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The Spirit Clearing: A Michael Talbot Adventure | [Mark Tufo]

The Spirit Clearing: A Michael Talbot Adventure

After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him. That is, until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?
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Publisher's Summary

After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him. That is, until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?

©2012 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor

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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 01-28-13
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 01-28-13
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    "Spiritually deep and moving"

    Not your typical Mike Talbot book but great all the same. This seems to be a darker and profound Tufo book with twists and turns in every chapter. The book keeps you guessing till the end. All I can say about Mike Talbot in this book is "Poor Guy" he just can't catch a break. Don't bother trying to figure out what is going on....you won't know until the end. Just enjoy the ride.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 02-01-14
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 02-01-14

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "The other side of Tufo"

    I must say, this was pretty much a very interesting one. Whilst going through Tufo's work you find that there are two very distinct sides to his write.... The witty, sarcastic, slightly neurotic side that we have come to get used to with Mike Talbot (zombie fallout version) and his gang. There is also this side; a very dark and twisted Mark Tufo who creates books such as these... One thing that combines all Mark Tufo novels I have ever come across is that they're good....

    The story itself is an interesting take on the Mike Talbot story. The alternate reality that has been created here provides interesting questions regarding life after death. It gives a more tangible face to death in a sense. You find yourself empathizing with Mike throughout most of the boo, essentially just wanting him to catch a break. The ending is somewhat bitter sweet but also rather fitting when you take into consideration the whole story.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 01-10-13
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Dont miss this one!!!"

    If you like ghost stories, love stories, mysteries, you will love this one. I was so enthralled with this listen that I could not stop until it was finished. Just Brilliant!! I cant rave enough about my experience in this story.

    A great mind bending story with a few dashes of wit made following Michael Talbot's journey a wonderful trip.

    Sean Runnette is icing on the cake with his easy listen voice and perfect performance.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tammea Greenville, KY, United States 01-01-13
    Tammea Greenville, KY, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "EVERY EMOTION WRAPPED UP IN ONE BOOK!!!!"
    If you could sum up The Spirit Clearing in three words, what would they be?

    Goosebumps, Gut Wrenching Heartache and Spiritual!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meaning behind it and the way it made you feel and think about your life and what is important. I feel as if I know the human soul better because this book will reach everyone who reads it in some way! It is not a sappy love story or a gore fest but it will make you wonder about the things you can't see with the naked eye and question the things we can see!


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have read the book and knew I had to listen to it!!! Sean Runnette IS Mike Talbot!!! The emotions I felt were so much stronger while listening compared to reading the book. I guess it's because I feel as if I know Mike Talbot and I care for his character so hearing the voice I associate with it being him and it pulls at my heartstrings.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Spirit Clearing and why?

    I am a huge Mark Tufo fan so I have soft spot for all of the characters in his books since they are based around the same people just in different stories. I have to say Mike Talbot anyway because he's AWESOME no matter what he does!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book once again proves what a talented author Mark Tufo is!!! Never ( except Stephen King) have I experienced an author who can write a book so well that as soon as I start reading or listening its like I am watching the movie in my head!!!!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 03-16-13
    Professor 03-16-13

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "Michael Talbot final ordeal"

    Michael Talbot
    He suffered much over the years
    he lived through zombie Apocalypse, Vampire hunting, alien invasion and gladiator fights.
    but there is one more ordeal he hasn't suffered yet.

    PS
    I want to thank Mark Tufo for all sadistic ways he thought off over the years to hurt "Michael Talbot"

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 10-22-13
    Karen United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Spirit Clearing?

    I love Mike, but this whole alternative history riff falls flat. It seemed very pointless, meandering and not as amusing as I've come to expect from Mark Tufo. And the ending is a hokey device.


    Has The Spirit Clearing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot. He does the best he can with this material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Spirit Clearing?

    It would have been better as a short story. Way too much superfluous stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Zombie Fallout series, but I'd skip this little diversion, if I were you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 01-03-13
    Daniel 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "He's done it again! It's gold people!"
    Would you listen to The Spirit Clearing again? Why?

    Now while the characters are the same, not to mention the humor. Love it! The Spirit Clearing is way different, then Zombie Fallout or Indian Hill. Hell the creepy moments in this book made going to the bathroom difficult. Read the book and get the reference! I haven't felt such awe in reading a book by Mark since reading ZF 1. It really add's to the Talbot Multiverse.


    What other book might you compare The Spirit Clearing to and why?

    Well not really a book. But the movie Memento. Never expected that ending to happen. He really strummed a tale together with this one.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Always the great and power Micheal Talbot. Sean is Micheal Talbot. Just like James Marsters is Harry Dresden.


    If you could take any character from The Spirit Clearing out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jandilyn of course. Do I really need to explain this ?


    Any additional comments?

    Ok people if you haven't fallen in love with Mark Tufo yet. What's to worry get the book. You can return it if you don't like it. Plus do you really wanna miss out on a good read ?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 11-18-13
    Hassan 11-18-13 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Sad, Happy, Shocked, Then WHAT THE $%@#!!!!!!"

    From the beginning of this book, Mark Tufo says that this is a different reality, its not the same one as Mike Talbot lived in with the zombie apocalypse. I have assumed that it was just some story regarding Mike before the zombie thing, and I got so confused in the beginning.

    The beginning of the book is sad, but you get cheered up when Mike finds a new girl and story gets really good turn, but if you try to figure out whats going on, believe me when i say that, you will never guess until the end of the book.

    Mark Tufo has done a great job with this book, its not his typical work, but I agree with other reviewers who said, its a dark book.. felt really bad for our guy here.

    Set down, listen to it, and you will like it.

    P.S. I advice anyone who wants to read/listen to this book to start first with the zombie series by Mark Tufo so you could understand exactly whats going on, I don't mean the whole series, just the first book at least.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon RICHLAND, WA, United States 03-17-13
    Shannon RICHLAND, WA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kinda dissappointing."
    What did you like best about The Spirit Clearing? What did you like least?

    What I like best is Sean Runnette's performance. The story was not so great and kinda boring in places.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Tufo before, how does this one compare?

    I love Mark Tufo books! This one seemed so very different. Actually it would have been better if it was about someone other than Michael Talbot. I have all the MT series and in this one his character was totally different. I didn't recognize him and therefore couldn't picture his face in my head.


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sean is the saving grace to this story.


    Did The Spirit Clearing inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Taylor 01-03-13
    L. Taylor 01-03-13
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    "Quick Wit! SarcasticlyFunny! Paramormal Mix!"

    This audiobook is NOT TO BE MISSED!!! You will definitely enjoy this one. Loaded with lots of engaging courage when in the the face of dealing with situations; paranomal. And brillantly done through the use of effective and very funny, endless reservoir of quick responses, snappy comeback remarks that's guaranteed to provoke and invoke.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Trevor
    Llanyre, United Kingdom
    11/7/13
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    "Not Mike as we know him"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Spirit Clearing to be better than the print version?

    No idea did not see printed version


    What did you like best about this story?

    A totally different Mike Talbot story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I really really did not want to get this book as i could see it was not Mike Talbot as we know him, but if you take this book as a one off it is really enjoyable. The humour from Mark Tufo in his books really makes them enjoyable. Yes you could guess the ending quite easily but over all it was a book i throughly enjoyed and got into. As a one off book it is good but if you want a Zombie Fallout or Indian hill it is not in that style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • T. D. Harvey
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
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    "Another triumph from Tufo!"

    There's no denying I love Tufo's storytelling and his main character, Mike Talbot, is wonderful. This stand alone story is no exception. It's another alternate reality for Mike, Paul and Dennis. This time, life is very different for our wry, dry humoured hero but he remains the same, lovable, faltering hero. It's a much creepier story than any of the others. At one point I was acutely aware that I was home alone, listening in the dark at 1am. I actually got the shivers and spooked myself a little! The ending was beautiful and made me cry.
    I love the Zombie Fallout series but this has to come a very close second. Bravo Mr Tufo. Bravo!
    As ever, Sean Renette is brilliant in his reading of this tale. He effortlessly brings these brilliant books to life and I cannot imagine listening to Mike Talbot in any other voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
    England
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    "Tufo did it again..."

    I loved the whole Zombie series so I thought I'd give this Michael Talbot alternate reality adventure a go and I'm so glad I did. The story is great and if you've already listened to any Tufo book, you'll know the narrator, he's top class.
    To be honest I feel the way I felt after every Tufo book, slightly bereft and sad to see it finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • richie
    liverpool, United Kingdom
    2/7/13
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    "boss"

    i loved this so much as all of mark tufo's work it was full of hart and feeling

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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