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The Unhappy Medium

A Supernatural Comedy
Narrated by: Marston York
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
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Summary

Meet the ultra-rational Dr Newton Barlow. Cool, cynical, scientific, he’s the last man you’d want to be a bridge between the living and the dead. But with his academic reputation in tatters, and nothing to lose but his few remaining marbles, the great skeptic is about to discover that the past that haunts him will be nothing compared to his ghost-ridden future.

Thrust into a rollicking struggle between good and evil, can Dr Barlow forget everything he ever believed in to save this world...and the next?

Thrilling, chilling, and utterly hilarious, The Unhappy Medium is a bone-dry British comedy in the great tradition of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

©2014 Tim Brown (P)2020 Tim Brown

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Great fun

A bit of a punt this one. Subject sounded interesting but author unknown to me. Glad I went for it. Looking forward to more from these characters. Took a while to warm to the narrator, who got better and better once he got going.

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A happy listener of the Unhappy Medium.

Fantastic book, very clever plot with great humour. Incredible narration with terrific characters. Loved it! Just listened to The Unhappy Medium again and enjoyed it even more the second time. One voice giving life to so many interesting and whacky characters. Well done Mars for the incredible narration and Tim for the fantastical story. Can't wait for the next one!

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A generally enjoyable silly fantasy yarn.

why not the full 5 stars? A couple of dodgy accents marred an otherwise solid performance. The primary storyline is engaging, but suffers from a few unnecessary rambling asides meant to provide backstory that almost lost me at times. still worth a listen.

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Too much detail

Really enjoyed the story and the characters, but there was so much unnecessary detail that was thought needed to provide background or set a scene. It really distracted from the plot. I’m keen to hear the next book and see if the writing has tightened up. Very good

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An absolutely brilliant storyline

Wow, I loved this book! there were a series of events dotted along a huge timeline with various stories here and there but they all fell together so perfectly. Please can I implore the author...... this book is perfect for a series. I will be forever in your debt if you write book 2 😍😍!

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Fantastic dastardly characters

Loved this book when I first read it. Laughed so uncontrollably that my husband downloaded it straight away. I love the triplets & my favourite part of the book is the fight between Ascot & Newton, reminded me of the fight between Bridget Jones's love rivals, so funny. Excited to listen to the book on Audible & was not disappointed, just as funny as I remembered.

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  • CM
  • 17-07-20

What a romp !!

Great fun , perfect for lockdown . Really bad baddies and very good goodies . I hope the next book will be recorded and Audible will list it I did send them an email requesting it. If anyone else feels the same they should send a request .I hope there will be more in the series .

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Still as much fun as a barrel of monkeys.

I loved this book when I read it six years ago, and as a confirmed Purgatorian, I was looking forward to the audio version. The narrator has done a stand-up job with this, bringing to life the author's wonderful sardonic humour, and the wonderful characters and settings with a natural ease, even the now classic fight scene at the end, which still caused me to laugh until it hurt. Good job.

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Laugh out loud funny

Loved this..... very funny and a gripping plot. Hope there will be a second one.

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Entertaining and something different

Brilliant, had me laughing, cheering and booing during my daily commute. Plot was original (and yes had an air of Douglas Adams about it), it was imaginative and well paced. I really felt I got involved with the characters and their interwoven bonds. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. I enjoyed the narration by Marston York and think he did a great job keeping everyone under control. He was perfect for this book, voices brought the characters to life and I hope to hear more from him.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 11-06-20

Funny & Entertaining

The Unhappy Medium is the first novel in a new series by British writer T.J. Brown, with two more books planned to be available later this year. Although released in audiobook format almost 6 years after its original publication date, I think the wait was worth it as The Unhappy Medium is a great paranormal comedy, beautifully written, filled with hilarious events and unforgettable characters. Author T.J. Brown pulls us into this interesting story with his compelling writing style, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Those in search for an immersive narrative experience should look no further than the adventures of the eccentric Dr Newton Barlow and his friends. The story starts with some necessary introductions for the main characters and locations, then it picks up speed and quickly evolves into a battle between Good and Evil. In the end, you'll be laughing out loud because there are some truly gut-busters throughout the almost 16 hours long audio production. Actor and narrator Marston York delivers a strong performance by bringing all the characters to life with crazy, hilariously amusing voices and accents. His narration style, coupled with the author's brilliant writing makes The Unhappy Medium a treat for all ears! If you liked this review please vote Helpful below and find more of them here and on theAudiobookBlog. I also post honest reviews at the author, narrator, or publisher's request, you can get in touch with me for more details. Thank you & stay safe, Victor

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  • MzzzCat
  • 02-07-20

Forge beyond the initial exposition and enjoy a GREAT story

Seriously, brave through the first hour or so and get caught up in a rollicking fun adventure! Would love to see a sequel T. J. Brown (and publishers/audible)!

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  • Andrea Duff
  • 09-10-20

nice

Enjoyable, light read. I look forward to the next installment if it's released on audio. I appreciated the effort made on character arcs and development. Nothing really stood out but it was a nice diversion.

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  • Jason
  • 08-10-20

Technically well written, but not engaging

First and foremost, this author's writing bears no resemblance to the brilliant humor of either Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams (the claim made in the Audible advertising). The claim makes even less sense because the book doesn't try to be funny aside from a handful of jabs at reality TV and mocking an effeminate man. The former did make me smile a bit, the latter comes off as plain old homophobia/misogyny from the author. It's mildly entertaining. Clearly the author's passion is shown in a love of how science works. This passion is unfortunately lacking in how history works. People 500 years in the past act with the same pragmatics and motivations as those today.

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  • AudioBookReviewer
  • 23-09-20

A Haunting Good Time

This is an interesting and fun book, although it is heavy on background information at first. It was interesting and vital to the story to understand where Dr. Newton Barlow came from and his familial background. Otherwise, his new profession would not have been so interesting or funny. Dr. Barlow comes from a long line of males that are narcissistic physicists to one degree or another. When Newton fails in his career and his marriage, he discovers to his horror that he has an ability to see and speak to ghosts … this is when it becomes interesting and fun. He discovers that the deceased may continue on earth to wreak havoc if they have left artifacts behind with bits of their soul – much like a horcrux! Newton has to track down the artifacts that have allowed him to return in human form (possession) and battle the human followers at the same time. When an ambitious and evil inquisitor returns, Newton has to use his wits to defeat him and retrieve his new girlfriend and daughter from the evil cardinal’s clutches. TJ Brown does a solid job of building the story, moving it forward and bringing it to a climactic end. It is not a chaotic adventure nor is it action-packed. It is a story that moves at a steady pace with twists and turns that can be funny and eventful. The dialog is clever and realistic. I enjoy hearing Newton talk to himself; probably because you get to see the character more deeply. The narrator, Marston York, was a delight to hear. He is English with an appropriate accent. Each of his character voices was nearly perfect for the characters (as with most he struggled with a realistic female voice) but at least they were distinguishable. I thought his performance was solid and he moved the story along. It is a very enjoyable and fun book. I hope to see what trouble Newton finds himself in the next book. There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook. Disclaimer: This Audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.

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  • Isington
  • 17-08-20

OMG so sluggish...

I rarely diss a book but this was agonizing. 1.3 chapters in, and it's still all heavy-handed exposition? Oh, no. // I can add: I got further in by increasing the speed to 1.50, the fastest I can make out what's being said. I met a string of self-adoring, tiresome blockheads and the book didn't amuse me until well into ch 5. That humor depended on relentless, venal stupidity. I've given up on the book.// If you want to call it a comedy, there needs to be some humor in the main character/s. Shakespeare certainly knew that. The more I listened, the more distastefully tedious, unlikable, and trite I found Nelson (although his grandfather showed promise as a character). I finally had to stop after the most boring opening I can remember. Such a promising premise, but an absolutely unbearable start. I couldnt face any more. There were so many entertaining ways to get the same info across, but every opportunity was shrugged off. There were so many ways to tighten up and add punch to the exposition, if it had to be there. But no. Argh! The reader has a pleasant voice, and tries to put some life into it. Hope I can give this back. I'm sorry, author, I just couldn't.

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  • christi l harris
  • 28-07-20

Worth the credit

I was questioning my choice as I started listening but after a chapter or two I got it. Great story and yes, bone dry wit which I loved. A very interesting story and the narrator was wonderful at bringing all the characters to life. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Ijw
  • 01-07-20

Humour?

Chapter 5 and I'm still waiting for signs of a plot let alone humor. Introduced to characters clear back to their grandfathers without any clue how they're going to come together in the same space; let alone be funny. one character so grotesque that hope you are not eating when you read it. I haven't decided whether to give it up . It's so hard to find books that are more complicated then fight, level up, fight. But four chapters of background family history is a bit much. I guess it is a dry wit, very dry, no shaking, no stirring.

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  • ReaderWriterLoverofWords
  • 30-06-20

I loved it as an ebook

I loved this story when I read it as an ebook. I then added the paperback to my collection and now the audible edition. Something I very rarely do, but this story is SOOOO worth it. Bloody fun tale.

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  • CFH
  • 01-06-20

More, please!

More, please! And quickly. Wonderfully entertaining and enjoyable. I am anxious to hear more about Newton and Bennett, Gabby and Viv, the ghostly professor, the old Citroen and the rest. May they have many more adventures Just to be ridiculously picky, I have to point out that "narated" on the cover image seems to be missing an r.