Jack Sparks died while writing this book. This is the account of his final days.
In 2014, Jack Sparks - the controversial pop culture journalist - died in mysterious circumstances. To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors, he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone.
It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult for his new book. He'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy. Then there was that video: 40 seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet it was posted from his own YouTube account.
Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now. This book, compiled from the files found after his death, reveals the chilling details of Jack's final hours. Listen and decide for yourself what really happened to the notorious Jack Sparks - in this razor-sharp tale about the dangers of mocking what you don't believe....
©2015 Jason Arnopp (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"Wow...seriously good. Very hard to put down once I'd gotten into it, and with a really brilliant pay-off.... Chilling and utterly immersive." (M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts)
"A gut-twisting supernatural thriller that will even chill atheists. This is The Omen for the social media age." (Chris Brookmyre, author of the Jack Parlabane thrillers)
"Tremendous.... A cracking read." (Andy Nyman, cocreator of Ghost Stories and Derren Brown's award-winning shows)
"Wittier than the lovechild of Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker, scarier than watching The Exorcist in an abandoned asylum, The Last Days of Jack Sparks is fast, furious, original and most importantly, terrifying." (Sarah Lotz, author of The Three)
"Original, clever, scary and funny.... Jack Sparks manages all that and more. It kept me gripped and guessing from page one." (Rebecca Levene, author of The Hollow Gods series)
"A contemporary novel which knows true horror lives in the present. A breath of fresh air, vivid and essential." (John Higgs, author of Stranger than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century)
Started very well but the last was third pretty awful: a failure of imagination I suspect. The section where we have the repetition of me, me, me and I,I,I.... was painful...though well performed.
Will read anything within reason.
I really relished the idea of an update of The Exorcist for the 21st Century and the opening chapters of this book were genuinely scary and hugely promising. Unfortunately the tension more or less disappeared with the introduction of some fairly unbelievable comic book type characters and a plot that lost its way and never really got back on track. There was some good use of modern day social media, especially You Tube, and the egotistical character of Jack Sparks had a ring of authenticity, but this was let down by a confusing storyline and no real sense of what this book is all about. Overall I was disappointed, but it was an entertaining listen so not a complete waste of time.
Hated the narration, reader was unable to correctly pronounce several words. Ridiculous plot, completely transparent characters, most of whom were exceedingly poorly 'acted', just absolutely cannot see what all the hype is about.
Part horror, part sci-fi, with one of the least sympathetic protagonists I've ever encountered. This tightly-plotted book is a bingeworthy page-turner, whether you're a skeptic or a believer.
A huge fan of audiobooks and particularly fantasy and crime.
This book has it all- satire, creativity, individual ideas. It is very much aided by excellent narrative and moments of gruesome tension. An adult book with an adolescent heart. For fans of horror/satire
When I heard that Jason Arnopp, a huge Doctor Who fan, had a debut novel out with a brilliantly timey wimey premise - this is after all the posthumously edited and annotated unfinished manuscript of a dead writer - I immediately looked it up and was not disappointed.
I'm not a horror reader either - I thought I was lucky when Jack's narration set out in a such a safe manner. I was well and truly engrossed by the story and Joe Jameson's outstanding narration by the time I found myself deep into a modern horror story. The book makes some abrupt pace and tone changes as it goes along, which I see from amazon.com reviews threw or confused some readers, but guided by Joe, it all flowed well, albeit with with a sinking inevitability, for me.
Setting a horror story into the modern social media age was clever and made me laugh a lot - but also wince 'guilty!' a few too many times as well.
Arnopp makes excellent and disconcerting use of the multiple perspectives through which Jack's last days are told, and if I ever run into him in a pub one day, I will be armed with questions - the most important of which, of course, cannot be answered by the writer as this is a story that demands some work on the part of the reader.
Yes - There is so much going on that I may have missed something!
The reveal at the end - whilst I had solved some of the mystery from the clues in the book there were more twists and turns to come!
I would recommend this book to loves of both psychological as well as gory horror.It was enjoyable all the way through and greatly helped by a fabulous narrator with an amazing range.
Good narrative on an interesting story although I didn't find it scary at all!
Would probably make a good B movie with lots of blood and gore!
Biggest problem was the main character who wasn't very likeable so it was difficult to actually care what happened to him.
Love audible, especially listening to crime or classics. Favourite audiobook recently was John le Carré's A Delicate Truth.
This is one of my favourite audiobooks, and one that I'll definitely listen to again.
I liked that it started out as a dig at those 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' type books that seemed to be everywhere not so long ago but then quickly morphed into something really quite different. Some truly scary moments and images, which were balanced by humour.
So many - and so many scenes rely on surprise that I think I'll spoil them by listing them...
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