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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Strobel Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780310773504
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A routine mob hit lights the fuse on an explosive collision of ambition and deception inside the Windy City's corridors of power in this audio edition of The Ambition.

Drawing on his years as an investigative reporter for The Chicago Tribune, bestselling author Lee Strobel reveals an insider's tale of power, politics, and payoffs ripped from today's headlines.

When a down-on-his-luck lawyer must bribe a federal judge to fix an upcoming mob trial, he secretly tapes the exchange to protect himself. After the dirty judge becomes a finalist for an open U.S. Senate seat, the incriminating tape isn't the only thing standing in his way. Pastor-turned-politician Eric Snow is determined to use his suburban megachurch as a launching pad for securing the Senate appointment. And newspaper reporter Garry Strider threatens to uncover both candidates' secrets in an investigation that may cost him his life.

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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 2/17/2014

    " It was okay. I've read better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/1/2014

    " What a tangled web we weave when we are determined to deceive. One deception after another keeps the reader wondering if its even possible to have happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 1/27/2014

    " Lee Strobel's first shot at fiction was well versed. The story line was captivating, but it didn't grab me like a good murder mystery does. Overall a good read. You also understand the politics of Chicago being the "windy city." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Arbuckle | 12/31/2013

    " This book, by one of my favorite non-fiction writiers, has some really great reading in it...suspenseful and addictive. But the ending is predictable and really waters down the book a great deal. Not sure that I will read any more of Lee's fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Apryle | 12/22/2013

    " Intrigue. murder. Crisis'of faith. Unflinching faith. redemption. GOOD READ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Vanderploeg | 12/20/2013

    " Way too preachy. Plot was so-so. Characters pretty weak. What's with the Snow guy? Weird combo of integrity v. Vanity. Strobel is a very far cry from Grisham! No real depth-spiritual or otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Swart | 12/19/2013

    " It's decent. Not great, not bad either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 11/18/2013

    " Read like a John Grisham novel. Not quite as suspenseful, but still very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward Mccaffrey | 11/12/2013

    " Good mystery but many events were unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/11/2013

    " Set in the Chicago area, this book tells the story of an ambitious mega-church pastor (who's actually a good guy!, a reporter, and a few very bad guys. The author is a former mega-church pastor, so there's some behind the scenes tidbits. Well written and an easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 3/14/2013

    " slow beginning, gets better in the middle, and then end just kind of fizzled out. It had.some potential, but squandered it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Amburgey | 3/4/2013

    " Mr. Strobel is a great writer period and this work of fiction does not disappoint. Several story lines weave together into one great story and there is a moral to the story. Focus! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 2/14/2013

    " Very mediocre. If it had been a longer book, I would have stopped reading it before I finished. It ended abruptly with no resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Donahue | 9/1/2012

    " Better read than I expected. The crime/church plot was new and interesting. It held my interest through the entire book. A nice summer crime novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/16/2012

    " I had read Christian apologetics books by Lee Strobel, but this was my first fiction book by the author. It combined the Chicago mob and a corrupt judge, a leader of a large evangelical church, and a US Senate race. I dislike mob stories so I slogged through that part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Foust | 4/2/2012

    " I think Lee Strobel did a great job on his first novel. There is a lot going on as he weaves four stories together in an exciting thriller. I can't wait for his next one...there is going to be a next one, right? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 10/27/2011

    " Solid first novel, a fun, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/5/2011

    " Absolutely fantastic. A real page turner from the beginning. I hope he continues with the fiction. I'd love to read more like this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn Coggin | 9/8/2011

    " Did not like it. Too many unanswered questions at the end of reading it....finished with an unsettled sense.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sbberns | 8/10/2011

    " I did not realize this was from a Christian publication house- I was looking for a mystery, thriller and the description sounded appealing. But as the plot thickened, the theology took over, and the story got way too pat. There were also a lot of loose ends, at least in my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/23/2011

    " It's decent. Not great, not bad either. "

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About the Author
Author Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel received his bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s in law from Yale Law School. He worked for fourteen years as an award-winning legal editor for the Chicago Tribune and taught at Roosevelt University. After a nearly two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee received Christ in 1981. He is the author of several books, including The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator. In recognition of his extensive research for his books, Southern Evangelical Seminary honored Lee with a doctorate in divinity in 2007. He lives with his wife, Leslie, in Colorado. 

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.