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Angela

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"I left her when she was eight. Just a child. Too young to be alone. I killed myself because I could never atone for the things he made me do. There is something wrong with my family, you see. A fear runs through us, through our blood. A fear that circles above us, shredding the sky and clawing at our hearts, and now, from a deathless realm, I am forced to watch as my lonely daughter is tortured by the life I gave her to endure. No father should see the things I've seen, but then no father should do the things I did. Forgive me, Angela."

Angela, a bleak and unflinching gothic horror in which we meet a lonely, middle-aged woman who must live with the legacy of her family's dark secret, the madness that grows in the absence of love, and a closet full of delicate skeletons.

©2014 Adam M. Booth (P)2015 Adam M. Booth

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    Steven Dupont Birmingham, AL, USA 11-27-15
    Steven Dupont Birmingham, AL, USA 11-27-15

    Stay healthy. Stay free. And stay radical.

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    "Grotesque and beautiful"

    If you ignore the modern references to email and the like, one could easily mistake this story for a 19th century British classic … it's poetic, lyrical, dark and shadowy, yet filled with tiny moments of brilliant light and hope, only to be snuffed out again. Honestly, it's hard to do it justice in words, the prose is just so finely crafted and the narration by Rob Goll so intimate, I was sure it must be narrated by the author himself. One you will not soon forget, that's for certain! Worthy of a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bmac 11-04-15
    Bmac 11-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Creepy"
    What did you love best about Angela?

    I liked the whole ensemble put forward between the story and the presentation thereof, nothing seemed to bring it down.


    What other book might you compare Angela to and why?

    I don't really know a book to compare it to.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Goll – was your favorite?

    I liked his portrayal of Angela and all the things that went through her head as she did what she did, it was a powerful combination.


    If you could take any character from Angela out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I wouldn't, in general, because I don't think I'd like to know them personally but if I had to pick it'd be Angela because I'd like to hear her thoughts moreso than any others.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this in exchange for an honest review and recommend it to anyone looking for a short weird story with great author craftsmanship and a worthy performance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 11-01-15
    Bill 11-01-15

    I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir. I review on Amazon, GR, NG & Audible.

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    "Super solid all the way around"

    A very good and somewhat subdued tale of loneliness, secrets and unrequited love. All Angela wants is to be loved. To be understood. To not be alone anymore. It’s been too many years with just her and her birds. It’s human companionship that she craves.

    A very well done short at only 2hrs and 7min. The narrator really added to the darkening atmosphere with his spot on cadence and tone. Solid all the way around. 4+ Stars and Highly Recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Isabelle 04-13-16
    Isabelle 04-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Gorgeously written poetic horror"

    Creepy, builds slowly, leaving you tense and in awe of the author. Great narration, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Ft. Worth TX 10-27-15
    Mel Ft. Worth TX 10-27-15 Member Since 2013

    Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese

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    "Not for the faint of heart"
    If you could sum up Angela in three words, what would they be?

    Hauntingly, beautiful despair


    What other book might you compare Angela to and why?

    The only one that I can think of is Adam's first book, The End


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Angela gets called into to her boss' office and the group of executives confronts her. It was so brutal. You can feel her confusion and her defeat during that scene.


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

    Beware of sad, lonely women, because you might be her next stalking victim


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little surprised that a book from a woman's point of view was narrated by a man. But as I listened to the story unfold, it made more sense. The voices in her head were male and men had been responsible for her fractured mind.

    Adam's books are not for the squeamish, they are emotional, raw, brutal, and heartbreaking. He reveals every ugly corner of his characters broken and even pathetic self.

    His writing style may be too intense for some people, but those who are brave enough to immerse themselves in his dark and unnerving universe will emerge with a little bit more humanity for their trouble.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    littlebear514 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dark and original"

    This was one of the most unusual books I've read in awhile. It was very dark but intriguing- there was a lot that was left open to interpretation. (At times to the point where the story got a bit difficult to follow.) I would like to read a prequel about the father and her childhood. Definitely worth the listen- it's one of those books that really sticks with you for awhile.
    I received a free copy of this audio book from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea S. 01-22-16
    Andrea S. 01-22-16
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    "Poetic and dark"
    What made the experience of listening to Angela the most enjoyable?

    I found a very smooth flow in the composition of the book, the descriptors, while at times very disturbing, were lovely in their make up and poetic in nature.


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

    This is a book you must be paying attention to in order to follow, there were times when I felt I needed a break because the subject matter had delved into the very heavy end of things.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Goll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


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

    The unrequited love for her co-worker and the desperate overal loneliness of the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this audio book from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maida 12-29-15
    Maida 12-29-15
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    "Unique."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Angela to be better than the print version?

    I would have to think about it. I have the ebook and the audio edition and I loved them both. The audiobook was very well done so maybe one tiny point more to the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A really exceptional story. I have to admit I have never experienced anything alike. It had some ideas I have had in my mind from who knows where, but this specific combination of all these elements felt unique to me.

    It is very very dark. And it is very very well written so that I was drown right into Angela's world and I could not breath again until I stopped listening for a moment.

    Beautiful.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Goll – was your favorite?

    Angela, definitely. The narrator did a very good job. I loved the narration. The only part that was a bit weird to me was the imitations of the women's voices. It sounded a bit funny at first, but later on I found them fitting. And sad and... They did not feel like parodies, they felt... tragic.


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

    Bird girl. A lonely dark secret full of skeletons.


    Any additional comments?

    I would really want to read and listen to Angela again, once I have recovered.And I hope to hear more about the bird girl's story sometime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    med c 11-20-15
    med c 11-20-15
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    What did you love best about Angela?

    Angela is very lonely with a harrowing childhood that has haunted and twisted her mind throughout adulthood. Mock by society, her work is the only normality in her life and she is in love with her work colleague, the one person that shows her a hint of kindness. Her psychotic behaviour and relationship with her birds is very disturbing, disturbed,, and desperately longing for friendship.


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    Adam Ickes 11-11-15
    Adam Ickes 11-11-15
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    "A Dark Ride Through A Troubled Mind"
    If you could sum up Angela in three words, what would they be?

    Dark. Bleak. Intense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The atmosphere the story paints is wonderful. Watching this broken woman fall into madness is both beautiful and horrifying at the same time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Poppy Stevens
    10/25/15
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    "Compulsory"
    What did you like most about Angela?

    Angela takes your soul and turns you into one of her birds. She will show you what life is through her eyes.The eyes of a desperately lonely and disturbed woman.


    What other book might you compare Angela to, and why?

    A distant reminiscent of Stephen King's Carrie perhaps, but this book is UNIQUE.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    "No Angel" The whole chapter.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Angela and The Wings


    Any additional comments?

    Rob Goll is an actor, a voice artist and he has the imagination to make the written word come alive. He has the right combination of skill and talent.
    He delivers a haunting, heartfelt performance as he shares this edge-of-your seat dark novella, engaging your imagination and take you on a journey by narrating and bringing to life this spine tingling story. His range,versatility and effects are wonderful to listen to because Goll's voice is the one I already heard in my head when I read the book. It has a world-weary quality that makes words successfully melded into my head by the beautiful craftsmanship of his narration. And, that is what I look for in an audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • durara1
    10/16/15
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    "A hauntingly dark tale."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because I think that everyone can appreciate the emotions and characters conveyed in this book to some extent, which adds greatly to the involvement of the listener. The tension mounts perfectly towards a shocking end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Angela was my favourite character, although she has an undeniably extreme dark side, the story which unfolds cleverly elicits sympathy as well as revulsion.


    What about Rob Goll’s performance did you like?

    Rob Goll's soothing narration lent itself eerily to the sinister atmosphere and disturbing events, bringing the characters to life in an understated manner perfectly suited to the tone of the story.


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

    Although the reasons behind Angela's dark side are terribly disturbing, the moment that particularly moved me was at the Christmas party, when Angela is mocked for her appearance and overhears. She has no partner and is there alone, and really unwanted, as she is mostly through all of her life.


    Any additional comments?

    The story gets under the skin evoking conflicting feelings. Brilliantly observed and thoroughly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • L. Tyrrell
    10/27/15
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    "Angela…not quite so angelic!"
    If you could sum up Angela in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, descriptive and captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the heroine is not your usual pretty, likable girl…she’s the exact opposite: an overweight middle-aged woman with loads of issues!!… someone you would probably try to avoid in real life. I think that’s what makes it a good novel, its proximity to reality, its brutality in unmasking the ugly face of human nature.


    What does Rob Goll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A sense of urgency and anticipation that accentuates the darkness that’s felt throughout the book.


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

    Throughout the book I was particularly fascinated by the birds, their prime role in the story…their eyes penetrate deep into your soul whilst you feel their despair and helplessness.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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