Carl Weber takes listeners back to church in his latest drama-filled novel, the much-anticipated sequel to the New York Times best seller, The Choir Director.
It's been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor Bishop T.K. Wilson dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he's on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies to become a one-woman man. The stage is set for what might be the wedding of the year, but quickly becomes the disaster of the year when Aaron is left at the altar without explanation.
Now, during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, "between heaven and hell". As the investigation into Tia's disappearance continues, the two men are challenged in ways they never imagined.
©2014 Carl Weber (P)2014 Hachette Audio
"After a church member commits suicide, secrets are exposed that could destroy the church and various relationships as Weber (Up to No Good) successfully explores the multiple megaproblems challenging this church family and scores again with a lively mix of church politics and bedroom follies." (Publishers Weekly)
Yes. The whole story.
Change all the words!
The narrator's did a great job.
Hell no. Because it kinda sucked.
There wasn't much that I liked about this story.
He could have followed the first book a little better. This story was way outta left field from the first book.
The narration was fine.
Not at all! I kept hoping that it would pick up or give me something but it just bombed!
I only gave the story a 3 because I am a fan of Carl Weber.
it was ok i just wished the book would of followed the first...it was a whole different story
yes he is one or my fav authors
A different story and a different ending
It was not what I expected. I'm a CW fan and I have been for a long time but this book was drastically different from his other work.
The narrators did a good job but again the story was confusing.
If I could play editor I would say start over. Tia's whole story was depressing and not to mention the storyline did not match the original story. It wasn't date rape in the original book she was at a party. It was just depressing all of it.
The language. The language from these God fearing, gospel singing congregation was plain carnal.
Yes. About the same.
The storyline went way too far left to be believable. Prostitutes, drugs, murder, repetitive cursing, revenge, premarital sex and adultery -- and these are supposed to be church people we're talking about? Please!
The author made one glaring mistake with the Aaron character. In the previous novel, he painted him as a good guy who was remorseful about his past and sent his victim's family money regularly. In this installment, he said he never gave them a second thought. I won't spoil the ending, but just know that it's totally out of character and made no sense at all.
Never. Totally a waste of my time and a big disappointment as a sequel.
It was ok, considering the material they had to work with.
The book was just okay. I listened to the first novel again right before listening to this one which was a HUGE mistake. This is TOTALLY different from the first novel. I think I would have rated this one higher had he just created entirely new characters and separated it from the first choir director.
I would purchase another Carl Weber book, I think he's talented. Just missed the mark on this one. Why change the personalities of all the characters we grew to love??
hmmmm I don't really have a favorite scene.
I probably would go see it if it were a move. Mainly to just support the author. He's put out great work.
I have no additional comments.
It had alot of twist, which is what Carl Weber does best keep you interested.
The ending, never saw that one coming.
Peppy, was a gentleman he turned his life around for the better.
The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride by Carl Weber
Wow, time flies when you're working hard. I read and listened to this to this novel 5 months ago, back in November of 2014, and I'm like, where do I start?
This is the second installment of the Choir series. Now I'm not saying there will be an Choir Director 3. Carl haven't said a word to me, in fact, he doesn't speak to me at all. Nevertheless, this novel came 3 years behind the Choir Director, and with abour50% of the original characters, GRATE, was my thoughts.
The formats I used for this review was be based on the Kindle Ebook version, 304 pages, and Audible.com, audio format, 9 hours and 46 minutes, narrated by: Jennifer Kidwell, Marc Damon Johnson, Nicole Lewis, Patricia R Floyd, Leo Coltrane, Amuche, and published by Hachette Audio. I usually use two mediums to complete a book, because I spend a lot of time at work where I listen to the audio version, and with what little time I have at home or other appropriate places I would read.
Both formats was well produced. I seen no errors within the Kindle app version, which is used on my iPad. I remember seeing any grammatical errors, or any weird functionality to be noted. The cast of narrators did a great job in bring these characters in this novel to life, as where the character development was impeccable, and this is so important when you are writing a series and introducing new characters into a current plot, or a new plot.
The plot and subplots was masterfully written and flowed very well. There were some predictable, areas, but the subplots and tension points kept it interesting and build some good drama, and I love drama.
The story starts three years later where Tia has left Aaron at the altar without an explanation and secluded herself away form the world. Aaron is heartbroken and must why she left him. Now comes in all this other stuff which drives the story, what fills it in is betrayal, murder, and stupidity.
There is a lot of underhanded crap going on with these Christians behaving badly. What's going on you asked, a lot of pay back is what's going on. Coming to help Aaron mend his broken heart is have slut do travel, Desiree, and it's funny how at first Aaron pays her no mind. Ladies take note, when a man is in love, he doesn't see other women as women. Example; a woman can be bouncing around the office with no blouse and bra, he doesn't see tits, he sees breast and they're just part of her outfit.
The story twist and bends around Tia's reason for leaving Aaron at the altar, Aaron is offered a big recording deal, and around the stupidity of the first lady. Now I have to say, this is where a character was out of character. The First Lady, Monique Wilson, aka Monique Johnson is no fool, and here she act like Cookie. And who is Cookie you question? Cookie is a no particular woman who is one dumb broad, and that's not Monique.
Now I can be wrong, but the ending tells me there's another book to follow in this Church Series. I think most of Carl Weber's fans will like this novel. There is a lot going on, and a lot of drama that fueled by mystery. The Choir Directer 2: Runaway Bride gets 5 Stars.
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