• Midnight in a Perfect World

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-11-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (114 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A mysterious suicide. Horrific specters walking the streets. A drug that promises to change the world. An apocalyptic cult.  
Something is stirring in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. Ever since a celebrated researcher announced the creation of a new experimental drug - a drug with the potential to cure the mind of countless ills - people have been disappearing. When a grad student involved with the drug's development unexpectedly commits suicide, a private detective is tasked with unearthing the details of her tumultuous final days.  
This miracle drug may not be what it seems. Others touched by the drug begin to see things - horrible things - and find themselves transported into a nightmarish world where an ancient evil stirs.  
Those who taste the drug are left spiraling into horror. Dark figures tail them on the street, and the scenery of their nightmares begins to encroach upon waking life, blurring the lines between dreams and reality. Their terrifying experiences make up the individual fragments of a dire mosaic. As the pieces fall into place, they come to realize the unspeakable horrors that await all of mankind.  
Midnight is looming, and the sun may never rise again over the city of Duluth.
©2018 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2018 Ambrose Ibsen
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 04-26-18

If Tarantino directed a film written by Lovecraft

Ok, I have to admit, I am a huge fan of stories that jump around and are nonlinear. That's one of the best things about Pulp Fiction and Resevoir Dogs, the story is all chopped up and you have to put the pieces together. This story has some light lovecraftian overtones to it, and feels like the movie Memento.

I wouldn't say this is a straight up horror story. It has horror elements, as well as some mad science fiction, but over all this goes for the psychological thrill more than anything. This isn't a bad thing. I was expecting something dark and twisted, and that is what I got. It's kind of like knowing you ordered a delicious steak and expecting it to come out served on a regular plate with its sides, but instead, you get a heated plate, gold silverware, and a silk napkin. It is more and better than what you were getting. I'm sure some people will have a hard time with the layout of the story, and that's tough. I know a lot of people who couldn't figure out how Vincent was alive at the end of Pulp Fiction after he was shot in the bathroom.

Hempel is really growing on me as a narrator. I enjoy his style more and more everytime I hear him, and this story fits him like a glove. He gets one star higher just for bringing his A game. I dropped a star in the other spots for some inconsistencies that I noted. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 04-29-18

Have to be into it to be into it..

Brutal, weird, tough, gruesome, odd, abstract, intense, and not without merit.

Certainly not the "feel good book of the year" this is more of a Lovecraft-esque offering than anything else.

Approach with care. It is well done to be sure, just not my ideal.

I was provided this book by the author in exchange for this independent review.

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