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Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days | [Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins]

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days

What would happen if millions of people around the world suddenly disappeared one day? In this fascinating apocalyptic thriller, best-selling Christian inspirational authors LaHaye and Jenkins pool their considerable talents to answer that question. Narrator Richard Ferrone's unusually deep and hypnotic voice will keep you right in the middle of this not-unimaginable end of the world nightmare.
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Publisher's Summary

What would happen if millions of people around the world suddenly disappeared one day? In this fascinating apocalyptic thriller, best-selling Christian inspirational authors LaHaye and Jenkins pool their considerable talents to answer that question. Narrator Richard Ferrone's unusually deep and hypnotic voice will keep you right in the middle of this not-unimaginable end of the world nightmare.

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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©1995 by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC; Left Behind is a registered trademark of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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    Shannon L Hendon 08-03-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Great series!"

    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.

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Mesa, AZ, United States 12-15-08
    Sarah Mesa, AZ, United States 12-15-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Love/Hate this series"

    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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    John 02-13-08
    John 02-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome"

    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!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    02-08-04
    02-08-04 Listener Since 2002
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    "Makes you think"

    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.



    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph spokane, WA, United States 01-26-12
    Ralph spokane, WA, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible Addict. Hopelessly addicted to Audible and find myself listening to books at every chance. The Audible sales feed my addiction!!

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    "A little thick"
    What disappointed you about Left Behind?

    Too much religious overtone. Story is great but could have been told from a more neutral perspective and been more interesting.


    Has Left Behind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not planning on downloading the remainder of the series.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy St. Louis, MO, USA 09-12-08
    Sandy St. Louis, MO, USA 09-12-08
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    "Loved the series"

    I have listened to this book and read it. I think it is a must have for my libary.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Out of town 06-21-14
    Sherry Out of town 06-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Had me from start to finish"
    Where does Left Behind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Around the top. It is a topic close to my heart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance was excellent! Thestory was complete.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say. I guess when Rayford accepted Christ.


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

    Yes. And I did.....


    Any additional comments?

    Went right away to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    05-22-09
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    "An Intriguing Look"

    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!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Beavercreek, OH, USA 01-02-08
    James Beavercreek, OH, USA 01-02-08
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    "Truth"

    It's a must read for anyone. It's interesting and enjoyable.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 03-06-06
    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 03-06-06 Member Since 2005

    Loving Father

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    "Please Read"

    I was seriously disappointed in this book.

    I was aware that this book and the series was a best-seller, but that was about all I knew prior to listening. This book is for those readers who attend church more than once a week, and who try to “save” all of their friends. I was hoping for a book about the end of the world. What I found was a predictable storyline that was bordering on arrogant, militant Christian propaganda.

    One of the main characters spent much of the book feeling guilty about impure thoughts regarding another woman while he was married. I’m not sure why his guilt was discussed at three different times in the book. He never acted on these thoughts and frankly I am not sure that he should feel that guilty.

    I am not alone. My wife, who attends church and bible study, also tried to read the book and stopped before she was half way through.

    If you want to see an excellent movie involving militant Christian Propaganda I strongly recommend “Kingdom of Heaven” but I would not recommend this book.

    19 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    "So cheesy - but great!"
    What did you like most about Left Behind?

    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.


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

    Absolutely. I'll heard this book a few times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    CHESHAM, United Kingdom
    2/22/11
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    flat 4/1 2 Redwood Court, Campell Street Greenock PA16 8BW
    5/2/06
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    "Left Behind"

    This is a facinating series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris (the first)
    3/31/07
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    "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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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