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Mystery Walk

Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

An "impressive" tale of psychic power, Native American mysticism, and an ancient evil in Alabama, from the New York Times best-selling author of Swan Song (Associated Press).

Born and raised in rural Alabama, Billy Creekmore was destined to be a psychic. His mother, a Choctaw Indian schooled in her tribe's ancient mysticism, understands the permeable barrier between life and death - and can cross it. She taught the power to Billy, and now he helps the dead rest in peace.

Wayne Falconer, son of one of the most fervent tent evangelists in the South, travels the country serving his father's healing ministry. Using his unique powers to cure the flock, Little Wayne is on his way to becoming one of the popular and successful miracle workers in the country. He helps the living survive.

Billy and Wayne share more than a gift. They share a dream - and a common enemy. They are on separate journeys, mystery walks that will lead them toward a crossroads where the evil of their dreams has taken shape. One of them will reject the dark. The other will be consumed by it. But neither imagined just how monstrous and far-reaching the dark was or that mankind's fate would rest in their hands during an epic showdown of good versus evil.

From the author of Gone South, Boy's Life, and the Matthew Corbett series, a master of suspense who has won the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, Mystery Walk offers "creepy, subtle touches throughout [and] splendid Southern-town atmosphere" (Kirkus Reviews).

©1983 Robert R. McCammon (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cartec
  • 10-04-18

An amazing ghost story

I have read many of Mr. McCammon's books and other than 'Boy's Life', and 'Wolf's Hour', this one is my favorite. There are stories within stories. The book is over 60 chapters long and there is not one dull moment in the entire book. There are emotional roller coasters and incidents of love,hate, ignorance and hope all at the same time. You could listen to it all at once but wouldn't recommend it because it's a book that should be savored and enjoyed because such books don't come along often.
The narrator was outstanding. There were many characters in the book and never were you confused as to who was speaking. He brought the story to life and made you feel as if you were there.
If you are a fan of this genre read this book next.

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  • Char's Horror Corner
  • 22-03-18

The Epic Battle Between Good & Evil!

MYSTERY WALK is a story involving the epic battle between good and evil and Robert McCammon does these types of stories better than almost anyone.

I won't get into the plot much, as this book was written back in the 80's and hundreds of other reviews already do that. I will say that this is my fourth time reading this book, (I actually listened to it, courtesy of the narrator Nick Sullivan), and this time it affected me even more than it did previously. I'm not sure why that is-perhaps as I've grown older I see more truth and depth in this tale?

It could also be the fact that the narrator brought these characters alive for me. I easily pictured the small town of Hawthorn and both its hateful and sweet residents. I vividly pictured the tent revivals of J.J. Falconer and the bogus claims of healing from his son Wayne. (I had to try hard NOT to picture Wayne's first bout with healing, you'll see what I mean if you read this.) Mr. Sullivan's voicing worked really well for me here and for this reason I've bumped my rating of 4 and 4.5 stars from my previous reads to the full five.

MYSTERY WALK is full of hope but at the same time does not shy away at all from the difficulties in life we all face. The wonderful prose of Robert McCammon is only improved by Nick Sullivan's narration. If you're in need of a little hope in your life during these difficult times, then I highly recommend giving MYSTERY WALK a listen. If you do, give Billy Creekmore a hug from me and tell him that Char said Hi.

*I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator, in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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  • Bill
  • 21-07-18

Solid effort from one of the best in the business

A super solid effort from one of the best in the business.

I listened to this one and it really translated well to the audio format. The narrator did and excellent job. Great tone and pacing.

The story itself is classic McCammon. A supernatural, coming of age, good versus evil tale of travelling small town horror.

I think the story itself is about a 3.5 Star story (good with a lag here and there) but the narration really elevates it and gave it another layer of depth of character for me. I dug it.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 18-05-18

Excellent!

Mystery Walk is the second book by Robert McCammon, narrated by Nick Sullivan. I am most definitely a fan of both! I've also enjoyed other books narrated by Sullivan and plan to get more of McCammon's books.

Mystery Walk is a story of good vs evil. Billy Creekmore is part Choctaw on his mother's side. That side of the family has an ability to communicate with the dead and help put them to rest. Of course the locals don't understand this power and people usually fear what they don't understand. Billy's mom was a bit of an outcast because of her ability and once Billy realized he had the ability too, he also became an outcast. When Reverend JJ Falconer and his son Wayne come to visit the town with thier tent revival, things get much worse for the Creek more family. Falconer calls Billy's mom a witch and claims she is evil. Wayne Falconer seems to have an ability of his own. He's a healer. It all started when his dog was hit by a truck. He laid his hands on the dog and prayed his dog better. After his father heard of this, he insisted Wayne travel with him to the tent revivals. When Wayne and Billy meet at the revival, they seem to have a sort of connection they don't understand. Because of JJ Falconer's influence, Wayne hates Billy and his mother. Billy eventually joins a traveling circus to help pay for things back home. His new friend at the circus, Dr Miracle, suggests he visit an institute for people like him. At first Billy declines, but eventually goes in hopes for some answers as to why he can do what he does. HUGE twist in the middle of the book I wasn't expecting. Wow! I won't ruin that surprise though.

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  • Angela
  • 04-04-18

Phenomenal Coming-of-Age Horror

Where does Mystery Walk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my Favorites!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Billy Creekmore is a captivating character and easy to root for. My heart broke for him more than once as he learns how to live with his special abilities, as well as deal with the small town racism and evangelical fanaticism present not only in Hawthorne, but in his own family. Other parts of this thrilling tale left me on the edge of my seat as Billy has to fight for his life against the Evil that wants to destroy him because of his gift.

What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

Nick Sullivan does a phenomenal job narrating this book. I was so absorbed in the story that I felt as if each person talking was actually a different person instead of one person reading it. Not an easy task for a narrator to accomplish!

Any additional comments?

Mystery Walk is a sublime coming of age tale set against the backdrop of the south in the late ‘50’s and early 1960’s. Billy Creekmore is a captivating character and easy to root for. My heart broke for him more than once as he learns how to live with his special abilities, as well as deal with the small town racism and evangelical fanaticism present not only in Hawthorne, but in his own family. Other parts of this thrilling tale left me on the edge of my seat as Billy has to fight for his life against the Evil that wants to destroy him because of his gift. Wayne Falconer is a character that I loved to hate. He’s spoiled, judgmental, and weak, but he’s also someone who I feel sorry for. I was drawn deeper and deeper into this gripping tale of good vs. evil as these two boys lives intertwine and impact each other in horrific ways. Nick Sullivan does a phenomenal job narrating this book. I was so absorbed in the story that I felt as if each person talking was actually a different person instead of one person reading it. Not an easy task for a narrator to accomplish! I highly recommend this totally engrossing 5 star book, both in print and in audiobook format.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-18

didn't really care for it and that makes me sad.

didn't really care for it and that makes me sad. really sad. I like his books but this one was terrible

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  • Edmund C. Ramm
  • 20-10-18

Not up to McCammon standards

Not up to "Boy's Life" or the many other great books he's written. Characters are exaggerated good or evil, and the narrator sounds like he's reading it to a group of pre-teens around a campfire with hushed or almost shouted sentences.

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  • honest
  • 26-09-18

good listening

great scary beginning, sucked me in right away. kept me interested from beginning to end.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 19-06-18

Plot was Fantastic; Narration Phenomenal

What to expect:
The beginning was fantastic, but I think a lot of emphases was put on understanding the main characters, the Creekmores. Unfortunately, it’s easy to see that there is some tension in the relationship between Billy’s and this goes throughout his life. It’s unfortunate, but it’s religion that drives them apart. Billy only knows that he loves his family and doesn’t quite understand the tension for many years. As children shouldn’t. But, it does affect him.

Then there’s Wayne. Wayne, unlike Billy, is growing up with a silver spoon in his mouth. Not only that but his father is an evangelist. Widely known and respected. Billy winds up healing his dog and his father immediately believes its God’s work.

This is just the beginning of the relationship between the boys. They are at each other’s throats because their parents immediately do not get along. Although Billy does everything he can to understand why Wayne hates him so much and wants to reconcile, Wayne’s way of thinking is completely opposite. He even goes so far as to ask his father why they can’t just kill the Creekmores.

Good versus Evil:
Unlike something like the exorcist, where you know exactly where the evil is (well sometimes), in this, it plays tricks with the boys’ minds. They never know if they are talking to something that is good or evil. They think they know, and that lack of knowledge is what gets them both into hot water.

Although, Billy’s mother helped to train him to see the evil and to understand it. Wayne’s father taught him the opposite. Everything Wayne says or does is miraculous, and that makes for a very dangerous man.

Still, as good as the story was, there’s something missing. I know why the boys hated each other, but I didn’t feel it. Maybe it was the characterization with Wayne. He’s supposed to be led around by evil, and he did try to understand how to be godly, and how to protect his family, and yet he never EVER questions if there is anything wrong. That’s not completely true, he does question, but very little. I think his lack of characterization frustrated me a bit.

The plot was fantastic though. At times I wanted to put the book down because there is so much racism and frustration in this. It frustrated me! With how the world is going, I think this is a good book to remind ourselves that we are all people first and foremost. But, there again, it’s hard to be faced with this kind of horror that people live with daily. While it is true to life, that is the one reason that I got frustrated, because it was too true to life.

Narration:
The narration was phenomenal. I was able to listen to this on audio, and I couldn’t get enough. Even as I became frustrated with the elements in this, the story itself kept me glued to my headphones. I wanted to know what was going to happen to these boys. I will listen to anything Nick Sullivan narrates. Not only were the voices of the characters spot on, but so were the voices when the evil was around. It was creepy and very well done. When narration can remind you that you’re listening to a horror story without the emphasis of sound effects, you know you’re listening to a great narrator.

In short:
This story has a lot to it. It’s going to take me a while to fully digest and think about. But, what comes out is the good versus evil. It’s a great story, and even though I felt like something was missing, I didn’t want to set it down. This reminded me of why I have loved Robert R. McCammon for so long. My favorite of his being Swan Song. He’s a master at his craft and can draw you in and keep a hold on you.

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  • Laura B.
  • 29-04-18

Stay classy San Diego...

Interesting story but the narrator's voice and inflection made me think it was Dan Rather using an alias. Through the whole book I kept thinking of Anchorman.

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