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Just didn't stick with me. Don't get me wrong - it wasn't a bad read - it just wasn't a great read either. Perhaps I am expecting too much from a short story, but a great book sticks in my head for a bit when I'm done with it and this one didn't. I was provided this book in exchange for a review. While this one was slightly above average, I would certainly listen to another book by RK Howard, I would just try a regular book as opposed to a short story.
I hate to sit on the fence , but I don't have a choice here, while I can't say don't read it, I'm not going to recommend either. In keeping with my promise to give a honest review that's the best I've got.
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A man just wants to get home after a long day of work. His daily commute on the express bus goes from mundane to strange, then horrific as he learns the meaning of life. There are lessons to be learned, and if you don’t learn them, and learn them well, the consequences are unforgiving and permanent.
The Express is short (under and hour) and to the point. The Devil is in the details as they say. There is a folksy kind of tone to the story, almost a 1940’s novel with an “Oh Boy, this isn’t swell” kind of mood. But the setting is modern until it turns dark, very dark. Somehow the narrator is able to speak to us from way beyond time and warns us of our own possible fate.
The simple plot is straightforward and entertaining with little in the way of surprises or twists, just one man’s fall into the abyss. For a quick listen without too much brain power this could be a nice escape.
The story is performed by Alex Hyde-White. His sonorous voice is perfect for the folksy character both in tone and mood. There is a lighthearted feel to his voice that keeps the dark story from being depressing. There is only the one character telling us the entire story with no other character voices. He excellent and wonderful to listen to. A voice you might want to follow.
The Express is a quick tale that is reasonably enjoyable. Nothing earth-shattering or new, but entertaining enough. Give it a listen if you are in the mood for one man’s decent into darkness.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author
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