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The year is 1977. Three teenagers drive along an Indiana back road, heading home away from the highway, away from prying eyes and traffic cops. One behind the driver's wheel, two in the back seat sampling the merchandise that could get them all jailed. And then, as the car careens beneath a black sky lit only by a million stars, they see it. Something in the sky, something large and close and beckoning with its strangeness.
The boys demand they stop the car. The driver refuses, terrified of what might happen if she listens to them. Whatever it is they see makes the decision for them and stops the car in its tracks. What happens next to them could be real or imagined, but it will never be forgotten.
©2015 Mark McNease (P)2016 Kindle Singles
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By espanolish on 06-16-16

Enjoy the Trip!

Whether or not you believe the main character’s account of things, you will enjoy the trip. This short fist-person psychological/sci-fi piece by Mark McNease follows the experience of a small crew of interesting characters whose counterbalancing exchanges push the story’s forward moving momentum. I loved the narrative’s casual but clever conversational feel: “Granville Indiana isn't the center of anything but itself… It's got a couple of malls that killed the downtown when…"

McNease delivers with surprises that are elegantly placed, and with an ending that left me wondering, but in a satisfied way. Because this piece was so nicely done, I am now interested in exploring McNease’s “Kyle Callahan Mysteries,” which are novel length works.

Narrator Braden Wright stole an already unstoppable show. Better put, he owned it. Braden reads the story as if he wrote it himself— Correction-— as if he LIVED it himself. His ability to combine outstanding articulation with a laid-back, “It’s just the two of us here” personalization is remarkable.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks AudioBlast.

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By Wordchaser on 06-08-16


What made the experience of listening to Stop the Car the most enjoyable?

The build up of tension, the perfect pitch and perfect pace.

What did you like best about this story?

The blend of pathos and mystery, of the ordinary and the extraordinary.

What about Braden Wright’s performance did you like?

His obvious connection with the subject matter.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I am a writer. When I listen to a story I hear when sentences falter and when they triumph. There were no false notes in this story, just beautiful, evocative writing. Listening to "Stop the Car" made me want to pick up my pen and start writing, to take part in the magic of creation. Bravo, Mark. I loved it.

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By DanniBella on 09-16-16

Once again Mark McNease delivers

Would you listen to Stop the Car again? Why?

I don't listen to audiobooks twice but I loved every second of this audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

It made me feel like I was back home in America. There's something about Mark McNease's writing that makes me feel like I'm right in the middle of the book. Like I know the characters personally

What about Braden Wright’s performance did you like?

Very good. He's an excellent narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationships in the book the nostalgic feeling there's an overall modd to this book that stays with you long after you put it down.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book as a gift in return for an honest review. I'm a big fan of Mark McNease's writing.

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