• In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (363 ratings)

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In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

By: Luke Smitherd
Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
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Publisher's Summary

The #1 Audible bestseller from the author of The Stone Man (shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year Award 2015)

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

How did he get there? What has happened to his life? And how can he exist inside the mind of a troubled, fragile, but beautiful woman with secrets of her own? Uncertain whether he's even real or if he's just a figment of his host's imagination, Charlie must enlist Minnie's help if he is to find a way out of The Black Room, where the light of the screen goes out every time Minnie closes her eyes….

In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You tells the complete story of The Black Room, parts one to four. It contains all of the adventures of Charlie and Minnie, guaranteed to keep the listener on the edge of his or her seat.

©2013 Luke Smitherd (P)2015 Luke Smitherd

Critic Reviews

"Science fiction, drama, humor, horror, and yes - even romance - are expertly blended ... In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You is shaped with an exquisite precision that culminates in a climax that leaves the listener exhausted from the dizzying thrill of emotions..." ( Ain't It Cool News)

What listeners say about In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

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Luke told me to write this but I would have anyway

Would you listen to In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story again? Why?

Yes, it was very entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

Every time you thin you know where the author is going, he throws you a curve.

Have you listened to any of Luke Smitherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Stone Man was also good. this one was close to Stone Man.

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

Had a few laugh moments and a few WTF moments.

Any additional comments?

Good Job Luke!

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A new fave author for me!

First off- this is one of those rare instances where an author reading his own work worked wonderfully- he was pitch perfect. Second, this is my second Luke Smitherd book, after listening to The Stone Man, & I am drawn to the originality of thought he brings to the novel...Smitherd has an absolutely genuine voice, without a sense of anything feeling derivative. He is somebody I will continue to seek out. Plus, as a bonus, his afterwards are great:) Particularly his first line after The Stone Man.

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I guess I'm now officially a fan

I started with The Stone Man, which I found by accident, and liked a lot. That led me to A Head Full of Knives, which I loved. Which led me to In The Darkness, which I found the best of the lot. So I guess I'm a fan.

There were a few minor glitches in the audio editing (repeated sentences here and there), but not out of hand. For narration, I'd give it at least a B+.

I personally found the epilogue a bit sappy and off-putting, especially given the hard-nosed nature of the story itself, and also the unsentimental endings of The Stone Man and A Head Full of Knives. But that's just me.

So I'll now be moving on to The Man on Table Ten. And looking forward for more from Mr. Smitherd.

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Wow - Fantastic Imagination and Gripping Story

What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

If I tell you, I'll give too much away.

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This is my second Luke Smitherd audiobook (LOVED The Stone Man) and I can't wait for more. He has a fantastic imagination and you will get lost in the strange worlds he creates. If you like horror, mystery, and/or science fiction, his books are the perfect blending of them all. The only small, small downside here is that some of the lines repeat in the recording - not sure why. But don't let that stop you. Just know you're not crazy.....

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Incredible job, Mr. Smitherd!

This is apparently the author's first voice-over, and what a great job! He understands his characters well enough to breathe not only life into them with the spoken word, but depth. I Ilistened to Stone Man before this, and it was just as good. I'm a fan of yours, good sir!

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Absolutely fantastic!

I first listened to Luke Smitherd's The Stone Man and loved his story telling. This one blew me away even more. It was captivating from beginning to end and every time I had to stop listening I couldn't wait to start again. I also think it's great that he narrated this one himself, added more to the story for me. Keep writing, Luke and I'll keep buying!

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Love Story+Mind-Blowing Weirdness=This Great Book

I read this when it was four separate books. I left five-star reviews for all of them and it is good to finally have them all in one place.

This book contains all the elements of an epic love story with science fiction and spirituality and so many other things--and it all blends together beautifully. The characters are real. The things they do and the emotions they have are all genuine, even the minor characters.

The story is suspenseful and heartbreaking. It's also a mystery as the characters try to figure out what is happening to them--and why. I wish there was a better way of saying that. Just read it. You will not be disappointed. You may even shed a few tears.

Very highly recommended. I wasn't sure what, "A Paranormal Love Story" was before these books. Now I do.

The narrator is British, but I had no problem with the accent or those strange words that we use differently even though we're both speaking English.

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finally something different

I travel for work and have lots of time for audible. at least one or two per week. lately it has seemed like the stories were the same until I stumbled upon Luke Smitherd. I've read Head Full of Knives and loved it (again, totally different story) so I moved on the next one suggested by Luke in his after story blurbs. keep on whoring for ratings.... it's working! lol you are doing your thing and it's definitely helping me get through the hum drum drive!

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Zero Pacing, Zero Editing

Narrator was clearly on amphetamine whilst reading this and on acid when he edited, if he even did. The number of 5 star reviews is suspicious to say the least, given the number of errors in the text, repeated lines, random laughing in the middle of passages.

Story could have been great if done by a professional

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Absolutely Brilliant Story

Imagine waking up to find yourself in someone else's head. That's exactly what happens to Charlie Wilkes. One morning, he wakes up in a woman's head. He doesn't know how he got there and can't figure a way to get out.

Charlie begins thinking of the woman's head as the "Black Room." After several attempts, he finds a way to communicate with her and together, they begin to solve the mystery of how he got there and what his purpose is. Problem is, with all the time they spend together, they quickly fall in love, making the job at hand much more difficult.

I'm not going to say any more about the plot of this book because it is best left to the author/narrator to tell the story. I will tell you, however, that this book is amazing. It teeters between horror and science fiction and the characterization is brilliant.

The author narrates this book and I am quickly becoming a huge fan of his narrating style. He reads very quickly and when the action of the book ramps up, he seems to read even faster. Being a fast reader myself, this didn't bother me, but it may take some people a while to get used to.

I rated this one 4-stars in the performance category because it seemed to me that this audiobook wasn't edited. Many of the narrator's mistakes were left in (some were quite funny) and there were a lot of mouth noises that were slightly distracting. Despite this, I was completely blown away by his smooth voice and the way he gave each character his/her individuality without using voices.

This story is unique and a lot of fun, if you can work past a few minor glitches.

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  • Peter
  • 04-15-16

Highly recommended

A friend once summed up the quality I like so much in Richard Matheson's writing as "Ordinary people in extraordinary situations." The same applies to Luke Smitherd's writing, which explains why I've binged my way through all of his books on Audible.

It's hard to pin a genre to these ; they're not really full on sci fi or fantasy, rather they're the journey of believable, engaging everyday characters dealing with a world inexplicably tilted on its axis.

Whatever genre it is, it works for me.


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  • G. P. Brown
  • 04-14-16

Original and engaging.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. It was a unique story and and engaging and entertaining listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This was not a book with a large cast. The main character Charlie was probably my favourite. He was a likeable everyman who found himself entangled in some crazy happenings and dealt with them pretty well.

What about Luke Smitherd’s performance did you like?

I usually avoid books narrated by their authors, as 9 times out of 10 they are awfully performed, but I'm glad I took a chance on this one as Luke Smitherd gave a competent performance. He was not the best narrator I've ever listened to but he was far from the worst. I even think he improved as the story progressed. I'll be happy to listen to his other books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really but there was a lot of moments when I was completely sucked into the story so I guess that is a good sign.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this unusual sci-fi/horror.

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  • Kevin
  • 03-30-16

This needs to be a Movie (Totally original)

Would you listen to In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story again? Why?

Yes of course and i will be doing but not before i gobble up more work from this talented Author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

No Spoilers, all i will say is when the penny dropped and the story explained the many questions i had whilst listening

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Too many to name but one that sticks out was the date scene

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes completely

Any additional comments?

If you're anything like me and get a little fed up with the same sort of stories and want to experience a very different refreshing concept, still with gripping drama, lots of mystery and want to go on a different kind of journey then there really is no need to be still reading this. What are you waiting for ?. Best credit i have spent in a very long time. (Apart from The Stone Man) Off to purchase the rest of this authors books.

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  • Carol
  • 03-14-16

Something different from the same old same old

Loved this book. Different from anything I have read before. Loved the characters and cared for them. Loved the narration too. I have also read the stone man by the same author and would recommend that book too. The two stories are very different and unlike anything I have previously read.

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  • jude carroll
  • 11-16-15

A fantastic book,something different, Brilliant.

I have never read anything like this before and I get through a lot of books.The fact that the writer is also the narrator means the characters sound as he wanted and not someone else's interpretation.The possibly baffling storyline is explained so clearly it is easy to follow all the complexities and will have you desperate to carry on with the story when you have to do something else.
The ending actually made me cry,something no other book has done,I became so involved with the story I just didn't want it to end.

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  • ALP
  • 09-27-16

Blew my expectations out of the water!

Around the halfway point of this book I began to periodically sigh to myself - "This is a great concept, really intriguing, hugely original.. but is it going THERE? Really?.."

The answer - No. I'm an idiot. A massive idiot.

This was by far one of my favourite listens this year. A great concept, a well crafted story and a definite emotional impact at both ends of the spectrum that I'll be feeling for a while. I can't say much without spoiling anything, but I had such emotional responses to characters here that I haven't experienced in a very long time!

The cover has a review which mentions a number of genres and it really does cover them all without truly be confined by a classification, I can see this appealing to a lot of people for different reasons and immediately recommended it to a number of friends!

Also worth noting that Luke Smitherd has been independently publishing, as well as writing and narrating this book. Loving the spirit and the narration was great too - I look forward to more!

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  • Chris Revill
  • 11-12-15

This just gets better and better!

Never been so gripped by a story as much as this one! As you listen to the audio book you think you've Sussed what's happening and then Smitherd hits you with several twists! Prepare yourself for a lengthy listen to this as you are not goingt to want to have a break! Good work from the author both written and spoken.

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  • Galina
  • 04-19-16

Couldn't put the book down

Found the story to be very captivating, interesting and intriguing. Great mystery all the way till the end.

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  • Michael
  • 04-08-16

A wonderfull work

I have never read or listened to Smitherds stuff before but it was a truly wonderful experience. It was original taughtly and coherently plotted and contains extremely engaging and believable characters. i think that it is this combination of smills which make you suspend the disbelief so you can buy into the story. I highly and hearty reccomend this audio book. Thank you for creating such a joyous work.

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  • Mr
  • 11-11-15

Awesome story

Great, well tested complexity. Also, really well read by the author, even managed to sound a bit like matt addis ;0)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-20

just read it

I really loved it, my first audiobook in fact.
through the first and second, everything was fantastic. the moments were all nice and I cant say much more
its a romance with drama. mixed with sci-fi, mystery and horror.
I'd like you to read it
and Luke, the author
"you did well" Charlie said
"you really did well" Minnie continued
thank you for this wonderful read