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Bob

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  • Horrorscopes: The Tell Tale Heart

    • ABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Kristina Balbo, William Dufris, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Hear Patrick Bradley’s modern-day adaptation of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” a tale of murder, guilt, and the sounds heard under the floorboards.

    Bob says: "Something Off"
    "Something Off"
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    What made the experience of listening to Horrorscopes: The Tell Tale Heart the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Honey West: Murder on Mars

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Elaine Lee
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, William Dufris, Kristina Balbo, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It’s 1962 and Hollywood’s sexiest private eye has gone undercover on the set of a low-budget science fiction flick to investigate the death of B-Queen Zu Zu Varga. It looks like murder, but who had motive? Was it the scheming ingénue, the down-on-his luck director, the jealous agent, or the aging teen heartthrob? And then there’s that killer robot! Based on the Moonstone Entertainment mini-series Murder on Mars and featuring characters from the Honey West novels by G. G. Fickling and the television series starring Anne Francis

    Bob says: "Wonderful Surprise!"
    "Wonderful Surprise!"
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    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!

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  • Horrorscopes: The Nephews

    • ABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Rick Hautala
    • Narrated By Kristina Balbo, William Dufris, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the premiere episode of AudioComics' "Horrorscopes" series, writer Rick Hautala takes us to the rocky shores of Maine, where three fishermen remind us why no one ever goes to the lighthouse on the Nephews. Dedicated to the memory of Rick Hautala. (February 3, 1949 - March 21, 2013)

    Bob says: "Beautifully Done!"
    "Beautifully Done!"
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    Where does Horrorscopes: The Nephews rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved them all. A bunch of old time fisherman from Maine with their accents? C'mon Ya gotta love 'em!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could rename Horrorscopes: The Nephews, what would you call it?

    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....


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • The Domino Lady: All's Fair in War

    • ORIGINAL (19 mins)
    • By Rich Harvey
    • Narrated By Karen Stilwell, Peter Carini, Peter Papdopoulos, and others
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    For the first time ever, the masked femme fatale, The Domino Lady, rides the radio waves in her first audio adventure. In 1935 San Diego, LA socialite Ellen Patrick attends the opening of the San Diego International Exposition, but the theft of the country's only one million dollar bill brings her crime-fighting alter-ego out in the open. Complication: the head of security is her cocky ex-boyfriend....

    Bob says: "Fun listen!"
    "Fun listen!"
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    What did you love best about The Domino Lady: All's Fair in War?

    The storyline. Classic noir. But having a woman as the "Bogie" was a great twist.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Had to be the classic announcer. His transitions and narrative were spot on!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The seduction in the exhibit hall. Sultry yet had me laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Horrorscopes: The Cask of Amontillado

    • ABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Kristina Balbo, William Dufris, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Your narrator, Montresor, recalls the day that he took revenge on a fellow nobleman, Fortunato...by burying him alive...

    Bob says: "You Got Me to Enjoy This One for Once!"
    "You Got Me to Enjoy This One for Once!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Horrorscopes: The Cask of Amontillado to be better than the print version?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Edgar Allan Poe before, how does this one compare?

    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.


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  • Horrorscopes: The Cabin in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By Clay T. Graybeal
    • Narrated By Kristina Balbo, William Dufris, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A trip to the countryside goes very awry in the world premiere piece The Cabin in the Woods. From the outside, it's a lovely old rustic cabin. Inside, however... well that's a different story… there's something unusual about those walls…

    Bob says: "Excellent Story - Excellent Performances"
    "Excellent Story - Excellent Performances"
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    Would you listen to Horrorscopes: The Cabin in the Woods again? Why?

    Definitely. Aside from it being a quick listen for shorter drives, it's easily become a favorite short of mine.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just a wringing out of my brain when it was over. Had to come back to Earth!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Horrorscopes: The Wind

    • ABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Kristina Balbo, William Dufris, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    From the master himself, Ray Bradbury. There is a wind knocking at Alan's door. Alan knows what the wind truly is. And the wind... needs to be fed...

    Bob says: "Bradbury + Audiocomics Company = Audio Gold"
    "Bradbury + Audiocomics Company = Audio Gold"
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    If you could sum up Horrorscopes: The Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Brow-scrunching
    Frustrating
    Helpless


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Wind: If this movie turns out anything like the audiocomic, you're going to be very happy.


    Any additional comments?

    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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  • Horrorscopes: The Statement of Randolph Carter

    • ABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Kristina Balbo
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    HP Lovecraft’s reluctant anti-hero has been found wandering through swampland in an amnesiac shock. As he begins to recollect events, we are given the reason behind the disappearance of his traveling companion, a prominent occultist who just didn’t know when to leave well enough alone.

    Bob says: "Creepy as Hell - Get it!"
    "Creepy as Hell - Get it!"
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    Where does Horrorscopes: The Statement of Randolph Carter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Randolph, hands down. If this weren't an audiobook I'd swear the guy were truly scared out of his mind.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last sentence. Scared the hell out of me.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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