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Left Behind: Left Behind Series, Book 1 | [Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins]

Left Behind: Left Behind Series, Book 1

In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear. Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes. Is this the rapture prophesied by scriptures in the Bible from ancient times? If so, what destiny and tribulations are about to befall those who remain on the Earth and are left behind? In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth.
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In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear. Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes. Is this the rapture prophesied by scriptures in the Bible from ancient times? If so, what destiny and tribulations are about to befall those who remain on the Earth and are left behind?

In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the strange disappearances have been, the darkest days may yet lie ahead....

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©1995 Tim LaHaye (P)1998 Books In Motion

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    Elizabeth 01-21-13
    Elizabeth 01-21-13

    I am a Christian wife and mother. I write two blogs. My somewhat theological blog is called "Just Another Clay Pot," and my Fiction/Poetry blog is called "Weightiness and Whimsy."

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    "Great story, terrible audio"

    This review covers "Left Behind" and "Tribulation Force" as narrated by Jack Sondericker.

    I am so disappointed with the audio quality of this recording. It sounds like it was recorded straight off of a cassette which had been wound tightly for a long time. The audio is full of echoes and pre-echoes from where the cassette tape had experienced bleed-through. If you listen through earphones as I do, it's extremely distracting.

    Additionally, there is a ton of background noise. Furious pencil-scratching sounds, bangs and clanks...and I'm almost certain I heard a toilet flush at one point.

    All of that I could have tolerated, and in fact DID tolerate through Left Behind and much of Tribulation Force.

    But then Rabbi Ben-Zion became a major figure, and his badly-done "Hebrew accent" is more than I can stand. If I were Jewish, I'd be insulted. It's one thing to be unable to master an accent, but it's another to make it sound as if the person is channeling a mixture of Donald Duck and Ludwig Von Drake.

    I will be returning this series for a refund, but since I love the story itself, I will try again with a different narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12
    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Series"

    I read these several years ago and am now listening to them. They are as enthralling and thought-provoking as I remembered. Note: Audible has this series narrated by two different people. Be sure to listen to a sample before buying. I much prefer Jack Sondericker as the narrator. The other one sounds a bit computer-generated to me but it is just personal preference. I found the series to be life-changing. No, you shouldn't get your theology from novels, but they sure can make you think about your life!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tony McDougle 02-27-15
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    "Obviously a classic but narrator needs English les"

    I've read this series when the books fist came out. Now I'm listening to them through Audible. Love the books and the narrator is good with voice inflection, intonation and character changes, but I sure wish someone had helped him learn the pronunciation of basic English words. It deducts from his otherwise stellar narrative when he pronounces words like "ally" as alley. This is not-picky, but for me detracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alice SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 12-27-13
    Alice SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG! Very thought provoking. AWESOME!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Left Behind to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. I enjoy being read to.


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

    Yes. I was so eager to find out what happens next no matter where I was in the text.


    What about Jack Sondericker’s performance did you like?

    He didn't confuse me with the different characters. Although his talking for the women was not always in the right emotion(my opinion).


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

    Scary, thought seeking, and amazing in the presentation. No, I didn't laugh or cry but it certainly made me think and seek more of the Bible.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Fresno, Ca, United States 01-02-13
    Sara Fresno, Ca, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great"

    This is book one in a long series. It took me a while to figure out all the characters, but its riveting from the start and you can't wait for the next book. Great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Hunlock Creek, PA, United States 10-30-11
    Robert Hunlock Creek, PA, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great EBook, Recommended!"

    Great Series of Books on the Rapture. I seriously recommend this series for those looking to learn more on the bible and Christs Rapture of the Church. Though its Fiction, it is very close to the book of Revelation in the bible and prophecy... ! READ IT !

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    susan des plaines, IL, United States 10-25-11
    susan des plaines, IL, United States 10-25-11
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    "Part 2"

    This series, i have in hardback, and i originally listened to on audio cassette, its a must have, Greatly entertaining.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    melanie 08-28-15
    melanie 08-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"

    I had heard about this series for years. For some reason, I thought it would be more science fiction apocalypse than it is. Instead, it is a very long, thinly veiled sermon which might have been written by my brainwashed brother in law. I concur with the reviewer who commented on the audio quality. While I did not detect the sound of a toilet flushing, I did hear background noises and voices through much of the recording, as well as the extremely distracting sound of the mic every time the narrator turned it on and off. I will also take the advice of reviewers who preferred someone other than Mr. Sondericker narrating. While his voice is not bad, per se, it only seems to contribute to the "preachiness" of the writing. I am overwhelmed by the feeling that I'm listening to a "Davey and Goliath" cartoon throughout, with all the characters played by Ronald Reagan. Now, I like Ronald Reagan's voice. But not when it is crossed with Yoda for the voice of the Israeli scientist, or an elf for all the female voices, or Truman Capote for the anti-Christ. I will listen to the entire series, eventually, but in small doses. And I hope it gets better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    starr 07-23-15
    starr 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Overall great read"

    Refreshing story of redemption and love, during very hard times. Written in easy to understand language about a very hard topic to digest.

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    Mark 06-27-15
    Mark 06-27-15 Member Since 2002
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    "Really good basic teaching of Revelations."

    Good basic teaching of biblical end times using a nice weave of the biblical truth into a plausible fictitious novel story line.

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    "The drama of the end of the world!"
    Would you listen to Left Behind again? Why?

    Yes, it was such an adventurous story with so much drama. It kept me wanting to come back to listen as soon as I had a free moment! When I finished it, I couldn't wait to listen to the next book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Left Behind?

    When suddenly over half the people on a plane disappear without warning without knowing what cruelly happened!


    Which character – as performed by Jack Sondericker – was your favourite?

    Buck, also known as Cameron Williams


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Would it be you whose left behind?!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G2gilly
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    "Left behind series book one"
    What made the experience of listening to Left Behind the most enjoyable?

    Fantastic story every body should read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Left Behind?

    Captain steel being born again made me weep with joy


    What does Jack Sondericker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He feels the mood throughout the book


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

    When captain steel was reunited with Chloe


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to download book two

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • colin wilson
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    12/19/13
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    "Left Behind"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.
    Could help them understand why they need Jesus Christ in their lives.


    Have you listened to any of Jack Sondericker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    Made me even more realise that people did Jesus Christ in their lives


    Any additional comments?

    WEATHER OR NOT A PERSON BELIEVES IN THE TRIBULATION MATTERS NOT REALLY BUT TO BE SAVED YOU NEED JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR LIFE AND THIS BOOKS HELPS IN THAT ARE AS WELL.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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