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Going into this with no expectations as I have never read or listened to a book by Isaac Thorne, but I have followed him on Twitter for some time. So I think I have an idea of what to expect, however not really sure. Isaac Thorne decided to narrate his own book. I have listened to disastrous author narrated books in the past and I have listened to exception ones as well. So I have learned that finding an author narrated book is not always cause for concern.
Diggum is a short horror story that takes place in a cemetery. Diggum is the name of caretaker or grave-digger or whatever they're called. Diggum is on a mission. What that is I will not say. I will say that ending made me do a double take because I was not expecting what happened.
This not extreme horror. This is old school style that makes you fill in most of the blanks to come to your own conclusion. While I wanted to know more about why Diggum was doing what was doing. I still found this listen quite enjoyable.
I am happy to report that Thorne's performance was not bad at all. He used a southern-style accent and a voice that sounded a lot like Billy Bob Thorton in Sling Blade. This fit perfectly with what my imagination came up with. However, there was some background noise throughout the recording. It was a white noise of sorts that didn't detract very much from the story. There was also at lease two instances of what sounded like a car driving by, which was strange.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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If you could sum up Diggum in three words, what would they be?
"God's a cheater" may be the best way of summing up the overall story.
Which character – as performed by Isaac Thorne – was your favorite?
There was really only Diggum--the main character--but he did surprisingly well. The last book I listened to where the author (not Issac Throne) narrated his own story--The Black: Outbreak--was absolutely terrible to the point where I requested a refund. Mr. Throne quickly set a decent tone and pace where the character's voice quickly shined through.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The second death, since there was far more details to it and seemed to mark a turning point for Diggum.
Any additional comments?
This story is one that doesn't overstay its welcome. It is exactly the length it needed to be.