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In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story Audiobook

In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

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Publisher's Summary

The #1 Audible bestseller from the author of The Stone Man (shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year Award 2015)

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Peter B. 01-10-16
    Peter B. 01-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Luke told me to write this but I would have anyway"
    Would you listen to In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story again? Why?

    Yes, it was very entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

    Every time you thin you know where the author is going, he throws you a curve.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Smitherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stone Man was also good. this one was close to Stone Man.


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

    Had a few laugh moments and a few WTF moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Job Luke!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Silverman 12-14-15

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    "Incredible job, Mr. Smitherd!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 02-21-16
    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 02-21-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Wow - Fantastic Imagination and Gripping Story"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

    If I tell you, I'll give too much away.


    Any additional comments?

    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.....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Gaston, OR, United States 01-25-16
    Alan Gaston, OR, United States 01-25-16 Member Since 2007

    An alpaca farmer in Oregon.

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    "I guess I'm now officially a fan"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 01-06-16
    Steve 01-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A wild ride with great characters & major twists!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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 #(%^)#?"


    What other book might you compare In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story to and why?

    Difficult to say; the book seems almost to change genres from section to section, which shouldn't work, but somehow it does.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This particular omnibus was published in four parts, and I think it is best consumed pretty much that way.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Louisville, KY, United States 01-02-16
    Roger Louisville, KY, United States 01-02-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea 05-16-17
    Chelsea 05-16-17
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    "Xanadu!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Luke Smitherd did a fantastic job reading this book! He nailed the freaked out parts and the pure insanity were spot on! So enjoyable! Don't bother hiring anyone else, Luke, you're on top of it.

    There was a point where I felt like I wanted to stop reading because I couldn't get a grip on everything the book was saying and wasn't sure I wanted to! However, I'm so glad I finished it because it's like nothing else I've read and like letting your mind tumble around in the washing machine with new ideas bouncing into you all over the place! You're left thinking the plots through all day long.

    If I had to choose something I liked best, it was that, try as hard as I could, I could barely ever figure out where the author was taking us! I'd have an idea, then I'd be wrong. Then I'd make some small connections - thinking I could guess what was coming - then bam!! - he'd take us somewhere entirely unexpected! Such a heart-pounding thrill.

    I'll certainly be recommending this book - to the right sort of people ;) - and discussing it with my bookclub once we've all finished reading it.

    Thanks Luke!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dominick Cancilla 05-09-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Well read by the author"
    Would you listen to In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story again? Why?

    Probably not, because I pretty much never listen to anything twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the premise was novel and the plot was well constructed. The world the author constructs is interesting, and discovering it along with the characters makes for a compelling read.


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

    The author does a nice job reading his own book and his accent fits nicely with the book's location.


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

    One, and unfortunately it wasn't in a good way. The fourth act gets a little too cringeworthy for a moment, but not enough to ruin the book. The author acknowledges in an afterword that he actually toned down that section, and I can see why.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing I found surprising and maybe a little disappointing was the ending. The ending works and is a decent choice, but without giving anything away all I can say is that there are some story elements that the author introduces but never returns to, and they could have been used to come to a very different (and, in my mind, slightly superior) resolution.

    That said, the book was both entertaining and satisfying. I'll definitely be listening to more of his work (particularly if he reads it himself).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rocket Girl 04-16-17
    Rocket Girl 04-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting! I finished this book nearly in one go."

    I can't believe what a great writer Luke Smitherd is!! I discovered him completely by accident, and each book I have listened to is even better than the last. Each one is my favorite for different reasons. In The Darkness is my favorite for how the author plays with the roles of hero and villain. I hate spoilers, so I won't say much more, just that if you liked any of his other works, you will probably love this one. If you haven't read any of his other stuff, start anywhere, every single book is incredible, well worth a credit.
    As for the narration, narrated by the author is a very good thing in this case. I hope this author will continue to narrate his own books. He breathes life into the story and characters in a way that no one else possibly could. Very highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Mawson Lakes, South Australia 04-02-17
    Roy Mawson Lakes, South Australia 04-02-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Thriller Love Story"

    Very good story, especially enjoyed the narration by the author. Story starts off nice and steady but builds to a gripping pace, to the point where I listened to the book much later into a work night than I should have.
    I'm not that into thrillers and some of the scenes took me past my comfort level but Luke got the balance right for the story and I was duely rewarded with a satisfying ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
    4/15/16
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    "Highly recommended"

    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.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Galina
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    4/19/16
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    "Couldn't put the book down"

    Found the story to be very captivating, interesting and intriguing. Great mystery all the way till the end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    3/30/16
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    "This needs to be a Movie (Totally original)"
    Would you listen to In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story again? Why?

    Yes of course and i will be doing but not before i gobble up more work from this talented Author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

    No Spoilers, all i will say is when the penny dropped and the story explained the many questions i had whilst listening


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to name but one that sticks out was the date scene


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes completely


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Bellshill, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
    3/14/16
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    "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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Revill
    11/12/15
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    "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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • G. P. Brown
    4/14/16
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    "Original and engaging."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It was a unique story and and engaging and entertaining listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Luke Smitherd’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this unusual sci-fi/horror.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    4/8/16
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    "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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • jude carroll
    11/16/15
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    "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.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    10/27/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/8/16
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    "Worth listening."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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