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Summary

It's Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It's the one-year anniversary of his parents' deaths, he's stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries. But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri is assigned to cover a séance at the reputedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion. There, Dimitri meets Lisa, a punk-rock drummer he falls hard for. But just as he's about to ask her out, he unwittingly unleashes malevolent forces, throwing him into a deadly mystery. He wakes up in the morgue - icy cold and haunted by a cryptic warning given by a tantalizing female spirit. As town residents begin to turn up gruesomely murdered, Dimitri must unravel the connections among his family, the Aspinwall Mansion, and the secrets held in a pair of crumbling antiquarian books. If he doesn't, it's quite possible Lisa will be the next victim.

©2013 Nicole Beattie (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Fantastic Story made even better by Luke Daniels

This was just a wonderful and exciting book which I just couldn't stop listening to until the end. I must say that Luke Daniels narration was brilliant, he must be the most talented narrator out there at the moment.

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  • Julie
  • 15-06-14

Not finished - but need to write this!

I'm not even finished with this story, but need to write a review because it's so freaking awesome! The story is an edge-of-your-seat kind of thing. I love the twists and turns. However, the Luke Daniels is rockin' his role as reader! Not every book works to have a voice-driven and enthusiastic reader, but Poe is a perfect fit. At one moment, you are laughing, the next, consumed in an intimate moment - all enhanced by a perfect fit reader. What a rush!

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  • Marla
  • 11-06-14

Humor, Horror and Suspence

What made the experience of listening to Poe the most enjoyable?

The combination of Humor and Horror. It was like Stephen King and Robert Crias had a love child. Elvis Cole visits Derry Maine. I just loved it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poe?

The séance at the haunted Aspinwall Mansion and the scene with Lisa playing the drums for Demitri.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

I liked his Russian accent, so I'd have to say Poe or Rasputin.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Nothing is every normal

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  • Jaime Alomar
  • 14-06-16

Amazing!

A spooky romance-mistery-horror (with a a dab of historical fiction) story. You have to listen to it! The narrator did an excellent performance (mastering accents, rithm, and gender of voices).

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  • T. DiGuiseppe
  • 24-04-16

Really enjoyed it

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It took a while to build, but build it did!

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Dimitri, of course!

Any additional comments?

If you are big fan of Joss Whedon's ouvre, this book is for you!

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  • TH
  • 07-04-16

Enthusiastic Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Poe to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version, but I enjoyed the audio version, strictly due to the enthusiasm of a talented narrator. At times, the story was quite slow, but the narrator's inflection, tone, etc. brought to mind the quick wit and sly smile of B actor Bruce Campbell, who I adore. I pictured a young Bruce Campbell as Dimitri Petrov throughout the story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really...I don't think I would have just enjoyed this story in written form.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

Mr. Daniels' brought to mind the quick wit and sly smile of B actor Bruce Campbell, who I adore. I pictured a young Bruce Campbell as Dimitri Petrov throughout the story.

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

It made me laugh aloud several times because of the narration.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely listen to Luke Daniels on other works.

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  • DobieChuck
  • 01-03-16

Fantastically Entertaining

A fabulous read in all ways... The story engages from the jump and doesn't slack off... It's a creative and unique story line w/ wonderful characters and delightfully snappy humor... The pace of the story is excellent and the narration is superb and utterly character appropriate... If you enjoy Thrillers, humor, and/or horror you'll appreciate this offering... If you need a comparison think Stephen King meets Scott Meyer;) After a debut novel this imaginative I'm absolutely looking forward to the writer's next novel due in September... Got it on a 2 for 1 sale, but no doubt would have been happy to spend a credit on it alone!!! You're welcom and enjoy;)

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  • jason zander
  • 20-05-21

Listen to your gut instincts, I did

I read this book back when I first saw as a new release at the library. Years later I remembered the book and went looking for it. There are only a few books I ever pick up again and this is one of them. I loved every aspect of the horror, mystery, romance and humor this story offers. The main protagonist has some flaws to his approach to serious matters, but at the same time that immature flaw seemed to fit.
The narrator did a fine job with the story. However, I have to take a star away because there are points in the story that requires a little bit of singing and it was....umm...if I can't do better, I won't expect Luke to as well. Other than those few times, it was great

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  • Neona
  • 29-07-20

Enjoyable mystery / horror story

The beginning of the book, I was a little confused but by the third chapter I was hooked and listened to the book almost straight through (I had to break for a day so I could work but listened to it within a total of 36 hours).

Luke Daniels is as awesome as usual and the story is full of twists and turns with some gore here and there. I really hope there's going to be a sequel to this book, I'd love more from these characters. Looking forward to checking out other books from this author.

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  • jen
  • 26-02-20

I have one Problem, there wasn't more

From the beginning it was unintentionally funny and it went straight through. I want more of these characters, and I am really upset there isn't a sequel. I want this to be a series. I gave it a try because I like Luke Daniels as a Narrator and I am so very glad I did. I seriously might listen to it again.

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  • Whiplash
  • 26-04-19

Couldn't get into this

This story jumped all over the place and I couldn't stay focused. I love Luke Daniels as a narrator but I just couldn't get through this book. I turned it off around chapter 7.
Maybe I'll go back to it another day but.. not today.