This Present Darkness

  • by Frank E. Peretti
  • Narrated by Frank E. Peretti
  • 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.


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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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- Isaiah Basye "Isaiah"

Condensed Milk Gone Bad

I consider the UN-abridged version of this book to be too lengthy in description–– every scene is over-described, full of fluffy description to the point of frustration. But at least you know what is going on. It takes a long time for the action to happen, but arguably there is a payoff.

THIS ABRIDGED VERSION is the opposite. Too dense. Too fast. Too much. They say less is more––but in this case, although there are less pages, there is just too much going on in too little space. My wife and I listened to fifteen minutes of this and just could not take any more.

Even having read part of the book before, I was unable to follow the story! The narrator was drowned by background music. But on top of this, we were bombarded with a slew of characters and descriptions without space or action to process the information.

Buy this ONLY if you have a project or homework assignment on this book for your school and you want to be able to pack a month's worth of reading into a couple of hours. Get ready for a headache, loads of rewinding––and you better have a hardcopy to follow along.


From one writer to another: I know people have told you the book is too long. What they really mean is not that they want a shorter book. The reader wants ACTION to drive the plot. Less is indeed more. But that is not a matter of pages. Give less details. But make the ones you give count. Get to the meat of the ACTION faster. Then stick to the fresh description (through more metaphor too)–– then reveal other details by dialogue. And of course, through ACTION. I love what you're trying to do with Christianity though. Loads of people I know have loved your book. I'm just one voice.
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- Robert "I'm a writer and I read like one. Just waiting for my big shot."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2009
  • Publisher: Crossway Audio