The Rising

Before They Were Left Behind
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (448 ratings)

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Didn't like

I didn't like this. It just dragged on and on. If I could have read a summary of this book I would not have wasted a credit on it. I would love to return it.

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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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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.

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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!

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Captivating

I picked up The Regime at someone's house and didn't realize it was part of the Left Behind series as a prequel. After I purchased it with an audible credit I was able to switch that to The Rising. Anyway, this book was captivating to say the least. I enjoyed the narration and the story. I can usually predict how things are going to turn out in fiction novels, but this one was quite the challenge and kept me guessing. Now I have to decide if I want to wait to earn another credit for book 2 or if I want to purchase one for 14.00. I probably won't wait! I have to know what happens next! FYI- I've never been interested in the Left Behind series, but now I might have to read all of them!

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snoozefest

struggling to even tolerate this
a real snoozer

the app says I need to use at least fifteen words in this review, I don't have fifteen words to describe this book. I suppose I could write 'boring' fifteen times...

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Review of THE RISING

Liked it very much. Explains the background of the Left Behind Series. The portrayal of the young boy is chilling.