The Great and Terrible, Vol. 1: Prologue, The Brothers
In the time before Creation, before so many of the children of God turned away from their Father and walked knowingly into the dark, there was a choosing, a sifting, a contest of ideas and a battle for souls. In that great premortal war, each of us learned the first lessons of life: The great ones may fall. The wicked can change. The weak and the foolish can become the strongest of all. And the battle between good and evil is the same regardless of the time or place.
The Brothers is the first novel in a new series by national bestselling author Chris Stewart. The Great and Terrible takes us from the beginning of time to the final hours of the last days, revealing the greatest secret of all: The children of God can defeat the adversary, for we have fought him before.
Unabridged Audiobook Run time aprx. 6 hours
|Published||Deseret Book Co. (August 4, 2010)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Mark Allen|
By Anonymous, Submitted on 2016-09-10
I enjoyed this book, the author's picture of the pre-mortal world didn't match what I had envisioned, but didn't clash either, I actually enjoyed looking at things differently. For this series, I have both the E-book form and the audio book of this series - (The audio versions of books keep me company during commutes, working in the yard, etc.) I am an avid consumer of audio books and have been exposed to a large number of narrators. I have an Audible account and have listened to over a hundred titles... Although I enjoy this narrator's voice, he is not a good narrator and I did not enjoy listening to this book. I am not sure if this more the fault of the production/director or the narrator himself. There are just too many unnatural pauses- almost stumbling actually because the timing of the pauses do not make sense in the context of the story. It was almost as if he was reading the book for the first time and had not been given a chance to rehearse. Perhaps Deseret Book is trying to compete with large publishing houses with big budgets for narrators, sound studios and editors for audio books, but their smaller budget is evident in the poorer quality output. I found it distracting to the story.
The format isn't without it's problems either. The Deseret Book App allows you to listen on your iPhone, but you need DB customer service to send you a zipped file of the audio book if you want to transfer it to your iTunes library for installing on an iPod nano or shuffle. After purchase of the audio book, your receipt tells to click the download button in the receipt in your account history, but there isn't any button. Unfortunately I spent a lot of time thinking my browsers or computers were the problems and after trying it on several computers and several different browsers, both PC and MAC, I had to contact Customer Service. That's when I learned the webpage is wrong--they have to send you a zipped file. I also have the DB app on my phone-- fortunately a separate download file is not needed to use the DB App. You sign into the app, and sometimes your purchases don't show up. It takes a while to trouble shoot things so that you can access your audiobooks in the DB App. Both downloaded file into iTunes and streaming directly to the DB app unfortunately have problems. Several times I needed to rewind the book for two or three chapters when I was interrupted and couldn't hit pause. The playback goes well until I get to the chapter that was playing when I started to rewind: It will then skip the first part of that chapter and start playing at the point I stopped the book. I need to manually drag the progress bar to the beginning of the chapter.
Because of all the problems with the audio version, and because I prefer to listen on a small, portable iPod Nano, not a phone or device with apps, I will not purchase audio titles from DB in the future. They just haven't perfected their bookshelf enough yet to be worth the trouble- The time required to trouble shoot the files almost equaled the time required to listen to the title. . .
By Heather, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I had heard of this book from a friend who told me it was worth reading. He was right to the fullest. Though this is fiction, it keeps your interest and builds your testimony while reading it. I think that anyone who is able to should read this book!
By Carol, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved the series and all my boys loved it too. At one time I had all of the books loaned out to either a friend or family member! If one of them was traveling they borrowed the cds. We were all waiting impatiently for the next one to be released. They are now in my family library and my husband and I are planning to start reading them once more!
By Adam, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Could not take this book seriously. Not how I would picture the pre-mortal world at all.
By Kelly, Submitted on 2015-02-25
These are amazing books! I was visiting my family in Utah and my sister told me I should read these books that she had borrowed from a friend. (She was on book two.) I had not really heard of them before, but quickly got enthralled. I thought there would be three or four books, but found out there were six. I read all six in about two weeks! I absolutely loved them! Now I will be getting them on cd so my family can listen to them on our way to Utah this summer. They are so amazing! They reminded me of who I am and why I am here.
By Hal & Linda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I had great hopes in the Great and Terrible series, but was very disappointed in Vol. 1. The story descriptions weren't believable to me, and the characters were too one-dimensional. I feel like some LDS writers are held to a lower standard because there is such a demand for LDS literature. I will buy Vol. 2 and continue the story because the teaser chapter at the end of Vol. 1 sounded much more interesting than the book I had just finished. I continue to long for really great fiction, written by LDS writers - or by any writer who can write a great, descriptive story without resorting to the vulgarities that seem to sell books these days.
By Fred, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I am glad I started with Book One. If I had started with Book 2, I might not have read the series, so far. (I am 1/2 way into book 6).
Book one starts in the Pre-existence. It is a Prologue to the series, which wouldn't make much sense without it. It is well done.
I have not been into political/military books. This series is an exception.
Don't skip book one. Like life, it doesn't make any sense without it.
By Jennie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
It's a good thing I started this series with book two, then went back to this one. The series is fantastic, but I never would have read the rest of the series if I'd read this volume first. It just doesn't measure up to the strong volumes that follow.
By Teri, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Prologue: The Brothers Vol. I The Great and Terrible: by Chris Stewart
I had heard of this book when it first came out, but it wasn't until the last one came out that I needed to see what all the excitement was. This first in a series is totally amazing, and Chris is a master story teller in weaving the story of the war in heaven. This novel simply tells the story of Ammon, Luke, Sam and their younger sister Elizabeth and their fighting to save their brothers, who are undecided on the choices they make, as their choices will set their destiny. I was amazed at how spiritual this story was and Chris makes you really think about our pre-mortal days and how it can impact our mortal lives. Even though this is a quick read, the eternal perspectives are mind-boggling!!!! If you haven't read this nail-biter (I don't bite them anymore) do read it.
By Julie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This incredible book series starts off with a bang. :)
By Cami, Submitted on 2015-02-25
A must read for every reader. Chris Stewart makes this series so realistic just like the way it may have happened all the way through how it could happen. This series has opened my eyes to really being prepared for the unknown.
By Monica, Submitted on 2015-02-25
These are such wonderful books! This is the first to an AMAZING series! A MUST READ
By Cathy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
All of our book club love this series. We adore them. If you read just one, read this one, it's the best of the 5.
By Rachel, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love this whole series... The characters are great, very easy to relate to and love. Brilliant, thought-provoking plot. It's made our daily spiritual war much more real and vivid for me!
By julie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
i loved this book a lot and then my husband grabbed it and then my son,so every time we have the new book we are all trying to find ways to get to read it first..Both my husband and son are not great readers until they started to read this series.they are now inspired to continue following their good taste.The book is very inspirational and soul searching. thanks .p.s i win the battle to read it first lol
By Mandy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
As a member of the Armed Forces for the last six years, and a patriot whose heart swells with pain and pride at the sacrifice of many of my fellow commrades, I related to this book on both a spiritual and temporal level. I was moved to tears at the end. This book was a gift from a family member, and upon finishing it I immediately went out to purchase all the other volumes of the series. If you are a military member and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this book comes highly recommended.
By Hyrum, Submitted on 2015-02-25
one of the best book ever super spiritual gives amazing perspective on were we all come from
By malia, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book!! It is truely inspirational. I could feel the reality in the plan of salvation and in Satans desire to bring our souls to damnation. It brought my purpose here on earth back into view and explained that the war didn't end in heaven but it is before us every second here on earth. The description of heaven and its beauty were brought to my imagination by this talented auther. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a reminder of who they are and why they are here.
By jake, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Wildly dissapointed. How does one get 'chilled to the bone' in the preexistence? And why is it raining in heaven every fourth page? It had a nice prologue and after that...Well, I laughed outloud several times by the pathetic dialogue, lack of plot, unreal characters. I love the idea, but LDS writers need to step it up. How did his editor rationalize this kind of writing? Don't waste your time.
By Jarom, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Wonderful!! I am an avid reader of all genres and styles and Chris Stewart rates up there with the best of them. Intertwining such strong emotions with a captivating story seemed to come so easy for him. I can't wait to get the other books.