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Exoskeleton: A Novel | [Shane Stadler]

Exoskeleton: A Novel

A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.
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Publisher's Summary

"[A] cleverly executed [blend] of science fiction, suspense and horror. ... a certified dark journey into madness." (David Gammon, Horror News)

A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake.

A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.

©2012 Shane Stadler (P)2013 New Street Communications, LLC

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    Molly Lakewood, OH, United States 08-13-13
    Molly Lakewood, OH, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Exoskeleton - now I get it"

    Very compelling, with scenes of cringe-inducing torture. I found myself saying "oh...oh..oh no...oh no..." a lot! This isn't about gratuitous violence - the torture scenes serve to make you understand how truly awful and hopeless the character's situation is, and also to bring about the interesting twist that I didn't see coming. The ending was somewhat abrupt, but I didn't feel like there were loose ends. Definitely recommended.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Columbia, MD, United States 12-18-13
    Ryan Columbia, MD, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2003
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    "An Excellent Novel"
    Where does Exoskeleton: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of the better ones I've read recently. Great writing style, compelling story and original plot elements that keep you guessing. The story keeps it's secrets until the climax, and while it has good detail and thought provoking sections, it never lets them get too technical or too esoteric.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative structure is definitely the strongest part. He cuts around to various characters and scenes, stays with them long enough to convey the meaning of the scene and moves on to the next. The resulting narrative flow is excellent, it never drags and results in a real page turner. He avoids the pitfalls of this type of writing by focusing on a core cast of characters and never padding it out with throw away characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book clearly leaves some questions unanswered and there are definitely hooks for a follow-up if the author plans to write one. So if you are the type of person who wants every last detail explained, you may be disappointed.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Partridge new england 04-21-14
    Derek Partridge new england 04-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "WOW-not for the faint of heart! A very good listen"
    Any additional comments?

    I chuckled at the reviews of how some of the scenes made people squirm. They weren't kidding. The imagery is at times intense, evocative and disturbing - but not excessive or superfluous. Blew a couple nights of good sleep listening to this before bed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 12-04-13
    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 12-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected"
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    This was a very interesting, and well-written book. First time in a long time that I had to skip ahead at some parts (the dentist scene had me cringing like nothing I've ever read before! - pure genius!). I really felt for the main character but was skeptical of him as well. His character was written in a way that made you question his innocence. It took quite a few chapters into the story before I realized that he was indeed guilty?/innocent? (I won't spoil it for you!) I would actually really like a sequel to this book. It ended in such a way that I would love to know what this character does next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Herndon, VA 11-21-13
    Marie Herndon, VA 11-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The best book I have read in a very long time"
    What did you love best about Exoskeleton: A Novel?

    I go through 3 - 4 books a month and I have never written a review until I finished reading Exoskeleton. It gripped me from the very start and I was hooked until the end. Note to author: Please hurry up and write more books!


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Ainsworth 07-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An implausible and sadistic tale"

    The worst book I've ever purchased from Audible. For it to work you would have to believe a preposterous story of smart, well educated people making evil and improbably dumb decisions . Every other section is a tedious and repetitious series of sadistic acts inflicted by a secret government program so brutal it would make a Nazi prison guard blush. The sections in between are boring threadbare narrative about implausible actions and the lives of characters who are poorly described and completely inauthentic. I'll be asking for a refund on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Kanata, Ontario, Canada 07-13-14
    Anna Kanata, Ontario, Canada 07-13-14
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    "Story..? not great... Narrator? BAD."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    So... I thought I'd give this book a try... The story started in a predictable way, but then got so outrageously FICTICIOUS that I nearly gave up on it.. Yes, yes, I know this is supposed to be science-fiction, but SERIOUSLY? (spoiler here, so if you don't want to know don't read this) taking "deep tissue samples" for DNA testing? FROM A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT BODY PARTS?!? that's just stupid...And the narrator... sounded like a robot more often than not. Not to mention mispronounciation of some words (like "subtle"... he actually said "SUB-TLE")..I'm giving it a '1' on the narration, though it probably deserves a 1.5...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Joplin MO 07-09-14
    Chris Joplin MO 07-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "No cringes, poor narration"
    What would have made Exoskeleton: A Novel better?

    Better descriptions of scenes. A book like this should make you cringe, it didn't.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Conn’s performance?

    Good voice, but elementary school level diction, e.g., sublte has silent b.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mind wandered a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Johnson 07-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting concept, slow and painful story"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Shane Stadler again?

    No, I did not enjoy the writing style or pace of the novel. It was an entire book of gratuitous violence built around a single plot line.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Conn’s performances?

    He has a perfectly nice reading voice, but there is little distinction between characters. I was also thrown off by the mispronunciation of a number of words.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg North Alabama 07-06-14
    Greg North Alabama 07-06-14 Member Since 2010

    Greg

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    "Extreme Torture, plus a story"
    What did you like best about Exoskeleton: A Novel? What did you like least?

    I was surprised by the underlying story. There actually is some content there. It gets existential, and I learned something, which I cannot discuss farther, without spoiling the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Conn’s performances?

    Maybe.

    Mr. Conn reads better than I could, but not by much. Good readers "become transparent," allowing us to concentrate on the story. Not so much Mr. Conn. He effects multiple voices well enough, but the cadence of his voice is wrong, with pauses where speakers don't pause, and syllables drawn out that most persons say quickly. Perhaps cadence is a question of his talent.

    What is not about talent is the issue of his unforced errors, in the form of mispronounced words - a lot of them. They distract. ("Epitome" he pronounces "eppy-tohm"; "subtle" becomes "sub-tul"; "femur" comes out "fee-mure"; and so on). Is it too much to ask of a pro to bring proper pronunciations into the recording booth?

    I'll listen to another book he reads, but the story had better be outstanding.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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