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A Contagious Collection of Short Stories and Poems
By: D.C. Lozar
Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
This an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I really loved this book! It was so creative and unique! The stories varied in length and type from silly Billy Goat Gruff trial to a story about a robot with a contagious robot disease. Futuristic nursing home tale to poetry. All of these were wonderful and I would give each of the stories a 5 star rating.
I have never read this author's work before and I am now a fan. This book was so great!
The narrator was awesome! He had to do so many different voices and sounds and he performed it so well! One of the best narrators I have listened to! Wonderful!
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...and yeah there's poems, too. Overall, I enjoyed the collection even if I did find it a bit disjointed at times. The best stories are those at the beginning which begin innocently enough, but become clear that they're part of a larger, more complex and dangerous world. These stories ultimately culminate in a very intense, if flawed, climax. I imagine some readers would like to see these stories continue and I would entertain the thought of seeing these stories expanded and given their own collection or even worked into a uniquely styled novel. If the collection had ended there I would have probably given this five stars and recommended it without hesitation.
There are just some stories that don't fit into, what I presume, is supposed to be a collection of strange and science fiction stories. That intense climax I mentioned earlier? It's followed up by a fairy tale courtroom story. There's a kitschy post 9/11 poem ripped straight from my Mom's kitchen wall mixed in here as well? I could have done without the poems in general especially since they don't seem to support the theme of this collection. The whole last third loses the unity of the first two-thirds and seems to bounce around much more. Some stories are better than others, but I enjoyed them more often than not.
The narrator grew on me after a bit, though I sometimes felt his tone to be a bit too jovial for some of the stories and scenes he was reading. I wouldn't be surprised to find out he's a stage actor. I would definitely listen to another book read by him.
In conclusion, if you want to mix up your sci-fi consumption or try some out this isn't a bad collection to go to especially for the first part of the collection.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.