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Publisher's Summary

Everett Lester is the troubled millionaire frontman for the world's most famous heavy metal band, DeathStroke. In his desperate, drug-induced search for peace and meaning, he contracts the services of psychic Endora Crystal to travel with the band and provide him solace.

Karen Bayliss is a teenager from Kansas who is led to pray for Everett and write letters sharing what she believes is the true secret to setting him free.

When someone turns up dead in Everett's Miami high-rise, the ensuing murder trial will change everything - for Everett, for Karen, and for Everett's millions of followers.

©2006 Creston Mapes, Inc. (P)2014 Creston Mapes, Inc.

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REDEMPTION OF A ROCKSTAR

Really enjoyed listening. A world famous rock star's life is transformed by a fan who is determined to turn his life around through the power of God. There is a murder, a trial, a love story, and of course Ev's redemption. The work is heavy with Christianity, which was fine with me. Looking forward to listening to the sequel FULL TILT.

Audiobook provided for an honest review.

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My wife loved the book but I thought it was ok

First, I listened to this book because my wife loved it. I thought it was ok. I found the jumps in the timeline sudden because there was no pause or indication that the narrative was jumping. I also had trouble distinguishing between voices and was confused at times as to who was speaking the dialogue.

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Great Story, flat, one dimensional performance

Where does Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle somewhere.

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

Yes. Great story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Troy Klein’s performances?

Only because of the author's storytelling. Troy is very one dimensional and shows a very narrow range of intensity and emotions. Their were virtually no pauses between scenes that took me a while to figure out things had changed.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Redemption comes with a price.

Any additional comments?

Troy is not very good.

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Interesting read

What did you like best about Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol? What did you like least?

This was a very different sort of read for me. I do not do a lot of Christian based books, they get preachy at times. This one gets that way at times, message based reads generally do. That was something I did not like about the book, but expected when I went into the read.

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

The story was engaging and believable. Despite my dislike of some parts I found my self avidly listening and eager to see how it would all pan out. This is a credit to the wonderful storing telling and dynamic characters.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Troy Klein?

I enjoyed his read for the most part, there were some weird pitch things he did that were annoying. I was also not a fan of his deep pauses between sentences. I was a fan of his rich tone and would be interested to hear more of his work.

Was Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol worth the listening time?

It was definitely worth a credit and has me interested in seeking out more of the series. This is a new author to me, I will have to see how the next book goes.

While it was not my cup of tea, there are fans of this genre who will eat it up!

Any additional comments?

Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts,opinions and ratings are my own.

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Very good book!

We love all of Creston Mapes' books. This is a story about the life of a super rock star. Everett Lester is one messed up dude! It did get a bit confusing at times when the storyline would go from the past to the present and back again. But once we got into the story, it was not a problem. We highly recommend this book and are anxious to get started on the sequel ~ Full Tilt.

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Difficult to listen to for long streches of time

Disclosure: I was given a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

I found it very difficult to get involved in, or even understand what was happening in the story, because I found the narration itself to be very distracting. The narrator frequently shifts his pitch up and then quickly down again, making it sound like everything is a joke to him, or perhaps that he is an inexperienced salesman or waiter in a restaurant trying to convince you to buy an overpriced dessert.

I felt that the tone of the general narration was inappropriate for a number of scenes. For instance, there were court room scenes discussing murder, an aging rock star talking about his drug abuse, and all through it, the narration is again that pitch shifting, salesman voice.

From a purely technical perspective, this title does not suffer from any significant technical issues (i.e. mouth noise, too much compression, etc), and the narrators pacing was not rushed or too slow. I'm giving the story four stars because it seems like an interesting premise, but I was honestly not able to follow along well because of the narration.

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Good story, too much religion

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

take out all of the religion

Would you ever listen to anything by Creston Mapes again?

maybe ... but I would have to research it very well

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

performance was great

Any additional comments?

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

The story line was great. The imagery brought to mind singers like Vince Neil and Scott Weiland. The overdone religion got old fast. Had I been reading the book instead of listening I would have been skipping a lot of pages/ I am not someone who buys into the whole religion stick so that aspect ruined the whole story for me.

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