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This Present Darkness | [Frank Peretti]

This Present Darkness

A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.
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Publisher's Summary

A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

©1986 Frank Peretti; (P)2005 Books in Motion

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    talya OREGON CITY, OR, United States 05-11-13
    talya OREGON CITY, OR, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2013

    It just me

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    "A GREAT READ!! GIVE IT A TRY, IT COULD CHANGE YOU"
    Where does This Present Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great book and I would tell you, your friend and family to take the time to read the IT. A great read and a great way to look at the world. The REAL world!!!!!


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

    No way!!! Not an less you are sick, Pregnant, bed rest..


    Any additional comments?

    Audio is BAD!!!!! It makes me sad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 01-21-13
    Angela 01-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, great performance, weird echo"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is great. It's been a favorite of mine for many years. The reader really does very well. Dramatic, clear speech, just all around great. The only problem is that there is an odd tinny sound to the recording through the whole book that I couldn't get rid of even by switching devices, adjusting the equalizer, nothing worked. It isn't bad if you are listening with headphones or earbuds, but it is really difficult to ignore on larger speakers. That was my only complaint. You can still hear the story just fine though, and it wasn't annoying enough to keep me from listening to the whole story! I'd still recommend it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marshall Hogan. I love his fierce personality, he defends his family fiercely, loves them fiercely, everything he does is wholehearted.


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

    I have not listened to any of Jack's other performances, but I am definately a fan now. He is great at doing the different voices, makes it easy to distinguish which character is speaking, and the voice for each character is consistent throughout the entire book. Very well done.


    Was This Present Darkness worth the listening time?

    Definately worth the time. Excellent story. Encouraging, inspirational, interesting, full of details, but not so much that it becomes tedious.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael A Prescott Valley, AZ, USA 08-06-09
    Michael A Prescott Valley, AZ, USA 08-06-09
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    "Eye Opening Revelations!"

    This was an incredible account of a small town and the not-so-small goings-on. Frank Peretti does an excellent job of giving us an insight into the spiritual realm and its impact on the physical realm. Riviting and entertaining. Worth every cent spent and every minute listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Upper Marlboro, MD, USA 01-13-10
    Angela Upper Marlboro, MD, USA 01-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "This Present Darkness"

    I loved this book. It gives an interesting insight on how the spirit relm works. It also lets you know how important it is to have a relationship with God. If you don't have a prayer life, you need to start.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 08-15-10
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 08-15-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Believe and be saved!!!!!"

    This stuff is real folks and if you can't see it. It is because satan has you wrapped up neatly in his pocket. Great book. Great read.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Diane E. Sidener Philadelphia, PA United States 09-20-14
    Diane E. Sidener Philadelphia, PA United States 09-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth listening to although...."

    This is a good story. My reservations had to do with the depictions of evil, which I felt were a bit on the cartoon-ish side. The narrator contributed to this, perhaps more so than the author.

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    annette hay 08-23-14
    annette hay 08-23-14
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    "Excellent book!!! I enjoyed listening to this book"
    What made the experience of listening to This Present Darkness the most enjoyable?

    Knowing that we The Body of Christ are confronted with this same demonic activity every day and that this isn't fictional. We are faced with the exact battles as we awake and begin our day. It is all real so real!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Present Darkness?

    When God's angels won each battle as God's Saints began to Pray and Pray without ceasing no matter what. The Key that gave the angels strength and strength to win the battles was God's people Praying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tal was in his final Battle with the head demon. He took alot of blows but as God's Saints prayed he gained strength and recovered and won the final Battle against the head demon.


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

    Yes!!!! I wanted to but as you know there is much to do in one's day.


    Any additional comments?

    I greatly appreciate the opportunity to use this device and I recommend that you all keep up the good work. Keep advancing in Technology and you will keep your customers happy and returning to utilize your products.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    riotcontrol Houston, TX, United States 01-23-14
    riotcontrol Houston, TX, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible performance"
    What didn’t you like about Jack Sondericker’s performance?

    The audio sounds like he's reading in an echo chamber. I couldn't even get past the first 4 minutes.Horribly annoying.


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    Amazon Customer Kennesaw, Ga 10-29-13
    Amazon Customer Kennesaw, Ga 10-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Christian, Thinker, Writer, Marketer, Dad

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    "The Gold Standard of Christian Thrillers!!!"

    Just when I thought I'd read it all, when it comes to spiritual warfare works of fiction, I read Frank Peretti's "This Present Darkness". What's funny is that I flirted with the idea for three months before finally wagering my Audible credit for this book.

    And boy..was it worth it! Sure, the narration could have been better. But you know what? With a story this intense, you get so lost in the characters and plots that you almost don't even notice the recording flaws. In fact, there were times when I felt I was right there among the characters as the theme unfolded.

    The only qualm I have with Frank Peretti's master piece, is that he may have set the bar so high with this one that folksmay find it hard to read other spiritual thrillers without wishing that those books were more like This Present Darkness.

    One more thing...I was shocked to learn that this book was written way back in 1986. So prophetic...except in most cases; today's college towns have been thoroughly over run by modern day Langstrat's, Brumel's and Oliver Young's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DMS SoCali 08-05-13
    DMS SoCali 08-05-13
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    "Not much to appreciate here"
    What disappointed you about This Present Darkness?

    The writing is predictable and cliched. There are gratuitous sideswipes at the United Nations and intellectuals in general. (I did suffer through to the bitter end-- perverse of me, given the poor quality of writing and narration.)
    The entire relationship between the spiritual and the physical realms is poorly thought out. The demons, though they can insert their talons into victims' heads, seem limited in their knowledge of events by wire-tap evidence. (I can't resist inserting here: "Uh. HELLO!") In one paragraph the spirits seem unable to directly affect the physical world, needing to operate through human agents; in the next the angels are pushing against the side of a careening truck to keep it on a mountain road.

    The recording does seem to have been made inside a metal can, and the narrator sounds like he needs to expectorate, though his use of different voices has some impact. At points where the author intends to inject excitement and action, the narrator increases his pace, as most amateurs are inclined to do.

    For the fundamentalist Christian reader already convinced of the reality of demons this might be a gratifying, self-reinforcing read; for the non-believer the logical inconsistencies in story and plot are grating and hard to put up with; for the fence-sitter (and this is the most damning judgment) there is little here to bring one over to the side of the angels.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frank Peretti again?

    Not in this lifetime.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If it were on someone else's iPod.


    What character would you cut from This Present Darkness?

    Frank Peretti


    Any additional comments?

    . . . . I am reminded again by this purchase of the need to choose carefully when browsing the 'shelves' of Audible.com (which I treasure immensely). Some of the cues one gets browsing in a real bookstore are absent here. Make good use of what is here -- read reviews. Look for genre cues (I've ended up with Young Adult fiction just as inadvertently as in this case I ended up with Christian fiction).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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