Abandoned tells three tales of people lost and trying to find their way. The journey from here to there isn't ever as straight and obvious as it seems.
"To Build a Helicopter" recounts story of a man whose girlfriend unceremoniously dumps him at a party because of his lack of ambition. He'll seek solace in two piles: one of LEGO pieces, and the other cocaine. He'll use them both to build something to prove his worth.
"The Meanings of Words" is a story of a man looking through the glass window of a hair salon, at the beautiful stylist inside. He knows all of her curves, her smile, everything about her. He's got a message for her, but doesn't know if he can find the courage to say it.
"Shots and Strippers" examines one fateful night in the life of a party kid. What starts out as a little get-together turns violent when drinks and dancers swirl into chaos. He'll try to keep his composure and control of the situation as sanity abandons everyone in the house.
©2014 Jim Heskett (P)2014 Jim Heskett
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
I really like this collection of short stories: Abandoned. All three stories tie in together in various forms of abandonment. I thought the author showed soulfulness in his writing, especially in "To Build a Helicopter". That was a powerful story and I love the way he built the helicopter.
"The Meanings of Words" was awesome as well. I liked the poetic tone of this one. And finally, "Shots and Strippers". This one was equally good and I loved the ending. Quite nice.
Jim Heskett: Great writing with a powerful message.
Joe DiNozzi: Powerful narrative. Voice inflections in all the right places for an exact delivery. I look forward to more from both. Great job!
I received this audiobook foc inx for an unbiased review.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
Underlying Anger Frustration Of A Man X3
Perhaps I am a bit naïve in my life experience, but I'm not sure of the purpose of a collection of this sort.
Story #1 To Build a Helicopter: is about a man was listening to his ex-girlfriend entertaining two other men in the next room, while he is prepping cocaine while playing with Legos? I understand the angst of his situation from a relationship standpoint but could not see where the Lego proportion came in
Story #2 The Meaning of Words – this one made a bit more sense, especially as it closed. There is a man is "stalking" a hairdresser. It is full of descriptions. The end is a twist that caught me off guard.
Story #3: Shots and Strippers as the publishers summary recounts night in the life of a party kid. It did show the content of one of the party goers character. *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my opinions, thoughts & this review.*
I appreciated Joe DiNozzi's performance. It was professional and as personable as the book of short stories would allow. I would like to hear more of his work and believe he could do a great job with whatever material he was given to perform
Notes: strong language, descriptions of nudity
Credit worthy/$: To me this not credit worthy. It is less than an hour long and the current price is $3.95. If you want to get a taste of Jim Haskett and/or Joe DiNozzi
yes, stories are great on there own but the narrator did a fantastic job.
no I haven't, this is my first
Overall these were 3 great stories to listen to, i would recommend it.
There is nothing indicating the story is complete although they are short stories they are incomplete short stories. Makes you wondering what a waste of your time.
I received this free for an honest review
I will absolutely, 100% be looking for audiobooks by this narrator..... He was absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, I am unlikely to read more by this author. Please see below for details explaining my reasons for these answers.
I had been expecting the stories to be odd and they certainly were yet each story left me disappointed once I got to the very end. Although I immediately became engrossed in each story from the very start, stories #1 and #2 do not come to fruition when they end. We are not left with cliffhangers, the stories just sort of end??? After I finished listening to stories #1 and #2, I figured I was supposed to have inferred something from the endings. I wondered if there had been some sort of hidden meaning the author had expected the reader to understand? Maybe the author had hoped for readers to form their own interpretation of what the endings meant?
Joe DiNozzi did an amazing, extraordinary job narrating this book! If I could rate his performance, he would easily get 5 stars! I always speed up audiobooks but in book# 1 while narrating the thoughts of a guy on cocaine, I literally had to slow the audiobook down! A+++++
Unfortunately it did not. Please seek full details regarding why below.
The author was offering this audiobook filled with 3 short stories in exchange for honest reviews. I was immediately interested in listening to it after reading the synopsis which describes the book as containing stories about Legos, cocaine and strippers! I contacted the author who kindly provided me with a copy of the audiobook.
This audiobook certainly demonstrates that Mr. Heskett is a talented writer and is very capable of creating unique material. However, with no real ending in the first two stories and no real storyline in the 3rd, I would not recommend this book to any of my friends. However, I cannot penalize Mr. Heskett or his AB just because I personally did not understand the meaning of his stories. When I looked back at the synopsis after listening to the entire audiobook, the stories DID make more sense! I believe this audiobook will be very successful with people who enjoy analyzing books and/or those who enjoy reading abstract material like poetry and literature. Unfortunately, that is just not my style.
Review/comments for each story:
I was excited about this book while listening to it. Thoughts, events and situations in this story made me remember some of the wilder nights I had in my late teens, doing things I wasn't supposed to be doing! I was impressed by how well Mr. Heskett describe the cocaine using MC and the setting around him. I really wanted to like this book but when it ended, it had absolutely no point! Now that it has ended, I wonder if Mr. Heskett simply described a party he or someone he knew had attended???
The second story was extremely different from the first. Again, I was impressed with the author's writing style since there was something about the way it was written that made me FEEL. Although there is not a lot of detail in this story, the emotion is palpable. I was also amused that as soon as I thought I knew what the story was about, it became clear that I was incorrect. Llike the first story, this too ends without there being a true ending.
Like the first story, the third and final installment starts out looking like it's going to be a story about some guys partying, this time playing drinking games instead of Legos (which they may have eventually played with after the cocaine came out had their game-playing not been interrupted). Unlike the first 2 stories, this one was not vague and mysterious plus I did not ask myself, "huh?" when it ended like I had with the others. The 3rd story does have a conclusion but unfortunately, the story was meaningless…
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