In Annie Wilder's uniquely entertaining book, there are uncanny true tales of haunted highways, weird encounters, and legends of the road.
It may have happened to you; it’s happened to almost everyone who’s ever driven down a highway at night, or in the fog, or snow. Something suddenly appears: a flash of movement, a shadow... what was it? It could be, as the true stories in this book attest, a ghost.
These are true stories from the highways and byways of America. These first-hand accounts are as varied as the storytellers themselves—some are detailed and filled with the terror and suspense that made people feel they had to share what happened to them with others; others are brief and straightforward retellings of truly chilling events. Here is a chupacabra attack on the desert highway between L.A. and Las Vegas; ghost trains and soldiers; UFOs; the prom girl ghost of Alabama; a demon in Texas; and other accounts of the creepy, scary things that truckers and other drivers and passengers told to editor Annie Wilder.
With so many different stories, the Trucker Ghost Stories collection moves beyond the usual haunted house to offer stories to entice any ghost-story listener—and anyone who’s ever wondered.
©2012 Annie Wilder (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I loved the change of narrators for each story. You could tell just from listening that alot of team work went tin this book! the effort shows!
That our roads can be a lot scarier then we thought!
I really encourage you to buy or use a credit on this book. you will not be disappointed!
I bought this set at a truck stop a few years ago and fell in love with this collection of stories and so did my oldest son who is now 8. He now begs me to put it on all the time and we listen to it everything we take a trip to South Dakota. It's a great collection for road trips.
I loved this book I wish there were more like it! These are peoples personal experiences and the stories are spooky but not gory or bloody which is great for me. The narrators did a good job in my opinion.
I really liked the variety of tales in this book, I had heard about this book on a Jim Harold podcast and have been looking forward it ever since!
The voice actors are horrible. Putting that out there first and foremost. It's absolutely the worst part of the book. For one, they overact! Everything is embellished to the point that even if you wanted to believe the ghost stories, the actors keep you from getting there! Secondly, they have both female and male voice actors, but don't bother to separate them by the gender of the storyteller, so you have some stories from male eyewitnesses read by the female actress and it again diminishes the fear factor. I don't mean to sound sexist, but if a story is written by "Larry the Truck Driver" and your voice actor is purposely trying to sound like him, then shouldn't it be a guy who sounds like Larry and not like "Linda the School Teacher?"
Despite the horrible voice acting, while driving on the open road listening to this, I found myself keeping pace with trucks and cars in front of me. I didn't want to be left behind on the dark roads alone because some of these stories do give you the chills!
HAHAHA! OH MY GAWD! YES!!!!! The voice actors should give the money back that they got paid for acting in these stories! They did a dis-service to ghost storytellers around the world!
Like I said, if you can overlook the voice actors, and you want something to keep you awake on the road while driving those long stretches of highways. Snag this book!
Ummmm, did I mention the voice acting was horrible?
There were actually very few ghost stories in the book. Mostly it was bizarre stories and trucker tales. I didn't expect to buy many of the stories but I at least expected some entertaining trucker stories and there were a few decent ones. Quite a few were blatantly bogus and not very compelling.
In my opinion, this is just a collection of I-hope-you-believe-me stories, some first-hand and some third-hand, that seemed as if they were written for a junior high-school English class assignment; not particularly compelling, relatively shallow and certainly predictable. In fairness, perhaps that's just how such oral "histories" sound; brief, unembellished and absent much context. Anyway, in my view, most of the stories fell in the "I had a weird feeling one time" category that left me wondering why I was listening. As to the alien-abduction memoirs, well, I have to admit that I stopped listening to the book altogether after the first one...
Yeah man, It's some good old fashion creepy stories.
Oh GOD the story about the kid the EMT had to take to a different hospital. It's disturbing and not even part of the "ghost" stories. It should be told to every teenager in America.
Can't tell you because it will ruin the story.
I have 6 big brothers who are natural born story tellers. I used to fall asleep on the floor in their bedrooms after being lulled into dream land by fantastic tales of Aliens and CIA agents in trees...no wonder I put forensic files on to fall asleep to now...anyway if the wha wha about the narrators is making you hesitant to purchase just ignore it. If you don't pay attention to the brief mention of who submitted the story you would have no clue if was a different gender. If I recall it was only the first 4 stories anyway.
The only thing reviewers really should post is their love and hate list so you know who to listen to.
Love:Author Robert Cormier, Author David Sedaris, Author Augusten Bourroughs,Laura Hillenbrand. Book The Gargoyle, The posionwood bible, memoirs of a geisha, the help, water for elephants, The five people you meet in heaven, Ghost boy, The great book of amber, UNBROKEN (all time fav), A midnight clear...you get the idea.
Books I hate: A million Little pieces (or tiny or whatever). Here is my impression of that book, are you ready? This and that and this and this and he and she and and and and. Dear God the whole thing is one giant run-on sentence. 50 shades of sad horny housewife. The "author" could have been a 13 year old boy. Wicked. I bought this excited to read it, it is covered in dust after I couldn't force myself to read any more.I think I left off on the witch going down on the scarecrow or something.
Audible Books I love: World war Z (Alan Alda is in it!) Girl at the end of the world (best audible book i've heard and I wish it was a series) The body of Christopher Creed (Even though the narrator doesn't get teenage colloquialisms) Ghost boy, Warm Bodies (GREAT narrator but almost boring plot. No buyer's remorse though)
Audible Books I HATE: Following Christopher Creed. The narrator is horrible, just horrible. No segway from one character to another, all voiced the same without so much as a change in inflection. Can't follow along. The curious incident of the dead dog. Good narrator, horrible overkill of tangents designed to create empathy for the main character's disability.The entire plot, if written without the gaps of pages long tangents would be maybe 3 pages. Bad Games. Here is a QUOTE from this 5 star best seller "There was one undeniable truth (they) couldn't deny..." Need I say more? If that doesn't make you want to call the editor then ignore everything I have said, you and I have no business.
Lastly, my guilty pleasures audible books: The cat who series by Lillian whatever whatever. The books are stupid, the author tried too hard to show versatility in her writing and ends up being transparent in her overuse of a thesaurus, the narrator does a good job with different voices but rushed dialogue and the cat worship makes me roll my eyes BUT these are like meatloaf with gravy or macaroni and cheese. You know they are bad but they are so comforting and cozy you don't care. These are great insomnia listens. I hope that helps
I am obsessed with learning. Either about history of society, epidemiology or spirituality. I would say I'm a seeker.
The stories were really just so middle of the road. If you are going to gather interesting stories then you would think you would pick interesting stories. The audio did nothing to help bring anything to life. It was tolerable but definitely not something I would purchase again or recommend.
I would have written them more dynamically. Brought the characters to life. If you tell a scary story but don't say anything about the characters before hand its hard to get into the story. I guess the stories did not feel FULL, well developed or thought through.
sound excited or scared... or any emotion at all. The narrators could have been reading an instruction manual and I would have been equally scared. It is a scary story book and the narrators not only didn't help they made it LESS scary.
The shortest of the stories did nothing but bring the disappointment to a lower level; leave only the fuller more developed stories in the book to make it more of a meaningful, well rounded experience.
I would not purchase this book or recommend it for purchase.
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