Who am I?
My name is Christy Snow. I'm 17 and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me.
I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don t even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.
My name is Christy Snow. I'm 17. I'm about to die.
So who are you?
In a return to the kind of storytelling that made Black, Showdown and Three unforgettable, Ted Dekker drags that question into the light with this modern day parable about how we see ourselves. Humming with intensity and blindsided twists, Eyes Wide Open is raw adrenaline from the first page to the last pure escapism packed with inescapable truth. Not all is as it seems. Or is it? Strap yourself in for the ride of your life. Literally.
I kept waiting for this story to evolve. The psychological thrill just set me on edge (and not in a good way). I pushed through it hoping it was for a good reason and that the plot would become clear - it never really did. When the book FINALLY ended, it made me feel as though I just wasted time for a fantasy that was just plain stupid.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The narration was poor. The narrator was okay, but the volume went up and down, started and stopped, like there was a lot of background static.
What could Ted Dekker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Just not have written it. Sorry, Ted.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Kind of irritated that I wasted a credit.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Tedious plot.....unbelievable at times......many twists, not resulting in progression of story line......disappointing turn of events......did not capture attention long enough to make it interesting to discover a conclusion.......
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Eyes Wide Open?
The first half of the book has a person on the edge of their seat. You can feel the emotions of the characters.
Would you recommend Eyes Wide Open to your friends? Why or why not?
I would reccomend with the hesitation that the end is a little disappointing.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I would like to have read this book instead of listening to it. I usually love Dekker's thrill rides. The narration seems rushed, repetitive (almost sing-song at times), unengaged—a hindrance to classic Dekker suspense.
If you’re a Dekker fan, this 1 is closer to the juvenile series style, similar to the “Lost Books” saga; & as always, connected to the larger adventure. ;) The spiritual twist becomes clearer as the story progresses, so just enjoy the ride. It provides a good message for youth & adults, especially for those who are not happy with “self”.
Thanks again, Ted.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Don't buy this book.. The story is stupid, characters uninteresting and the narration is flat and boring. Total Waste of Money. :(
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I truly love much of Ted Dekker's writing. He's given me scores of hours of listening pleasure. While this one didn't suck, it also just didn't resonate with me. I found the story to lack action and intrigue and even dialogue...mired in thoughts and observations. The general premise is interesting, but I didn't find the whole story to hold my interest (although I did slog through), although there were definitely places where it was pretty good. I wouldn't be interested in hearing more from this series...but based on his track record, I will still buy most anything Dekker releases.
Regarding the narrator, Philip Hodges has a decent voice and is a somewhat capable reader, but he's very inconsistent and sloppy. He needed a producer holding his feet to the fire to make his performance what it should have been. As it was, I found his sloppiness distracting and felt that it detracted from the story...whereas a narrator should at worst be transparent, if they are unable to enhance the story.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
What would have made Eyes Wide Open better?
About halfway through the book, the whole story becomes so contrived. Dekker should have stuck to realistic fiction - made it a good mystery/terror book - instead of escaping through the use of ridiculous, convoluted, supernatural plot twists. I also got so sick of the preachy tone of many of the characters regarding what makes one human. But I really wanted to throw in the towel (and the book!) when Dekker decided, in the last couple chapters, to tell us that the whole story had been a religious/spiritual experience for the characters (and the reader). It was a total cop out!
What was most disappointing about Ted Dekker’s story?
The book really sucks you in, and you can't wait to see how the protagonists will prevail. But as the story progresses, it becomes more and more ridiculous - as if a 10-year-old wrote it and didn't bother with revisions. Absurd devices are used to drive the plot. In the end, Dekker didn't use the "it had all been a dream" escape (I would've preferred that!); it was even more contrived and juvenile. Ugh.
What three words best describe Philip Hodges’s voice?
Nasal, nasal, nasal. He had a cold. I kept wanting him to blow his nose or use some nasal spray, something. Also, and I have never heard this before in an audiobook, they didn't edit out three obvious errors the reader made - twice when he repeated whole sentences, and once when he cleared his throat.
What character would you cut from Eyes Wide Open?
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
nope. not so far. Hodges reads too fast and "reads" rather than performs the book. couldn't tell by the sample. I will write down his name and NEVER order another book that he narrates.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Philip Hodges?
Ted does it again. a great easy read/ listen. The narrator's choice is a bit too soothing in places, but still a great listen!