Review: Absolute Proof by Peter James (Audio Edition Narrated by Hugh Bonneville)

I haven’t listened to a whole lot of audiobooks during my 10 years of book blogging. I am a much faster reader so listening to audiobooks seems frustrating for me because I can speed read faster than someone can read to me.

Plus I tend to get interrupted a lot during the day so having to stop what I am listening to is sometimes harder than just putting a bookmark in. However, I have been spending more time in my car lately with my little one.

I am a stay at home mom and the closest form of toddler entertainment is about an hour away in Portland. So a few times a week I spend about 2 hours on the road. My little boy is perfectly content watching traffic going by or playing a game. Now mommy on the other hand likes to multitask. So when this audiobook came up, I was intrigued and since I have been driving so much more lately, I was eager to give this one a try……plus I love Hugh Bonneville so there’s that.

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

“I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.”

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence (summary from Goodreads).

I have only read one for Peter James’s books—-the 12th one in the Roy Grace series. I had a hard time with it because I felt like I was missing a lot having started so late in the series. I was impressed with James’s ability to continue to write such a long standing series and developing a well loved character—he stood out to me as an accomplished writer.

This book is a stand alone book so I was even more excited to become acquainted with the story without having to think about any back story etc. I love historical thrillers and modern thrillers based on historical events—-ie; Dan Brown. A number of other reviewers compared this book to Brown’s The Davinci Code and I would agree, this book would appeal to fans of Dan Brown immensely. This book is much different than the Roy Grace series, not just in content but tone, though the style/tone don’t eclipse what James is known for in his writing style—interesting plot with a fast pace!

The whole question of being able to prove God’s existence was an interesting perspective and stance to take on in this book. I loved seeing how that would unfold. And even though I promised myself only to listen to this book in the car driving, I found that when I got home, I would listen when I was cleaning house, waiting for my gym to open, and making dinner as well. I was interested to see where things were going next in the story and how James was going to gather this story into an ending.

It was a very well written and interesting story and I enjoyed it immensely. If you are a fan of Dan Brown, then you will surely love this book as well. Even though I could have finished this book on my own much faster, I rather enjoyed Hugh Bonneville narrating it.

I love when actual actors narrate audiobooks because they understand that they have to convince an audience of their character, not just reading words from a page. Hugh Bonneville delivers on that front. He made things exciting and interesting with his narration and I didn’t feel bored or bogged down with his tone. He actively kept readers engaged in the story. If you love audiobooks, Hugh Bonneville is excellent in this narrative and James has written a worthy book for fans of thrillers with historical elements!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Absolute Proof by Peter James, Narration by Hugh Bonneville 

  • Kindle Edition, 400 pages
    Published October 4th 2018 by Macmillan
    ASIN B01MUG3M19
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own
  • Recommendation: 4.5 out of 5
  • Genre: thriller, historical thriller, audiobook
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