• The Apothecary of Mantua: A Supernatural Sequel to Romeo and Juliet

  • By: Aaron Hollingsworth
  • Narrated by: Scott Richard Ehredt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-05-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Eightfold Wrath Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (13 ratings)

Regular price: $14.95

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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of a drug deal gone bad.
Having committed the crime of selling a potent poison to a desperate youth, a destitute apothecary must decide how to spend his ill-gained fortune. Resolving to start his career afresh, he flees to the city of Verona to set up a new shop of medicinal healing and alchemical discovery.
Plans go awry when he finds himself in the middle of a woeful tragedy he had unwittingly helped to cause. Can his knowledge of nature's secrets and the inspiration of a fairy queen help restore the six lives lost? Will his exploits go undetected by a hellbent inquisitor and a noble assassin? Or was the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet only the beginning of Verona's doom?
This sick-minded sequel is both travesty and tribute to Shakespeare's classic play. New characters are introduced as old ones are reenvisioned in a madcap escapade of murder, magic, mystery, man eating, and malicious mayhem. No flesh is safe from the eerie evil hidden in the minds of men, not even the flesh of the dead....
©2013 Aaron Hollingsworth (P)2015 Aaron Hollingsworth
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jesse M Moon III on 06-15-15

A very dark fantasy

This was a particularly inventive and interesting fantasy. It was very, very, very dark. The Shakespearean setting was used to good effect. The narrator's performance contributed greatly to this atmosphere.

If you like a good adventure with heroes dashing to the rescue of fair maidens this is not the story for you. Heroes are in very short supply in the story and the one person who could be considered a hero is not a very sympathetic character.

What I like about Mr. Hollingsworth's writing is the originality. This is not a derivative story, it's not like anything else you've ever read.

The narrator did an exceptional job of setting the tone of the piece and maintaining it throughout the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 03-05-18

Better than Pride Predjudice and Zombies

See, this is how a real writer reimagines a classic. Instead of retooling a story with the insertion of werewolves, zombies, or vampires he picks up where the original left off, and throws the monkey wrench in. What happens when you try to make up for something? Well, as the saying goes the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Things don't go awry as he attempts to remedy all the pain and death that he caused, they go atomic. All hell breaks loose, and it does so in a most graphic and gorey way. What fun!!!!!!

I have really enjoyed Hollingsworth's other works, but this one was really just pure candy to me. I would love to know where his idea came from to make the apothecarey be the impetus that brings back Romeo and Juliet.

Ehredt does a great job narrating this story, it takes one heck of a storyteller to pull off Shakespeare and zombies.

This is just brilliance from page one to the last. It is a sweet ride into the imagination ofa great storyteller, so go get a ticket and hop on before it passes you by.

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