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Summary

Twin Peaks is many things. The haunting cult show about a murdered homecoming queen has influenced television since its debut over the past 25 years. This audiobook by Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost deepens the mythology of the town and its people with original materials, and is sprinkled with subtle hints about the future revival airing on Showtime in 2017.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks enlarges the world of the original series, placing the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, beginning with the journals of Lewis and Clark and ending with the shocking events that closed the finale.

The perfect way to get in the mood for the upcoming Showtime series.

Full cast of narrators includes Amy Shiels, Annie Wersching, Chris Mulkey, David Patrick Kelly and James Morrison.

©2016 Mark Frost (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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This Audio Book is not what it appears

In the words of Dale Cooper: I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it. Don't wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair, two cups of good, hot black coffee, or a delightful audio book that will further enrich the world of Twin Peaks for you.

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An unexpected journey

25 years after the show ended, I had some certain expectations of what this book might be. I was way off. What's here is so unexpected, it took me several tries to approach it and settle into the story that it wanted to tell, not the story I wanted to hear. Once it clicked – I was all in. Mark Frost's deft interweaving of apocryphal American history, of a surprisingly broad scope, is used to deepen and enlarge the uncanny cosmology of Twin Peaks. Now that the new series is underway, overlooked clues buried in this book are beginning to surface.

Well worth your time if you enjoy a mystery that won't give itself up without a fight.

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Wow Bob wow

Well ! What a story following a far longer timeline than I anticipated. The historical back story was interesting and relevant and as we grew closer to the time of the series I got more and more excited. I am literally desperate for season 3 now so hurry up 2017!

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  • DH
  • 21-10-16

Massive disappointment

I've been anticipating this book with great excitement but I feel like I've just been "Rick Rolled". I was expecting something written in the same vain as Cooper's autobiography and Laura's diary that bridged the gap between the original and the new series, but what I got was tedious, unrelated waffle hastily tied together at the end to justify using the Twin Peaks brand...and make an easy buck. There is little relevance to the series and the back stories of a few characters was already covered in the series. Just as the book finally begins to get interesting and teases some interesting insights it ends.

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Its great to be back in Twin Peaks.

I was genuinely depressed when this book ended. For 9hrs and 33 minutes I was back in Twin Peaks. It was honestly my favourite audio book experience so far. The writing, the atmosphere and the performances were all pitch perfect. I loved it and if you're a fan of Twin Peaks I'm pretty sure you will to.

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The Owls are not what they seem

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Another fantastic addition to The Twin Peaks world. Back story for the fans an absolute must. Wonderfully read by the actors and superbly written. 10/10

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There's no mystery to this being a fantastic book.

A must listen for any of the following: series' fans; conspiracy nuts; epistolary aficionados; Lemurians.

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  • 07-11-17

loved it.

great to hear original actors in her. Was grwat to listen to but must have no distractions.

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Great for any Twin Peaks fan!

I would highly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of the show. I liked how it would weave in and out of real history and Twin Peaks fictional history and connect them up.

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The Secret History of 20% Twin Peaks

If you could sum up The Secret History of Twin Peaks in three words, what would they be?

Confusing, Interesting, Messy.It is a dossier of interesting stories, filled with mystery connected only by an FBI Agent identified only as TP and her mission to look through archives assembled by a mystery Archivist known simply as The Archivist.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It is a dossier of interesting stories, filled with mystery connected only by an FBI Agent identified only as TP and her mission to look through archives assembled by a mystery Archivist known simply as The Archivist.It was a bit confusing at first but I had no knowledge as to what it was all about, I only knew of its existence when Season 3 of Twin Peaks had started. The paragraph I used, to sum up, is best known to follow what is going on within the story, as it does feel a bit disconnected and all over the place without knowing what was going and why each new revelation, no matter how small, is added with a footnote by the FBI Agent TP. It is an audiobook that really benefits from reading along while listening, this is not what I had done but when I saw what the book looked like, it all made so much more sense.So, as an Audiobook that is some of its major failings but one of those is also its greatest strength, as the voice acting is, well, absolutely bang on.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Every character was simply audio butter to my ears of toast. <( Errr... What?)

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, as interesting as it was (eventually), there was really nothing spectacular about the book other than to give us more of Twin Peaks and the backstory to what was elaborated on throughout Season Three of the TV Show.

Some may say that is good enough but to be honest, there is not a lot of Twin Peaks in there but the stories we did get, the ones that blurred the lines between fiction and some well-documented, real-life events, were good... but they are not what most want the book for. Sure, I understand that it does tie in but that is what I found the most disappointing about it.

Any additional comments?

Frustrating at first and it benefits most with a visual aid to accompany what you are hearing. Solid performances but after listening to it twice, it still feels a bit like a damp squid.I am a fan of Season Three, more than Seasons One and Two of the TV Show, but the audiobook just wasn't what I was after but I did enjoy what I got.I realise you are receiving mixed messages here, lol, but sadly though, that is an honest reflection of my experience with the audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-17

Damn Fine

Damn Fine Audio book, Bring on the Final Dossier! I can't fucking wait for it!

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  • Achesh Shetty
  • 05-06-17

Absolutely a wonderful read for a Twin Peaks fan.

Definitely for the Twin Peaks fan. If you're watching the revival series, this is a MUST read. You'll not be disappointed.

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  • Julien Pierre
  • 19-10-16

Aweful sound quality

What would have made The Secret History of Twin Peaks better?

Which such a great cast, you'd expect a better quality. at 64kpbs/22.050kHz, this make the audiobook sounding out from a poor radio broadcast