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"I received a complimentary audiobook of this title from the author and have voluntary left this honest review.”
A middle of the road, but nonetheless entertaining, collection of shorts.
Nothing spectacular or overly weird here, despite the title. The stories seemed a bit elementary. Felt like horror for beginners. Goosebump-ish. There’s nothing wrong with that, if that’s your bag, but I was hoping for something darker.
The narration was good at times, however, there were quite a few errors throughout - yawns right in the middle of a sentence, double words, mini pauses etc. I’ve never experienced that before in an audiobook and it threw me off on more than one occasion.
Overall, a decent collection, but could have used some “juice” and a sound editor. 2.5 Stars
I hate to give out a negative review. I know what it is like to work hard, and put it all out there, but I have to be honest.
First, Tim Carper is a fine narrator I am sure. He is clean in his delivery and he is not static or monotone, but his accent for this book does not fit. He has a strong southern flavor that would be fine in another genre, like a western, but not here. In a case like this the narration should be free of accent, unless being used to color a character. Here, it was a constant distraction.
Second, Flowers stories are really simple and straight forward. They all have a good gem inside, but it has not been polished. For example, his werewolf tale is just about a werewolf killing some people that came to kill him. It plays out more like a scene in a movie than a short story. The same with the first tale, about the pregnant girl, has a good start, but the ending has 0 punch. It just felt like there should have been more. Alien abduction? Same. I do note a lot of scientists are evil vibes, and maybe that is meant to be an overarching theme, but none of them carried enough weight for me to go WOW! Short stories need impact, something that comes from the weight of events that occur or a good twist at the end. None of these had that. Sorry, but between the narration, and the lackluster stories I cannot give this book a thumbs up. Which is a real shame, because these are the stories I would love to read if they had some more zip and zing to them.
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