I felt this book was good and kept attention in the beginning. The end was rushed and not good at all.
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.
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..
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.
Someone who hasn't read/heard Tufos' other books might have a different take on this story.
It's the same character, but one who undergoes very different experience's from the Zombie Fallout or Indian Hill series.
When it's all over, you'll recognize the story format. It's been used by many writers, Tufo just does it better.
It has some places where the story slows down, and some parts that come to a pointless dead end (no pun intended).
Over all, and looking back, I enjoyed the story. But it isn't in the same league as the Zombie
Fallout series. THOSE, I'd give 10 stars.
Except for the last few minutes the book was rather depressing. Overall the story was rambling with little plot lines that were never truly resolved in a satisfactory manner. The ending was just too simple, it didn't explain enough of the preceding story.
This is a completely alternate universe for Tufo's main character from the Zombie Fallout series -Talbot. HE is the same but most everything else is different. I still really liked it, same great writing and narrating, but no zombies. There is plenty of supernatural and occasionally a familiar name or character will pop in, but this is not a continuation of Zombie Fallout. It is completely stand alone. Oh and there will be some confusing things that pop up and you'll think you are lost or have missed something. Just keep going, it will all make sense in the end.
The entire story and specially the ending. I felt like I went through the entire book for nothing. I could never recommend this book to anyone.
The ending. I was not impressed with the entire book but the ending made me feel like I had just wasted all the time I spent listening to the book.
I love Mark Tufo and his books. Love the zombie books. Loved Indian Hill. Hated this one.
I still like Talbot but the book was not up to what I expect from Tufo.
Sorry no. I love the narrator. He is the voice of Talbot
I really love the other books. I really surprised me when I did not like this one. I would still gladly purchase another Tufo book. I will just be more on guard.
Runnette's performances are great! I've only listened to his work with Tufo but I will explore his other work.
Talbot of course.
I just finished the audiobook and all I can say is wow. I can't really say I knew what was coming but I had an idea. Even so the way you tell the story and Runnette gives life to your words I was so caught up I forgot that I ever had an idea what was gonna happen. It's been a while since inward so caught up in a story that I was disappointed it came to an end. Well done!
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.