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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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

Entertaining read reminscent of the Twilight Zone

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book is a series of 3 novellas, each story about 1 1/2 hours spread across 3 parts. The stories were entertaining with a surprise ending. The story and naration were varied enough to keep me entertained.

If you’ve listened to books by R. Manolakas before, how does this one compare?

I have never listened to a story by R. Manokalas

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Bell?

Sure. I gave the narration only 3 stars because John Bell didn't do a great job of voicing females (at one point in a story I thought I was hearing an early century same-sex releationship). However, John Bell's voice otherwise enhanced the story with a good variety of voices and voice inflection.

Do you think A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I'd love to read a follow-up of this book with a few changes. The novella style is a great way to listen to a story when you're on the road or in a quick project.

Any additional comments?

The stories in this novella were mysterious and spooky. The narrator's voice, while entertaining, was too cheerful. I would have enjoyed listening to narration with spooky music either in the background or at appropriate points in the stories.

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- Tinman

Book Details

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