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Excellent story but you can skip the last chapter.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-21

Well done, well acted. The primary narrator was excellent and the characters vivid and compelling. However last chapter can be skipped. It rehashes the story from another character's perspective which is unnecessary. I would have preferred an epilogue of what Finch did afterwards instead. I had to run the last chapter at faster playback to keep it from dragging due to the delivery of the second narrator. That may have been the fault of the recording though.

Weird fiction with great female leads

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-07

Really enjoyed the second installment of the Pendergast Series, although it feels like a misnomer as the central protagonist is for me Dr. Margo Green. The female characters in this book drive the story, and the sexism they encounter is realistic. I grew up in the seventies and I can relate. Class inequality and disability are also touchstones in this book. It would be a great read for a high school or college English class - it illustrates how misinformation, slant, assumptions and bias can put good people against one another in a violent riot. Considering this is a book of weird fiction from the late nineties, it definitely appeals to a modern audience. I was also surprised to dicover the underground Manhattan described is real! If you are waffling; invest the credit already!!

Love this series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-22

The Threshold Series is a great set of linked but unique books. I have listened to each dozens of times. The latest addition is just as good as the first three. They would be spectacular films, but for now I have to "settle" for the wonderful narration by Ray Porter.

Very enjoyable and entertaining

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-15

I quite enjoyed this book, great narrator. Broad strokes looking at the atmosphere in many contexts, including historical, scientific and literary. My only quibble is that decimate does not mean what the author thinks it means: to decimate is to reduce by 10%. Devastation means to destroy utterly. Not the same meaning at all, and yanked me out of the narrative not once but twice! For a Canadian you would think they would recognize the metric prefix...still a good listen and I recommend it.

Sophomore effort

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-15

Basic plot was ok, but read like an after school special. There was little to no sense of wonder, it felt main characters were so "oh, faires AGAIN been-there-done that". Villian was styled after a high school rival, not a menace. Description of internal emotions and of the action was thin. Problems were resolved too quickly and easily. It was great to see competent female leads, hopefully this author's next effort has better success building a sense of conflict and urgency. I struggled to finish.

Narrative as a force of nature

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-30

What would your childhood’s fairy tales look like in a world where The Narrative is a force of nature? There a lots of books where magic is real but few where the characters know that Narrative is a natural force driving the course of events. The book felt truncated though, like it was missing some chapters. The NPC series captures the Narrative concept better IMO.

To gravely go where...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-28

I was initially skeptical reading the plotline but Peter Clines hadn’t let me down before. So I laid out my credit and signed on to a graveyard shift on the moon.

I’m a fan of cosmic horror and this folds into the mix a novel zomb-pocalypse and bakes to perfection. The characters are enjoyably human and Ray Porter does another stunning job breathing life into living on an airless world. Its become one of my “go to” stories which I always keep on hand to listen to between new purchases.

Not what I expected but not bad

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-02

The description is misleading the story is actually a retelling thru the diary of a teen in the year after her sister’s death. The magic is so subtle and deniable that most of the book you are wondering if she isn’t delusional. I did enjoy the characters and the narrator walks a knife edge of unreliability, leaving you wondering until the end what kind of story this really is. Loved the lyrical Welsh accent of the protagonist. Beautiful words and imagery.

A great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-26

This story has great tension, better than any spooky story I’ve ever read. Well done.

Good for car trips

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-20

When I travel long distance by car with my husband we like to share the experience of a good documentary story. This was quite good, covering the mainstays of common beverages: beer, wine, coffee, tea, cola and water. I found the histories as engaging and enjoyable as the drinks themselves.