The complete list of narrators includes: Scott Brick, Kirby Heyborne, R.C. Bray, Emily Woo Zeller, Jeffrey Kafer, Rachel Fulginiti, Eric Martin, Vikas Adam, Dahlia Salem, and Nick Antosca.
Nick Antosca's The Girlfriend Game is a tumble through the looking glass into a vortex of violence and desire. The 12 stories in the newest collection by the Shirley Jackson Award-winning author are brutal, urgent and unforgettable.
In "Predator Bait", a decoy in a sex-sting news show questions her job and the man who shares her bed. An undependable son watches his mother become a creature he hardly recognizes in "Amphibian". A young man plots the death of his girlfriend's killer in "Winter Was Hard".
Antosca crafts surreal doomsday scenarios and otherworldly transformations alongside painfully articulate depictions of sexuality and animal impulse. The stories in The Girlfriend Game are mesmerizing, leaving a haunting afterglow long after you hear the last word.
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Creepy, dark and wonderful !
The variance of the writers thematically, and the subsequent uniqueness of each performer. What a fascinating ( although admittedly not entirely original ) creative process.
Too many characters to be able to answer this meaningfully.
I did not read the print edition, but I can't imagine that could be any better. Some of the best performers in the industry were enlisted in this project, and each brings their own special sauce to the stories.
Frankly, each one is like a little pocket opera. Complex, admittedly dark and in some cases violent or deeply troubling, they each exhibit creativity without limit.
I received this for free in exchange for an unbiased review. That said, my review is honest and without outside influence. I am very glad this book was made available to me ( likely it is one I may have missed during the course of my normal research ) .
Like most offerings, it has some flaws, but on balance they are more than made up for by the quality of the stories and the matching performances.
Highly recommended ( but do know it is not the most cheerful of offerings, certainly dark at its' core, so be aware! )
Slices of Unhappy Lives
I definitely would, simply because the production and narration was done fantastically. That does not hold anything against the written version but considering the audio version can access more senses and hold me more at attention I have to give it the edge.
I was on a noir kick for a while, reading thuglit and other less than pristine crime stories and though these stories aren't all in that crime range it really echoes the tone present in those stories. These are stories of unhappy people in unhappy lives trying to make their way through this existence and you know that things aren't likely to end well. Even in situations in which they do end well there is no release, that person keeps living in their created world.
Probably the entirety of the title story, because even though it left me feeling cold it was the best microcosm to represent the rest of the work. I had to turn it off and do something else for a while, it was that affecting.
I had the same kind of reaction I do when reading well done extreme horror, noir, dystopian, and other works in that vein. While the subject matters don't mesh well, the tone behind them is so empty it makes me question things in my life. The writing is fantastic, but like human lives it's short and brutish (though in this case the brutality is emotional rather than physical).
I received this for free in exchange for an unbiased review and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone but I will caution that if you're someone susceptible to negativity you might want to space it out with a different work because it just might get to you at one point or another.