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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of a drug deal gone bad.

Having committed the crime of selling a potent poison to a desperate youth, a destitute apothecary must decide how to spend his ill-gained fortune. Resolving to start his career afresh, he flees to the city of Verona to set up a new shop of medicinal healing and alchemical discovery.

Plans go awry when he finds himself in the middle of a woeful tragedy he had unwittingly helped to cause. Can his knowledge of nature's secrets and the inspiration of a fairy queen help restore the six lives lost? Will his exploits go undetected by a hellbent inquisitor and a noble assassin? Or was the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet only the beginning of Verona's doom?

This sick-minded sequel is both travesty and tribute to Shakespeare's classic play. New characters are introduced as old ones are reenvisioned in a madcap escapade of murder, magic, mystery, man eating, and malicious mayhem. No flesh is safe from the eerie evil hidden in the minds of men, not even the flesh of the dead....

©2013 Aaron Hollingsworth (P)2015 Aaron Hollingsworth

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A very dark fantasy

This was a particularly inventive and interesting fantasy. It was very, very, very dark. The Shakespearean setting was used to good effect. The narrator's performance contributed greatly to this atmosphere.

If you like a good adventure with heroes dashing to the rescue of fair maidens this is not the story for you. Heroes are in very short supply in the story and the one person who could be considered a hero is not a very sympathetic character.

What I like about Mr. Hollingsworth's writing is the originality. This is not a derivative story, it's not like anything else you've ever read.

The narrator did an exceptional job of setting the tone of the piece and maintaining it throughout the story.

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Better than Pride Predjudice and Zombies

See, this is how a real writer reimagines a classic. Instead of retooling a story with the insertion of werewolves, zombies, or vampires he picks up where the original left off, and throws the monkey wrench in. What happens when you try to make up for something? Well, as the saying goes the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Things don't go awry as he attempts to remedy all the pain and death that he caused, they go atomic. All hell breaks loose, and it does so in a most graphic and gorey way. What fun!!!!!!

I have really enjoyed Hollingsworth's other works, but this one was really just pure candy to me. I would love to know where his idea came from to make the apothecarey be the impetus that brings back Romeo and Juliet.

Ehredt does a great job narrating this story, it takes one heck of a storyteller to pull off Shakespeare and zombies.

This is just brilliance from page one to the last. It is a sweet ride into the imagination ofa great storyteller, so go get a ticket and hop on before it passes you by.

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this was an interesting take.

I liked this book. it was very creative. although the ending was very different than I expected. I would recommend it. the performance​ was great.

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A superb dark story filled with nothing but gray.

With a cast of characters you already know the author gives you a wonderfully original and macabre story that is fraught with surprises and twists. I love that I couldn’t find a single character that was entirely evil or entirely good. Be careful potential reader, you may find yourself beguiled in to reading all of Mr. Hollingsworth’s works.

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Original and Imaginative

I was given a copy of this audio book free of charge so that I could listen and then provide my honest review. I found this book enjoyable to listen to and Scott Richard Ehredt's voice seemed to be the perfect narrator to carry us back to this shakespearean period in time. An original twist to the Romeo and Juliet classic. Credit worthy listen.

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Insightful and Interesting

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable book with good narration. Highly recommended!

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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Fantastic tale of the human condition

Would you consider the audio edition of The Apothecary of Mantua: A Supernatural Sequel to Romeo and Juliet to be better than the print version?

I have not had the opportunity to read this book, but I found the audio version to portray an excellent story of the folly of man. Always fallible in all emotions and never learning from past mistakes and misdeeds.

What did you like best about this story?

I have always been a lover of the macabre and all of Shakespeare's work. I have recently been rereading several of Shakespeare's plays and have listened to this brilliant tale several times. I found that Mr. Hollingsworth is a true genius. He took a classic play and blended it with a bit of all the literary genres. He expertly incorporated the supernatural, a touch of the zombie craze, crime, mystery and fantasy to create a unique story that takes all of humanities desires and faults and twists and turns them throughout the book and ends it with a bang! Plus, Scott Richard Ehredt was the perfect narrator for the audio book. His rich tone and intonation gave each character a unique voice that enriched all aspects of this story. He used a mixture of the Old English dialect and added that with great portrayals of lunatics, madmen, creatures and even pious women.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved all the interactions between the apothecary and his crocodile. They brought all the aspects and intrigue of the book to light.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I thought the portrayal of Juliet was exquisite. When she discovered the truth of her situation and addressed it in a truly unexpected manner, really showed the strength of the author's imagination. Plus all the other macabre twists made this book a delight.

Any additional comments?

I was given this audio book by the author and Audiobook.Boom and was richly rewarded with a story that I still hear clearly, whereas most others just fade along side the thousands I have read. Thank you Mr. Hollingsworth. It was a true pleasure!

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Not for me.

What disappointed you about The Apothecary of Mantua: A Supernatural Sequel to Romeo and Juliet?

I guess I was expecting something else maybe. It just didn't resonate with me at all. It was hard to get through.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I should stick to horror I think, that's my go to.

What didn’t you like about Scott Richard Ehredt’s performance?

Its not something I can really put my finger on. No part of the narration or book connected with me.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Apothecary of Mantua: A Supernatural Sequel to Romeo and Juliet?

I don't think I would cut anything, I was just the wrong audience.

Any additional comments?

I was gifted this book by the author/publisher for an unbiased review. I didn't enjoy this book but I think it would be a good listen for those more into this kind of setting.

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Now this is the story of Rome and Juliet I wanted

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Oh god yes. The story is great, dark and man oh man did it have some great characters narrated by Scott Richard Ehredt.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Apothecary of Mantua: A Supernatural Sequel to Romeo and Juliet?

It's hard to say one without giving the story away. Lets just say the outcome of the assassin.

Which character – as performed by Scott Richard Ehredt – was your favorite?

Any of the villains but more importantly Ori, his reptilian like hissing sound send shivers the first time I heard it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No good deed goes unpunished

Any additional comments?

At first I did not think this was going to be the story for me but man was it perfect. I want more of this author now and Scott Richard Ehredt did a fantastic job narrating that I want to hear more of his work. Thank you guys for such a great book.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

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Imaginative witty and naughty

Would you listen to The Apothecary of Mantua: A Supernatural Sequel to Romeo and Juliet again? Why?

I would listen to this again, maybe right now as to be sure I caught all of the preposterous insanity. Full of known and new characters that are unbelievable and unbelievably good/bad, it is a tongue in cheek board's tale. Listen to this tale knowing you will never hear anything like it and disbelief suspended for maximum enjoyment. A truly unique plot and characters make this a story no one and everyone should hear.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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