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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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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.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Gloucester, VA, United States
  • 01-10-13

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.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Tammea
  • Greenville, KY, United States
  • 01-01-13

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!!!!

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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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.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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 ?

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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"

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Shannon
  • RICHLAND, WA, United States
  • 03-17-13

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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It's A Horror/Mystery, and It's a Keeper


Good horror/mystery novels are hard to find, and this one is very, very, good.

We meet Mike, who is a young, sarcastic, and witty guy. Mike and his friends are involved in a horrific accident that changes Mike's life forever. This is a true horror novel. It's gritty and it's scary. The storyline is dark. But the characters are quick-witted and funny and provide comic relief. Mike's side comments and interactive dialogue are laughing-out-loud funny.

It's the mystery aspect of this novel that makes it exceptional. The author withholds no information from the reader. Tufo gives his readers the facts of the story in real time. The mystery unfolds for the reader at the same time it unfolds for our protagonist, Mike.

The characters are very distinct and have a lot of depth. Reader/character attraction is strong. The reader buys in without effort. The narrator seemed to work for this novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Trevor
  • 11-07-13

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.

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  • Annette Wright
  • 09-11-13

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.

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  • Eskimo
  • 12-06-17

home away from home within tufo world

i found this book to be on the whole a egde of sit, once you are introduced and the story kicks off, you are wondering what the next chapter will hold, if you have a good knowlwdge of mike then the links to the past this is a simple lovely story to just take you away from the fallout and invasions of mikes many lifes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-17

shades of Jacobs ladder

Another great listen by Mark Tufo. possible spoiler: reminded me of the early 90's film Jacobs Ladder. enjoyed this - perfect balance of horror and comedy.

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  • leemsey
  • 03-29-15

Another alternate reality for Mike

Wow! Mark Tufo does it again with this stand alone top notch Talbot adventure. Blew my mind. Certainly in the spirit of Zombie Fallout et al but a new angle. Nothing more to say other than listen to it NOW! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Leon
  • 03-26-15

emotional

This was amazing to read. I don't think I've ever ranged emotions as much as I have while listening to this. I was stood dumb struck by the end.

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  • J. Martin
  • 03-08-15

A Micheal Talbot novel but not as we now it!

Where does The Spirit Clearing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its right up there with Zombie and Lycan.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spirit Clearing?

The end(no spoilers)

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

I have listened to over 15 of Sean Runnette's books and this is up there with the rest.

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

Would not wish to give any of the story away.

Any additional comments?

Mark Tuffo's novels can sometimes appear to have been written by a 15 year old boy. The men are either heroes or villains. The women either amazons or princesses needing to be rescued. That being said I want to find out what happens in his novels and that is why I keep buying them. It is a guilty pleasure.

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  • Niall
  • 05-11-13

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.

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  • richie
  • 02-07-13

boss

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

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  • KellboRose
  • 11-02-15

A good book but not like other Mike Talbot stories

Would you consider the audio edition of The Spirit Clearing to be better than the print version?

Sean Runnette seems to make any story better.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Sean Runnette did a great job with his narration as always. I'm always impressed with his work. I've listened to so many audiobooks and there's some narrators that I really like that encourage me to search for other audiobooks by them. Sean Runnette is number one on my list. He doesn't just read a book, he makes the characters real.

Any additional comments?

I liked it, but it's different to the other Mike Talbot Stories. It felt like more of a stand alone novel, not a Mike Talbot adventure. All the others feel like they are connected.The end made me sad and I felt disappointed for Mike. In the others it feels like things happen for some higher purpose. In this I felt sorry for him. it seemed like he suffered for no reason. I'm used to seeing Mike suffer for something. I'm used to seeing him fighting seemingly insurmountable odds, defeating enemies others can't and surrounded by loyal allies. I felt like Mike was different in this book, but then I realized he couldn't be the same because his experiences weren't the same. I did like the story. It was interesting and I wanted to know what was going to happen. Although I didn't like the ending I don't think it was a bad one. Like I said it made me feel something and that's what a good story is supposed to do.