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Illusion Audiobook

Illusion: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the19-year-old she was in 1970. Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a mental ward until she discovers a magical ability to pass invisibly through time and space to escape. Alone in a strange world, she uses her mysterious powers to eke out a living, performing magic on the streets and in a quaint coffee shop.

Hoping to discover an exciting new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop and is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. But more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by this teenager who has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he first met and married some 40 years earlier.

They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but even as Dane tries to sort out who she really is, and she tries to understand why she is drawn to him, they are watched by secretive interests who not only possess the answers to Mandy’s powers and misplacement in time but also the roguish ability to decide what will become of her.

Frank Peretti has crafted a rich, rewarding story of love and life, loss and restoration, full of twists and mystery. Exceptionally well written, Illusion will soon prove another Peretti classic.

©2012 Frank Peretti (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“Frank Peretti is a master storyteller. His novels stay with you a lifetime, drawing you closer to God and the truth in His word.” (Karen Kingsbury, New York Times best-selling author)

"Frank Peretti kicked open the doors that all of us Christian novelists are passing through today. We owe him a huge debt." (Jerry B. Jenkins, author, The Left Behind Series)

"Frank Peretti may just be the master storyteller of our time - using modern metaphors and fresh images, this remarkable writer helps us visualize the unseen world in ways we never quite pictured before." (Joni Eareckson Tada)

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    Aunt Ninja Northern Neck, VA 08-12-17
    Aunt Ninja Northern Neck, VA 08-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A magician never reveals her secrets, but..."

    What an incredible ride. The "science " behind all of the adventure seems so plausible.

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    Paula Lossner 07-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very disappointed in Perrti's latest book"
    What disappointed you about Illusion?

    I am a long time fan of Frank Peretti's books and consider "This Present Darkness", "Piercing the Darkness", "The Oath" and "The Prophet" to be some of the best books I have ever read, and highly recommend all of them. These books are about the only fiction my husband has ever read, so for our long road trip we were excited to listen to "Illusion." Both of us were extremely disappointed in Peretti's latest book for the following reasons: 1) Totally unbelievable even for fiction. 2) Way too much detail about non essential things. I could doze while my husband drove and miss virtually nothing of the story. 3) His voice for Elois was painful to listen to and made the story even more unbelievable. 4)Way too long at 17 hours. Both of us would groan at the beginning of another chapter and totally rejoiced when we finally reached the end. 5) No message that left us inspired or intrigued in any way. A love story yes, but it was sappy. Apparently they never had any arguments, ever, in their life. <br/><br/>There were some aspects that I did like, like the mystery of magic. Watched a magic trick since listening to the book, and have to admit it made me wonder what was really happening. I like time travel books and that is the only thing that kept us listening to the end.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frank Peretti again?

    As I said, Peretti's books are some of my favorite. If he can get back to the quality of his earlier work, certainly, but I will read reviews first. All the previous books made me truly believe that what I was reading was/had really happened and left me with much to think about and reflect on the message. Not so with "Illusion." My husband and I probably rolled our eyes 100 times.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Peretti?

    YES! See #3 reason above.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Illusion?

    Cut out lots of unnecessary babbling about magic trick after magic trick and the relationship oooing between the main characters. The ending was so totally unbelievable we felt cheated that we had wasted 17 hours hoping the rest of the book would be redeemed in the end. Doves? Really?


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry for the negative review of one of my favorite authors. I hope it is taken as constructive criticism.

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    Yvonne 05-14-17
    Yvonne 05-14-17
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    "Not what I expected"

    I've read a lot of books by this author. this was weird. not good weird

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    Jodie Bunn 05-10-17
    Jodie Bunn 05-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful story, beautifully read..."

    Beautiful story, beautifully read...Beautiful story, beautifully read...Beautiful story, beautifully read...Beautiful story, beautifully read...Beautiful story, beautifully read...Beautiful story, beautifully read...i lived listening to every minute

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    Anthony Lockhart 04-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    I loved the book! One of Peretti's best efforts. I definitely recommend this book, you won't be disappointed!

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    Steve Davis 04-05-17
    Steve Davis 04-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent and suspenseful"

    It was a great story and very engaging! Mr. Peretti is an excellent story teller!

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    Reese 04-01-17
    Reese 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read!"

    Illusion was much better than anticipated. The highs and lows, twists and turns, anchored love that transcends time all made for a great read.

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    Joy4857 01-18-17
    Joy4857 01-18-17
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    "Good story: performance detracted"

    I enjoyed the story and it kept me interested. When the reader tried to do a lady's voice, the result was irritating to my ears.

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    J Clark 01-01-17
    J Clark 01-01-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Great story"

    I loved the story. Great mystery. most of the time I figure the story out before the end, but not this time.

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    Nicole Overton 11-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and Heart-warming"

    I loved the entertainment of the storyline and the heartwarming love between the two main characters.

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