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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,457 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Wendig Narrator: Emily Beresford Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781455885473
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The first book in the Miriam Black series: “A sassy, hard-boiled thriller with a paranormal slant” (The Guardian) about a young woman who can see the darkest corners of the future.

Miriam Black knows how you’re going to die. This makes her daily life a living hell, especially when you can’t do anything about it, or stop trying to. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides. She merely needs to touch you—skin to skin contact—and she knows how and when your final moments will occur. Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But then she hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, and she sees in thirty days that Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and Miriam will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

“Think Six Feet Under co-written by Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk” (SFX), and you have Blackbirds: a visceral, exciting novel about life on the edge.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Asher | 2/19/2014

    " Short, clipped prose to beat you upside the head along with some deliciously brutal analogies. If you are easily offended by violence or profanity, stay the hell away from this book. If not, strap in and enjoy the ride. Don't read too many reviews, some of them are spoilerific and will rob you of surprises. Read Blackbirds for yourself, I suspect most readers will not be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 2/12/2014

    " Mix Neil Gaiman's Death with a bit of Tank Girl and a pinch of Deadpool, and you get the foul-mouthed yet lovable heroine, Miriam. There's not a dull moment in this morbid tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cambria | 2/2/2014

    " I initially grabbed this book, expecting just another book in the urban supernatural genre...wrong! Ultra violent without being gratuitous, complex and interesting characters, and a great flow. Cannot wait to read the next one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gavin | 1/27/2014

    " worth finishing though I found it a very slow start "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth | 1/20/2014

    " c2012: FWFTB: twenties, forseen, deaths, gruesomely, save. Quite a few of the book bloggers that I cyber stalk from time to time had many good things to say about this book. Based on those comments and on the fact that Angry Robot rarely lets me down, I patiently waited for the library to get hold of a copy. Boy was I disappointed. To me, it felt like a string of short stories glued lightly together. I did not enjoy the tone or atmosphere of the book and it certainly did not leave me smiling. Fantasty Faction says on the back of the book that a reader is "pulled forward with a momentum that is paralysing and a force that is unstoppable.." - um, not so much. The cover by Joey HiFi has also garnered a great deal of praise being one of the pictures where the parts make up the whole sort of thing. Meh..IMHO. The book clearly has its fans but sadly I am not one of them and am unable to recommend to the normal crew. FCN: Miriam Black, Louis Darling, Frankie, Harriet, Ingersoll. "He puts his hand on her shoulder. She thinks seriously about biting it, but she doesn't know where those hands have been over the last week." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leisa | 1/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one and have immediately picked up the sequel Mockingbird. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/2/2014

    " Great idea, decent story, good writing. It's very funny at parts, and other parts made me mad (like when the main character does dumb things), so it's got good character. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dks | 10/22/2013

    " 4 stars for Miriam, a great character and I look forward to the second and last book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete731 | 10/14/2013

    " Interesting book, not your standard thriller or horror novel, but has elements of both. Good sense of humor in it and the characters are mostly well done. End seemed a little hurried, but still good. Will be getting the second one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 7/28/2013

    " Miriam Black is Chuck Wendig with a vagina. And I mean that in 100% the best possible way. Foul-mouthed, violent, sarcastic and disturbing, I literally cannot wait for Mockingbird. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo John | 4/27/2013

    " Had a lot going for it, ended up a little flat near the end. Will see where this goes in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 4/6/2013

    " Tough, gritty, foul-mouthed, kick a$$ heroine! Loved it! Miriam Black can see with just a touch the who, what, where, when of when you are going to die. That's all I'm saying, as I don't want to spoil this book. Going to buy the next one as soon as I find it! It is a series that I hope never ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Howard | 2/11/2013

    " Excellent book with well-written characters. I can't wait to read the second one now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalind M | 12/12/2012

    " Well-written and vividly fatalistic, just way too dark for me. I need something light and frothy now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Marks | 4/19/2012

    " Relentlessly grim, with whipsmart dialogue and a unique style. Excited for the follow-up. "

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About the Author
Author Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, game designer, and all-around freelance penmonkey. He is the author of Blackbirds and Mockingbird, both published by Angry Robot. He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line. Along with writing partner Lance Weiler, Wendig is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab. Their short film, Pandemic, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. Together they wrote the digital transmedia drama Collapsus, which was nominated for an International Digital Emmy and a Games 4 Change award. He has also written a number of essay collections on the subject of writing.

About the Narrator

Emily Beresford has been nominated for an Audie Award for best narration by the Audiobook Publishers Association and has received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine. She earned a BA degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont, with concentrations in creative writing, music, and English.