This is a totally new type of story than I am used to with Tufo. But I love how he ties in some of my favorite characters.
Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese
I've listened to so many books that it's not an easy question to answer. Sean Runnette was superb as usual, that man has the golden voice for Mike.The story was great and dreadful at the same time. If you have read the ZF series then you are already familiar with the accident. But this version of it turns out very different for everyone. This story was almost painful in what Mark puts Mike through. It really broke my heart when the bad bad thing happens in Mike's life (which really surprised me when it happened) and I'm NOT an emo reader!
There were quite a few cross over characters (and one that had to be the basis for Vivian D) but of course my favorite was Mike (poor poor Mike)
I've listened to hundreds of hours of SR's voice and he always makes the story better by bringing you right in to the story. You become a witness to the story rather than just an audience member.
Mike (sans his patch or his contact), cuz I want to see his eyes
If you are a Talbot fan and you have read Marks other books, then this is a great addition to the Mike Talbot alter ego/personality club.
BUT if you haven't read any of the other books I would not recommend this book to be your first one. Only because you see a side of him that never was.
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.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
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.
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.