In the morning, Bram finds the bones of a murdered child. At noon, the murdered child begs for his help. And by nightfall, they have killed a man together and set off into the afterlife, where nothing is what it was, and death is only the beginning of punishment. An eerie story about the nature of death and the self, Midnight Picnic inhabits an American landscape made strange and unfamiliar. From the author of the cult novel Fires, Midnight Picnic is a haunting and disturbing experience.
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When Midnight Picnic started with Bram accidentally running over a dog and trying but ultimately failing to aid the dying animal, I was convinced I would hate this. However, the engaging writing, the flow of the language coupled with the haunting atmosphere really pulled me into this dark and sad story.
Bram is basically a decent bloke living a mundane life with an on/off sexual relationship with the depressed girl living on the same floor as him above Moms bar. His accident is the start of a journey that leads Bram to the land of the dead where he follows six-year-old Adam who is consumed with the concepts of right, wrong and punish. Adam was murdered by Jacob Bunny and is seeking help from Bram to settle the score with Jacob. Author Nick Antosca provides heartbreaking vignettes of the tragic lives of these well-drawn characters and portrays a dim and eerie afterlife.
Not so much a scary ghost story, but a highly emotional and unsettling, surreal road trip, Midnight Picnic was utterly spellbinding exploring issues such as loneliness, evil, and redemption. Only four and a half hours long, I listened to this in one sitting. I'm still not sure what to make of the ending, though.
With regards to the narration, it was performed by R. C. Bray. Need I say more? As always, outstanding. His tone matched the tension and eeriness of the story perfectly. Quite often, if a young child is a major part of the story, I find the narration suffers. In this case, I was in awe how authentic six-year-old Adam sounded. There were no issues with the production.
If you enjoy unique surreal stories this is for you.
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It had crazy, nuts stuff happening, but never seemed to "jump the shark"
The little kid! He was funny and conflicted. Great job of showing his age.
He's great at making subtle voice changes for each character to differentiate, but not be annoying or distracting
Naw, that aint me, but I bet some people would.
Great listen, only detract points on the story because I am not into supernatural so much, but this was not so focused on that, mostly it just was a contemplation on life, loneliness, death, etc.
This book reminds me of a world like The Robin Williams film What Dreams May Come in the way it portrays the afterlife as a construct where we continue to live, but in a very different way, with rules that are always just a little bit out of reach.
The way the real world is thrust into the reader with a brief and detailed love scene is juxtaposed with the surreal and nebulous other world where anything might happen, and there's no telling if it will be good or bad.
Production quality is excellent, and the performer is exemplary.
Yes, I'm definitely planning on a second listen and possibly a third. There's a lot going on in this story.
The story just needs to be a little bit longer to spread out the details
Excellent performance by RC
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