Ghosts can be caught, bottled, and sold by covert dealers to addicts who inhale the things - and when a young boy named Kootie accidentally inhales the ghost of Thomas Edison, he finds that all the factions of Los Angeles’s occult underground are after him, determined to kill him and get Edison’s powerful ghost for themselves.
Aided by Edison’s confused and irascible ghost, Kootie flees - and finds himself dodging perils natural and supernatural in the gritty alleys and trainyards of a Los Angeles that tourists never see.
From the slums around the LA River, to the abandoned Houdini mansion in the Hollywood Hills, to a final dramatic confrontation on the haunted ocean liner Queen Mary docked in Long Beach, Expiration Date is a heart-stopping supernatural adventure from one of fantasy fiction’s most original talents.
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I’ve been an Audible member for around 10 years and I’ve been waiting that entire time for this title and the rest of Tim Powers’ work to show up. I am an avid fan of the books of Tim Powers but Expiration Date is possibly my favorite. Depending on the day, of course. Tim’s got so many great ones.
This is a very unique ghost story of a different stripe. No haunted houses here. Just haunted people. The synopsis is perfect so I won’t rehash the plot here. The writing is beautiful and the descriptions are vivid. I have no problem re-listening so as to thoroughly wrap my brain around the imagery. I love it.
I’m not as in love with Bronson Pinchot”s narration or the production values. Too bassy, which makes listening while driving difficult. I’m grateful that Bronson Pinchot has taken on reading Tim Powers books though. Side note.... Simon Prebble’s narration of Declare is spot on. Be sure to check that out.
The books Last Call, Expiration Date, and Earthquake Weather are a trilogy. You can consume Expiration Date and last call in any order but consume them you must before taking on Earthquake Weather. Hopefully Audible will make a note of this when they release the audio version of Earthquake Weather later this year.
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