Amid the Shadows

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (1,506 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most stunning abilities ever seen...has just been born into the eyes of a six-year-old girl. For one very special reason.

Something is about to happen. Something unstoppable, and something terrible. An event that can do more than just change human history.

But mankind has a secret.

A little girl named Sarah. Afraid and alone, and under the care of an inexperienced social worker. A young woman about to discover that she will do anything to keep Sarah alive.

Because there is much more to Sarah than meets the eye.

Note to listener: Similar to books by Dan Brown and James Rollins, this story contains a strong religious undertone.

©2013 Michael C. Grumley (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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I suspense thriller that takes you on a ride

As the review on the cover image says, “If you liked DaVinci Code, you’re going to love Amid the Shadows”. I will say up front that I’m not a fan of “The DaVinci Code” but I did enjoy this book written by Michael C. Grumley. This may be why the other books I have read by the author, this would be my least favorite. This is not saying that the book itself is not well written, not at all. It is more that the book was not what I had initially expected nor is it in a genre I often find myself reading. I would classify it more as a suspenseful thriller having all the conspiracy theories found in other books of its type. If you like a book that travels all over the globe and uncovers many deep and hidden secret societies, this may be a book worth picking up.

Even with the book not in my preferred genre, I will say that I enjoyed the book very much and listened to if more for pleasure than education. As with most typical mystery thriller tales, we have a young girl that is found to be special in some way which is unraveled as the book progresses. We also have the young helper, in this case a social worker, that is the adult uncovering these special powers, needed to protect the child from harm. The author throws in the super-secret religious group that is trying to prevent the young girl from realizing how important she really is. We have the world against these two main characters and as the author says, they travel all over the world uncovering the mysteries and trying to be safe while doing it.

I will say that the author does a decent job of developing the characters and many locations the book takes place. It is not simply a rehashing of the “DaVinci Code” but there are many similar elements in this story. As others have said, you will have to suspend belief in many areas to enjoy this book. Again, this is intended for entertainment like “National Treasure”. If you can accept the book in this way, it can be enjoyed. I also felt, as some others suggested, that the end of the book felt rushed. It seemed the author realized the length the book was and he needed to compress all the remaining parts into quick chapters. This could have been done for dramatic effect, but I do not think so.

As with other books written by Grumley, this book did not include vulgar language or adult-only scenes; kudos for not going with what appears to be the norm in books today. The book could be enjoyed by both younger and adult readers. I would recommend it for older teen readers and above due to the multiple characters and plots occurring throughout the book which may become confusing for younger readers. Other than that, the book was well paced, apart from the ending, and I do like that many of Grumley’s books are not serialized and instead wrap up when the book is completed. I will continue to read books by this author and I’m happy to see him trying more than just the science fiction/action genre. He continues to experiment with style and story which often makes something that may have already been done before, new a fresh.

Grumley gets some of the best narrators on Audible to perform his books, and I think this makes a good book into a great audiobook. Julia Whelan is no novice when it comes to narration. Not at all, she is a seasoned veteran with over 225 other titles on Audible; and most having four or five star performances. As with all the other recording from this author, they have all been professionally recorded and no noticeable audio artifacts (swallowing, page turns, etc.) were observed while listening.

If thrillers are your cup of tea, I would recommend you pick up this book and give it a go.

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Too many tangents

This book was not an easy listen. The author got too caught up in random details that had nothing to add to the story. This also made it difficult to follow the storyline. The epilogue with the main characters seemed random with no explanations as to how it related to the story. Odd book

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Really Really Good...But

Really enjoyed reading it and made time for listening even when other things needed to be done. I only wish it didn't "wrap up" so quickly at the end. The last five or six chapters were short and made me feel the author just wanted to end.

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Unusual...

A very different kind of book for which I have very mixed feelings. It is not your typical suspense/thriller type novel, nor is it a mystery. It doesn’t really fall into the category of supernatural. Yet, it has elements of all of these. It is a good story, well written and plotted, but it has left me pondering what it all means. This is a book I will have to revisit again at a later date to see if things come clearer to me. 4 stars.

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Wow! What a great story

If you could sum up Amid the Shadows in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, unpredictable, unique

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

I have never read anything like this before. I usually read murder mysteries or legal thrillers and this was a totally different animal. Love every second of it! Not a religious person, but the story was fascinating. Couldn't stop listening.

What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first I found the narrator a tad dull and unexciting. But I feel like she picked up midway through the book, maybe she got into the story herself, i'm not sure. She doesn't have very many voices, so all the males tend to sound the same. But the story was excellent at keeping you on track.

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Hold on to your hat

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very different book , not what I normally would listen to . It is a great thriller but also has a very interesting twist and surprise characters . Has some religious undertones , that actually made you think ?

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

Did not want to stop listing , felt pulled in with a lot of surprises and suspense..

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

No ,but I will in the future

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No , it felt like I just listened to a great book and absolutely wanting more.

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Summer fun

This was a fun book. I loved the Breakthrough series so snatched this. I like the author's style and this book like his others was fun. While it got a little bogged down at the end I still enjoyed it a lot. Look forward to more from this author. He has quite an imagination!

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could not put it down!

An edge of your seat book!!! I never wanted to stop listening, incredible story development!

narrator performance better than most

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This is a book about God

Would you try another book from Michael C. Grumley and/or Julia Whelan?

No

What do you think your next listen will be?

No sure

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

Yes, she's very good

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good story until it got theological

Any additional comments?

Lots of books are about good and evil but this book is so theological the editor should have disclosed it was a religious tract. The story, which starts out well, fizzles out when the author begins long diatribes about God and the Bible and blah, blah, blah. I have a graduate degree in theology and enjoy reading it but, come on, don't sell me a religious book disguised as something else.

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Just didn't care for the "God" stuff

Almost too many characters to follow easily especially in the beginning. was intrigued by the mystery but turned off a little by the religious / spiritual side of the story. spoiler alert: the world is going downhill because God is too busy. that's sort of sums it up for me.

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  • Ariana
  • 12-12-15

Good start, BUT . . .

Frankly, it felt like a con. A good thriller suddenly turned into a religious tract. I feel cheated. This is not what I expected - or wanted - at all.
Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator and does a great job, but I will avoid this author in future.

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  • 09-15-16

just stunning. brilliant book and we'll read

absolutely brilliant. why has this not been made into a film. I couldn't stop listening.

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  • J. HUSTLER-STEELE
  • 05-22-15

Du du dummmmmmmmmm

The narrator is excellent that is the reason I initially looked at this book she's very good. The book intrigued me and it's comparison to the da Vinci code type thriller lives up to the hype! I hope there will be a sequel!