The Girlfriend Game

  • by Nick Antosca
  • Narrated by Scott Brick, Kirby Heyborne, R.C. Bray, Jeffrey Kafer, Emily Woo Zeller, Vikas Adam, Eric Martin, Nick Antosca, Rachel Fulginiti
  • 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Creepy, dark and wonderful !

What made the experience of listening to The Girlfriend Game the most enjoyable?

The variance of the writers thematically, and the subsequent uniqueness of each performer. What a fascinating ( although admittedly not entirely original ) creative process.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too many characters to be able to answer this meaningfully.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

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! )

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- Matthew

Slices of Unhappy Lives

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girlfriend Game to be better than the print version?

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.

What other book might you compare The Girlfriend Game to and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

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

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).

Any additional comments?

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.

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- Bmac

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2015
  • Publisher: Monkfish Liver Pictures, Inc.