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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (680 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leon Uris Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780060856045
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Master storyteller and international bestselling author of Redemption, Trinity, and Exodus, Leon Uris once again brilliantly interweaves historical fact with gripping fiction in this powerful novel of politics, family, intrigue, love, and the passions that rule human lives.

Spanning the decades from World War II to the 2008 presidential campaign, A God in Ruins is the unforgettable story of Quinn Patrick O'Connell, an honest, principled, and courageous man on the brink of becoming the second Irish Catholic President of the United States. In an era morally unmoored, rife with armed separatists and fundamentalist zealotry, Quinn, the last great liberal of the Rocky Mountains, emerges as America's hope to reclaim its great past and its promises of the future. But Quinn is a man with an explosive secret that can shatter his political ambitions and threaten his life--a secret buried for over a half century that even he does not know....

Returning home at the end of World War II a decorated and wounded hero, Daniel Timothy O'Connell had moved his young wife, Siobhan, from the crowded streets of Brooklyn to the golden mountains of Colorado. Building a successful life as cattle ranchers, Daniel and Siobhan had everything they wanted--except a child. Desperate, they turned to the Church and adopted a beautiful three-year-old of mysterious parentage, a charming little boy they named Quinn Patrick.

In riveting prose, Leon Uris unfolds Quinn's life as he matures from a restless youth into a brave Marine undertaking a deadly undercover mission, and finally, into an earnest, intelligent, and thoughtful leader willing take on the most vicious and malevolently destructive forces threatening the country. Here, too, are the two beautiful women who have always loved him--Greer, the lover driven by ambition and passion, and Rita, the sensuous, adoring daughter of his friend and mentor, painter and philosopher Reynaldo Maldonado.

Through the years Quinn has made some powerful enemies who are determined to destroy him, including presidential incumbent Thornton Tomtree. A conservative computer mogul who built an electronic empire out of his father's Rhode Island junkyard, Tomtree is a right-wing pragmatist who will court the most dangerous and deadly elements of society and risk America s safety to achieve his own ambitions.

From America's victorious past to its shadowed future, from the grandeur of Colorado's mountains to the enclaves of private militias hidden deep in the canyons of the Southwest's Four Corners, A God in Ruins races to a powerful, unforgettable conclusion. A sweeping novel of a man, a life, and a nation, it vividly brings to life memorable characters that will indelibly touch the heart and mind and illuminates the major crisis facing America at the dawn of a new millennium.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The latest novel by the author of Exodus has not only a timely theme…it’s got sex and intrigue too.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Great reading...Uris mixes politics, history, love and people’s passions into yet another bestseller...Compelling.” 

    Tulsa World

  • “Powerful.”

    Winnipeg Free Press

  • “Leon Uris is an excellent storyteller and a detailed researcher. Stephen Lang is an energetic reader…a pleasure to listen to.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conor | 2/16/2014

    " Not Uris' best effort but an entertaining read. I have to cut him some slack given him getting on in years... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sammy | 2/15/2014

    " the book could've been so much more, considering the premise. I was rather disappointed considering the author's previous works and the amount of research and detail that went into his writing. I am speculating that since this was the last book by the author, it was either heavily edited or written mostly by someone else. It just seems so different from all his other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 2/8/2014

    " Not as good as I had hoped, after reading Battle Cry "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Owen | 2/6/2014

    " Tragically awful as Uris' last book. Great author, great quote/title... terrible book. Don't spend you time or money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 2/4/2014

    " Definitely a polarizing book. I enjoyed the chance to see the authors beliefs come out in his writing and the opportunity it gave me to see where he has taken his writing. I believe it should be read after reading a few of his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/22/2014

    " This was pretty good until the end, then it just got far-fetched and lost my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jandblock | 1/19/2014

    " Leon Uris has written a lot of wonderful books but this one was rather boring. It was contemporary US rather than a story unfolding in the Middle East or Europe and it didn't hold my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob Sullivan | 1/15/2014

    " I've enjoyed Leon Uris before, but whoa, this was a pretty special level of bad. Stupid and lazy. Very lazy, actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 12/24/2013

    " Written in 1999, strangely prescient for the last 2 elections "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew | 12/23/2013

    " This was by far the worst Uris. It was as if someone else was writing, someone with a political agenda and far less storytelling ability than Uris. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenniefamilee | 12/2/2013

    " Abridged audio version hard to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 11/28/2013

    " We are always wondering about our true nature. This book addresses this issue and makes you think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 11/2/2013

    " Leon Uris got old before he died. It's too bad he published this book first, because old people lose the filter between their thoughts and what they say out loud. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly Brodnax | 10/26/2013

    " This is the worst book that I have ever finished. The story showed promise but the writing felt thrown together and entirely skipped over what might have been the most exciting parts of the plot. I loved Exodus, but was very disappointed with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/24/2013

    " Reading this during the 2008 Presidential campaign may have made it even more intriguing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 chris cottrell | 7/10/2012

    " I have never read any leon uris before, but I dont think I will ever again. this started badly and got worse and worse. I had to finish it just to see how bad it could get. it was *terrible*. the worst book I have ever read. if I could give it less than one star and still review it I would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/5/2012

    " Kind of slow but good message. Not as good as his others. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/13/2012

    " This was a strange experience. For a while I was even doubting it was written by him ... it wasn't the Leon Uris I knew... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mac | 11/14/2011

    " This may have been his last book, and certainly not his best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 10/28/2011

    " So far this is not his greatest work! Evidently I had loaned it to someone before I read it and got it back not too long ago. Kinda of predictable I think it will be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 9/14/2011

    " This is a wonderful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom (Tash) | 9/1/2011

    " After reading "Exodus" I decided to try one of Uris's books that is a little more contempory. The plot was interesting. I'll warn you, it had swearing and sexual references (nothing really graphic that I can remember, but then my 60-year-old brain might have blanked it out) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Griff | 3/15/2011

    " Uris has done some excellent works but this is not one of them. The writing is disjointed, the story shallow and uninteresting, and the characters filling silly stereotypes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/8/2011

    " This was a strange experience. For a while I was even doubting it was written by him ... it wasn't the Leon Uris I knew... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shanon | 12/6/2010

    " This was by far the worst Uris book I have ever read. I was so disappointed.
    Way too much of the dialogue was partial sentences that was hard to understand. Way too many characters underdeveloped.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 12/4/2010

    " So far this is not his greatest work! Evidently I had loaned it to someone before I read it and got it back not too long ago. Kinda of predictable I think it will be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 7/27/2010

    " This is the worst book that I have ever finished. The story showed promise but the writing felt thrown together and entirely skipped over what might have been the most exciting parts of the plot. I loved Exodus, but was very disappointed with this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chuck | 6/24/2010

    " Flashbacks from the lives of a sitting republican President and
    the democratic contender. This is a new writing style for Sir Leon. I quit after 100 pages.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Griff | 1/5/2010

    " Uris has done some excellent works but this is not one of them. The writing is disjointed, the story shallow and uninteresting, and the characters filling silly stereotypes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Owen | 12/28/2009

    " Tragically awful as Uris' last book. Great author, great quote/title... terrible book. Don't spend you time or money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 12/10/2009

    " We are always wondering about our true nature. This book addresses this issue and makes you think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/17/2009

    " Reading this during the 2008 Presidential campaign may have made it even more intriguing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenniefamilee | 8/23/2009

    " Abridged audio version hard to follow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 7/7/2009

    " Not as good as I had hoped, after reading Battle Cry "

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About the Author
Author Leon Uris

Internationally acclaimed novelist Leon Uris ran away from home at age seventeen, a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, to join the Marine Corps, and he served at Guadalcanal and Tarawa. His first novel, Battle Cry, was based on his own experiences in the Marines, which he revisited in his final novel, O'Hara's Choice. His other novels include the bestsellers Redemption, Trinity, Exodus, QB VII, and Topaz, among others. Leon Uris passed away in June 2003.

About the Narrator

Stephen Lang is a Tony Award–nominated actor who has made a name for himself on stages both at home and abroad. Perhaps most well-known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, his other film credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats, Public Enemies, Tombstone, and many more.