The Secret History of Twin Peaks enlarges the world of the original series, placing the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, beginning with the journals of Lewis and Clark and ending with the shocking events that closed the finale.
The perfect way to get in the mood for the upcoming Showtime series.
Full cast of narrators includes Amy Shiels, Annie Wersching, Chris Mulkey, David Patrick Kelly and James Morrison.
©2016 Mark Frost (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
worth the investment. high quality writing and production - must read for any twin peaks fans (even the skeptical)
Who killed Laura Palmer? That was the question on everyone’s lips in the early 1990s when the face of television storytelling changed. Eccentric film-maker David Lynch joined forces with Mark Frost to create a quirky murder mysteries series like nothing seen before. To this day, modern storytelling tries to emulate its eccentricities, wit and beauty.
Centring around the FBI investigation into the murder of high school beauty Laura Palmer, the series dove deep into the heart of the seemingly quiet Washington state town of Twin Peaks, where closed doors hid secrets that ranged from drug running to the supernatural. Peppered with oddball characters and dark secrets, the lives of the town’s residents peeled back to reveal that nothing and no one was as it seemed.
the-secret-history-of-twin-peaks-200In the final episode, the ghost of Laura Palmer promised to “see you again in 25 years” and, while that deadline has passed, the series is being revived in 2017 to peak back into the town and all its mysteries. In the lead up to the highly anticipated new series, Mark Frost takes us back to the very beginning of the town in his new book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks, beginning with the early explorers and taking the reader through to the shocking events that closed the original series.
Audiobook lovers get an added bonus with a massive cast of readers that combine original actors with several from the upcoming revival. Kyle MacLachlan (Dale Cooper), Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Lawrence Jacoby), Michael Horse (Deputy Hawk), Chris Mulkey (Hank Jennings) and David Patrick Kelly (Jerry Horne) join forces with new cast members Amy Shiels, James Morrison and Robert Knepper. Other readers include Annie Wersching, Len Cariou, Mat Hostetler, Mark Frost, Arthur Bishop and Ari Fliakos.
Their readings add extra life to this fan-focused fiction that moves from the town’s establishment to native and UFO mythology and, ultimately, the unknown history of many of the original television characters. We find out how Margaret (the “Log Lady”) came to be the way she is; we learn the mystery behind Nadine’s breakdown; and the surprising criminal history of Josie Packard amongst other histories.
Running just under 10 hours, The Secret History of Twin Peaks is an exciting new glimpse into the mystery town and its inhabitants. Newcomers to the world of Twin Peaks may find the deeper history focusses a little too much on UFO mythology but will undoubtedly love the fascinating introductions to the characters, many who they will meet in 2017 when they revive their roles for the new series.
It’s easy to dismiss a book tie-in as nothing more than a piece of fan fiction but, as with the television show itself, Mark Frost has imagined a world rich in imagination and presents it as historical fact. The excellent and large cast in the audiobook makes one wonder why anyone would bother reading the book instead of immersing themselves in so many voices from the past that no doubt still haunt their memories.
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pure brilliance in exceptional Twin Peaks fashion. although unlike the television series, i feel more than satisfied with the answers to the mystery we were never given all those years ago. and superbly performed/narrated.
"Aweful sound quality"
Which such a great cast, you'd expect a better quality. at 64kpbs/22.050kHz, this make the audiobook sounding out from a poor radio broadcast
"This Audio Book is not what it appears"
In the words of Dale Cooper: I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it. Don't wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair, two cups of good, hot black coffee, or a delightful audio book that will further enrich the world of Twin Peaks for you.
I've been anticipating this book with great excitement but I feel like I've just been "Rick Rolled". I was expecting something written in the same vain as Cooper's autobiography and Laura's diary that bridged the gap between the original and the new series, but what I got was tedious, unrelated waffle hastily tied together at the end to justify using the Twin Peaks brand...and make an easy buck. There is little relevance to the series and the back stories of a few characters was already covered in the series. Just as the book finally begins to get interesting and teases some interesting insights it ends.
"Wow Bob wow"
Well ! What a story following a far longer timeline than I anticipated. The historical back story was interesting and relevant and as we grew closer to the time of the series I got more and more excited. I am literally desperate for season 3 now so hurry up 2017!
"What a history!!!"
I was a true Twin Peaks fan back in the 90s and with news of the new series starting 2017 I was excited by the book title.
I loved the fact that not only does it use historic events with names I have come to know from the town of Twin Peaks but it also builds up the history of characters we know and love and their history to the town and one another beyond what we learnt from the TV show.
Excellent to also have Agent Cooper feature.
Can't wait for the new series after reading this. adds new dimensions to the Twin Peaks world!
"Time to fill in the blanks."
The owls are very much not what they seem. ESSENTIAL listening for any true fan.
"Interesting character development, but lacking in any real oomph"
Just a quick review.
This seems more like an experiment in writing with Twin Peaks tacked on than a fully realised Twin Peaks story. It's clear that the mystery if the lodges is more Lynch's thing than Frost's, so don't expect any explanation of that particularly.
I also wish more was said about the owl cave ring.
Nice book to get you in the mood for more episodes, but needed a bit more meat.
"Not very good"
I hated the bits about UFOs and conspiracies but the Twin Peaks character history bits were interesting.
"twin peaks treat "
Not what I was expecting - quite complicated in places - yet v much enjoyed
"Interesting but not perfect"
Not really unabridged. Parts of the book are skipped (although not many) and actors make occasional mistakes while reading the original material. I enjoyed listening to it anyway, while reading the actual book.
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