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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have sold more than 60 million copies of their Left Behind series, the fastest-selling adult fiction series of all time. Now these extraordinarily popular writers unveil the hotly anticipated Countdown to Rapture series, the thrilling saga that leads to the events of the Left Behind books.

Ray Steele is absolutely sure of just one thing, he does not want to take over the family business. Instead, he longs to become a pilot. On the other side of the world, Marilena Carpathia dreams of motherhood. Through genetic engineering, she is about to get her wish. But what she doesn't know is, the prince of darkness himself has chosen her as his vessel, and she is about to give birth to the greatest evil the world has ever known.

©2005 Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Great Prequel

Having read the rest of the Left Behind series I found this book great. It fills in the backgrounds of some of the main characters.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

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I'd been listening to the left behind series. Most were the dramatized version and I fell in love with the characters. I didn't want the story to end, a testament to the character development, but truthfully the last book in the series was very disappointing. This book made up for it though. It was thoughtfully written, and the story of Nicholae's childhood was actually chilling. Good book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Surprisingly good.

Where the last few books of the original series slipped into a la-la land of forced solutions and spread out plotlines to fit the 12 book target, this book feels free of any "pace quota", and I hate to say it, but it's refreshingly dark. Carpathia & co. seemed like charicatures of evil -- Bond villains -- in the original series. Here it's as if the LB world has been re-imagined and the dark side given some teeth. Great litrature? Nope. A page turner... well a "keep-your-iPod-handy" kind of audiobook? Yep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

This was better than I thought it would be.

I had my doubts about this book. I thought at first that it was a way for the authors to capitalize on the success of the original series. However, the stories were original and creative. I really enjoyed getting an understanding of the backgrounds of the main characters of the original series.

As for the audio, the narrator did a wonderful job keeping the flow, while not sounding monotonic. I also felt he did a commendable job of voice inflection for the characters.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Paula
  • Wichita, KS, USA
  • 12-14-05

Excellent book

This book didn't let me down...it was just as compelling as the books before it in the "Left Behind" series. You won't be sorry that you got this one. It is so action-packed, that I couldn't stop listening!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • E.
  • Highland Village, TX, United States
  • 03-05-18

Forever to Develop, Bad Narration, Bad Stereotype

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

Not unless he or she didn't have a clue about the original Left Behind Series.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More characters, such as Buck. It took way too long to develop. Because if the narrator's voice, I almost gave up. I only kept listening, because I like the Left Behind series and authors.

How could the performance have been better?

Different voice. Sorry to be disrespectful. But, his voice is really annoying.

Did The Rising inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to skip the rest of the series.

Any additional comments?

I was in a fraternity in college. Although many "Greeks" hung out together and dated, it is a stupid and really false stereotype that a Fraternity or Sorority member wouldn't socialize or date a non-Greek. And, the ROTC wasn't shunned. In fact, I know of several members of different fraternities who were also in the ROTC, including some of my Brothers. I was in the AF ROTC, before I changed my goals. After dental school, I joined the Army and am still serving after 26 years.

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Awesome!! No, I'm not kidding you , Sarah

Why is there always , one. That "one ", who sees happiness brought to everyone else must be ruined. Here comes Sarah from Chicago ( I'm embarrassed to admit it's my hometown too) who is going to take a series of " fiction" books and question why readers love them so much when they aren't "gospel". Well, news flash Sarah, fiction means "fake", "not gospel", "made up". In never ever land ANYTHING can happen. Do you honestly believe those of us listening to this story we're searching the good book, the Bible for a book called "the rising " where it spoke of this anti-Christ brat growing up? Get real girl and know this... some of us had very fun childhoods. We were taught about Jesus and Mary and Joseph. They were truth. We were also told about Santa Claus this was not truth and most of us were very upset to hear it was fake. But we got it. We were taught Truth from Fiction. That all said This was by far one of the BEST books to give the reader or listener a fill in for all those questions about how when and why to a 12 book series of those who will be left behind in the rapture Now for the million dollar question Sarah, do you believe the "rapture" is truth?

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Very disappointed

The first 4 books were great couldn't wait to get each new book. Waited patiently through the review of the previous story each time, but very anxious to get to the continuing story line. The same with this book. I wasn't interested in how the antichrist parents met, or Rayford's 4th grade hockey games. I started fast forwarding through the book then skipping through chapters all the way through and was disappointed. It has been a couple of weeks now and I have hesitated in ordering the next book, I do believe I am not going to continue with the series because of it. I am sorry about that.

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Another one in a great series

Throughout the years I have listened to all of the LB series. First in cassette and recently purchased through audible. I enjoyed the back story of the two main characters, Nicolae and Rayford

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Didn't care for narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I loved all of the left behind books. However I did not care for the narration in this book. It could have been because I was used to the other narrator but I like how he did the voices and such. This book sounded very monotone

Would you be willing to try another book from Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins ? Why or why not?

Yes. I will check the narrator first!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Book was very monotone

Could you see The Rising being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe, David A R White and Kirk Camron!