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Once upon a time, I thought audio books were boring and monotonous. The few books I chose to listen to were narrated by people who didn't care how much life and personality they brought to a story and its characters, which made most of them unbearable. After trying a few, I gave up on the medium all together.
Then I discovered Chris Barnes. Chris has a delightful Scottish accent, but reads in whatever accent is necessary to be as true to his characters as possible. More importantly, he figures out what makes each character "tick" and brings each to life in a way I never imagined, even if I've read the book beforehand.
Shoebox is the story of Lee, a man who finds a box filled with money buried in his garden. He knows this money will change his life and solve all his problems, so he will do anything to protect it. This is a dark psychological thriller with an ending you won't soon forget.
I have always loved Michael Bray's stories and when he teams up with Chris Barnes, the combination is brilliant.
Shoebox is short, but it will make you think and shock you with its ending. It is a must-have for fans of horror or dark thrillers.
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If you could sum up Shoebox in three words, what would they be?
Psychological, Terrifying, Depressing
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot most assuredly kept me on the edge of my seat. The unwinding of Schofield, quite sharply, I might add kept you listening to find out just how far down the rabbit hole he's gone. His paranoia at even the most outlandish situations makes you question the realities around him.
Which character – as performed by Chris Barnes – was your favorite?
Schofield of course. His sudden find of the shoebox, to the downward spiral, to the terrifying conclusion is portrayed to perfection. He gives nothing away as the story twists and turns and leaves you shocked as the final words are spoken.
Any additional comments?
Isn't the first audio I've listened to by Chris Barnes, won't be the last. His ability to tell a story, and get deep inside the characters heads creates a connection that envelops you, and draws you into the story.
If you've not heard him yet, this is a great way to start!
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What made the experience of listening to Shoebox the most enjoyable?
CB has such a brilliant way of bringing the characters to life
What other book might you compare Shoebox to, and why?
all of MBs other books have the same flavour
What does Chris Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
the tension he evokes with his phrasing
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
the bathroom scene - CB was so blunt i had to rewind to really hear what i heard!
Any additional comments?
A lucky find in the garden leads to a series of disasters.
Generally, Lee is not a likeable character, I found myself wanting to smack him and I felt sorry for Jenny, his wife, for putting up with him for so long.
It had the essence of the Shallow Grave film about it but with a one view perspective as we watch Lee become more and more paranoid and go to greater lengths to protect his find.
The bathroom scene was gruesome and in perfect MB style, as was the twist at the end, which I thought was really well planned out. Even with a second read I could not see it coming.
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