• The Limpet Syndrome

  • How to Survive the Afterlife, Book 1
  • By: Tony Moyle
  • Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

John's dead...but his biggest challenges have only just begun.

Hell has a problem. Two actually. The souls of Sandy Logan and Ian (Cher) Noble are missing and the fate of the Universe is at stake. John's deal to regain his life sounds easy. Until he discovers Sandy and Ian have both been reincarnated as pigeons and could be anywhere on Earth. What's more they died trying to stop the Prime Minister unleashing Emorfed on the unsuspecting public, a substance designed to remove human emotions.

John will have to travel to Hell and back, possess a sex addicted rock star, evade an agent with OCD who can't leave a room until he's shut the door three times, discover the secrets of the Limpet Syndrome, locate Sandy’s soul and bring down a government all before the summer solstice. In his pursuit to discover the truth of his own death, John is about to find out that death isn't the end; it's just the beginning of the end.

The Limpet Syndrome is Book 1 of "How to Survive the Afterlife" the hilarious fantasy series by Tony Moyle.

If you love books about reincarnation, corruption, the human condition, and talking pigeons then this is the audiobook for you. Ok you've never read/listened to a book like that before...here's your chance, get the weirdness today!

©2017 Tony Moyle (P)2019 Tony Moyle

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crass and uninteresting

The concept was really cute but every single character is a terrible person and all male. A third of the way into the book I finally came across two female one-off characters who had speaking lines and they existed primarily to talk about their tits. I couldn't finish it and I don't recommend anyone else read it.

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No conclusion

This was a very strange book.
Not sure what the characters’ motivations were. The only really likable character was Nash. The journey of John was quite erratic and difficult to follow, and to top it all off - it came to no conclusion and ended as a “cliff hanger” to the next installment.

The narrator did a good job with it.

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Very Amusing.....

Tony Moyle has written yet another witty and entertaining book which had me chuckling in amusement. Akin to Terry Pratchett, this book was entertaining and funny....

The narration was very good and easy to listen to.

I am taking a chance on self-published books and the one's I don't like l don't bother with a review but this and 'The End of the World is Nigh' we're great, hopefully soon l will get to more books by Tony Moyle.

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Wow!!! Excellent Storyline and Great Narration!!!

If you are looking for a story like no other, that deserves ten plus stars; this is a must listen. You will find yourself absorbed into the storyline anxiously awaiting what comes next. You will laugh out loud one minute and find yourself shocked the next, all the while rooting for our hero "John" and those silly "pigeons!"

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Thoroughly entertaining.

I reall enjoyed listening to this book. Very fun story, some interesting characters, and well read.
The story evolved enough along the way to keep me into the story and intrigued. There is a little bit of everything in this book. Funny, exciting, lightly weird, just a good time in general. Certainly interested in the next book
Aubry Parsons is now among my favorite narrators.

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Brilliant and bizarre

Unique, funny, excellent all round! My first experience with the author and looking forward to more!

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One of those stories I listen to over and over...

...and the listening experience gets richer every time. The voice and accent fit the story perfectly and make the book more enjoyable than just reading. The story and the dialog both keep fitting together better every time I listen. Each time through I appreciate more of the detail from the story.
My thanks to Tony and Aubrey for a job well done.

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Engaging and Funny!

I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

When I first decided to listen to this book, I really wasn't sure I was going to like it. I am so glad I didn't let that stop me from listening all the way to the end. The author provides an intriguing perspective of what happens to your soul in the afterlife, and mixed it with the perfect amount of humor to "lighten" the mood of the story. The narrator was excellent and brought the characters to life, which enhanced my enjoyment of the book tremendously. I look forward to checking out more books from Moyle and Parsons!!

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Enjoyable take on Post Life

This is a creative view of the afterlife and it's many trials and tribulations. Plenty of tounge in cheek comedy included. Really enjoyed it

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Enjoyable

I liked this book... but not as much as I liked the previous book from Tony... felt a little let down by the ending. And the narrator had some very similar sounding characters... will I buy the next book... definitely.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-08-20

Yes, you're dead. Boo hoo.

When John's simple car crash turns into a blazing inferno, there was no way his body could survive. He was dead. Well, sort of. His soul remained, waiting with others in Limbo, until told that he had a task to perform: to return to, essentially, save humanity. But given that he was dead, and therefore without a body and non time to grow one from birth, his soul would simply have to possess another, already living, person. And the journey began. It did not go smoothly.

This is an impressive book in that it is not only filled with twists like a mystery thriller, has some original takes on the afterlife, takes a sardonic look at the world of politics and government, emotions and desires, fame and pigeons, but also is in part rather scary but also very numerous without resorting to toilet jokes or dreary childish innuendo. Even the human characters are well drawn and those of the post life variety not exactly what the reader might expect. Hitch Hikers Guide it is not, but it is still unexpected, fun and an enjoyable read.

Narration is by Aubrey Parsons, a very English voice. Pleasant on the ear, mostly, he has an hard task with so much of the story written in dialogue spoken by a large range of characters, human and otherwise. He gives each a distinctive voice, mostly appropriate and consistent throughout, and where needed, fraught with emotional impact. One voice in particular rather amused me, sounding very much like the son, Harold, in the long running British comedy TV series, Steptoe and Son about a rag and bone business in London. His performance, though not perfect, definitely enhanced the enjoyment of the book for this reader.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of The Limpet Syndrome by the rights holder, at my request via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. Although it could easily be read as a stand alone, there is a 'To be continued" at the conclusion. I look.forward to reading about what happens next. It certainly won't be predictable

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  • Chris Wells
  • 04-20-22

Imaginative, Well Written And Funny.

The Limpet Syndrome shows us a very different view of what awaits after death from what we may have seen before. With this being a Tony Moyle book there’s a large dose of humour involved too. We follow John Hewson as he is forced to do a deal with demons to avoid an eternity in hell. There are many threads that the author weaves together brilliantly to give his readers a fun entertaining story. What I found most impressive is how he avoided the tale deteriorating into complete farce and losing the credibility he worked so hard to create. Don’t get me wrong there are some wonderfully over the top moments but it’s always right on the line between hilarious and ludicrous and it works so well. I don’t want to give away anything from the story as it would, in my opinion, spoil it for future readers. The Limpet Syndrome is fast paced, featuring great characters and is extremely funny while at the same time somehow retaining a semblance of plausibility despite its fantastical subject. I’m pleased this is only book one of the series as I most definitely want more.
I’ve listened to many books read by Aubrey Parsons, from many different authors, and he always, without fail, does a superb job. There are many characters to breathe life into in this story, some with quite different accents too, and he does his usual excellent work bringing them all to life.

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  • Tony Barlow
  • 12-29-20

This books leaves you wanting more.

You will love the characters in this book. Filled with twists, turns and laugh out loud moments, you will want to listen to the next installment straight away. What will become of John? Will Sandy and Ian live to fly again? Will a small mountain goat weeak havoc in Limbo? Let's find out...

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  • Anne Anela
  • 12-11-20

An endless hellish adventure

Well this book was certainly adventurous in a hellscape and earthly fantasy way. It didn’t have an ending though, so I’m not happy about that. Some of the characters are hilarious in the middle of the book. The story rambles a lot though. Not sure I’ll listen to the next audiobook in this series. I like books with a beginning, middle, and end. This was just all over the place. No structure, just craziness happening with lengthy bits that made little sense when “explaining” the dynamics of hell and souls.

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  • Calowaren
  • 12-03-20

Great story, but left hanging at the end

A cleverly written and mostly enjoyable escapade with a fair amount of humour, silliness and weird/interesting ideas. The characters are fun and the story is intriguing. The narrator, Aubrey Parsons, does a fabulous job with the voices and accents and gives each character a real personality.

My only real misgiving is the ending which leaves a huge cliffhanger ready for the next book and makes it feel like half a book. It kind of makes the reader feel cheated and pushed into buying the sequel which may be a good marketing ploy but doesn't give a satisfying finish.

I received a free copy of this audiobook either from the author or narrator and am voluntarily writing an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Jason
  • 11-13-20

Original, funny and thought provoking

I thoroughly enjoyed following John through the afterlife. It was an exciting and emotive adventure with just the right amount of humour. I'm looking forward to further books in the series.

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  • bigkenny
  • 10-01-20

Unexpected and very entertaining.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this. I was gifted it and it took me a couple of months to even bother listening to it. Anyway, the story is irreverent and gripping whilst the performance is spot on. Seriously, give it a go.

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  • MR
  • 09-07-20

Funny and on point

I really enjoyed this book and narration was on point. The concept was a new take on the after life but was laced with believable characters and very humorous

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  • Hairbear
  • 08-28-20

Great Story

I got this audio book from the author in return for writing an honest review.
The story is a little unusual with the main character returning from the dead (sort of) to help resolve an issue that could destroy the world. The story flows along nicely with plenty going on to maintain interest, there are some comedic situations along with the more serious.
The narrator has good, clear speech and an interesting tone.
I would definitely recommend listening.

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  • Jon
  • 05-24-20

Excellent book. Well read

Purchased this one myself after getting another in the stores as a promo & loving it too. Looking forward to the sequel.
Some interesting philosophical points on the nature of death & life

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  • Amanda
  • 12-18-20

awesome

great listen. keeps you fully engaged the whole time. loved it. going to listen to the sequel.