I do not have a copy of the printed edition.
The stories are send-ups of the original Grimm Tales with the addition of the living dead and I have to say that all of them were done with expert timing and a deft hand.
Darla herself lent so much inflection to each story, especially the reading of some of the more "4th wall breaking" comments put in masterfully by Todd Brown.
I laughed so many times at the comments and the inflection/prose of the narration that I found myself having to rewind many times to hear the story as my cacophony was too much for the audio track level. During the Rapunzel story I nearly fell off the treadmill at the gym, much to the horror of the patrons around me as I was laughing so hard at the "hair issue" comments.
Yes, it is a fun romp through the afterlife of the ghoul Ava and her adventures in monster land.
Ava, hands down is the stand out in this series.
No, but at times the performance was a bit staccato in the beginning but smoothed out as time went on, as if the narrator was initially uncomfortable with the material and was reading it more like instructions rather than a story. Her voice is soft and silky and I can definitely put my vote for her as Ava going forward.
I can see myself being one of Belinda's "dinner" companions...
The narration was cool, dark, and fit the feeling and purpose of the story.
Not as much a book but as a movie line it would be between Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Troll. The stories are of people that need to be "addressed" and what happens to the naughty boys and girls if they stray too far from home.
Like Leonard Cohen mixed with Rod Serling, there is something deeply morose but at the same time well placed about his voice that makes the story reach out and take a hold of you.
The first time a full corpse from the "baggy killer" is found and the assigned officer is unable to hold his lunch in.
I will never feel the same way about the scent of cinnamon
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