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I loved the way this was laid out!! We get to see 2 separate stories play out, one set in the 1600s and one in the 1980s, both were integral to the plot and worked well. In 1673 a coven of dark witches are barely stopped in time from summoning a dark entity, Anubin. The Talisman they were using is broken into 3 and distributed throughout the world, but the dark forces are intent on getting it back and releasing the Dark Lord!
It's now 1984 and a young boy has a divine encounter at a summer camp, this same young boy grows up and returns to the place where he had his Epiphany! He brings along his girlfriend who is looking to find out about her ancestors, who came from around there. What is her connection to all this?? Things aren't easy and they have to figure out what is happening and how to stop it before it's too late.
Plot wise, it was fast paced and entertaining. Now, while it's pretty religious, I felt like it wasn't preachy religious, which I liked. The author had to bring so much religion into it to make the story come together. There is also lot's of twists and turns which made for a suspenseful and quick read. Both plot and characters were well written and developed and I highly recommend this.
Now Jake Urry was amazing as always! He has such a distinctive voice that is easy to listen to and he really portrays the tone of the novel brilliantly, plus he can sing!! Lol. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and can recommend him as a narrator.
This was given to me as a gift but it is definitely worth a credit. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I had actually been looking forward to another story by Richard Storry, as I've also listened to The Crytic Lines. However, this book is very different. It kept me wondering - why this change in writing concept?
The Black Talisman is very religious and supernatural - demons, angels and witches and it was too religious for me. It goes back and forth in time and there's nothing new in the concept - you know what's going to happen. It was very hard for me to finish it, and it couldn't hold my attention for long.
Jake Urry is one of my favorite narrators and he was excellent in this book as in many others. I always enjoy his dramatic voice when needed and emotional tones to the characters.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The story went from the 1800s to 1980s. I'm not big on time changes. But the story of black arts and ghostly goings on was good.
The narrator kept the tone going and was very good.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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The Black Talisman is a book I've had on my audible list for a while. I started it about 8 months ago, and for whatever reason, lost the thread. Not one to give up (as I know it can sometimes depend on my own mood rather than anything else) I started this again.
Now THIS time, I got into it straight away and found it much more engaging.
The story is based around a supernatural/religious storyline, with a bit of romance for good measure.
What I also like ( in fact what I really enjoy) is the tale is told over two time periods, 300 years apart.
Firstly, we're in the late 1600's. A coven of witches is disrupted deep in the woods whilst performing a ritual to summon a demonic energy. One of the witches is caught and taken to the local Squire. Out of her pocket falls a black talisman. This object is split into three and it's decided it should never be put together again. The three pieces are given to different people to dispose of secretly, so there's no chance of it ever being put together and used in the dark arts again.
So what has this got to do with a young couple in the 1980's?
We meet Monica & Gilbert, friends since childhood and drawn together throughout their lives. Whilst taking part in her interest of genealogy, Monica comes across some interesting and disturbing facts about her family. How though is this all connected?
As the story unfolds, the author intertwines a well thought out and well written storyline. It's just about the right length to keep the listener interested, and not complicated enough that you lose the thread of what's happening. It's an atmospheric read, with a small group of characters. I will just say, the ending did give me a little jolt of: "Well, wasn't quite expecting that".
As ever, the fantastic voice of Jake Urry as narrator helps somewhat in giving this story it's creepy, eerie feeling. It's definitely worth a listen, especially in the dark, cold, murky depths of winter.