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Jack Sparks is a sarcastic Brit with a big social media presence and a few published books. He's probably getting a bit long in the tooth for this kind of life, but his bank account is emptying and another best-seller is in order to follow the last one, Jack Sparks on Drugs--from which he has just barely recovered. This time he figures he'll write Jack Sparks on the Supernatural, thinking the research and so forth will be fun for an atheist like himself.
But things don't turn out quite the way Jack thought. After he attends an exorcism in Italy, his life takes a few weird turns, and then a terrifying video is posted to his YouTube account. Searching for the source of the video, Jack ends up in Hollywood, slowly--or even quickly--going insane.
Arnopp's take on the supernatural here is fresh and interesting: this is definitely not your regular old book about demons and exorcists. Jack's insane adventures build to an ending that really satisfies, in spite of being a little bit drawn-out.
I won't say more for fear of spoilers, but trust me, this is a great listen. Parts of it were so scary I had to pause it while listening alone in a dark room. Other times, I paused it because I was just laughing too hard to hear the next bit. Overall, Jack is an absolute jerk, but he's funny enough to make that work in his favor.
Joe Jameson narrates the book with exactly the right tone--you can practically hear his eyes rolling in some places, but elsewhere you can hear just a bit of sympathy for Jack. This was a truly entertaining listen, and I'm eagerly looking forward to more of Jason Arnopp!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Sure- it was entertaining and very well voiced.
If you’ve listened to books by Jason Arnopp before, how does this one compare?
This was my first Jason Arnopp. Might not be the last!
Which character – as performed by Joe Jameson – was your favorite?
De Steffano's old-school Italian accent was spot on. The Mimi character was hella annoying.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"Be careful what you investigate..." or "The devil doesn't care what you believe..."
Any additional comments?
It got a little predictable here and there, but the interjections via documented accounts/post-book interviews/email exchanges etc. brought me right back into the believability. I'm also a sucker for transient literature, so this book won me over in a lot of inventive ways.
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