Extended Audio Sample

Download The Testament of Gideon Mack Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Testament of Gideon Mack (Unabridged), by James Robertson
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,512 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Robertson Narrator: Tom Cotcher Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

For Gideon Mack, faithless minister, unfaithful husband, and troubled soul, the existence of God, let alone the Devil, is no more credible than that of ghosts or fairies - until the day he falls into a gorge and is rescued by someone who might just be Satan. Download and start listening now!

BK_HOWE_000097

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Strandquist | 2/9/2014

    " I heard Robertson speak in Brussels in January at the Scottish Writers Series across the street from the EU building. He is a pro both as a prolific author and speaker. Captured by his presence, I read this compelling story. It's a magical realism tale that works well in the land of glens and gorse. He blends elements that clash: Protestant faith against folklore illusion; empirical science and mystery; personal honesty and social criticism. These take us to our own precipice of perceptions. Plus the events move along swiftly and all are tightly woven together. Stones as large as Stonehenge don't just appear and disappear. "

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

    " This book really gave me the creeps, more so than any other book I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 1/29/2014

    " While reading this book, I really grew to enjoy Gideon Mack, an atheist minister who comes to faith after meeting the devil. Actually, meeting the devil is the hook, but the story is really about Mack's life. The book is mainly a manuscript, written by Mack (remember, this is fiction), but the postscript raises interesting questions about his reliability in narrating the account. The central question of this book is: Do you have to believe in God to be an effective minister? It's a lot more complicated an answer than it seems on the surface. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonia Jackson | 1/28/2014

    " A very slow first half, but when eventually it gets to when he meets the devil, it all comes together, from then on could not put the book down. A very interesting contrast between mental health and religion. I would highly recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 1/26/2014

    " If I liked this protagonist AT ALL, as in ONE IOTA, I might have been able to make it through the final third of this book. I realize I am stopping just at the point where it may get juicy--where Gideon has his big encounter--but I find I am unable to give a damn about him or his spiritual growth. Sorry, Gideon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/25/2014

    " Definitely a confusing read for me. I loved reading the past of Gideon Mack and his relationship with his father. How the main character just lied through life with the currents pushed by his parents and the environment around him. It was a story that I was intrigued to read and sympathize with the character as he goes through waves of emotions and makes mistakes that are immoral in his community. It is a slow read because I picked up this book after reading the blurb on the back. It mentions the appearance of 'Satan', but I was a bit disappointed by how the appearance came only at the end. It was definitely interesting and liked how the author kept its existence mysterious and ambiguous. I do not fully understand the story and the author's purpose at the end, but I still think it had a decent plot line that I was able to relate to at some points. This is a book for those who do not mind slow reads with a lot of descriptions at the beginning of the book and the late anticipated appearance of the story where Gideon Mack meets who he thinks is 'Satan'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nigel | 1/23/2014

    " I nearly gave up on this book several times but ultimately I was glad I perservered with it. It takes a while to get to the nub of the story and is full of diversions and digressions which are irritating at first. The life of a Scottish minister is not immediately appealing, but the unravelling of his ordered existence and his supposed communing with the devil is not without interest. The characters are difficult to empathise with but Robertson is clever in gradually pealing back their layers and motivations. Although idiosyncratic and even annoying at times, it does touch some emotional raw nerves and is certainly never less than thought-provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Robb | 1/19/2014

    " This is a solid novel that, having just finished, I am still digesting. I can tell it's going to take awhile for me to form any solid conclusions about his book, beyond simply stating: "it's a bit brilliant." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Read | 1/3/2014

    " This is a brilliant read - in turns atmospheric and even spooky then comic and tragic. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet S | 12/24/2013

    " One of my all time best books!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 12/2/2013

    " A curiously good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ Wallace | 9/8/2013

    " It took some effort to get through the first 50 pages, and the best part is the end, but it's a thought-provoking read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 7/24/2013

    " I couldn't get past the first chapter.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emma Lou | 6/15/2013

    " What a right load of old BATWANK. It was like reading a Dan Brown novel - arsegravy. I didn't like him either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Lockhart | 3/23/2013

    " Church of Scotland minister questions his faith. Sounds boring but it's a wonderful story that will take you to some far out places. Are the places imaginary? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/15/2012

    " This is the best book that I have read for months. It left me doing lots of research to learn more of some of the topics and I was mulling over the contents for a few days. A well written book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carys | 9/6/2012

    " I loved this book. I found Gideon fascinating and I particularly enjoyed the way that he becomes less and less reliable as the story progresses, leaving the reader wondering about the line between faith and delusion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/30/2012

    " Disappointing...Expected a lot more. The book tackles spiritual issues without any meaningful spiritual connection to the reader. An attempt to be "cutting edge" or a "cult favorite" but was just a string of "shocking" events--superficially described and thus, not successful in engaging the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jthink | 2/7/2012

    " Unconventional - and I like books that are out of the ordinary. Not sure if Paula would like it, though. I liked it because it made me laugh and because I like rogues, anyway! A definite "recommendation" for an out of the ordinary read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 10/24/2011

    " It's Scottish, and it's not crap. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paxli | 10/17/2011

    " Loved it - a lovely book about Scotland. Doesn't really need the plot twist with the devil but is good fun with it in nonetheless "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 EliÅ¡ka Skácelíková | 7/26/2011

    " That's how I imagine the devil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/21/2011

    " Great read. Slow to start but really worth the wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/9/2011

    " This is the best book that I have read for months. It left me doing lots of research to learn more of some of the topics and I was mulling over the contents for a few days. A well written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 2/5/2011

    " This book would have been a better read had there been a more conclusive ending. By the end of the story, readers are left wondering why the main protagonist had not actually had any sort of long-awaited epiphany that was supposed to happen to him yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/30/2011

    " An interesting mediation on belief, that boils down to how normal it seems for a minister to not believe in God, and then how extraordinary for the same minister to believe to have met The Devil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/25/2011

    " Got sucked in by this book I bought at the Goodwill on the weekend. Read about 100 pages into it last night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliška | 1/1/2011

    " That's how I imagine the devil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manda | 12/9/2010

    " I loved this book the style of writing and the way the story twisted and turned was fun a thought provocing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trashpalace | 12/6/2010

    " Una sorpresa totalmente inaspettata. Importanti riflessioni sulla fede nei tempi moderni, intrecciate in una comedy molto godibile e irriverente. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 10/14/2010

    " It took some effort to get through the first 50 pages, and the best part is the end, but it's a thought-provoking read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 10/12/2010

    " Best novel I've read in at least a year. I'm definitely going to have to read it again, though, to try to figure out what the hell was going on. I can honestly say I enjoyed every page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 9/19/2010

    " Fabulous, wonderful, fabulous. Brilliant, fluent writing; a great plot, wonderfully drawn characters, location and ideas. The prose is really stripped and tight.

    I absolutely loved it, can you tell?

    I think this is my favourite scottish book since I don't know when.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eimear | 8/30/2010

    " Not bad! Worth a read but not amazing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 8/16/2010

    " This is a solid novel that, having just finished, I am still digesting. I can tell it's going to take awhile for me to form any solid conclusions about his book, beyond simply stating: "it's a bit brilliant." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigailann | 8/14/2010

    "
    A rather unique premise which made me want to read on and on. Wasn't sure what my opinion would be of this book, but it was extremly well-written and surprisingly easy to believe given the unusual premise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 8/3/2010

    " Liked this book. Very well written. Not transformative, but interesting. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations