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Publisher's Summary

Angels and aliens, a bargain with the devil, voices from beyond the grave, and voices raised in terror. From an old-fashioned ghost story, to a mind-bending tale of mental illness, and a bite-sized vampire romance, this collection of short stories by Wondra Vanian will explore more than one side of the crazy, terrifying thing called life and teach us to remember that we're A Long Time Dead.
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By Tad B. on 11-12-17

Spooky YA Collection

I think 'A Long Time Dead' will be enjoyed most by young adults who are into the horror/thriller genre. While I did enjoy the stories, they were a bit 'light' in the horror department for my taste. That said, I did enjoy all the stories from top to bottom. My favorite was the first one about the little girl in the red dress. The narration was pretty good, as well. Overall, I'd give it an 8/10!

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By Marcus on 05-11-17

Some hits sprinkled among some big misses

This is a collection fo short stories culminating with a longer one which shares the title of the collection. I didn't realize this going in, so when the first "chapter" of "A Long Time Dead" ended, I thought that was the end of the story and was quite confused -- especially since the second chapter seemed completely unrelated to the first.

Backing up though, the first few stories can be hit or miss. Some, like the first (which you hear in the audible sample) are very creative and linger on your thoughts when finished. Others come across more as anecdotes or random thoughts than actual stories.

One of the better "hits" was the story about the expecting couple that bought a new home. Maybe I zoned out, but I didn't actually fully get it until the end, which is always pleasant (who wants to suffer through something they already guessed the end to, right?).

The final story though was just a big miss for me unfortunately. It starts off somewhat interesting, but then simply spirals into an overly-saccharin Twilight-esque tale that I don't even think the YA audience could get through without several eyerolls. It definitely put a damper on the collection IMO.

The narrator was decent enough, though the audio production made it sound like it was recorded in someone's bathroom at times. There were several long gaps of empty air at odd points, and once, she even read a line, stopped and re-read it in a completely different tone. Some editing would clean that all up.

While the "misses" drag the score way down, the hits are solid enough for me to give it a 4.

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