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Forbidden | [Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee]

Forbidden

New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.

Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.

But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.

Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.

©2011 Ted Dekker (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Matthew Griggs 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Dekker with enjoyable surprises!"

    I'm a big Dekker fan so I will share my bias first. If you enjoy any of his other works you will enjoy the character development and emotional exchanges they have when placed in different situations. After reading a few Dekker books you will sense a familiarity with his characters like they could all be siblings so you will either enjoy that or feel it lessens the uniqueness of each story, but many of his books will actually borrow characters and minor elements from other series. For me I was content to listen to an enjoyable book. The narrator wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't distracting enough to distract from the story line.

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    Paul Orlando, FL, United States 01-17-15
    Paul Orlando, FL, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent book."

    The ending left me wanting more. May move to next book. Dry in some areas.. But overall an interesting story.

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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 12-27-14
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 12-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "the writing wasn't as good as the story"

    i also listened to book #2 hoping that the writing and characters would improve, but they didn't. they might have even gotten worse. the story is creative, but just about everything lacked depth. i won't be listening to book #3.

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    McKenna 06-26-14
    McKenna 06-26-14
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    Where does Forbidden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About in the middle. This is not one of his best, but I still love this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the intriguing world that was created.


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dare to drink the blood?


    Any additional comments?

    I really love Ted Dekker, and in this book is another intruiging world that was created. I found however, certain parts were just very odd, and disturbing. I don't know why, but I never really warmed up to this book like I have with countless othe Ted Dekker books. I will say though, it still ranks higher than many other books. It is a great work of art, just not my kind of art on this one.

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    Deborah Owen USA 05-15-14
    Deborah Owen USA 05-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A story that wll keep you on your toes..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would certainly recommend it. Very thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the quick take off, contrasted by the Stepford type mother who lacks the ability to think for herself. As readers move deeper into the plot, they better understand how the government separates and controls families. The parallels between the latter days and the situations that develop in this story keep the mind buzzing.


    Which character – as performed by Henry Leyva – was your favorite?

    He does all of them so well. Rom would be my favorite.


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

    No... I needed time to mull it over in my mind. One thing that kept me befuddled was the clear lack of setting. I'm sure the year and location must have been mentioned at the beginning but it needed reinforcement. I'm not a hard core fantasy reader so I struggled with the imagery for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I was amazed at whole pages of narration that broke the Show/Don't Tell bylaws again and again, but Dekker's descriptive talents came to the rescue. The reader's mind is like a canvas and he draws mental pictures on it -- just enough, and not too much. There's still plenty of room to add artistic form and action.

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    Wendy TEMPERANCE, MI, United States 03-26-13
    Wendy TEMPERANCE, MI, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Forbidden from 4 stars"

    To me this book was just average. I really wanted to like it, but so unbelievable and just seemed to fall flat nearing the end. It was fast and easy read, but not a book I was engrossed in or felt connected in any way.

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    Scott Layton, Ut, United States 12-26-12
    Scott Layton, Ut, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprised with the content and overall experience"

    I would recommend this to a friend. Dekker does an excellent job with futuristic concepts and ideas of what could be the future state of existence. Even though some of the conditions are somewhat unrealistic, Dekker weaves the story together in a way that does not leave you questioning or doubting the possibilities.

    Very good development of characters and the plot. Very nice carry over to 2nd book "Mortals".

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    William Plymouth, MA 09-14-12
    William Plymouth, MA 09-14-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Still don't know"
    Any additional comments?

    There are lots of themes that make you think. I am not sure where the authors are trying to lead me, but like the concepts and historic relationships they present.

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    Benjamin 09-03-12
    Benjamin 09-03-12
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    "Enaging, Thrilling, and Exciting! Well done Tedd!"
    Would you listen to Forbidden again? Why?

    Definitely! Forbidden follows in step to the storytelling style of Black from the Circle series by Tedd Dekker. I couldn't stop listening to the book! There are many storylines that are coming togather throughout the book leadign to a suprising and awesome end that leaves you salivating for the next book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The determination of the main character is insane. His passion for things is extreme leading him to follow his heart through some amazing action and emotional portions of the story in ways most would faulter.


    What about Henry Leyva’s performance did you like?

    He was engaging and realy drew you into the character, emotion, and excitment of each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The dead find life.


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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-11-12
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Starts great, but forgets its origin"

    Forbidden begins with a fantastic concept: mankind (either willingly or unknowingly) elects to suppress (through some sort of viral gene therapy) emotions, except for fear. Nearly 500 hundred years later, we can see the society that has evolved. As can be anticipated, violence and aggression are gone and society is a rather docile shell of its former self. Emotions like love have been morphed into a sense of duty or obligation with fear dominating potential dereliction of duty. Fear keeps everyone in line and religion offers an afterlife / heaven of "bliss" where fear would be removed.

    Into this mix, our hero is exposed to a secret cult of the "Keepers" who have a dream of resetting human emotions. Most of the story is the journey to realize this dream. Unfortunately, the story loses its way from what begins as a clear biologically based sci-fi, into a quasi-fantasy tale. Given all the possible modes that could have been proposed to restore emotions, its sad that the original scientists who created the virus therapy in the first place went on to predict (without explanation) that exactly 471 years in the future, a crippled boy would be born of regal origin that holds the key for humanity. They also provide vague and cryptic clues as to exactly how all this is supposed to work out. The biblical thrust is none too subtle.

    The narration is good and the pacing is excellent. The listening is easy and the story itself is enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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