On the whole I enjoyed this book and find myself coming back to a few of the stories again and again (while others I wish I could permanently delete). I find myself scratching my head over the title, while some of the tales definitely had visions of 'terror', there was little 'magic' and a great majority of stories were completely lacking both! My greatest problem was with Audible's lack of effort in separating the download by story. They resorted to throwing in a series of random breaks that succeeded in turning a 'meandering compilation' into a 'labyrinthine compilation'.
I can't add much to what's already been written about this boring waste of time and money. I, like another reviewer thought at one time that Mr. Straub was destined to become the next Stephen King, this dreadful effort has finally put that possibility to rest.
This book was an abomination to listen to; appalling narration, fantastically bad sound effects. But suddenly I realized: "Hey what am i thinking? Anyone dumb enough to shell out $3 for 5 minutes of ANYTHING deserves to be abused." Just the fact you're actually reading this review right now should alert you to the fact that you are dangerously close to walking down the same road of humiliation that i once traveled.
SonicMovie's contribution to audiobooks is akin to water-boarding's contribution to modern diplomacy. Forget about Britney Spears or Barney being played at deafening volumes for weeks upon end, listen to this little 'gem' once and you'll be begging to confess your darkestest secrets! Take the worst dubbed kung fu flick you've ever seen and imagine it vomiting out of your ipod headphones and turning your brain into quivering, stupified mush. Beside that the book was great!
I thank the Audible gods that i wasn't suckered into buying the entire collection. Mr Yancy with his abominable narration and ridiculous sound effects is the true horror in this tale!!! How anyone could destroy such a great Lovecraft story like this mind bending.
This is a dreadful, dreadful recording!!! Mr Yancy lacks the talent as a reader and one gets the feeling he's attempting to cover up his inadequacy by drowning it with the most annoying sound effects and music. Did i mention it was dreadful??
I rarely get the chance to say this but this is a truly dismal attempt at producing an audiobook. Mr Yancy lacks the talent as a reader and one gets the feeling he's attempting to cover up his inadequacy by drowning it with the most annoying sound effects and music. Poor Mr. Lovecraft will be rolling in his grave over this one!!
I've listened to numerous short story horror collections through
Audible and have to say that this is one of the finest. Unlike many other collections which tend to meander, wandering in and out of the horror genre, Mr Matheson's writing is pure terror; bold, original (even against contemporary authors) and, to quote Mr. King's introduction, 'unrelenting'. From the opening tale Matheson puts you on the edge of your seat and then never gives you a moments' rest! Well narrated, nice clear recording.
This book was well written and well read but sadly contained little information dealing with the battle of Moscow itself. By the end of it I found myself scratching my head and thinking 'did I listen to this thing right?' It talks about everything else surrounding the battle, but the battle itself is presented more as a footnote than the main subject. In fact if you really want to jump into the actual conflict I would suggest skipping the entire first download portion and starting with the second, which will save you quite a few hours of frustration.
In true form to one of the weirdest criminal trials in history, this book is equally as bizarre, unsettling and cryptic. The work is a seething nest of inconsistencies: Simpson's rage, during that infamous moment of passion is fueled by Nicole's flagrant disregard for their children's welfare, (engaging in sexual and illicit activity with the children under the same roof). Yet did he consider leaving her partially decapitated corpse on the front steps responsible? Every chapter, except one, attempts to explain, why O.J is a misunderstood, mercilessly vilified and profoundly innocent man. But the key chapter (and the one reason why anyone would ever read the book) is clearly confessional, even if written in a cliche, 'Film Noire' style, i.e. "my mind went completely blank and only when the fog lifted, did I realize that my hands were covered with blood. . . "
By far the most disturbing aspect of the book is its' outrageous inference that the murders are a mere footnote to a far greater 'crime'. To Simpson, that injustice lies in the fact that we have all been hoodwinked by the lies of the media and the prosecution and blinded to the real reason why he would ever dream of committing such a heinous act. The evidence presenting him as a paranoid psychopath trying to rekindle a dead relationship was maliciously false. In reality it was Nicole who was badgering him. He, on the other hand, was completely over her and trying to move on with his life. Ultimately he was the true victim, trying to escape her and her crazy, obsessive, drug fueled lifestyle (at times Simpson barely conceals his utter contempt for her). While there may well have been some truth to these assertions (we will never know), in the end it really doesn't matter nor does it make the killings any less horrific.
The book offers little if any contribution to literature but hopefully it will be the final nail in the coffin of a subject that should have been long buried.
This is a great and frightening book. Before reading it I hardly knew anything about the 1918 flu pandemic, let alone that it took 50 to 100 million lives! The numbers just boggle the mind and the descriptions of the suffering and chaos chill the blood.
The Audiobook was well read and clear. My only complaint was that there was almost too much information at times. The first six hours dove into the history of medicine in general and the Johns Hopkins University in particular (which is fine if you have the spare time to listen to it). My advice, if you want to get into the real 'meat' of the influenza subject, is to bypass the first download section, and start listening from the beginning of the second.
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