Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!
First, if you picked this book up on Audible, do not be fooled by the blurb! It is only the Big Driver story, not the anthology of 4 stories it advertises in the details. This was a touch disappointing, but not the book's fault.
I loved this story! Being a huge reader and fan of cozy mysteries, it was great having an author as the lead character. The whole narrative comes from her POV, and is delightful to read. Her perspective is a progressions, from carefree to traumatized. You know where the story is headed but can't help but want to stick with her on the journey.
The attack is very well handled and care is given to keep it from being too devastatingly detailed for the reader. What you do get is her thoughts after. All that she goes through and must consider in her response to this terrible thing that has happened. The storytelling here was beautifully crafted. It will be interesting to see how it translate on camera, there was so much going on internally.
Mr King always has a gift for setting the scene and throwing twists at the reader. His novels are a bit much for me, too wordy at times. However, the short stories and novellas are just the right fit. He has a way of condensing things down to the essentials, while keeping the beauty or the written word intact. The touch or irony is always appreciated. He is right up there with one of my classic favorites, Guy de Maupassant.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jessica Hecht, who is wonderful! I loved her tone and the emotions she infused into the read. She is quite a swift reader, usually I love this, but this time i slowed it down to really enjoy the prose. Her voices were distinct and consistent throughout the read. It was always clear when she was talking in her head or imagining a voice, this is key for the story. I will definitely be looking for more of her work!
This was such a great little read, I was sad to see it end. Now I am looking forward to the Lifetime movie. Maria Bella will be perfect for this character. While I enjoyed the narrator, it would have been a fabulous tie in to have had Maria Bella read the audiobook. Who knows that might happen later!
These stories are far from spooky, what they are is beautifully crafted tales. I loved every moment of the journey. Ms Griffith is a wonderful storyteller who enchants with every word!
The Ghost Brother jumps around and keeps you guessing. It starts of quite jarring but quickly brings you up to speed. There were several different routes it could have taken, such a delightfully twisted tale.
Running With the Train is an all too short story. I would love to see this expanded and find out what happens after the leap!
The Banshee and the Witch is a bittersweet journey through a woman's extended lifetime. Again not spooky but a lovely tale.
Too Close to the Edge, this one was a bit spooky. I was all a tither to see what the outcome would be!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Wendy Tremont King,who is great. She has a wonderful tone and really suits the stories. She helps weave the tales around you and pull you inside the enchanting words. A perfect pairing of reader and story!
The stories are not really spooky or scary but they had delicious twists and turns. I loved them and found a couple far too short. I can only imagine how great they would be with more detail! I am eager to read more of this gifted storyteller!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own.
What a cool retelling of some of my favorite classic literature. Way to spice up the old tales with modern twists. This could be a wonderful supplement for teens reading the Canterbury Tales for school. Might make some of those Old English themes make more sense.
I listened to the audio book narrated by Fred Wolinsky, who a new voice to me. I loved his pace and the slight rasp to his voice. At times there is a bit of a sloppy feel to his read, the only way I can describe it is an abundance of saliva. He tends to hit a few consonants a little too hard. Overall it was an enjoyable read even with the other issues. I would be interested to see how he progresses and grows with more reads under his mic.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.