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It’s no secret that I am a fan of MacLeod Andrew’s work as a narrator. One thing I love about his work is his voice isn’t the typical narrator voice. It’s not a deep, booming testosterone rich bass voice, nor is it a silky smooth tenor. Andrew’s voice is full of gravel and grit, and he manages to take his voice and make it suit the text he is reading just right. Here, Andrews brings the story alive, able to take on a cast full of international accents as well and otherworldly beings. Andrews manages to bring a true authenticity to his characters whether they are a Slavic priest, or a denizen of the deepest pits of hell. Andrews moves the plot along well with his crisp pacing that smoothed out any of the roughness of the story. His pacing is fast enough to create tension, while not so fast that it muddles the action. The true highlight for me was Andrews handling of heaven and hell, managing to make Angels sound Angelic while making the demons totally creepy. Really, it was a lot of fun taking a journey like this with a talented narrator.
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Ian is a complicated guy: He is in love with the extraordinarily beautiful and smart Angela, is studying Near Death Experiences and trying to rescue his beloved parents from Hell after they saved his life when they were in a car accident together. Author Glenn Kleier has given people who enjoy tense thrillers a reason to celebrate... The Knowledge of Good And Evil is imaginative, taught, tense and enough narrow escapes to keep the reader going.
Angela is the type of heroine we all love: she is bright, smart, listens to her own, interior panic button and saves Ian more than once from heading into straight folly. I'm not sure a book exactly like this has ever been attempted before. For one thing, the reader gets about 30 prompts to a web page to show the readers a particular painting or a scientist in the world of certain esoteric sciences. The reader doesn't have to wonder why a special church in Europe is so distinct.... instead of wasting 2 pages on trying to describe it, Kleier just takes the reader to a special website that has all the photographs on it. This gave the book extraordinary depth.
Even though I tend to gravitate to literary novels and have recently been on a tear reading very old novels, The Knowledge of Good And Evil was a fun break from the more formal books and go on an old-fashioned (dangerous) treasure hunt that takes us all over this world and into others.
The book is expertly read by the talented Macleod Andrews and all the voices are distinct and well-read. I really enjoyed this book.
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Would you listen to The Knowledge of Good & Evil again? Why?
I may actually and its really very rare for me to do so. I love the ideas, the people, the pace, the action, it is an excellent book.
What other book might you compare The Knowledge of Good & Evil to, and why?
I wouldn't. I'm sure you could say Dan Brown or whatever but it would be doing this book a disservice. This is a very well researched, beautifully written book which may even change your mind about religion.
Have you listened to any of Macleod Andrews’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven't but he is excellent.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Through death their came light.
Any additional comments?
Definitely in my 3 favorite books of all time.
this book is spellbinding. Believer or non-believer, you will like the adventure the main charactres are experiencing from different points of view. The scientific and the religious are always present, always counterbalancing, never oposing. During the time I listened, I was urged to check out the sources presented in the book. That gave an extra dimention to the experience of listening. It is not just any book of mere immagination...the background information that is woven in the plot is even more interesting when you check it out...