• The Widow's Breakfast

  • A Short Story from '20th Century Ghosts'
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-16-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.1 (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Killian is a drifter, a rail-car-rider, in the summer of '35, when no one can find work and even fewer make a living. But jumping off a train a little too soon one afternoon, he finds himself at the breakfast table of a recently widowed woman, and the recipient of an unexpected gift.
©2005, 2007 Joe Hill; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Most of the stories display the unself-conscious dash that made Hill's novel an intelligent pleasure....Not just for ghost addicts." (Kirkus Reviews)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Ian D. on 02-19-09

i don't get it

i'm glad i only spent 69 cents on this; the story is like a long joke that, when the punch line comes, i don't get. it's not supposed to be a joke, of course - it's supposedly a ghost story - but it's constructed just like a joke, consisting of a long lead-in followed by a punch line, if you will, on which the whole thing evidently hinges...but there's nothing revealed in the punch line; there's no surprise or anything else i didn't see coming. the big scary "sting" sound after the final line makes me think the final line was supposed to send chills up my spine, but it didn't; it couldn't have. it was like someone telling me two plus two equals four. nothing there that i didn't already know. what did i miss here?

the story wasn't masterfully read, either. the reading wasn't horrible, but it was kind of amateurish and over-the-top. i only gave it two stars instead of one because it was effective in creating a certain atmosphere for a while there, but for me it was not an effective story. not really worth $0.69; i would NOT recommend spending a credit on it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew S. Hill on 11-30-16

Beautifully written!

This story is a true adventure into the macabre. It leaves you with a truly Eerie feeling that you normally only feel when things are on the cusp of going terribly wrong in dreams.

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