This book features four short stories of horror, occult, and the paranormal.
"Infected" - Jason begins to feel and act strangely after a chance encounter with an attractive young woman the night before.
"Harry" - Harry can't remember how he got to the scene of the accident, or what he was doing before the accident happened. When he finds out, he will wish that he still didn't remember.
"The Servants" - Madeline is rich and very arrogant. So arrogant, that she fires her human servants and replaces them with robotic servants...with deadly consequences.
"The Visit" - A woman awakes to find her Marine Corps son standing at her bedside. He is on his way back to base after returning from deployment in Afghanistan. They spend the next few hours talking about and reliving the past.
©2016 Janine R. Pestel (P)2017 Janine R. Pestel
I love audio books.
The stories in this collection are not the *best* short horror stories I've heard, but I would definitely recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys a zombie story. The narrator was fine, but the quality of the recording was pretty questionable. I was distracted by poor audio quality throughout the listen.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
The author will spin you zombie tales. They are not the zombie tales you are used to. They will stretch your imagination. They will present you with scenarios that will shock you in their glaring differences. They will entertain you. Be ready...I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
host of the podcast Not In A Creepy Way, avid audiobook listener
The cover art is a bit misleading.
If you don’t expect to be particularly thrilled or chilled you’ll enjoy these four short stories by Janine Restel. Any of them would fit into the original Twilight Zone series nicely.
The first two stories: “Infected,” and “Harry,” have a definite Richard Matheson feel to them. “The Servants,” has more of a Ray Bradbury vibe.
My favorite of the four is the final one, “The Visit,” which reminded me of early Stephen King. It’s a bit sentimental but in a good way.
Based on this selection I’m interested in reading more from Janine Pestel.
The narrator, Lucie Starling, did a good job with the different characters. I agree with other reviewers that the overall audio production was less professional and more semi-pro, which is to be expected with self-published works.
Overall I’d give the collection a B-.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator or publisher.
the tales were so interesting really, you could submerge yourself on them pretty fast and they were truly chilling.
I liked how the author toyed with lots of different ideas and make them a whole
I enjoyed each of the short stories! Stories are so good they could be full length feature stories on their own. Each short story is different; there is something for everyone; paranormal, horror and gore. Truly a great listen. Wish author would write full length novel in this genre…hint hint Janine R. Pestel!
If you're reading other reviews of this book, you'll see that my review agrees with many of the observations made by other reviewers. Namely, the story ideas were very interesting! I definitely did not give this audiobook 3.5 stars because of the ideas for the four stories in the volume. I also enjoyed the narrator, although I found that her voice was too slow when played at 1x speed -- when I sped the playback rate to 1.15x or 1.20x, her voice suited my preferences much better. So, the pace of the narrator wasn't the reason why I didn't give this audiobook more stars, either.
The main reason why I didn't give this audiobook more stars is because I wish that the author had lengthened the stories to add more character and plot development. It's like the author had some really, really interesting ideas but didn't really develop them fully. This is a subjective thing, I know. But, as some other reviewers remarked, the endings for most of the stories were completely predictable after listening for the first few minutes. So those stories would have been more engaging if the author gave us some surprises, twists, or ironies as well. To each his own, though -- some readers admired the fourth story the best (the one about the soldier's visit to his mother) but I thought it was the weakest of the bunch because of its pacing and predictability.
Two minor reasons why I didn't give the book more stars is because the cover art for the audiobook suggests that this book might contain zombie-like short stories. But only the first story was about this topic. I don't know, but the big zombie picture set an expectation in my mind that was inconsistent with 75% of the stories. Minor quibble, but it's worthwhile for prospective readers to note that this isn't a volume of zombie short stories. My second minor quibble is that I'm ambivalent about using present tense in fiction. It doesn't do for me what it's supposed to do - it doesn't put me in the moment along with the action. (I don't know for sure what present-tense writing is supposed to do, actually - I'm only guessing). I found it a bit distracting, that's all. Nothing major, but after I listened to the entire volume I was reminded that present tense is more of a distraction for me than a device to help engage me with the plot, mood, or characters. Having said all of this, I'm definitely willing to listen to this author and narrator again because, as I said, the ideas for the stories were quite compelling. And, there are plenty of other reviewers who gave this audiobook more stars than I did, so take my opinions with a grain of salt. They're short stories and everyone will have a different takeaway!
I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator.
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
Once again, I enjoyed Janine Pestel’s horror shorts immensely. Infected was great with Jason waking up to pain and realizing the person he had picked up at the bar the night before had bitten him! He then proceeds to have the worst day of his life. Harry was like an episode of the Twilight Zone with Harry being the only one who doesn’t realize what is going on. That is, until it is too late. The Servants, which I have listened to before was just as fun a listen as the first time. Madeline is spoiled, rich, and cheap. She also does not possess any loyalty to anyone. A combination that will not serve her in the end. Perhaps my favorite was The Visit. When her son suddenly appears by her bed in the middle of the night, she gets up to make him coffee. Little does she know the true reason for his visit.
All of these tales are enjoyable and together they make a diverting couple of hours. The only criticism I can offer is for Janine to flesh out her characters and plots a little more and make these stories more intricate and longer!
The narration by Lucie Starling was a good one and she added to the spine tingling nature of the stories themselves.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
Willy Wonka of it
"Infected" - I really enjoyed this one, however as is the case with "The Servants" (more on that later), I felt the author crafted a great setup, and then just walked away. There was so much mystery here. So much potential to carve out her own niche in the zombie world -- but alas, no go. Perhaps she will extend the story later.
"Harry" - This one had that classic ghost story tale. You know, the ones where you feel something is wrong, but can't quite put your finger on it? My only complaint here is that it dragged on a bit too long and you went from "suspecting" to "knowing" and impatiently waiting for it all to be revealed. It is, of course revealed, but I was disappointed not to be rewarded for my (im)patience with an additional twist or something unexpected.
"The Visit" - This was my least favorite. Like "Harry", it was fairly obvious what was going on from nearly the beginning, but the reader still had to jump through the hoops. Also like "Harry", the reader wasn't rewarded with anything other than what they already knew :(
"The Servants" - It wasn't until I reached this tale that I realized I had read this author's work before. Rather than re-review it, I'll reiterate the relevant bit from my previous review:
The story follows an arrogant and wealthy widow who decides to replace her entire help staff with robots, which then goes wrong.
I felt the author's writing was excellent. Though short, I was still drawn into the story the whole time I listened. Without giving anything away, I felt the conclusion of the story could have used much more fleshing out. However, I enjoyed the ride, and that, to me, is the mark of a good story.
Overall, I'd say "Infected" was the best of the bunch. I liked it and feel it's even more deserving of an "expansion" than "The Servants".
I was provided this audiobook free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
The narration and horror experience kept me glued to this book. Narration was great!
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A few short stories to soothe your horror needs. A nice way to spend a couple of hours for entertainment.
Not 100% original but not unoriginal either. There are some clever takes on a few of the stories. I did know what was up with the marines story from the minute it started. Reminded me of a story from the old TV show Fact or Fiction.
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