Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Books # 74 & 75

The final 2 books that I read in 2012:

74. Spirit Blade, by Paeter Frandsen. Unabridged enhanced audio.
This futuristic sci-fi audiobook takes place in a future where the government mandates the spiritual beliefs of its citizens, outlawing all traditional religions in favor of a generic "one size fits all" church. There are only a few rebellious "Seekers of Truth" who strive to remain free themselves, and who seek to free the world from this spiritual deception. The theme of the story is the power of spiritual truth, and how it will never pass away.

Author Paeter Frandsen is the man behind Spirit Blade productions, whose output includes a regular podcast and a series of audio dramas. This novel is the audio version of the novel which formed the basis for the flagship audio drama, Spirit Blade. The novel in this version is completely read by Paeter, who does a very good job bringing the range of characters to life. The sound effects and musical score add much to the overall listening experience.

I have heard the related audio dramas before, but this was a different listening experience. Enough time had passed so I did not remember the details of the plot, and found myself wanting to keep listening, to discover where the story was going.

75. The Holy Bible, various translations. Unabridged audio, via the Daily Audio Bible podcast feed.

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