A Long Time Dead

  • by Wondra Vanian
  • Narrated by Allyson Voller
  • 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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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.

I was provided this audiobook free of charge in return for my honest review.
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- Marcus


This book contains a series of short stories, each is exciting and written with an expert hand. They kept on edge waiting for the next one. This was my first experience with this author but not the last as I'll happily read anything of hers again.

My favorite story was one about a young couple expecting their first child. They've just moved into a new home but the house has a bit of history. The wife starts seeing a little girl in a red dress and hearing strange sounds. it all climaxes into a suspenseful ending.

I'm a huge lover of short stories and will be looking for more from this author.

I was given this book free for an honest review.
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- Erika

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2017
  • Publisher: Marfa House