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Publisher's Summary

A lonely and beautiful little girl with a strange friend, a shy, thoughtful young man searching for a purpose in life that will surprise you, and an elderly, sensual woman whose art warns her of the future: these are the spines of the bizarre novelettes featured in this first volume of a series of trilogies. Due to our time pressures and the increasing stress and diversity of modern life, the audiobook listener's appetite for satisfying chunks of "binge listening" is increasing dramatically. These novelettes - or short novels - of 15,000 words each provide the subplots, complications, and wealth of characters and dramatic punch of full-length tomes, but are more digestible and less time consuming. Each, also divided into three convenient parts, is a self-contained, satisfying, piquant slice of fiction with fast-moving scenes, snappy dialogue, and endings with a twist - much in the style of The Twilight Zone. This series, Bright Shadows Series - Novelettes for Busy Folks, is a new brand in riveting fiction.
©2014 R. Manolakas (P)2014 Robert Manolakas
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5 out of 5 stars
By Simone K on 11-06-17

Fun, Weird and Worth It

These three Twilight Zone-esque novellas make for a spooky and fun listen! A great length, these stories can be consumed in one sitting. I enjoyed the diverse range of characters and time periods of these tales. I would recommend this trilogy to any friends who enjoy spooky content, but not full-blown horror.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gaele on 09-25-14

different and solidly written,

I am admitted fan of short stories, so this trilogy was an enticing review option. R. Manolakas presents these as being in the style of Twilight Zone, and while they were different and solidly written, there was just a little something missing to give me that moment of “ooh” that I remember from those shows.

A touch of the bizarre, where conundrums are created that don’t necessarily engage but serve the plot well starts this collection, and while the conclusion to this story managed to feel appropriate with the other two in this collection just didn’t seem to make sense as a triad. The last two stories are ventures into historical fiction, and while technically proficient and well-written, I was easily able to discover the mystery long before the reveal or conclusion. Again I still felt a bit disconnected and removed from the story, missing the promised feel of unique or otherworldly twists.

Narration is more than capably provided by John Bell. His voice was mellifluous and engaging, she smoothly navigated the dialog and characters, and presented the appropriate tone and enunciation to the work.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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