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by Chuck Wendig (Author), Emily Beresford (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 4 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 Aug 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00937OH4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Miriam is trying. Really, she is.

But this whole "settling down thing" that Louis has going for her just isn't working out. She lives on Long Beach Island all year round. Her home is a run-down double-wide trailer. She works at a grocery store as a check-out girl. And her relationship with Louis - who's on the road half the time in his truck - is subject to the piss and vinegar Miriam brings to everything she does.

Still, she's keeping her psychic ability - to see when and how someone is going to die just by touching them - in check. But even that feels wrong, somehow. Like she's keeping a tornado stoppered up in a tiny bottle.

Then comes one bad day that turns it all on her ear.

©2012 Chuck Wendig; (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of Miriam Black 3 Sep 2012
Earlier this year I read and reviewed Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig and if I'm being honest I have to admit that it did blow my tiny little mind just a bit. Like a David Lynch directed version of The Littlest Hobo (if the Hobo was a young women with supernatural powers rather than a dog) I really enjoyed this dark, nightmarish tale. When I heard there was another novel featuring the same character, I was keen to give it a whirl.

Once again I found myself amazed at how quickly I was hooked. Damn your black heart, Wendig! Miriam continues to be delightfully antagonistic with everyone that she meets. With a mouth on her like a longshoreman and a tough as nails exterior it's difficult not to immediately full in love with her. Her shocking language and her pragmatic approach to life are just so much fun. The phrase `brutally honest' may well have been invented with Miriam in mind. For all her foul mouthed bluster though, Miriam does actually care. Somewhere, way WAY deep down, there is a good person who does want to try and help people. The help she provides might be a little unconventional at times but she does try.

What of the plot then? Serial killings, a private girl's school and a ballsy heroine with more attitude than you can shake a wide variety of sticks at. I ask you what's not to love? Wendig is the sneakiest of authors. On the face of it Mockingbird is a straight forward urban fantasy but delve deeper and it's actually so much more than that. The narrative deftly explores themes like revenge and the nature of redemption while still managing to be entertaining but never preachy. In this novel Miriam is forced to confront some harsh truths about the power she lives with. During Miriam's continuing journey she has to try and learn how to live with what she knows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another tale from the casebook of Miriam Black 29 Aug 2012
By Emmster TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Chuck W. has pulled of that most difficult of things: a sequel that is every bit as good as the original.

If you've not read Blackbirds: (Angry Robot): 1 then I'd say, even though this book stands perfectly well on it's own two feet, it would be better to read that first.

Mockingbird is a gritty urban-fantasy thriller stuffed with good characters, plot, violence, naughty language - the way only Chuck can do foul-mouthed - but very little sex.

The protagonist Miriam, jaded with the idea of settling down, ends up doing 'her psychic thing' for a friend of Louis who works at a school. What starts out as a simple job spirals horribly out of control after she inadvertently touches one of the pupils.

As previously - the character of Miriam is as uncompromising as a brick wall and twice as hard.

If you've already read and enjoyed Blackbirds - you'll not be disappointed. Mockingbird has got everything Blackbirds had: excellent characters, a rocket-propelled plot and plenty of action. But even more than that - this one is at least three shades darker on the colour chart.

I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who likes gritty urban-fantasy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking dark fantasy noir sequel 9 April 2014
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
It’s several months after BLACKBIRDS. Miriam and Louis are living together in a trailer in a small New Jersey tourist town. She’s wearing gloves to stop her having visions of a person’s death when she touches them and she’s even got a job at the checkout of the local supermarket. But Miriam can’t be normal for long.

When Louis asks her to meet a friend, Katey, who’s convinced she’s going to die, Miriam’s unprepared for what she finds. Katey works as a teacher at a boarding school for troubled teenage girls in a town near Miriam’s home town. As Miriam’s forced to confront her past, she discovers that something very wrong is happening at the school and that those responsible have gifts similar to hers …

The second in Chuck Wendig’s MIRIAM BLACK SERIES is another dark, foul-mouthed, noir fantasy ride with razor-sharp dialogue and a female main character who’s finally found a role for her terrifying gift. I loved how Miriam’s developed from being a witness to death to a bringer of it and Wendig does well at showing the impact this has on her – both as a temptation and as a terrible consequence. I also loved that there’s no happy ever after here – the relationship between Miriam and Louis feels realistic and though I was disappointed by it, it does completely fit Miriam’s self-destructive, contrary character. The supernatural elements are well handled and creepy and the plot cracks along at a breakneck pace. Again, my only real gripe is with the antagonists who I’d have liked to see more of because Wendig gives them a terrifying motivation but they still feel a little underdeveloped on the page. That aside though, I think this is thoroughly entertaining, dark fantasy fiction and I’ve already bought my copy of THE CORMORANT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back with Miss Black 11 Feb 2014
By Pyris
Mockingbird lingered in my reading queue but it was definitely worth waiting for. If you enjoyed Blackbirds do not hesitate to buy and read this book; Chuck has managed to keep Miriam fresh, neatly avoiding psychic abilities becoming a gimmicky and thus tropey mess of cheese, and has added a couple more layers of complexity to her world and her relationships. Miriam's story is still vibrant and violent, irreverent and ultimately satisfying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep your diamond ring, daddy
I'll stick with my Mockingbird.

I loved Blackbirds and Mockingbird is even better.

Chuck is a fantastic writer. Once started, I couldn't wait to finish. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Secret DoS
4.0 out of 5 stars Mockingbird
As with 'Blackbirds' (the first entry in the Miriam Black series of novels), 'Mockingbird' is a fantastically written book, filled to the brim with sharp, witty dialogue and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rich
3.0 out of 5 stars Gory and Thrilling with Fiesty Miriam
Chuck Wendig's sequel to Blackbirds in the Miriam Black series took to a different direction than I expected in Mockingbird and I didn't quite connect with it as much which is... Read more
Published 14 months ago by NerdyReviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one sitting adrenaline rush...
This is the second book in the Miriam Black series, the first being Blackbirds (A Miriam Black novel) and it's clear Wendig has hit his stride with this character. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CHAS NEWPORT
4.0 out of 5 stars dark as ever
Mockingbird is the second book in the Miriam Black series, picking up a year after the events of blackbirds. Read more
Published 16 months ago by paul nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars dark, brutal and unforgiving
Earlier this year I read, reviewed and loved Chuck Wendig's first Miriam Black novel, Blackbirds. Even though it took me a bit, I fell in love with his caustic, sharp and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Gritty and Bloody
This second outing for Miriam Black (last seen in Blackbird) finds Miriam working in a New Jersey seaside resort supermarket, fed up with her job and the constraints of life with... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ms. Theresa M. Derwin
5.0 out of 5 stars More dark & twisty goodness
Chuck Wendig can seriously write a great metaphor - his language is stunning and original and I'm always re-reading lines to try and fathom the layers. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J.F.Penn
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting read
"Power and wisdom are born of trauma." Mockingbird is the story of a young woman who is gifted, if one could say so, with a weird kind of power, a power that feels to her more of a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lakis Fourouklas
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