- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Arthur Slade
- Audible.com Release Date: November 23, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N0GTQ4L
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Flickers Audiobook – Unabridged
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This was a book that was hard to put down. I do not read many books in actually copy these days preferring the electronic version. But receiving an advanced copy of this I started in, and was hooked from the get go. It is a stunning story that spans decades and a continent. It is described as Gatsby meets the Twilight Zone and it does have that feel. It truly is a page turner. The story begins and ends near Lethbridge Alberta and begins in 1913 and goes until 1939. But most of the story takes place in Hollywood California during the end of the silent films era and the beginning of the modern movie.
The story follows two twins, orphaned and being raised by their uncle and aunt who are budding stars themselves. But the key character is their mysterious patron Mr. Cecil. He is creating movies with sound, but also attempting to capture the energy of emotion. Hollywood in the 1920's was a strange place, maybe even stranger then it's modern incarnation is to us. And these children are thrown into roles they do not understand and a master manipulator is working towards ends that no one could imagine.
This is a great read. I really could not put it down. My mom saw the review copy and asked to read it after me, and she does not read young adult books but is giving this a read. The twin sisters are great characters. There are some interesting twists and more than a few scares. I read 52 books over the past 3 months and this was the top fiction read. This is an incredible story so give it a try!
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions
While I think it would be appropriate for young adults, and even older middle-grade readers, I imagine it could easily give younger readers nightmares. So much is left to the imagination, but sometimes reading between the lines can be scarier than being told the details.
I loved the little details of history and 20s culture. It all combined to create a vivid setting to this paranormal mystery. Highly recommend!
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I listened to the audible version of this title
Well folks, this is not your typical Hollywood drama. I loved this story! To me it had a bit of a Hitchcock feel to it but with a humorous flare. The narrators delivery was spot on for the era and pulls you along on a path with twists where you become attached to the characters (for me it was at the start I became enamored with them) Arthur Slade has a knack for pulling me into other dimensions with his writing like the twister taking Dorothy to Oz.( and no, I'm not comparing myself to a teenage girl from Kansas ;-) ) Funny, emotional and a little scary at times, Flickers hits on all cylinders!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.