There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.
How did he get there? What has happened to his life? And how can he exist inside the mind of a troubled, fragile, but beautiful woman with secrets of her own? Uncertain whether he's even real or if he's just a figment of his host's imagination, Charlie must enlist Minnie's help if he is to find a way out of The Black Room, where the light of the screen goes out every time Minnie closes her eyes...
In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You tells the complete story of The Black Room, parts one to four. It contains all of the adventures of Charlie and Minnie, guaranteed to keep the listener on the edge of his or her seat.
©2013 Luke Smitherd (P)2015 Luke Smitherd
"Science fiction, drama, humor, horror, and yes - even romance - are expertly blended ... In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You is shaped with an exquisite precision that culminates in a climax that leaves the listener exhausted from the dizzying thrill of emotions..." (Ain't It Cool News)
This is apparently the author's first voice-over, and what a great job! He understands his characters well enough to breathe not only life into them with the spoken word, but depth. I Ilistened to Stone Man before this, and it was just as good. I'm a fan of yours, good sir!
If I tell you, I'll give too much away.
This is my second Luke Smitherd audiobook (LOVED The Stone Man) and I can't wait for more. He has a fantastic imagination and you will get lost in the strange worlds he creates. If you like horror, mystery, and/or science fiction, his books are the perfect blending of them all. The only small, small downside here is that some of the lines repeat in the recording - not sure why. But don't let that stop you. Just know you're not crazy.....
An alpaca farmer in Oregon.
I started with The Stone Man, which I found by accident, and liked a lot. That led me to A Head Full of Knives, which I loved. Which led me to In The Darkness, which I found the best of the lot. So I guess I'm a fan.
There were a few minor glitches in the audio editing (repeated sentences here and there), but not out of hand. For narration, I'd give it at least a B+.
I personally found the epilogue a bit sappy and off-putting, especially given the hard-nosed nature of the story itself, and also the unsentimental endings of The Stone Man and A Head Full of Knives. But that's just me.
So I'll now be moving on to The Man on Table Ten. And looking forward for more from Mr. Smitherd.
Yes, it was very entertaining.
Every time you thin you know where the author is going, he throws you a curve.
Stone Man was also good. this one was close to Stone Man.
Had a few laugh moments and a few WTF moments.
Good Job Luke!
Absolutely. Luke Smitherd enjoys twisted, unpredictable plots, and they are worth the price of admission, but his real genius is in creating imperfect, very human characters that you come to care about while he's busy torturing them. In particular, this book takes an incredible left turn that will literally smack you in the face while you are busily shouting back at the author, "What did you just do, you #(%^)#?"
Difficult to say; the book seems almost to change genres from section to section, which shouldn't work, but somehow it does.
Without providing spoilers, Minnie's date and the immediate aftermath scene combined into a 1-2 punch that together demonstrate why I love Luke Smitherd's work.
No. This particular omnibus was published in four parts, and I think it is best consumed pretty much that way.
This was Smitherd's first audiobook, and he narrates it himself. He does a really good job overall, and you can tell he gets into his own work. That enthusiasm makes up for the small but annoying glitches--particularly noticeable in parts three and four--where he rereads a phrase or a sentence twice that should have been edited out, and one paragraph about Minnie that should not have appeared until the very end of the book just sort of pops up early in part four, where it doesn't really make any sense whatever. But, again, I want to emphasize that this is a MINOR issue in a really fun book.
I really enjoyed The Black Room series - kept me wondering the entire time how things fit together, where it was going, and how it would end - which was outstanding. The author did a great job of narration as well. Eager to listen to the next Luke Smitherd book!
I listened to the stone man and this was the second book by Luke Smitherd I've purchased. Like the stone man it was real, thrilling, and a joy to unravel. As an American, the British accent is a fun change of pace. PS Luke if you read this, yes the little sections of selling out at the end really does work. This is my first review and it's for you!
Smithered writes like a motherfucker and I mean that as the sincerest compliment. I have always said that if I ever find myself transported to a parallel Earth or back in time then I am going to have to sneak up on myself because if I ever saw me walking around then I would instantly assume that one was there to kill and replace me. Smithered has obviously had a similar thought and then took it to a completely new level.
I read The Stone Man first and that one just rocked my socks, Smithered includes a personal address to the audience at the end of this title where he explains why he could not use the same narrator as The Stone Man and he frankly does a better job than that guy did anyway. The story here is dark, funny as Hell, and utterly terrifying.
Although I am most likely still stuck in the middle of this to story right now, I know this is more me than I've ever known before. I hope one day I can share that story with yoy, as unlikely as it is... I loved every single moment!
mix of mystic an sci-fi. works very well. good adult characters. I often get bloody annoyed by adult characters behaving like brats.
the story I find original and interesting. I've listened to the stone man too. and I firmly believe this author has a very bright future.
A friend once summed up the quality I like so much in Richard Matheson's writing as "Ordinary people in extraordinary situations." The same applies to Luke Smitherd's writing, which explains why I've binged my way through all of his books on Audible.
It's hard to pin a genre to these ; they're not really full on sci fi or fantasy, rather they're the journey of believable, engaging everyday characters dealing with a world inexplicably tilted on its axis.
Whatever genre it is, it works for me.
"Couldn't put the book down"
Found the story to be very captivating, interesting and intriguing. Great mystery all the way till the end.
"This needs to be a Movie (Totally original)"
Yes of course and i will be doing but not before i gobble up more work from this talented Author.
No Spoilers, all i will say is when the penny dropped and the story explained the many questions i had whilst listening
Too many to name but one that sticks out was the date scene
If you're anything like me and get a little fed up with the same sort of stories and want to experience a very different refreshing concept, still with gripping drama, lots of mystery and want to go on a different kind of journey then there really is no need to be still reading this. What are you waiting for ?. Best credit i have spent in a very long time. (Apart from The Stone Man) Off to purchase the rest of this authors books.
"Something different from the same old same old"
Loved this book. Different from anything I have read before. Loved the characters and cared for them. Loved the narration too. I have also read the stone man by the same author and would recommend that book too. The two stories are very different and unlike anything I have previously read.
"This just gets better and better!"
Never been so gripped by a story as much as this one! As you listen to the audio book you think you've Sussed what's happening and then Smitherd hits you with several twists! Prepare yourself for a lengthy listen to this as you are not goingt to want to have a break! Good work from the author both written and spoken.
"Original and engaging."
Definitely. It was a unique story and and engaging and entertaining listen.
This was not a book with a large cast. The main character Charlie was probably my favourite. He was a likeable everyman who found himself entangled in some crazy happenings and dealt with them pretty well.
I usually avoid books narrated by their authors, as 9 times out of 10 they are awfully performed, but I'm glad I took a chance on this one as Luke Smitherd gave a competent performance. He was not the best narrator I've ever listened to but he was far from the worst. I even think he improved as the story progressed. I'll be happy to listen to his other books.
Not really but there was a lot of moments when I was completely sucked into the story so I guess that is a good sign.
I really enjoyed this unusual sci-fi/horror.
"A wonderfull work"
I have never read or listened to Smitherds stuff before but it was a truly wonderful experience. It was original taughtly and coherently plotted and contains extremely engaging and believable characters. i think that it is this combination of smills which make you suspend the disbelief so you can buy into the story. I highly and hearty reccomend this audio book. Thank you for creating such a joyous work.
"A fantastic book,something different, Brilliant."
I have never read anything like this before and I get through a lot of books.The fact that the writer is also the narrator means the characters sound as he wanted and not someone else's interpretation.The possibly baffling storyline is explained so clearly it is easy to follow all the complexities and will have you desperate to carry on with the story when you have to do something else.
The ending actually made me cry,something no other book has done,I became so involved with the story I just didn't want it to end.
"Terrifying, Painful, Heart Wrenching, Brilliant"
I can not do this book justice with my ability of the written word however I would urge any person to at least attempt it. Graphic in places but nesecarry in that. Intricate story telling at its best no stone left unturned no end left loose. This would make a great Netflix or similar Mini Series too complex for just a film I would 10/10 watch. Will be recommending to friends and family.
Loved this book. Great story, great narration, all round a really enjoyable experience. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an enthralling listen and has an open mind.
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