Ladies' Night is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of sheer nerve rattling terror, previously deemed too violent for mass-market publication. In this modern tale of the ages-old battle of the sexes carried to the extreme, Jack Ketchum again provides listeners with an excursion into horror as relentless as a John Woo film.
Tom Braun and his wife, Susan, aren't exactly a picturesque couple. Thus it comes as no surprise that Tom continually spends late evenings in bars and cheats on his wife. Unfortunately, their son, Andy, is caught in the middle of his parent's childish banter and family chaos. One life-altering evening turns this family's, along with most of New York's, perceptions on the nuclear family and male/female relationships upside down.
When a tanker trunk with "Ladies Inc." emblazoned on the side crashes in a quiet area in New York, an area it doesn't have authorization to be in, it liberally spills its contents all over the road and into the surrounding atmosphere. The local authorities deem the contents of the spill to be safe, based merely on the assumption that products coming from a women's label are more than likely benign. Moreover, the smell emanating from the spill is one of sweet cherry, similar to lollipops, which must of course be harmless if not favorable. This aforementioned assumption proves fatally incorrect. The chemical load the truck was hauling procures a discomfiting, bestial effect in women, forcing them to savagely attack males in their vicinity - be they former friend or foe.
Tom, while at a local bar, absorbs the evening's strange turn of events with traumatizing clarity as he witnesses first hand the metamorphosis of surrounding women into gruesomely instinctual brutes and mantis-like predators. He must get home to his son Andy, who is currently alone with his wife, Susan - before it is too late. (A multicast production.)
©1997, 2011 Dallas Mayr (P)2011 David N. Wilson
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
I really enjoyed the introduction, in which Jack Ketchum explains what he went through to get this book published. I admire a man who sticks to his guns, but perhaps he might have taken some advice. I am a Jack Ketchum Fan, but this was hard to listen to. Not because of the gore, but due to the lack of plot or character development. The concept of the book was great, but what it turned into was one gory scene after another for almost three hours. I actually found my mind wondering and had to concentrate to know what was going on. With no plot and no characters to care about I was bored as people were being stabbed, shot, heads cut off, blood here, blood there, etc...
Reads like a bad teenage male fantasy on acid; the female, zombie apocalypse! The narrative is urgent and intense but can be messy as the story transitions in "quick cuts". From memory in the prologue the author says that he was trying to write a movie script at the time and 'Ladies' Night' reads that way. It would make a great B-grade horror movie. The narrator's gravelly voice seems a bit abrasive to begin with but once the action kicks off it suits the story down to a t. I'm still not sure if I "like" 'Ladies' Night', but it certainly leaves an impression while it lasts.
The story was good, not incredibly involved, but if you're looking for that serious fix for 1980's style B horror movie with action and violence this is it.
It's like really tasty candy. It's not good for you, but you can't help but to rot your teeth out.
My personal, very subjective criticism is Anthony Mendez the narrator. He read the book fine, but the tone of his voice is very deep and I found it distracting. Totally my problem, not his. 🙂
If it actually had a plot and a writer with a clue.
The narrater did well with the book he had. I feel bad that the poor guy had to read the entire book.
It was highly disapointing. After reading the reviews, I thought it was going to be kind of like the story "The Screwfly Solution." All that it was was pretty much like hearing HBO porn read to you by your uncle. It was just boring. I'm not a prude but, if you have to write about people masterbating at least 4 times within a 15 minute time span, your writing skills are seriously in question. I realize that the women are supposed to be "hypersexual" and all that but, there actually is a limit. We get it, they turn into nymphos, get on with the plot... oh, that's right, there isn't one. The 20 minutes of Ketchum whining about the book before it even started should have tipped me off to how the book was going to go.
If you're a lonely guy, you'll probably like this book. If you have a brain and want a good scarey story, search elsewhere.
"Not the best"
No, I thought the concept of the story was quite interesting, but after listening to it I found I felt cheated out of what could have been a brilliant story.
That it did not connect well, it seemed that all the scenes were jumbled up together. The characters were not developed enough and the main character got no sympathy from me.
If the story had been better I could see the main concepts (crash/release of chemicals just affecting women) would make a nice twist on the horror film/series genre, but how the story is written now, no.
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