The Ambition

  • by Lee Strobel
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A corrupt judge in a mob murder case. A disillusioned pastor, hungry for power. A cynical reporter, sniffing for a scandal. A gambling addict whose secret tape threatens the lives of everyone who hears it. New York Times best-selling author, Lee Strobel, weaves these edgy characters into an intricate thriller set in a gleaming, suburban megachurch, a big-city newspaper struggling for survival, and the shadowy corridors of political intrigue. The unexpected climax is as gripping as the contract killing that punctuates the opening scene.

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What did you love best about The Ambition?

The overall story was very well written. Easily kept my attention. I was pleasantly surprised to find a book with no foul language.


What did you like best about this story?

All the characters were very appealing and loved the basis of faith.


Which scene was your favorite?

Art Bullock facing down the corrupt judge


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Faith trumps evil


Any additional comments?

Will be anxious to read other fiction from this author.

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- J.

First Order Questions in the Thick of Life

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Believable characters in real world circumstances asking first-order questions about life and living (Is this all there is? Why are we here? Is there a God? Is God loving? If yes, why is there so much suffering/evil?) These questions aren't asked in the midst of sorta-bad or almost-bad circumstances. They are asked in the midst of murder, political corruption, investigative reporting, serious illness, and a bomb blowing up an innocent.The settings and circumstances are real. The characters are believable. The narrative is suspenseful and held my interest. I wanted to punch some of the characters and cry with others. The questions are asked in the midst of all of the above; possible answers are given, but in the end, the reader is left to decide for themselves.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ambition?

There are several, but I don't want to give any spoilers. In one, I dropped my jaw and wanted to yell at the offensive character, the pastor's political assistant, and cheer the offended character's reaction, the pastor's wife.


Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Strider - the investigative reporter. He's the total skeptic interested in truth and reality. He gets to ask the tough questions and stuff a few things in the pastor's face.


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- COO-Character Development Lab. "aka Mom"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-17-2011
  • Publisher: Zondervan