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Inspired by the author's art and by literature, these tales come from different times and places, with characters that search for their identity and challenge their hellish fate. Yet all of them share one thing in common: an unusual mind, one that is twisted.
If you like to read a horror anthology in the strain of Edgar Allan Poe, or if you like to witness the battle between the devil and God, you will enjoy outwitting the devil in this book. Surprisingly, as befitting dark fantasy female protagonists, it is a woman--or rather, her ghost-who finds a way to outwit him.
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By Jason on 01-06-18
Excellent collection of unusual stories!!!
This is a collection of works of varying degrees and lengths. The longer pieces are complete stories with a linear narrative. The shorter pieces feel very much like poetry. All the stories are told from a first person narrative with the exception of one that is just prose back and fourth with the two characters and could easily be a song/duet for two singers.
My favorite story was about a woman who is becoming conscious as a sculptor slowly molds her body and head out of clay. It took an unusual inanimate object and breathed life into it. Great story and a great ending. Definitely original and I look forward to reading / listening to more from this author.
The narration was done very well, but way to slow. I generally listen to everything at 1.5 times speed. With this one, I bumped it up to 2 times speed and she still sounded like she was reading at the normal 1 times speed of most other audio books. This is not a bad thing, just an observation.
I requested review copy of this audio book and I am leaving this voluntary and honest review.
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By Convoke on 07-26-14
Four women, four fates, one mystical tapestry
Where does Twisted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Among the audiobooks I've heard so far, Twisted ranks in my top twenty percent, primarily because of the melding of narrator and story, but also because I love Poznansky's forays into the mythos of the Old Testament.
What other book might you compare Twisted to and why?
I can compare Twisted only to Uvi Povnasky's other works about Biblical characters and times. The author is creating her own canon, bit by careful bit. I'd call this book magical realism, but it isn't quite that because the characters are not of this time: it's a passionate recasting of Biblical legend for womens' perspectives, with a helping of honesty thrown in for good measure. These four stories feature female protagonists so real you want to touch them, so bold that their unapologetic and unforgettable nature will haunt you long after the narrator finishes telling you each tale.
What does Heather Jane Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Heather Jane Hogan brings a finely wrought integrity to her readings, disappearing into each character in turn. Having these stories read to you allows the narrator to characterize each story differently; and different these feminine perspectives are, one form the other. Hogan breathes voice into each tale without ever overplaying her hand.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
If I could, I'd have listened to each of the four stories straight through.
Any additional comments?
The narrated story "I Am What I Am" alone is worth the price of this quartet of tales. As the character searches for her identity in a word of symbol, myth, and metaphor, so do you. Job's wife has something to say to all women of every age, and does, and narrator Hogan makes sure you hear the message. Accompanied and enhanced by three other tales, I, Woman...The Hollow...and The One Who Never Leaves, this quartet transports you into a way of apprehending life that is different from your own, so that you see all through a rarefied artistic sensibility. Bravo, author and narrator!
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