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Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours

Written by: Jim Butcher, Marvel
Narrated by: Jack Meloche
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Peter Parker's life has hit a peaceful stretch. No evildoers have tried to flatten him in weeks, his marriage to Mary Jane is stronger than ever, and he's enjoying his job as a high-school science teacher. Life is good. Naturally, that doesn't last. 

When Peter learns that his old enemy, the Rhino, is on a rampage in Times Square, he suits up as Spider-Man to stop the destructive villain in his tracks. But he's unexpectedly foiled in his attempts by the Black Cat, a former ally and old flame. The Cat informs Peter that the Rhino is just a distraction - the real threat comes from a group of Ancients, members of the same race as the being called Morlun, who Spidey defeated in battle years earlier. The Ancients are now looking to exact revenge - and hope to steal Spider-Man's life force in the process. 

To defeat such powerful beings, Spider-Man is going to need all the help he can get, especially from the Black Cat. But what will Mary Jane Parker have to say about that? Peter isn't sure which is worse - the Ancients trying to drain his life force or the wrath of a jealous wife....

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Jack Meloche reads very nice but...

You buy an audiobook just as more for the Narrator as the Author. He reads nice and has a good speaking voice but his individual character voices are non-exitstant. What the hell Jim? Was James Marsters busy or what. The story is great though.

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Great Spidey story

Pretty damn good audiobook. I wasn’t the biggest fan of peter Parker’s voice at first but it grew on me. I like Morlun as a villain especially knowing him from the spider verse graphic novel.

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how can you not like spiderman???

great listen , I didnt want it to end. any spiderman fan will love this.

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  • Willis Burns
  • 2019-09-08

If Dresden has super powers.

The title says it all. I am a huge marvel fan and a huge Dresden fan. I decided this had to be good. It did not disappoint. First person story told by Butcher. If the characters were different, and James Marsters was behind the mic, we’d have a new Dresden story (come on Peace Talks!) But, Jack Meloche is a GREAT Peter. Don’t worry, I loved the story without the similarities to Dresden. If you’re on the fence at all, get this book.

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  • Osvaldo
  • 2019-09-10

Jim Butcher is the best

I am not a big fan of Spiderman however I bought this book because Jim Butcher wrote it. He never disappoints he’s a master storyteller. Could you please write another Dresden novel?

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  • Jimmy
  • 2019-09-11

Good book

I'm not a huge follower of Spider-Man but I am a Jim Butcher fan and with that being said I enjoyed the book alot and was able follow along with just the basic knowledge of the comic book s. So if you want a fun read about a superhero go ahead and get this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-03

Good story. Feels like watching the 90s cartoon!

if you're a Spidey fan at all you'll enjoy this. The comics, movies, and especially the 90s cartoon come to life in this story (no emo dance scenes, I promise). The wall-crawler's famous quips are all over every fight scene. We get a few references to Uncle Ben and Aunt May, but thankfully don't have to sit through a lengthy retelling of Peter's origins or how Uncle Ben dies. This tale takes place after Spider-Man is well established in the super hero game and his past experiences and shortcomings are well shown. Lots of references to other Marvel characters, but it's not overkill. A few well placed cameos are thrown in as (un)welcome plot devices, and another main character adds conflict and spice to wrap up the story nicely (esp. to fans of the cartoon series). There is, however, a tie-in to a big event in his recent life, but it's explained enough so that you don't need to be too familiar with that part of the tale. I hadn't read those comics previously and it didn't cause me to skip a beat. Overall I'd say it's a nostalgic feel inside a fresh story. Good stuff.

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  • travis
  • 2019-09-27

I love Butchers stuff, but this isn't his best

The Dresden Files are books that I have listened to more than once, and that is saying something considering how many books I go thru and how many I have waiting to listen to. Butcher is great. The sense of humor he puts into his books is amazing. This book felt like he was handed an outline and had to follow it to the letter. It didn't feel like the amazing things that I know Butcher is capable of, and it made me sad. Not a bad book, just not the amazing stuff that I know he is capable of.

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  • Jesse
  • 2019-09-03

For 90’s comics fans.

I had so much fun listening to this book. Jim Butcher is the perfect author for Spider-Man. This book is short and sweet and like I said. Fun. The most important thing to know is it’s before the reboot in comics. He’s married to MJ and a teacher. He’s no teenager in this. 10/10.

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  • Noel Heinsohn
  • 2020-02-17

Solid story

Interesting story. Wish they would’ve gotten two narrators for all the female parts as it was a bit hard to stay in the story. Also story had some cringy love parts that made MJ very tacky

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  • E. Atkinson
  • 2019-09-29

If you are missing Dresden, try this.

This book had all I had been missing from Jim Butcher and Harry Dresden. Dry wit, multilayered plots and moral, interesting a dimensional characters. Marvel, please get Jim on as a writer.

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  • Mark Howard
  • 2019-09-23

Butcher Carves Up Another Excellent Spidey Story

This is a great introspective look at someone who is used to working alone and doing everything himself, yet is forced to grow and teach others how to grow as well Written with the same stellar sense of humor as The Dresden Files, Butcher reminds us of why we love Spider-Man so much. With clever interaction between the cast, an opponent roster of frightening proportions and the unexpected sources of help (some may even call them strange), this story will even have you looking at old favorites in a new way. Narration was very good and voice was fitting for a slightly older Peter Parker. Pacing was very good, as well as build in tension.

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  • Michelle Bureau
  • 2019-09-11

Great For Fans!

I really liked this book. I've been slowly working my way through the Marvel novels and this one is probably my favorite so far. The story was engaging and fun to listen to, and I really enjoyed the narrator and his voice. He did a fantastic Peter Parker. Though, fair warning, the voice is similar to Peter's VA in Web of Shadows. All in all, a great read/listen! Fully recommended!

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