The Ambition

A Novel
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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A corrupt judge in a mob murder case. A disillusioned pastor, hungry for power. A cynical reporter, sniffing for a scandal. A gambling addict whose secret tape threatens the lives of everyone who hears it. New York Times best-selling author, Lee Strobel, weaves these edgy characters into an intricate thriller set in a gleaming, suburban megachurch, a big-city newspaper struggling for survival, and the shadowy corridors of political intrigue. The unexpected climax is as gripping as the contract killing that punctuates the opening scene.

©2011 Lee Strobel (P)2011 Zondervan

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Quite surprised

What did you love best about The Ambition?

The overall story was very well written. Easily kept my attention. I was pleasantly surprised to find a book with no foul language.

What did you like best about this story?

All the characters were very appealing and loved the basis of faith.

Which scene was your favorite?

Art Bullock facing down the corrupt judge

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

Faith trumps evil

Any additional comments?

Will be anxious to read other fiction from this author.

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First Order Questions in the Thick of Life

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Believable characters in real world circumstances asking first-order questions about life and living (Is this all there is? Why are we here? Is there a God? Is God loving? If yes, why is there so much suffering/evil?) These questions aren't asked in the midst of sorta-bad or almost-bad circumstances. They are asked in the midst of murder, political corruption, investigative reporting, serious illness, and a bomb blowing up an innocent.The settings and circumstances are real. The characters are believable. The narrative is suspenseful and held my interest. I wanted to punch some of the characters and cry with others. The questions are asked in the midst of all of the above; possible answers are given, but in the end, the reader is left to decide for themselves.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ambition?

There are several, but I don't want to give any spoilers. In one, I dropped my jaw and wanted to yell at the offensive character, the pastor's political assistant, and cheer the offended character's reaction, the pastor's wife.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Strider - the investigative reporter. He's the total skeptic interested in truth and reality. He gets to ask the tough questions and stuff a few things in the pastor's face.

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I really enjoyed the book!

I was very entertained by this story. I am Hoping to see more fiction from Lee in the near future.

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Great story, excellent plot, fell flat at the end.

I loved this book! I really did! I was thinking, "finally a Christian novel that compete with the likes of John Grisham". BUT the ending was so abrupt and the "loose ends" so quickly wrapped up that it fell flat. Such a bummer. Another 100 pages would've made this one perfect.

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An Easy & Intriguing Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because ... see below.

What did you like best about this story?

The storyline is a nice easy mystery that I could enjoy without having to think too hard - it kept me interested in the unfolding of the plot. I like how he presents and explores the themes of cynicism, pride and redemption. I was also pleasantly surprised at his subtle sense of humor, I wasn't expecting this from a writer who usually explores apologetics.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

I've listened to other Scott Brick narrated titles and I just like his clear voice. I suppose his lower-register voice perfectly keeps my attention and I never have to rewind because I can't make out what he read.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Strobel is a good storyteller - I would love to see him write more fiction.

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Disappointed in this one

I had high hopes for this novel and the overall story was fine but the ending was unremarkable. It just sort of stopped and I didn't feel like I got answers about the characters I had been hoping for throughout the whole book. No real closure for me with an unexciting end. I was bummed because I really admire Lee Strobel. Maybe I need to try another of his novels.

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Caught up in the story from the very beginning!

Lee Strobel’s non fiction is excellent, his fiction is too. Loved the characters in the book. Hated for the book to end, hope he does a sequel. Narrator did a good job with the fast paced story that was hard to turn off!

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This is a riveting story

It is full of suspence. I appreciate the story being around a large Christian Church and follows people's struggles with Christianity and also represents people who truly have had real change through Jesus Christ. plus I love listening to narrator, Scott Brick.

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Abiding characters in rollercoaster storylines

With lots of plot twists, this book pulls together a lot of abiding characters in rollercoaster storylines. The references to real places and real stories paint an even more realistic story.

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Great fiction!

The is one of the best Christian fiction books I've heard read in awhile. Strobel does a suberb job at spinning this modern tale of ambition, intrique, and suspense without defiling the mind. He leaves just enough for the imagination. I didn't fast-forward past sections like I have with other authors. No gratuitous violence or other offensive elements in excess. (Though still not a child's book.)

I like his style, his word choices and phrases that say a lot succinctly and well. He helps the reader to visualize the setting without droning on about details that you want to skip in order to get on with the story. He manages to tuck in the details like a mother sneaks veggies into delicious muffins that keeps her veggie-rejecting children coming back for more.

I hope he writes more. I have a new favorite author. And the narrator was excellent!