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This Audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
Let's start of with the bland.
Warped consists of several short stories (some VERY short) and as always in such cases some are hits (for instance Sugar Daddy) and some are misses.
I am rating this book for an overall of 5 stars.
Is this one of the best book I ever read (listened)? Not really, but this book managed to evoke an emotional response from me, something that caught me off guard completely, so kudos are required.
This audiobook also managed to creep me out, blame the narrator for that.
So what is all this about? The stories, as the book title suggests, are warped. Some of them play homage to classic horror stories, some are gruesome (actually, most are) and many of them are quite demented and disturbing. Jeff Menapace mostly manages to stay away from the horror tropes making my guesswork completely off most of the time, and adding to the suspension.
And what about the narration?
Jeff Hays is either one of the best narrators around, or is a wizard with Audio software (the alternative is that he has a really scary split personality). The first time a woman was voiced I had to go double check if he indeed is the sole narrator (he is!!?). In a way, this was both awesome and distracting at first (how in the world is he doing that voice?), and the end result was just upping the creepiness factor - which in this case serves the book quite well.
Other audio enhancements (like drinking sounds, dual voices etc.) further improved the dramatization of the book making it a joy to listen to.
To summarize, if you're going to read this book, you should listen to it. The performance here adds so much to the book it would be a shame to miss out on it and while some stories are not as good as others - the entire experience is one of the better ones I had the privilege of listening to.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book. It has such a variety of horror short stories it keeps you interested.
What did you like best about this story?
The individual stories and the narrative. The narrator is wonderful. He voice is able to caress your mind and bring you right into the story.
Which scene was your favorite?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Be prepared to sleep with the lights on.
Any additional comments?
Jeff Hays is a wonderful narrator. His voice is so easy to listen to and he has the talent to suduce one into the story as if they were part of it.
I was given the book as a gift in return for my unbiased review which I have given.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
When I read stories where the endings are left 'up in the air', for our own interpretation, I feel quite frustrated! This set of 11 stories have quite a few endings like that, but frustration aside I did enjoy each one. A scarecrow with more than straw inside has a beautiful bond with an abused boy, a game of poker where the winner really does take all, finding the best candidate for a very special job, and lots more. Some were short, some better than others, but when each one had finished I had to press the pause button so I could think about it. To me, that is the sign of a good story,