Demons in the Spring

  • by Joe Meno
  • Narrated by Victor Bevine
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is an Audible IndieFirst selection.Demons in the Spring is a collection of 20 short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned.In these stories, oddly modern moments occur in the most familiar of public places, from offices to airports to schools to zoos to emergency rooms: a young girl refuses to go anywhere unless she's dressed as a ghost; a bank robbery in Stockholm goes terribly wrong; a teacher becomes enamored with the students in his school's Model United Nations club; a couple is affected by a strange malady - a miniature city which has begun to develop in the young woman's chest.These inventive stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, and unusual. While many of them have never been previously published, others have been featured in the likes of LIT, Other Voices, Swink, TriQuarterly, and McSweeney's.

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What the Critics Say

"The power is in the writing. Mr. Meno is a superb craftsman." (Hubert Selby, Jr.)
"Eclectic, funny, constantly surprising - these are the things a short story collection should be allowed to be....a rich, unforgettable stew of a book." (Dave Eggers)
"This short story collection succeeds word to word, sentence to sentence, and cover to cover." (Publishers Weekly)
"Narrator Victor Bevine tackles these stimulating stories head on, displaying his range as he brings an avant-garde cast of characters to life and makes each as relatable and true-to-form as the last. Not one for over-the-top theatrics, Bevine relies upon his bass voice to make listeners laugh, cry, and, most importantly, scream." (AudioFile)

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Weird...very weird!

I bought this based on curiocity alone. Lots of these stories, folks, are just plane weird. I do have to agree with a few of the other reviews...some of the stories end without resolution, but maybe it's one of those deals where it's up to you to make up the ending? I don't know. What I do know is this guy Joe Meno is definitely inventive. A woman who turns into a cloud several times a day? A miniture city grows inside a woman's chest???? A girl who refuses to go anywhere unless she's dressed up like a ghost? they're entertaining to be sure, some of this stuff really is inventive, that's for sure. I just don't know if I would recommend it to anyone who isn't used to these kinds of stories. I must admit that even I'm still shaking my head here.Let's just say, I think this guy was smoking the good stuff, or the bad stuff, depending on your point of view while writing these. If you're really curious check it out. But be warned you're in for something incredibly weird.
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- Chris

Not my cup of tea

I tried - I really tried to like this book, especially since it came recommended by a good friend. But as many other reviewers are pointing out, you either love this collection or you 'don't get it'. I fall into the latter camp on this one, and while I think Bevine's performance is fine, it seemed to me like the stories were weird for the sake of being weird, and I just couldn't get into this one.
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- Diana - Audible

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios