Among all the audiobooks I've listened to is a bit too general, so I'll go ahead and place this third for all of the Horrorscopes titles I've listened to so far.
Randolph, hands down. If this weren't an audiobook I'd swear the guy were truly scared out of his mind.
The last sentence. Scared the hell out of me.
This is the third audiocomic produced by The Audiocomics Company that I've listened to. Aside from the superb acting and narration, the production and direction are flawless. They give you such a sense of context with subtle sound effects, music transitions, timing, etc. I could see the concrete room with no window, one door, and the lightbulb hanging from the ceiling; flashbacks can sometimes be distracting in audiobooks - but I went right along with Randolph without hesitation.
Listening to these quick stories makes me beg the question: why doesn't Audible have a channel on SiriusXM dedicated to audiobooks - with programs like Horrorscopes slated for late night drives? So entertaining, so creepy, so enveloping.
There's a lot going on here! Many characters and lots of little things to keep track of that a second listen would definitely enhance. But overall a very intense and impressive amount of work and theatrics.
Obviously Alfred Molina brings Alfred Molina! Such an outstanding actor and it was such a treat to hear him do an audiobook of this magnitude. Excellent casting choice. I don't think it would've been better had they brought in any other A-lister. Molina brings such credibility to his performances and this one was no different. The cast was excellent. Yes, there are a ton of accents that might be slightly overdone here and there but it doesn't distract from the performances/story unless you let it.
Very intense and so incredibly produced. The technology used to make this must be new to the audiobook world, because I've never experienced an audiobook in surround sound. You can actually hear when a character runs in from the distance or is calling out from behind you. So... again... impressive.
I'll agree that this is not one of Deaver's best, and that things are a bit fast-paced with not enough breaths between dialogue - sometimes seems rushed which caused me to say "huh" several times and rewind a few times, but as I said, a second listen would probably remedy all that. Not to mention it's less than 4 hours long. For many nowadays, that's a week's commute in the car. Not a bad way to spend the trip if you ask me. Final verdict - definitely recommended, bravo cast and a big bravo AudioComics for your impressive presentation.
Wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I was so pleasantly surprised!
Outstanding job by the cast (esp. Carrington MacDuffie!). I especially liked the transition music. As with Chili Palmer in the movie version of Get Shorty, Honey West gets some groovin', funky segue tunes as well. Very cool in helping set character.
Storyline was absolutely fun - chock full of quirky characters, sometimes ridiculous (in a good way) situations, and all with a nice wrap up to this whodunnit?
I believe they're doing a sequel for Honey West sometime this year - will definitely be getting it!
No matter how The Tell Tale Heart is presented, the story is always phenomenal. Even though I know the ending, I'm still delighted by the twist at the end. It's probably the first story I ever heard/read to give me what many now call a Keyser Soze moment.
Unfortunately I found the narration pretty over-dramatic. It felt that the narrator was telegraphing the reactions I myself should have, in effect robbing me of discovering the reactions for myself.
Poe was a genius. There's really no need to try to breathe life into his words than they do themselves. A read with very little emotion would have made this much more suspenseful and horrifying. As it is though, it was a little on the campy side.
I should've waited to announce my faves! I started putting them in order in other Horrorscopes reviews I've done, but this one - the 4th or 5th in the series that I listened to - is right up in the top three.
Loved them all. A bunch of old time fisherman from Maine with their accents? C'mon Ya gotta love 'em!
No scene in particular. What I enjoyed most was the pitter-pat banter between the fellas. What a great job the cast did of solidifying a clearly long-time friendship of these guys. Busting chops (flank steak!!), calling each other out on misinformation, inside jokes, daring each other. So well done.
I really like the name as it is - it's misleading in a good way. But if I had to, I'd call it The Lighthouse. Kind of obvious but....
Another Horrorscopes performance masterpiece that made me think I was a patron at the end of a bar eavesdropping. The fluidity of the cast makes the conversation seem completely authentic - even though, as the listener who purchased the audiobook, you know they're working from a book/script. Very impressive to know that.
Also - great story. Rick Hautala created some wonderfully fleshed-out characters, put them in the middle of a mariners legend and said, "There you go, guys. Sink or swim? Your choice." Beautifully done.
The storyline. Classic noir. But having a woman as the "Bogie" was a great twist.
Had to be the classic announcer. His transitions and narrative were spot on!
The seduction in the exhibit hall. Sultry yet had me laughing.
I was a little distracted by some of the direction and production this time. A lot of talking over each other as opposed to the seamless "dove-tailing" other Audiocomics titles has. For instance, at one point I thought the characters were in the pipes below the museum instead of in the exhibit hall. Too much reverb or something. Threw me off a bit.
Absolutely! Great prompt question.
I love Poe - the man was brilliant! - but this one I always found to be quite boring. While, yes, I still found the story boring, it was made significantly less so by the adaptation to a full cast and, once again, the top notch production by the publisher.
I have actually never listened to Edgar Allan Poe. I prefer to read his work myself - still do. But I'm glad I listened to this one. Tell Tale Heart is also in the Horrorscopes group. Looking forward to that as well.
Definitely. Aside from it being a quick listen for shorter drives, it's easily become a favorite short of mine.
I really like that the scenes were given time. There are some bits where dialogue isn't anything more than grunts and groans - and to some they may seem to go on too long - but I liked it because it gave me tons of time to get lost in what was happening and not miss anything that was being said. Make sense?
In other words, I'd get wrapped up in the drama going on that has to be imagined that as soon as I realized I should get back to paying attention to what these folks were saying I still had time to focus on their dilemma again and not miss a thing. No rushing always helps with painting a picture for the listener in my opinion.
Just a wringing out of my brain when it was over. Had to come back to Earth!
As I mention in every Audiocomics Company review, the production was stellar. But there was one tiny element of opposites at the very end - and I won't say what it is - that is so subtle it without question affirms the notion of suspension of disbelief.
Absolutely. The beauty of stories like The Wind is the "could you imagine if this really happened?" that is on endless loop in one's mind as the performance goes on. The cast is sterling. I felt like I'd stumbled across real people actually experiencing this situation and I was powerless to do anything to help. That didn't keep me from talking to the characters and telling them why they were crazy to do such a thing or to just hurry up and do something already!!
Hard to say. There are several moments that stayed with me, but not actual scenes. I did have a favorite character though, and I forget his name, but it was the guy making the phone call. Incredible performance.
The Wind: If this movie turns out anything like the audiocomic, you're going to be very happy.
The production value was aces. I listened to this in my car but felt instantly transported to the 40s in front of an old radio insanely happy that Little Orphan Annie was over so my sister could shut up while I got my scary story. This was my first time listening to a performance of this type in an audiobook and I was nowhere near disappointed. The production quality was so visceral; the use of a rotary telephone, the music choice to set the mood of couples gathering at home. I said to a friend that if I didn't know better I'd think I were at a Key Party in the 70s with this group! Bravo to The Audiocomics Company. Fantastic job. Looking forward to listening to all of their titles!!
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