A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist

  • by R. Manolakas
  • Narrated by John Bell
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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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- Gaele

Twilight Zone like but even more bizarre

What made the experience of listening to A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist the most enjoyable?

I loved the variety and the underlying strangeness and sense of social anarchy--I especially liked the last short novel because it had spiritualistic overtones and yet a decay of sorts in the main character's spirit--I didn't even guess the ending I was so caught up in the creativity and mesmerizing effect of the plot-line.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the complete originality without being over the top. It was quietly weird but not too weird--like it could happen! I also loved its convenient format--three short novels each in three parts--it was handy listening on my exercise bike and I used my dumbbells with my hands and pumped with my feet!

Have you listened to any of John Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No; he is quite a narrator; I don't believe how one man can do all those varied and nuanced voices--three short novels each with many characters--men and women and even children!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the end of the middle story, where it dawned on me who this person really was. Many would have guessed this sooner perhaps, I didn't know until the end--it didn't really matter because it was the riveting ride along the way that mattered most.

Any additional comments?

The structure of this trilogy and the short length of the novelettes make this a commuters and traveler's dream!

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- ocdoug

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: robert manolakas