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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Jonathan Maberry's Glimpse is a chilling audiobook thriller that explores what happens when reality and nightmares converge, and how far one will go to protect the innocent when their own brain is a threat.

Rain Thomas is a mess. Seven years an addict and three difficult years clean. Racked by guilt for the baby she gave up for adoption when she was 16. Still grieving for the boy’s father who died in Iraq. Alone, discarded by her family, with only the damaged members of her narcotics anonymous meetings as friends. Them, and the voices in her head. One morning, on the way to a much-needed job interview, she borrows reading glasses to review her resume. There is a small crack in one lens and through that damaged slice of glass she sees a young boy go running down the aisle of the subway train. Is he screaming with laughter or just screaming? When she tries to find the boy, he’s gone and no one has seen him.

The day spins out of control. Rain loses whole chunks of time. The voices she hears are telling her horrible things. And Doctor Nine, a spectral boogey man conjured in drug induced hallucinogens is now hunting her in the real world. Doctor Nine is also chasing that boy. A boy who looks so much like Rain’s dead boyfriend. Unsure whether she is insane or if the world itself is broken, Rain begins a mother’s quest for her lost child through a world where reality and nightmare are in a head-on collision. How far will one person go to save someone they love?

©2018 Jonathan Maberry (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

 

"A waking dream, at once powerful and subtly sinister." (Clive Barker, New York Times best-selling author)

 

"Maberry consistently delivery delightful dread, and GLIMPSE is his scariest yet." (Number-one New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler)

 

"Jonathan Maberry is always my go-to author for awesome!" (Number-one New York Times best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon)

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Meh......

I love Maberry's Joe Ledger series but I wasn't fond of this book. It was a struggle to finish but I'm happy I did as the last hour was the best.The book was too long and all over the place.

While I enjoyed the main character, Rain, my favorite character was Monk and his story. Maybe a novel centering around him would make a better story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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way too long and mumbo-jumbo

The last hour of this book was fantastic and wonderful. It was everything you want a book to be. You can appreciate the weirdness that got you there and the love and magic and redemption from there on out.

But the other 12 hours? Sighing and rolling my eyes and questioning my decision to not return the book unfinished. If I had, those many hours would have been totally wasted.

This is supposed to be scary, but it wasn't. It was supposed to be mystical and spiritual, but it was juvenile. It drags on too long through drug addiction, teen pregnancy, giving up a baby for adoption, disappointed parents who disown you, and the loss of a teen love-of-your-life. I get that that was much of the point, but still. As the mother of 5 adopted children, I felt disavowed, demeaned, and berated. I did not appreciate the concept of that teen's child being given to monsters. It works out in the end, but it lost my sympathy vote along the way.

The narration was great for a few hours and then her uplifted sentence endings, wrong emphases, and broken phases became annoying.

The ending really does redeem the whole 13 hours, but this could have been 4 hours and much more pleasant. If you are a fan of this author, you might love this, but this was my first of his, and probably my last.

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I am a Maberry fan-this was disappointing..

This was an utter disappointment...bizarre story, thin characters, weak storyline...

Horrible. Not his best work.

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narrator fail

Mayberry warrants better narration. Monotonous voice inflection was too irritating to listen to. aborted mission a quarter of the way through. poor production failed to catch obvious issues...sentances broken at the wrong place for narrator to take I'll timed breaths...no attention to where emphasis needed to be. If you are looking to be read to this is fine. if you are looking to be entertained get the hard copy.

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  • Andy
  • Grayson, GA, United States
  • 04-16-18

Not a normal Maberry.

This is the first time I didn't LOVE a Jonathan Maberry novel. I feel really guilty about that.

It was a lot different from his other books. It started promising, but then proceeded really slowly, and seemed to stay stuck in the protagonist's head way too often. She (the protagonist) doesn't start out as much of a likeable person and stays mired in self pity. However, the story did pick up speed and get more interesting, but it was a struggle to get there. If I didn't love Maberry's books so much I might not have gotten far enough to enjoy it, but I felt a duty to give him the benefit of the doubt and finish it. Ultimately it got better and ended pretty strong - that's what got me to give it three stars instead of two.

The narrator.... well she wasn't bad. She actually seemed fit for the protagonist. Her cadence was a little strange at times. They're was something distracting about her that I just couldn't put my finger on. It took me a long while to hear past her.

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Good

I had a hard time in the beginning following the narrator. However about mid way through she hit her stride. the book was good not my favorite by Mayberry. I want more Joe ledger!

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  • Clayton
  • Providence, RI, United States
  • 04-12-18

I'll stick with Joe Ledger

Thiis was my first foray into the non Joe Ledger world of Jonathan Maberry. What sounded like a great story left a lot to be desired in my opinion. The main character was not overly interesting and her story was way too convoluted to keep me interested.

While things did pull together at the end, the payoff wasn't worth the struggle to finish this for me. A story centered around Monk and his cast of characters would be much more interesting

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Heartbreaking & Hopeful

I have a brother struggling like Rain. It's heartbreaking, but this book holds hope for his healing .

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Waste of time

So confusing the author jumping from person to person from there is no clear plot wasted money

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Good story, well written, lousy narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Emma Galvin has an interesting voice, palatable, and friendly, but her performance on Glimpse fails. It is as if she didn't take the time to understand with the words meant. She drops into a predictable cadence that more often than not emphasizes the wrong word in a perfectly good sentence. How unfortunate that the listener has to mentally re-interpret each line in order to stay with the story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin?

My sister, the server at Perkins - just about anyone else.

Was Glimpse worth the listening time?

It's a really good story. I recommend reading it for yourself.