Once again, Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot. Sean has captured the essence of Mike Talbot's character and delivers over & over. Best of all, he can do female voices well enough that one doesn't cringe or want to pitch a book at him like some male interpretations of a women's voice.
I think the only big problem I had was trying to separate this Mike Talbot with the adult Mike Talbot fighting zombie's. I really didn't enjoy this Talbot as much. I think it would have been much better to create a wholey different character.
I have loved all the books I have "read" of Mark Tufo (maybe with the exception of Timothy). The writing was strong enough to cause me to actually cry at the death of one of the characters and believe me, thats not an easy thing to do!
I truly think that if you buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
Alternately boring, sappy, and senseless. The story never seemed to go anywhere. The characters did random things for no apparent reason, then abruptly changed their mind or attitude and did the opposite. SPOILER ALERT: The whole "it never really happened" explanation is totally unsatisfying.
SPOILER ALERT: A whole book that was pretty much a dream, with the abrupt unexplained shifts-in-reality that occur in dreams, is pretty frustrating to read/hear. It's like someone telling you about their wacky nightmare for 9+ hours. For example, the sheriff shows up and is oddly hostile, says some other-wordly creepy things, but then later shows up and is friendly. The main character just accepts this with no question.
I would have liked a story that builds into something more meaningful than, "Oh, you just imagined it." The weak explanation about the young souls not being ready to be collected just makes no sense. The characters can't even make sense of it, let alone the reader/listener.
I thought the narrator did a good job.
The Spirit Clearing itself. It had no meaning to the rest of the story, as far as I can tell.
I did enjoy the "smart ass" humor, though at sometimes the jokes were completely out of place with the scenarios.
I mostly likes me some sword and sorcery, not really in to sifi but theirs a place in my library for anything from John Scalzi.
As much as I like Tufo books I hate above all else this kind of story. Let me start by saying I loved the story right up till the end, that whole none of if really happened is what I really hate. I hate it in TV shows but at lest there only 30-60mins but to go 9+hr in and to have Tufo pull this just makes me feel he reached a point and just quit.
Prequel to my favorite zombie series that is as entertaining as the Zombie Fallout series. I am going to the Indian hill series next as he has not disappointed me yet. If you love rampant sarcasm, quick one liners all mixed with some drama this book is for you too!!
This book is pure entertainment at its finest. It's not going to solve world hunger or bring any epiphanies about world peace,but if you are looking to laugh and cry and get attached to characters this book is a winner.
I could not put The Spirit Clearing aside--and I did not want to do anything while I was listening for fear I would miss something, a sarcastic remark or a pivotal moment. This also resolves several question that were left hanging in the zombie fallout series. I am going to listen to them again as this reminded me how much I enjoyed them the first go round!
I went to Mark Tufo's website and I get the definite impression that he channels Mike Talbot..
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
In “The Spirit Clearing” Mark Tufo plays the part of O Henry by taking us to an alternate universe for Mike Talbot with a twist at the end. The story is a bit slower than from an action standpoint than some of his other works starting Mike, but tells an interesting story. Appearances by Jed, Durgen and others put a unique spin to this tale. If you like the humor and packing in the other Talbot books you’ll probably like this one as well.
As always Sean Runnette does a wonderful job with the narration.
Holy shit dude!
When Paul & Dennis, don't make it out of the wreck, in all the other books when Mike remembers this accident they all make it so it was hard to grasp on a personal emotional level for me, I cried... a lot in this book.
He is Mike.
At the end, how Paul forever punishes himself. soo super sad.
I love the Mark Tufo books as a rule. But I did not find much to like in this book. I enjoyed the majority of the book but found the plot complicated and a hard to follow ending. I love Mr. Tufo's humor and sarcasm and was hoping for more of the same, but was greatly disappointed. I understand that a writer must change courses occasionally but Mr. Tufo's wit and humor is what I enjoy about his writing. I hope that he continues his best serials - Zombie Fallout, Book of Riley and Rise of the Lyncans (Rise of the Lycans isn't the greatest he's done, but look forward to a new installment.
Overall, Mark Tufo is my favorite author of this genre and will continue to follow his series.
More humor and sarcasm, and less complicated plot. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book but found it kind of non-eventful.
I love the narrator of all of Mr. Tufo's books. However, I felt that he was strained in his normal wit full and humorous rendition.
Not really. I will continue to read Mr. Tufo's books no matter how much I like or dislike this book.
Get back to what you're good at - humor, sarcasm, and witty confrontation!
This was my first introduction to Mike Talbot outside of the Zombie Fallout series.
Of course. I'm hooked.
Sean is amazing. I can't imagine another narrator for the Talbot and company.
I wanted to cry but unfortunately I never really connected with anyone except for Mike. Sure, it was sad, and other people reviewed that tears were spilled...but It was too easy to discover the twist and the magic was lost.
I love Mark Tufo.......I love Sean Runette......I love Michael Talbot.......I love this unique twist to the tale of the Talbots.....I can't get enough.....I listen to the different story/series multiply times.....I am SOOOOOOOOO hooked!!!!!!
It gave a deeper, emotional look into the Mike Talbot that we ALL thought we knew before...But apparently, Mark Tufo knew he needed to take this character to a deeper, darker depth of sadness, loneliness, and despair (With a Big helping of Sarcasm) just when things were looking positive, just for our enjoyment. As a "spiritual sensitive", this one hit home for me more than any of his other stories, because often when encountering spirits trapped in between "our world: and the "after-life", I can feel their despair, confusion, and unfortunately, extreme loneliness, and it is painful and draining on my own soul. I loved the, "Tufo" style of overlapping characters from other stories in his series, even if they were brief. I always get a feeling of familiarity and clarity when he does that.
I don't think I have ever read a story quite like this one, it was a new experience for me, and a welcomed relief after listening to the twisted tale of Timothy and the bewildering saga of Callis Rose (Must reads ALSO!!!)
Can't spoil the story for future readers...It's All good, every bit of happiness, sadness, fear, and especially the "ever explaining" conclusion....
Besides Mike?? He would be my FIRST choice, but other character would be Jandolin, she seems like the kind of women I respect and would get along best with. Now her Mother, I would take her to the back of the barn and bash her skull in with shovel...But it ALL makes sense in the end!!
If you have ever wondered what possibly happens during the "in-between spaces" of life and death, this is a MUST READ!!!!