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The Oath

Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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National best-selling author Frank Peretti is an undisputed master of supernatural thrillers. The Oath has sold nearly a million copies and won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. When a nature photographer is killed and mutilated while camping, common sense points to a rogue bear on the prowl. But the search for answers uncovers a century of sin-and a beast of ghastly power. Filled with chilling suspense and unforgettable imagery, The Oath is an epic tale of good versus evil.

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Small towns, big secrets

Similar to the action in "Monster" where you know there is something in the woods, but not quite what or indeed, how badly things will go if you meet it!

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  • Zach Gage
  • 14-10-17

Good for a rainy day.

I have read this book many times as a kid, and enjoyed the story and moral lessons. I bought this on audio so my wife and I could listen to it on a cross country roadtrip. We enjoyed it, but, admittedly it was a struggle to finish. And here is why:
The narrator has a great voice for the "reading" portions of the book, deep and resonant, and he also does well as almost any male character. I would absolutely listen to another one of the books he narrates. However, and not to be nitpicky, but anytime he tries to do an emotional female voice, the going gets painful. You basically just want every woman in the story to die, immediately, so that you dont have to listen to "the hoarse screeching".
Second, while Mr. Frank Perreti has a great plot to unfold, and I love his approach to the retelling of Christian morality, I'd say about 1/4 of the book is repitition and absolutely uneccesary. He reiterates his points over and over. This is a fiction work, not theological doctrine. Adult readers will definitely have moments of trying to urge the plot forward, and question if they just had dejavu.
All that said, still a decent book, and worth the listen/read. Especially if you are between ages 12-18.

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  • GRIMM
  • 28-08-18

A fun little story...until the proselytizing.

A SOLID 3 STARS, because he writes for people who really enjoy his works.

Narrator was fine if not a bit inexperienced with his voice range.

I swear I was enjoying this story. I was having fun with what I thought was a Crichton-esque little story about genetic deviation, or aberrant genetic mutations within an isolated environmental niche, ala "The Relic" (Douglas/Childs).

Then, it failed to take the left turn at Albuquerque, and Saint George and the Dragon, Jesus and sin, and all the evangelical proselytizing began that would allow our protagonist to win the day.

Truly this was my fault. Perretti is an established Christian Writer. I usually do a quick scan of an author's resume so I can see the angles which drive an author's mindset. This was an Audible suggestion, and the summary was catchy so I took a chance ($5.95) and didn't do an author perusal. A Christian writer who writes Christian influenced works of horror/suspense fiction.

Good for him. His bonafides are excellent and many people enjoy his works. But, going into the story unbiased, I found the story really  suffered because of that open handed influence...or at least the last six hours

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-03-17

Horror that is gripping

Horror that is gripping. Uses spiritual warfare as a springboard to a tale that acts as metaphor for the real thing.

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  • A girl has no name
  • 25-04-17

story is ok, but narration could be better

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Narration could be better.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Stechschulte?

no

Do you think The Oath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

did not know anything about this author, but this was a christian based story, so if you're a non-religous person, I would skip this story.

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  • GrandmaG
  • 28-12-11

Brilliant! Loved it!

I've enjoyed ALL of Peretti's books, and this is one of his best yet! One of those stories that keep you enthralled and excited to come back to in order to "find out what happened". More, Frank! Narration was great, too!

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  • A Gail Frame
  • 01-05-19

Wow!

I liked the idea, storyline, and made a tiny error of becoming absorbed with it after I went to sleep. Tom Stechshulte performed beautifully. He brought an element to the chilling quality of the novel. One of Peretti's best. Highly recommended!👏 👏

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  • Tabitha D Boyd
  • 31-12-18

Great Book!

The book is very well written, narrated and spiritually relevant to our day and time.

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  • Kiki Gee
  • 13-02-16

An absolute must listen story...

Very well written and masterfully read account of the battle between good and evil and the impact it has on us all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-13

It was an okay read.

What three words best describe Tom Stechschulte’s voice?

I had no complaints about Toms Stechschulte's narration. Seemed fitting for a mystery/crime solving type of story.

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Well... I liked the book, and it was okay... I guess my crutch on this read, is that I've already read "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness" by Frank Peretti (amazing books!). Those two books put together amazing stories that balance the dark side AND the light side of Christianity (or lack of). I should add, I really like to read Christian fiction stories that encourage growth as a child of God - with the two prior Peretti books I felt warned and encouraged while reading. I walked away feeling better. Those two books I have recommended over and over again, every time I loan my copies out to friends, they come back raving just as much as I did.

On the other hand, "The Oath" is a mystery/crime story that really seemed to focus heavily on sin alone and paralleled a story of what happens to a community overtaken by sin. This isn't a book that left me wanting to tell my friends about. This books story-line although not terrible didn't seem as well written, and I missed the balance of encouragement of prayer that he included in the books I mentioned before. Although the story was okay, it left more of a feeling of doom and gloom through out the read.

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  • Jess
  • 08-05-19

Truth

Great story and message. Really enjoyed the narrator. I like how the author gives little bits of information to keep you interested.

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