This Present Darkness

Version: Abridged
Author: Frank E. Peretti
Narrator: Frank E. Peretti
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Christianity
Publisher: Crossway Books
Published In: June 2003
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

The Trailblazing Novel That Has Captivated Millions Now on Audio!

Ashton is an unremarkable small town where nothing much ever seems to happen. That is, until a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes. They find themselves fighting a hideous plot that bears grave consequences, not only for the people of Ashton, but the entire human race!

Behind every scene the spiritual realms are being shaken as the hosts battle for human souls. And only the power of prayer can tip the balance...

Across a vast panorama of heart-stopping action, "This Present Darkness serves up a penetrating portrayal of our world and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of Christ. This stunning audio abridgement, presented with dramatic sound and music effects and read by the author himself, brings to life all the thrills and excitement of Frank Peretti's first #1-selling novel, a book that blazed a trail for all of Christian fiction and that has changed the way millions of people perceive the spiritual realm.

Frank E. Peretti's other adult blockbusters with Crossway include the sequel "Piercing the Darkness and "Prophet.

2 CASETTES - 3 HOURS, 10 MINUTES
An abridgement by the author

Reviews (10)

horrible

Written by loose lips from Oxnard, CA on March 12th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

astonishingly bad. Frank, just let someone else read and abridge your work. The background music could not have been more over the top, except for maybe drowning out the reader entirely. This was a truly miserable recounting of a pretty good book. If you love melodrama, this might be for you. Tragic.

Decent

Written by Anonymous on January 10th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book had some pretty corny sound effects and too much audio drama for me. I dont think the author really has the best voice for reading an audio book either.

This present darkness

Written by Anonymous on September 13th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I will purchase the actual book rather than listen to this one. The background music was too loud and at times I could not hear what the reader was saying. Also, the reader put a little too much emotion (over the top) in this story.

Just Plain Awful

Written by EMoon on January 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I rarely say this, but this book was so bad that I couldn't get through two CD's. I wasn't expecting it to be a super-moralistic tale about angels and demons, but figured I'd give that a chance to see if the story turned out to be any good. It wasn't. It was choppy (maybe the abridgement?) and WAY overdramatic, and the narrator was terrible. Everything in the book was read as something extremely sinister or way too exiciting. There was no "downbeat" in his repertoire. That the book was narrated by the author only says more bad things about the writing. Run away. Run away fast.

This Present Darkness

Written by Sabrina on October 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This has to be the dumbest book ever written, poorly read and a complete waste of my time. PLEASE do not rent or you will be sorely disappointed.

This Present Darkness

Written by KD from Oviedo, FL on October 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I read this book back in the 1980's when it first was released and liked it, so I thought I'd give the audiobook a listen. I was disappointed it is an abridged version, it leaves so much out it was hard to follow parts of it. Plus, I was not liking the music and sound effects, I like just hearing the reader's voice, let me figure out how dramatic it is based on his ability to read it well. But, still, the story is good and it moves quickly, it's just disappointing the unabridged was not available.

This Present Darkness

Written by Jan Taylor from Glenside, PA on September 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The exaggerated reading by the author and the cheesy sound effects prevented me from finishing this book! If it had been done in a straightforward manner, I might have been able to continue, but, as an adult, I found this to be one of the worst I have ever tried listening to.

This present darkness

Written by Anonymous from Toms River, NJ on July 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait for Piercing the Darkness to arrive.

This Present Darkness

Written by Jeani Raysses from Atascadero, CA on April 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I had read this book about twenty years ago, so I wanted to try the audio addition. I have to say that I was disappointed at the abridged account. There was a lot more to the book and it kind of skimmed but it did make it an interesting read. Again with the author reading and adding background sound effects, it made the book. I highly recommend.

This Present Darkness

Written by Marissa Pedroza on November 3rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Although it seemed a little juvenile (the plot line and especially the back story with the demons), it was still a worthy read and I liked how prayer was used as a tool to fight evil. I would recommend this to my teenage kids, and adults who don't mind "anime" type characters.

Author Details

Author Details

Peretti, Frank E.

"With more than eight million novels in print, Frank Peretti is a publishing phenomenon-the world's hottest writer of spiritual thrillers. His last novel, The Oath, sold more than half a million hardcover copies within the first six months of release.

Peretti?s novel The Oath (Word), with 700,000 in print, has been on every Bookstore Journal Fiction Bestseller list since August 1995. (And it debuted on Bookstore Journal's list 12 weeks prior to release due to a pre-sales campaign). Piercing the Darkness (1989) and This Present Darkness (1988) together have sold more than 3.5 million. He has also written eight books for children, The Cooper Kids Adventure Series.

Peretti studied English and film at UCLA, then assisted his father in pastoring a small Assembly of God church. In 1983 he gave up pastoring and while working at a ski factory and began writing This Present Darkness. It suffered numerous rejections before it was published and enthusiastic word-of-mouth catapulted him to fame."