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What did you love best about Transmission?
The performance! Jake Urry is without a doubt the best fantasy/horror performer out there. He is scintillating in this reading ( and paired with a decent genre writer in Ambrose Ibsen as well! )
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Most: The recordings and how they were parsed out.
Least: Some of the personal interactions in the story are fluffy.
What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?
Everything. Couldn't be improved upon. Fabulous work.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Some parts were scary and made me think. No crying however.
Any additional comments?
I was provided this book in exchange for fair and objective review. I am VERY glad I did get the book, as it is was highly entertaining, and I most definitely would have used a credit for it if it didn't end up on my Audioblast list.
Highly recommended, if not just for the performance.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I love that this story wastes no time and gets right down to business. Kenji hears a weird voice in the background of his music and immediately begins puzzling over it. Dragging his friend Dylan into it, they set off on a quest to discover the meaning. Elsewhere, a man sees a woman on a VHS uttering the same phrases into the camera and is sucked into the hunt as well.
The story follows our three protagonists as they endeavor to discover how and why this woman, Agnes, imprinted her message on various media 10 years ago. It's a fun and creepy romp that kept my attention just about the whole way.
Toward the 65-70% mark however, the author apparently realizes the cat is just about to be out the bag and seems intent on dragging things out as much as possible. The listener is forced to suffer through repetitive dialog and inner-monologues over how they shouldn't be doing what they're doing and how they'll regret it. Every step of the adventure is then plagued with enough hand-wringing to completely destroy the momentum.
The ending is satisfactory, although I think things might have been creepier had the woman's true nature not been what it was. There also seemed to be no real reason for some characters or facts to have existed at all.
The narrator has an appropriately creepy voice that's well-suited to a tale of this nature. The accent, while soothing, could become a bit distracting however. I'd say the biggest drawback for me was that most of the dialog was read in a monotone. Coupling that with the accent, it sometimes made it hard to tell if you were listening to someone speak or think.
Definitely worth a listen for the first 70% of the book alone though!
* I was provided this book, free of charge, in exchange for a fair and unbiased review of the content.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I just can't bring myself to give this book 3 stars. I didn't want to be too mean in my rating, but really by the end I just couldn't give it 3 stars. Lots of 2nd hand ideas taken from eg. Close encounters of the 3rd kind, The Stone Tapes, Etc, Etc. Author kept writing how afraid the protagonists were "hairs standing up on their necks" Etc - but he never vividly described a scary seen. The reader couldn't therefor put himself in the picture & be afraid; because the scariness was not conveyed by the written word to the reader. Narrator kept running 1 paragraph straight on from another, so that poignant pauses were lost & 1 point made was just left to run in to an entirely disparate point/ subject. Whole thing very amateurish.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Transmission the most enjoyable?
Arguably, Jake Urry is the most sinister of narration voices in audio today. He could cause cold shivers by simply reading a telephone directory. And yet he is also a master of creating distinct, realistic character voices in conversation. A perfect pairing, therefore, with this story of supernatural happenings.
This is a chiller, not a thriller. No crazy action packed happenings on every page. Just the insidious creeping fear of something very wrong, of having made wrong choices, of being watched, of wanting to be anywhere but there ... Always moving towards an inevitable end.
It creeps up on you - and won't let go. Good rounded characters, two college students and an older man, all pleasant, likeable, and all caught up in more than they can control. It makes the listener want to shout, 'Get out now whilst you still might have a chance'
My heartfelt thanks for the gift of this book. It filled an otherwise tedious day with tingles down my spine. Even if I have now vowed never again to listen to those strange voices in the background of some musical recordings ...
3 of 3 people found this review helpful