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Penguin Presents the audio edition of Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town, by Adam Christopher, read by David Pittu.

Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things

Christmas, Hawkins, 1984. All Chief Jim Hopper wants is to enjoy a quiet first Christmas with Eleven, but his adopted daughter has other plans. Over Hopper’s protests, she pulls a cardboard box marked 'New York' out of the basement - and the tough questions begin. Why did Hopper leave Hawkins all those years ago? What does 'Vietnam' mean? And why has he never talked about New York?

Although he’d rather face a horde of demogorgons than talk about his own past, Hopper knows that he can’t deny the truth any longer. And so begins the story of the incident in New York - the last big case before everything changed.... 

Summer, New York City, 1977. Hopper is starting over after returning home from Vietnam. A young daughter, a caring wife, and a new beat as an NYPD detective make it easy to slip back into life as a civilian. But after shadowy federal agents suddenly show and seize the files about a series of brutal, unsolved murders, Hopper takes matters into his own hands, risking everything to discover the truth.

Soon Hopper is undercover among New York’s notorious street gangs. But just as he's about to crack the case, a blackout rolls across the boroughs, plunging Hopper into a darkness deeper than any he’s faced before.

©2019 Adam Christopher (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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It’s not really relevant to Stranger Things

It’s a great story which will have you on the edge of your seat. David Pittu has an astonishing range of voices and narrates beautifully. But... taking a 70s police drama and crowbarring it somewhat Frankenstein-esquely into the ST franchise by making it about Hopper, with a sprinkling of scenes where he’s telling El the story years later didn’t wash for me. An awesome Audible it undoubtedly is, but Stranger Things it ain’t.

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Has absolutely nothing to do with stranger things

This is literally any police mystery book with “Hopper” copy and pasted throughout. Even as a stand-alone story its brain numbingly boring and I had to just give up and return it about halfway through as it was so boring and the characters are empty and dull. Before you waste a credit on it ask yourself if you would listen to it if it was any old cop drama and didn’t have stranger things written on the front.

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Generic Things

I read a review where someone said this reads like just any generic thriller with the lead character's name has been substituted for Hopper. While this may not exactly be the case, there is some truth to it. Overall, its pretty acceptable, up until the third act, when the characters start doing stupid things. And a chase through New York feels like its never going to end! Much Better than the first 'Stranger Things' book but not amazing.

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stranger things continues

great story with a look into hops past from when he was a happier man.

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Amazing!

This book was great the storyline! And the voices. I was shocked how David Pittu could do such great women accents! This book was overall flawless I am speechless! Since this is a STRANGER official novel then this must be in THINGS the noes season 4 coming soon!