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This Present Darkness

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This Present Darkness
Author Frank E. Peretti
Narrator Frank E. Peretti
Runtime 3 Hrs. - Abridged
Publisher Crossway
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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.

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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.

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Enjoyable Book for the Family
We enjoyed listening to this book as a family. It was a helpful reminder of the spiritual realities around us. I did have some theological issues with parts of the book, though. There might be minor spoilers included here.
First, at least one angel is female. I am not positive angels have gender, but they are always masculine in the Bible as far as I am aware.
Second, I am not convinced that demons fight each other. That would seem to contradict Jesus' argument that the fact that Jesus is casting out demons means that Jesus cannot be working for Satan or the demons.
Third, the book does not hold to a cessationist view in terms of revelation. This view is debatable, but obviously these things must be discussed as a family.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/2/2014)
Much prefer the unabridged version
Awesome and excellent book, but the abridging does no favor! I much prefer the unabridged version. Perretti reading is similiar to him on his TV show. You either like it or you don't. This book is 5star read, unabridged version is 4-5star listen, of this wonderful Spiritual Warare classic.
Some things are better left in the original [longer] format.
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Review by / (Posted on 7/16/2014)
Good Book
I got enthralled by this book early on. I couldn't stop listening. The author who is reading it himself, with a different voice for each character, gives you a look into his brain of how he designed each character. By the end of the book however, I kind of lost interest and only half listened. Also I didn't know until the end that it was an abridged version. Good but not great.
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Review by / (Posted on 7/2/2014)
Disappointed
I'm not a fan of authors reading their own books for audio recordings. I think they try too hard when it's their own work. So, I unfortunately found Peretti's voice and inflections annoying and couldn't get past it to listen beyond the first chapter.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/26/2014)
Very hard to listen to
I have been eager to read this book after hearing so many wonderful things about it and seeing the great reviewer ratings for the book. It's also a topic that interests me.
Despite all of that, I had a very difficult time listening to the audio version of the book. It has a lot of background music and sound effects that I am sure are designed to peak interest in the storyline, but I found it to be horribly distracting. It was difficult enough to follow the stories of the different characters and the music and sound effects only made it more difficult to follow along. I would have much preferred to have just a narrator read the story.
I'm still eager to read the book someday, but the audio book version is not the optimal way to experience this story.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2014)
Slightly offputting
Sorry Frank, the book is a great read but your reading of it not so good, the background music get's annoying like elevator music, and some of the vocal expression just doesn't come across well and puts me off.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2014)
It's abridged!!!!!
So confused and disappointed by the first couple minutes. I guess I will be pulling out my old worn print copy and reading it aloud to my hubby .... I couldn't handle the narrative compression of the beginning, which is essential to draw you in.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2014)
Great
Great story, unusual tale with twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. Well worth a listen!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2014)
Peretti does a great job reading his own book
This Present Darkness was the first fiction I read after becoming a Christian and it was fun to hear Frank read his own book. It like the sound effects he used to make the book really come alive.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2014)
A disappointment.
I remember reading this novel when it first was published. I found it then, a compelling read. I was terribly disappointed by the abridgement of the audio version. I think the paperback is still somewhere on my bookshelves. So I may pick it up again to see if I like it as much as the first time, nearly 25 years ago or more.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2014)
Reminds us of the importance of our praying
I've read and reread this over the years and have loved it. Then I loaned it out and never got it back. I was so ecstatic when I saw the free download but, admittedly, was disappointed that it was an abridged version but it was still excellent. This book is timeless in reminding us that satan is alive and VERY active in this world and how terribly important a practicing Christian's consistent prayer life is! I've listened to it at least 3 times since I downloaded it. I also bought Piercing the Darkness which is, disappointingly abridged as well, but equally as good. Thank you for the free download. I would highly recommend it. It is dramatized but still very good!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2014)
OK
I found this to be well, a little bit too dramatic almost to the point of fantasy. I have read this author before and enjoyed but the audio is more drama than actual reading...
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2014)
Not for us
This audio book boarders on scary - we dislike all types of horror movies, and that is what this is. We got through the 1st chapter and deleted it. Might be a good match for somebody, but not for me.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/25/2014)
Compelling
Mr. Peretti does a much better job on the narration of this book! I've always loved this book so it was fun hearing it! Great book!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/16/2014)
This book gives a great picture of what is happening around us in our daily lives! I loved it!
This book shows what we can't always see in the spirit realm. Our words and prayers are important and it shows the effect of them in this book. The author does a wonderful job showing how prayer works!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/3/2014)
Amazing!
Myself and all of my kids have read this book. Love the depth, the honesty, the balanced presentation of spiritual warfare and the journey it takes one on....wow! A must read for any believer!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/3/2014)
WONDERFUL
Absolutely awesome book! Opens eyes to the things unseen!!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/2/2014)
Awesome Book
Read it when it was first published. Still awesome today!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/2/2014)
Cheesy
Downloaded this for free, started listening to it, and turned it off 5 minutes into it. Music is cheesy and does not ever stop. I thought it would stop after the beginning of the chapter start, but I was wrong. The narrator is not good either... Don't even waste your time downloading it for free!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/2/2014)
Disappointing
I remember reading this as a teen, I knew the writing was a bit weak, but the narration is just horrendous!
I only wish I'd listened to the sample and saved myself some dough.
Mediocre writing + terrible presentation = save your $ and read it out loud to yourself.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/26/2010)
I was really excited about this...
I was really excited about this book but I can't get past the sound effects and music. I was looking for a reading of the book and instead I got a dramatic enactment. I tried several times to listen to it and couldn't get past the distractions. :( I ended up reading the actual book instead of listening to it.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/10/2010)
Just listened to this book again....
Just listened to this book again. Peretti does an awesome job reading his masterpiece. This Present Darkness is a supernatural thriller about angels and demons and a fictional town called Ashton. In order to abridge the book, much of the story is summary. About half of the recording is focusing on the big conclusion of the story. Please be considerate of your kids maturity level if you let them listen to this book as it contains plenty of demons and a satanic ritual or two. I don't think an unabridged recording exists, so you will have to settle for this one. This is also the reason I did not give it 5 stars. All in all, this is still my favorite Peretti of all time!
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Review by / (Posted on 12/21/2009)