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Norm Michaels

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  • Piercing the Darkness

  • By: Frank E. Peretti
  • Narrated by: Frank E. Peretti
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Sally Beth Roe, a young loner, a burnout, a kind of "leftover hippie," finds herself caught in the middle of these bizarre events, fleeing for her life while trying to recall her dark past. Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, Sally Roe's journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, a reflection of our wanderings, and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the Cross. The intensity of this best-selling novel comes alive when read by author Frank Peretti.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you don't believe!!!!

  • By Michael Richardson on 07-09-16

This is abridged

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Would you listen to Piercing the Darkness again? Why?

This is an awesome book; listen to the entire book, not this abridged version.

Which character – as performed by Frank E. Peretti – was your favorite?

Frank reads well; just listen to the entire book, not this synopsis.

  • This Present Darkness

  • By: Frank E. Peretti
  • Narrated by: Frank E. Peretti
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Sammi on 08-30-16

This is Abridged

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-14

If you could sum up This Present Darkness in three words, what would they be?

This is an awesome book; listen to the entire book, not this abridged version.

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

Frank reads this well; just listen to the entire book, not this synopsis.

  • Prophet

  • By: R.J. Larson
  • Narrated by: Brooke Heldman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

"Close your eyes, Ela of Parne. Close your eyes and you will see." Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She’s undignified, bad tempered, and only 17 - not to mention that no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as the elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young. "Istgard has turned their back on Me. See the evil they do."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prophet (R. J. Larson)

  • By W. on 04-18-12

Great story / horrible narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-14

What would have made Prophet better?

The narator does not know what set volume to go with. She whispers one minute and yells the next.

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  • Covert Warriors

  • Presidential Agent Series, Book 7
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By RevRick on 01-10-12

Mediocre

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-13

Would you try another book from W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

Now that I finished the entire series, I am thinking that this series should have have ended successfully at three or so.

  • Black Ops

  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of Presidential Agent Series

  • By Luck8 on 01-07-11

Growing unbelievable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Now that I finished the entire series, I am thinking that this series should have have ended successfully at three or so.

  • The Outlaws

  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 569

Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded - but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, am I disappointed

  • By Jackie on 02-13-11

Lots of Action

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-13

What did you like best about The Outlaws? What did you like least?

Now that I finished the entire series, I am thinking that this series should have have ended successfully at three or so.

Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

As long as its a different storyline.

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  • The Fall of the Nephilim

  • Cradleland Chronicles #3
  • By: Douglas Hirt
  • Narrated by: Jerry Sciarrio
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Five hundred quiet years had passed, and then for only the second time within the collected memory of man, the earth shook. Footsteps froze and eyes went wide while birds exploded from treetops and filled the sky in frenzied flight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Non-Darwin Biased Biblical History Fiction

  • By G Wallace on 03-20-09

Superb Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-11

This is a biblically accurate novel set in fiction. I didn't want this Trilogy to end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Quest for Atlan

  • Cradleland Chronicles #2
  • By: Douglas Hirt
  • Narrated by: Jerry Sciarrio
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The future of Noah and the remnant of faith are uncertain at best. Atlan has fallen under the evil influence of Zorin, but the Gardner of Eden has other designs. He commissions Zorin's brother, Rhone, to take back Atlan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps geeting better.

  • By Bananas on 03-01-11

Superb Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-11

This is a biblically accurate novel set in fiction. I didn't want this Trilogy to end.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Flight to Eden

  • Cradleland Chronicles #1
  • By: Douglas Hirt
  • Narrated by: Michael Taylor
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

A dark power is at work, intent on gaining complete control of the CradleLand, the birthplace of the still-young world. All that stands in the Power's way is one troublesome line of humans: descendants of Seth. They are of the only remaining clan clinging to an all-but-dead faith. And yet it's from that faith that a prophecy threatens all plans of world dominion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, buy the book instead.

  • By Joshua on 07-23-11

Superb Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-11

This is a biblically accurate novel set in fiction. I didn't want this Trilogy to end.

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  • The Underground

  • By: Norman W. Matthews
  • Narrated by: Mark McDevitt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Matthew Clear has just awoken to the news that millions of people are missing. While the government blames the disappearances on UFO activity, Matthew begins his own search for the truth, embarking on a mission that will test both his faith and his courage. He and a group of new believers begin The Underground, a movement that depends on prayer as their greatest weapon against the enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining only

  • By Norm Michaels on 02-08-11

Entertaining only

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-11

The narator is pretty bad; however, the story lines were not much better. Had it been free, I would have enjoyed it more. Good evangelical preaching though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful