
"Can you drop me off here, I WANT to be left behind"
It may be a little unfair to review a book I didn't finish but this book is so uninteresting. The characters are just so dreary that I couldn't care less about their plight. The dialog (and there's a lot of it) is as dull as a Sunday afternoon political discussion programme. It's one of those books where you feel you can go and make a cup of tea without pausing it because you know that nothing important is going to happen because nothing is happening full stop. It sounded like an intriguing idea and it had a high rating on Amazon but it beats me what people see in it.
This is a facinating series.
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