I listened to this book on Audible (5hrs and 32 mins) and was completely drawn into the story within the first few minutes. I.... was..... hooked. The intro hits you hard and the story kept going from there until you are left with your mouth open waiting on part 2. Mr. Gates served up an excellent performance, but I expected nothing less from him.
This book had at all of the key elements needed to make a book a standout. There was action, consistent plot movement ( no lulls), drama, interesting characters & violence that made sense in the world it was set. The "hero" was not only a flawed man, brutal in his business & family dealings but one that you secretly rooted for when it comes time for his vengeance. The author did a fantastic job of also portraying mental illness by weaving it into the character's storyline slowly and deliberately. When the illness finally manifests itself for others to see, you felt their fear and confusion. I appreciated the way the author used greed, violence, and betrayal to show how these things can color our interactions with others and how it changes our very being. Something that was a little surprising was that sex was an afterthought almost in this story and I think that made the story stronger. Yes, it played an important role, but the author didn't rely so heavily on it that it was all you remember.
I honestly have listened to this book more than a handful of times. Each time between the story and Mr. Gates, I feel like it is the first listen. I cannot wait for the sequel. It should be fire if the author can keep up the momentum set forth in book 1.
Reviewed by KayBee
FROM NYC HOUSEWIFE TO MODERN DAY SAINT "The Audacity to be Divine: A Soul's Journey Towards Illumination" -A Compelling Story of the Eternal Quest for Spiritual Truth in the Context of Our Time- This is the true story of Mary Mrozowski, an ordinary 1950s NYC housewife (turned divorcee and single mother) who became an extraordinary social activist, international organizer, and world-renowned spiritual leader. Written by her daughter Judith, " The Audacity to be Divine" is a revelatory tale of transformation, resilience, and unparalleled truth-seeking. ABOUT THE BOOK: Mary was a quintessential New York housewife living in the depth of despair. Bearing the secret of her family's tumultuous past, Mary reclaimed her truth and strove for redemption against all odds - transcending as a social activist, international organizer, and spiritual leader for the masses. Mary was able to transcend worlds. Having integrated Christian modalities with Eastern philosoph