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Publisher's Summary

Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race.
©2003 Frank E. Peretti (P)2003 Crossway Audio

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(Sigh)...Face Palm!

To start with, I purchased the abridged version by accident (mistake No.1)

Now it may sound strange, but I find that a mid 80s sounding synth keyboard being used as background music throughout a story with the intent of providing "ambiance" can be a little distracting. Should have listened to a sample first! (mistake No.2)

So needless to say, this audio book was switched off within five minutes of hitting the play button. I had read some great reviews and all, but something just wasn't right with it. I mean.... it just seemed....somewhat watered down...
After another short web based research session I discovered, to my utter dismay, that I had just purchased a "christian horror novel"!

I'll paraphrase a quote from another unknown reviewer, "the idea of a christian horror novel is as ridiculous as the idea of christian porn." Didn't do my research!
(mistake No.3)

To make matters much worse, I discovered that upon charging the $9.99 to my old credit card by mistake (which is now inactive) I had incurred a $30 non-refundable bank fee! (mistake No.4)

So to summarize, I payed $40 to listen to 5 minutes of a 2 hour long "christian horror novel" with a six year old mashing the keys of a cheap, battery operated, toy piano in the background whilst I clawed at the steering wheel of my car and fumbled through my iPhone to find the stop button, narrowly missing a pedestrian in the process.

Excuse me while I punch myself in the face......

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sammi
  • 30-08-2016

Not what I expected

I wanted the full novel, but this is summaries of each chapter. It still tells the story, but did not meet my expectations. Would not have purchased had I known, should have looked closer at the description.

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  • Isaiah Basye
  • 21-02-2013

Frank E. Peretti is one talented individual

If you could sum up This Present Darkness in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, captivating, thrilling

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sad to say but my favorite character was Rafar Prince of Babylon. Frank does his voice so well. When he speaks you listen.

What does Frank E. Peretti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Each characters voice is well executed. I would run at night while listening to this book, and there were times I was frightened.

If you could take any character from This Present Darkness out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Marshall Hogan. Because that man leads an interesting life.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook might seem old school, but it's well worth the money. It was well done and is still holding its weight today.

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  • John
  • 29-11-2011

Incredible Experience

Frank did an AMAZING job reading the book and bringing the true essence of the experience to life. It made my commute incredibly enjoyable for days...because I listened to it three times in a row.

Definitely worth the listen!

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  • Kerry Ickatore
  • 03-12-2009

great

This is a great book well worth a listen. The only problem I have is with the narrator. I think he only narrates the abridged version of a couple of his books. IMHO Peretti is as good a narrator as he is an author and I wish he would narrate all of his books unabridged. I would also like to see the Cooper Kids Adventures (narrated by Peretti) published someday!

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  • Pat Skelton
  • 02-03-2018

A Favorite!

Loved it about 25 years ago, and love it today. A great realization of how evil and good coincides.

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  • Mandi Spells
  • 13-02-2018

One of my favorites!

A very captivating story, keeps you listening. One of my very favorites of all time.

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  • Daniele Griffin
  • 15-01-2017

Classic

I've loved this series since I was 14. great insight into life's unseen spiritual battles

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  • Rebecca
  • 09-05-2015

Breathtaking

narration was wonderful, story eye-opening , breathtaking!
Highly recommend open your spiritual eyes. God bless!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-2018

Enjoyable book

I had downloaded this book with a different reader, and it was just horrible. I was able to switch it out to this one, and much much better. this one is the best one that is offered out of what's available.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-2018

Life Changing

I will always see life in the realm of tangible and spirtual after this book. It really opened my eyes.

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  • Annamarie van der Berg
  • 01-08-2018

Present Darkness

I love the story and the way it was presented. It come alive while I was listening. I can not stop listening to the story.

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  • Andrew Vidler
  • 11-01-2018

Great For Learning the Spiritual World

Very good book. Especially for people who need to learn about the reality of the spiritual world. Great for younger ones teenage years are perfect. Author and narrator (same guy) very good indeed. Good and realistic sound effects.

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  • Devoncollection
  • 12-11-2017

Terrible background music

The constant music and awful sound affects made this book impossible to listen to.
I have read the book before and is an interesting perspective on the spiritual, but why the background noise!!!

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  • LLoyd
  • 31-10-2017

Loved it, good story telling and characters

Really good story told a a steady pace, the characters burst from the reading really got you engaged. Couldn't stop listening. A little short, but always good leaving the audience wanting more.

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  • Day
  • 20-09-2017

Incredible. Absolutely phenomenal. A must read

This is a must-read. Helps one understand what is going on in this world today

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  • catherine ozoude
  • 07-12-2016

Wonderful story but too abridged

The story is too abridged. As a result, a lot of detail is left out. This abridge copy does not do justice to the book.

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  • Martin Goddard
  • 08-10-2015

Unusual

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would take out the sound effects.

Would you ever listen to anything by Frank E. Peretti again?

Possibly

Did Frank E. Peretti do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

His narration was fine.

Could you see This Present Darkness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

It might be popular but not for me.

Any additional comments?

The book seems to be ideal for vary active christians? The supernatural links to what happens is very good. The plot characters do not have much of a backstory.It is churlish of me to criticise when I have not written any books myself, so apologies to the author.

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  • Mr. Andrew Trentham
  • 14-03-2015

Incredible Story

Having read this book before I had pre conceived ideas but being able to just sit there and listen the words became real and the sound effects and music made it a compelling book

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  • MISS A M DEAN
  • 15-02-2015

Spiritual warfare at its best

Want to be gripped by an amazing story of spiritual warfare, intrigue and love then read this captivating book and be enthralled.