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Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

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Publisher's Summary

Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real. Slowly he realizes that each reality dramatically impacts the other. In each world unspeakable evil is unleashed and millions of lives hang in the balance. The fate of two worlds depends on the actions of one man: Thomas Hunter.

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©2004 Ted Dekker; (P)2004 Oasis Audio LLC

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    Dutch 04-28-17
    Dutch 04-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing"

    Terrible narration and sophomoric writing. I don't think Ted Decker, as much as I like him as both a man and writer, would have had anywhere near the success he's achieved if he were in any other literature genre other than "Christian/Fiction." His story is a trite mogpodge of other popular titles, here you can see inspiration from movies and books like "Outbreak" and "Inception", his writing is elementary lacking in active voice where necessary and abundant when unnecessary, shame, entertaining but certainly not prolific.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle J Reeves 06-17-17
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    "writing made this a slog"

    Story is interesting enough but the writing is pretty amateurish and makes it hard to truly engage with the subject matter.

    the religious bent of the story is about as subtle as a sidewalk preacher and I found myself rolling my eyes a few time.

    book still had some profound moments and was well narrated

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dalen Hamilton, ON, Canada 03-13-14
    Dalen Hamilton, ON, Canada 03-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Black?

    the story is engaging and exciting, the two worlds intersecting through this one man is a great idea that i hope gets explained in more detail in the other books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    i found myself getting enticed by the wonder of the "other world" the beauty and simplicity of this place where good and evil were as distinct as black and white. yet for me the magic didn't carry over into the current world. while in those parts i found myself longing for the next time the story moved back to the magical world.


    What about Rob Lamont’s performance did you like?

    the performance was solid. Rob's pace seemed to be spot on and the timing didn't seem at all forced. the only knock i would say if that some of the voices he uses for the characters are inconsistent at parts.


    Any additional comments?

    the fact that this book ends on a cliff hanger is somewhat annoying it is obvious that it is meant to be read as a series but some resolution would be nice at the end of the first act. overall I recommend giving it a listen. there are clear religious allegories. Dekker has obviously been inspired by the likes of Lewis in this respect but it is done well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 02-21-12
    Andrew 02-21-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Narrator speaks at double speed without pauses…"
    Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and/or Rob Lamont?

    Uncertain.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black?

    Still trying to get through the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rob Lamont’s performances?

    Doubtful. The narrator read clearly enough, but did not pause at all between sentences with various characters talking. Conversations sound like one big run--on-sentance that is difficult to tell who is talking. This is so frustrating, that I find it hard to believe the book was produced this way at all. <br/><br/>This is perhaps the 30th or so audio book I have listened to from Audible, and I never imagined this style of reading was out there. I will have to listen to the previews for every book now just to make sure I don't get another poor reader like this again.


    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Columbia, MD, USA 05-26-10
    Jacqueline Columbia, MD, USA 05-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Just the prelude ..."

    I understood that this was the first book in a trilogy from get-go, so I got all three. I'm about 1/4 of the way through the last one and it's amazing. I can't wait to listen to Dekker's "Slumber of Christianity", because this trilogy pretty much seems to be about just that.

    The first book gets off to a strange start, and the narrator doesn't help much. By the time we get to the second book, the voice of the main character has changed from somewhat-boyish to a deep growling, and I didn't care for that too much.

    Basically the trilogy is about two worlds, one in which faith is understood as a series of metaphors and one in which those same metaphors are physical realities. The metaphor-faith world I see as our world as it is now; the physical-faith world is what I think Dekker proposes our faith SHOULD be. Hence, the reason why I want to listen to "Slumber" ...

    This series is less about the plot, but the message. I got beyond the poor narration and some of the character shallowness to the fact that most of us experience faith in a very vague way, but that there is another way - a way of hope and expectation. I want to hear more about this ...

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Bullman U.S. of A. 10-13-09
    Justin Bullman U.S. of A. 10-13-09 Member Since 2016

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    "Definitely the First in a Trilogy"

    This was a pleasant listen. The ending was very open-ended and did little to resolve much of the build-up which I presume occurs in the other two books of the trilogy. Very much comparable to the first Lord of the Rings movie. Story was good not great. That and the open-ending left this book just Two-Stars short of a full Five.

    You can't just go to a bookstore or library and tear a book into thirds and then pay full price... well I guess you could, but who would want to. As well, this book was not alone enough to rush me into necessantly obtaining the other two books in the trilogy, although I will likely return to them when it is under convenient circumstances. So... 3-stars it is.

    Narrator did a fine job and I found him enjoyable.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis D. 12-05-05
    Curtis D. 12-05-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Should be Section One, not Book One"

    I'm a sucker for a sequel to a good story, that's probably why I picked this one. The Book One subtitle infers that if I like this one, I can try the next.
    Totally misleading. This title just stops, with a contrived cliff-hanger. Not a complete Book, One or otherwise.
    On the plus side, the story is engaging and actually very original, which only contributes to the frustration at the end.
    I have to admit, I'm intrigued, not only to find out what happens next, but to find out how this can be only one-third of the story, it seems so close to completion...
    Some other reviews have mentioned the veiled Christian dogma, but unless it is coming in later volumes, so far so good. Or should I say, Good and Evil?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph janesville, WI, USA 02-12-05
    Joseph janesville, WI, USA 02-12-05
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    "TRILOGY???? Thanks for telling me."

    IT'S A TRILOGY!!! Maybe it's just me, but I didn't get the message from reading the description. And didn't realize it until there was 5 min. left in the book. I did enjoy the book, and it was easy to follow the switch between the 2 worlds. The narrator is great. The book is a head trip that keeps you wondering.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Norco, CA, USA 07-14-04
    Jerry Norco, CA, USA 07-14-04
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    "Black is a wonderful, inspiring read"

    I have read "Black" and the sequel "Red". Wonderful, inspiring books. I am now getting the audio version of "Black" and look forward to "Red" & "White". These books are hard to put down, Ted Dekker is a very talented, unique story teller. I would highly recommend his work. This is a great analogy of good versus evil.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    nevina CT, United States 09-10-08
    nevina CT, United States 09-10-08 Member Since 2006

    nevina

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    "Fabulous!"

    This was my first Ted Dekker audio book,It has made me want to listen to more. The story is compelling and engaging. The narrator is excellent. Highly recommended

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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