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The Last Days of Jack Sparks Audiobook

The Last Days of Jack Sparks

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Sparks died while writing this book.

It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Then there was that video: 40 seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet it was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now.

©2016 Jason Arnopp (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Funny, creepy and totally nuts." (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts)

"This is The Omen for the social media age." (Chris Brookmyre, author of the Jack Parlabane thrillers)

"Wow. Seriously hard to put down.... Chilling and utterly immersive." (M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts)

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    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 01-04-17
    Lesley Seattle, WA, United States 01-04-17 Member Since 2005

    From Austen to zombies!

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    "Scary, hilarious, creepy, snarky, fun"

    Jack Sparks is a sarcastic Brit with a big social media presence and a few published books. He's probably getting a bit long in the tooth for this kind of life, but his bank account is emptying and another best-seller is in order to follow the last one, Jack Sparks on Drugs--from which he has just barely recovered. This time he figures he'll write Jack Sparks on the Supernatural, thinking the research and so forth will be fun for an atheist like himself.

    But things don't turn out quite the way Jack thought. After he attends an exorcism in Italy, his life takes a few weird turns, and then a terrifying video is posted to his YouTube account. Searching for the source of the video, Jack ends up in Hollywood, slowly--or even quickly--going insane.

    Arnopp's take on the supernatural here is fresh and interesting: this is definitely not your regular old book about demons and exorcists. Jack's insane adventures build to an ending that really satisfies, in spite of being a little bit drawn-out.

    I won't say more for fear of spoilers, but trust me, this is a great listen. Parts of it were so scary I had to pause it while listening alone in a dark room. Other times, I paused it because I was just laughing too hard to hear the next bit. Overall, Jack is an absolute jerk, but he's funny enough to make that work in his favor.

    Joe Jameson narrates the book with exactly the right tone--you can practically hear his eyes rolling in some places, but elsewhere you can hear just a bit of sympathy for Jack. This was a truly entertaining listen, and I'm eagerly looking forward to more of Jason Arnopp!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim N Chicago, IL 09-21-16
    Jim N Chicago, IL 09-21-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Scary and Satirical"

    Self-obsessed author Jack Sparks loves to write about himself. He’s a smug atheist, a social media junkie and a selfish jerk. He’s also dead, which I assure you, is not a spoiler.

    Jack narrates most of this story, which is part horror novel, part mystery and more than a little satire. He’s not what I'd call a reliable narrator. The novel is actually presented as a book within a book: “Jack Sparks on the Supernatural” is written by Jack himself but is framed with (and occasionally interrupted by) editorial content from his brother. The book we're listening to is from a manuscript Jack left behind.

    Jack sets out to experience and debunk the supernatural, beginning by attending an exorcism in Italy. The novel takes off from there and it will keep you guessing. It’s a satisfying read with an interesting ending and a few laughs and frights along the way.

    This is biting, sharply-written fiction with just the right amount of ambiguity. I found it refreshingly original and narrator Joe Jameson deftly handles both the character voices and the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew McD 05-05-17
    Andrew McD 05-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not sure how this one slipped under my radar...."

    THIS. BOOK. WAS. AWESOME!!!! Don't skip over this one!! It has biting wit, hilarious moments, and some decent horror as well. I will be trying anything else Mr Amopp puts out. Easily a top pick of the year in my eyes. The narrorator nailed it as well. Thoroughly enjoyable!




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kel Eis 03-30-17
    Kel Eis 03-30-17 Member Since 2017

    True crime addict, detective-mystery enthusiast, sci-fi aficionado, psychological thriller devotee, and (don't judge) YA fiction lover.

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    "Meta-Psycho Journalism at it's Finest"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure- it was entertaining and very well voiced.


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

    This was my first Jason Arnopp. Might not be the last!


    Which character – as performed by Joe Jameson – was your favorite?

    De Steffano's old-school Italian accent was spot on. The Mimi character was hella annoying.


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

    "Be careful what you investigate..." or "The devil doesn't care what you believe..."


    Any additional comments?

    It got a little predictable here and there, but the interjections via documented accounts/post-book interviews/email exchanges etc. brought me right back into the believability. I'm also a sucker for transient literature, so this book won me over in a lot of inventive ways.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 02-12-17
    Lori 02-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A great read!!"

    Jack Sparks ~ a refreshing tale. I rather enjoyed every moment of getting to know and be annoyed by Jack. Five stars al the way!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    talyn Paw Paw, MI, United States 06-20-17
    talyn Paw Paw, MI, United States 06-20-17 Member Since 2012

    I think Stephan King is a genius

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    "Definitely keeps you involved"
    What did you love best about The Last Days of Jack Sparks?

    The twists and turns weren't always what you expected. It was a refreshing thriller rather than the same old tune. The style of writing kept the story moving forward and kept me wanting to hear more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The brother. I identified with a character who is often portrayed as the villain, even when it is not true, in order to boost the other siblings self image. I like that the protagonist in this story wasn't really a good person but we still root for him to make it. That is real life which makes the story more believable.


    What about Joe Jameson’s performance did you like?

    Excellent job. He brought me into the story and made me forget he was only one voice.


    If you could rename The Last Days of Jack Sparks, what would you call it?

    The re-education of Jack Sparks.


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to this book again and recommend it to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Flipping GREAT book"

    I really recommend this book. It was so well done, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a boom so much, got freaked out& scared myself AND on top of all that was totally surprised at the end. Just well done.

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    A Thomas 05-22-17
    A Thomas 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "BRILLIANT, creepy and mind-blowing"

    This gave me some good laughs, creepy chills and some excellent "WHOA" moments. I HIGHLY recommend it! Jason Arnopp has a new fan as does Joe Jameson.

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    Douglas Magruder Seattle, WA 05-05-17
    Douglas Magruder Seattle, WA 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "well crafted and quite creepy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    very well performed and written. While not perfect, it wobbles a bit as the character shifts (a product of the narrative voice) it never lost my interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack shifts more than I expected and grew on me in unexpected ways.


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

    Joe Jameson gives a solid performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    Quite creepy at times and more thought through and unexpected than I was anticipating as the story climaxed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yolanda S. Bean Chicago, IL 04-18-17
    Yolanda S. Bean Chicago, IL 04-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A Spooky & Fun Listen"

    This book I split between my physical copy and listening to the Audible version. On the whole, I preferred actually reading it – the Audible performance is quite good, but I felt like the spookiness was better conveyed through reading than the voice of the performer.

    The titular Jack was a reporter and this book captured the days leading up to his death. It opened with a sort of forward by his brother (comments and footnotes were also a part of the format) and other added material lent the book a multimedia feel that felt all the more apropos with my own multimedia experience through audio and book. Jack’s own narration and hardline skepticism added humour and a sort of credibility to the spookiness. It was an engaging, entertaining and well-paced read. It started off in a straightforward manner, and became only more interesting as the plot progressed. Really, truly a funny, thought-provoking and spooky read! I definitely want to see what the author writes next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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