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This Present Darkness | [Frank E. Peretti]

This Present Darkness

Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race.
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Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race.

©2003 Frank E. Peretti; (P)2003 Crossway Audio

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    Isaiah Basye Webb City 02-21-13
    Isaiah Basye Webb City 02-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Isaiah

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    "Frank E. Peretti is one talented individual"
    If you could sum up This Present Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, captivating, thrilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sad to say but my favorite character was Rafar Prince of Babylon. Frank does his voice so well. When he speaks you listen.


    What does Frank E. Peretti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Each characters voice is well executed. I would run at night while listening to this book, and there were times I was frightened.


    If you could take any character from This Present Darkness out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Marshall Hogan. Because that man leads an interesting life.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook might seem old school, but it's well worth the money. It was well done and is still holding its weight today.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John United States 11-29-11
    John United States 11-29-11
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    "Incredible Experience"

    Frank did an AMAZING job reading the book and bringing the true essence of the experience to life. It made my commute incredibly enjoyable for days...because I listened to it three times in a row.

    Definitely worth the listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert MIAMI, FL, United States 06-27-13
    Robert MIAMI, FL, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a writer and I read like one. Just waiting for my big shot.

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    "Condensed Milk Gone Bad"

    I consider the UN-abridged version of this book to be too lengthy in description–– every scene is over-described, full of fluffy description to the point of frustration. But at least you know what is going on. It takes a long time for the action to happen, but arguably there is a payoff.

    THIS ABRIDGED VERSION is the opposite. Too dense. Too fast. Too much. They say less is more––but in this case, although there are less pages, there is just too much going on in too little space. My wife and I listened to fifteen minutes of this and just could not take any more.

    Even having read part of the book before, I was unable to follow the story! The narrator was drowned by background music. But on top of this, we were bombarded with a slew of characters and descriptions without space or action to process the information.

    Buy this ONLY if you have a project or homework assignment on this book for your school and you want to be able to pack a month's worth of reading into a couple of hours. Get ready for a headache, loads of rewinding––and you better have a hardcopy to follow along.

    FOR FRANK PERETTI TO READ:

    From one writer to another: I know people have told you the book is too long. What they really mean is not that they want a shorter book. The reader wants ACTION to drive the plot. Less is indeed more. But that is not a matter of pages. Give less details. But make the ones you give count. Get to the meat of the ACTION faster. Then stick to the fresh description (through more metaphor too)–– then reveal other details by dialogue. And of course, through ACTION. I love what you're trying to do with Christianity though. Loads of people I know have loved your book. I'm just one voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 12-03-09
    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 12-03-09 Member Since 2005
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    "great"

    This is a great book well worth a listen. The only problem I have is with the narrator. I think he only narrates the abridged version of a couple of his books. IMHO Peretti is as good a narrator as he is an author and I wish he would narrate all of his books unabridged. I would also like to see the Cooper Kids Adventures (narrated by Peretti) published someday!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Glenpool, OK, United States 11-16-12
    Jeff Glenpool, OK, United States 11-16-12

    I've replaced my HD TV with the Audible app.

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    "If only we could see the Angels amung us"
    If you could sum up This Present Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Spectacular sound presentation


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I fell for this book in it's entirety and was blessed to have it as my first ever audiobook originally on tape in the early 90's. I can't pick just one. I've been hooked on audiobooks ever since.


    Have you listened to any of Frank E. Peretti’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is by far my favorite version and I have listened to all of his books.


    If you could rename This Present Darkness, what would you call it?

    Rename a classic? You've got to be joking.


    Any additional comments?

    The sound quality and narration is fantastic. I highly recommend you listen with headphones the first time through to get the full surround sound experience. Frank's best book by far. The presentation of reality with the spirit world interlaced throughout is food for thought. Great story and I've always hoped for more along this genre after Piercing the Darkness.

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    Pam 05-08-12
    Pam 05-08-12
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    Would you listen to This Present Darkness again? Why?

    No... I have read the book and now listened to the audio book. I don't need to hear it again.


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    Tamar Ada, OK, United States 04-23-12
    Tamar Ada, OK, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book!"
    What made the experience of listening to This Present Darkness the most enjoyable?

    Great book. I have always wanted to read it but could not find time in my busy schedule. It was so nice to finally hear the story on my drives to and from work.


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

    it was all good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicolette Irene, South Africa 01-26-12
    Nicolette Irene, South Africa 01-26-12 Member Since 2011

    An audible addict:)

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    "Captivating while setting you free"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately, it changes the way you think and react on prayer


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

    Yes!!!! The way the story is told, the different voices, this is really great stuff


    If you could rename This Present Darkness, what would you call it?

    Will not change anything, this aithor knows what he is doing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eve Beaver Creek, Minnesota, United States 02-15-11
    Eve Beaver Creek, Minnesota, United States 02-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fast Paced Wow"

    Wow, fast and furiously paced listen. Edge of seat action. Heart thumping suspense. Mr. Peretti does a brilliant job with his own work. Even tho this is an abridged work it is well worth your time. Sound effects and music also are part of the mood of this I recommend this highly!

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    C.J.R Flanagan Bathurst, Australia 10-11-12
    C.J.R Flanagan Bathurst, Australia 10-11-12
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    "(sigh) Face Palm!"

    To start with, I purchased the abridged version by accident (mistake No.1)
    Now it may sound strange, but I find that a mid 80s sounding synth keyboard being used as background music throughout a story with the intent of providing "ambiance" can be a little distracting. Should have listened to a sample first! (mistake No.2)
    So needless to say, this audio book was switched off within five minutes of hitting the play button. I had read some great reviews and all, but something just wasn't right with it. I mean.... it just seemed....somewhat...watered down. Could it be?...................NO!
    After another short web based research session I discovered, to my utter dismay, that I had just purchased a "christian horror novel"!

    I'll paraphrase a quote from another unknown reviewer, "the idea of a christian horror novel is as ridiculous as the idea of christian porn." Didn't do my research!
    (mistake No.3)
    To make matters much worse, I discovered that upon charging the $9.99 to my old credit card by mistake (which is now inactive) I had incurred a $30 non-refundable bank fee! (mistake No.4)

    So to summarize, I payed $40 to listen to 5 minutes of a 2 hour long "christian horror novel" with a six year old mashing the keys of a cheap, battery operated, toy piano in the background whilst I clawed at the steering wheel of my car and fumbled through my iPhone to find the stop button, narrowly missing a pedestrian in the process.

    Excuse me while I punch myself in the face......

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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