• Mediocre Bad Guys: A Short Story

  • Ten Thousand Words or Less, Book 11
  • By: Justin M. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 08-24-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: CCS Publishing
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Windsors face a choice no parent should ever have to face.
Unfortunately, the decision is not theirs to make....
©2017 Justin M. Johnson (P)2017 Justin M. Johnson and CCS Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By R. MCRACKAN on 08-25-17

Morally complex tale of medical care

Any additional comments?

The first third of the story sets up a heart wrenching sober situation that we all hope we never have to face. What follows are a few dull trudging scenes where we follow the main character through some mundane life choices, until she turns on the television. Once she sees the protests on TV, the story jolts into an intense emotional space from which it never returns.

I'm not sure there are any heroes or villains here. At moments, the story flirts with vilifying religion. But then the hospital operating officer isn't exactly lionized either. The final minutes were difficult and unsatisfying. No heroes, no villains, and no satisfying resolution. Grimly appropriate for the subject matter.

The narration somehow does a good job of keeping this world detailed, visual, and immersive while balancing the focus on story and characters.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Janice Deane on 09-07-17

Insightful and Inciteful

Mediocre Bad Guys is an insightful, and even an inciteful work about the healthcare industry. This richly provocative short story was skillfully narrated by Tom Jordan, who did a great job making the characters deeply emotive and relatable. A profound story with a twist that I won’t soon forget.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Aimee on 08-31-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this modern tale.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Because the book deals with shades of grey when it comes to assessing human behaviour, as opposed to narrow black and white thinking that so dominates our society at this time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mediocre Bad Guys: A Short Story?

Without leaving a spoiler, I'll just say I didn't see what happened right before the end coming.

What about Tom Jordan’s performance did you like?

Tom's narration added just the right amount of nuisance combined with a super smooth delivery that really made the story engaging.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. I laughed at the line, 'the hardest thing she was going to have to do for dinner was to run the microwave.'

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