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Midnight Picnic Audiobook

Midnight Picnic

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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.

©2009 Nick Antosca (P)2016 Blue Heron Audio

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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-25-16
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-25-16 Member Since 2011

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    "highly emotional and unsettling, surreal road trip"

    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.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.

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    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    B. M. 02-08-16
    B. M. 02-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Like a 5 Hour fever dream, but in a good way!"
    What made the experience of listening to Midnight Picnic the most enjoyable?

    It had crazy, nuts stuff happening, but never seemed to "jump the shark"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The little kid! He was funny and conflicted. Great job of showing his age.


    What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's great at making subtle voice changes for each character to differentiate, but not be annoying or distracting


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Naw, that aint me, but I bet some people would.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Nashville, TN 02-06-16
    Tim Nashville, TN 02-06-16
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    "An otherworldly adventure story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dwayne 02-10-16
    Dwayne 02-10-16
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    "Head trip"
    Would you listen to Midnight Picnic again? Why?

    Yes, I'm definitely planning on a second listen and possibly a third. There's a lot going on in this story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story just needs to be a little bit longer to spread out the details


    What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance by RC


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 01-30-16
    Chris 01-30-16
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    "Stephen King esq"

    Not all books need to make sense or satsify all the questions you might ask...Im not really sure what the story is about....I will listen to it again though

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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