Video is Dead
The fading memories Jacob has of his deceased mother are buried on a few VHS home movies. Recently haunted by recurring dreams of her, he sets out to pick up a used VCR, and finds one at a local yard sale. However this is no ordinary VCR. According to the owner, this particular model not only plays movies, but it allows one to communicate with the dead. Fueled by curiosity, Jacob takes it home and soon discovers that what he possesses opens a doorway to darkness, death, and lust.
Miller is frustrated. Hours at the gym and nothing to show for it. But once a coworker introduces him to RECRüT, a sports energy drink that guarantees results, the gains come quick. It isn't long before Miller attains the godlike physique he's always wanted. Unfortunately, these 12 little ounces come with a side effect - a high price he never expected to pay. And the more RECRüT he drinks, the more his world begins to unravel, uncovering a sinister side of himself he never knew existed.
The Saltwater Marathon
Bryan buries himself at work, opting for late night shifts at the mall, often drinking himself to sleep in the back office of his once beloved job. But everything changes the morning they show up...strangers at his office door...screaming, pleading and begging him to open the door because they're being pursued and desperately need somewhere to hide. As he awakens from his drunken stupor, he begins to wonder if this some sick joke? Bryan wouldn't be sure until he let these strangers in. However once he does, he soon witnesses for himself what has these people so afraid, so panicked, that he finds it impossible to stay caught in his own spiral of self-loathing.
©2016 Jonathan Chateau (P)2016 Jonathan Chateau
Willy Wonka of it
Nightmares is a collection of 3 short scifi/supernatural stories that feel like scripts for shows such as "The Twilight Zone" or "Are You Afraid of the Dark?".
=== Video is Dead ===
What would you do if you had a VCR that could bring back dead people that are featured on the tapes played within it? Our protagonist finds out when he pops in a tape of his dead mother who has been visiting him in his dreams. This sparks off a whole new calling, and soon he's bringing back some, who may have been better off left dead.
Our protagonist does get some character development, as does some of the supporting cast (dead and alive). I must admit though, that the paths and personalities don't end up as I expected, leaving me to wonder if I missed some nuance or clue in the short text. Also, there are things left unexplained after it's all said in done -- but not in a "wow, I wonder what that meant?" sort of way, more like "what ever happened to ____?"
Still, it's an enjoyable listen and a very strong start to the collection. In fact, I'd say this one ended up being my favorite of the three and probably could have benefited from being even longer.
=== Energy Drink ===
Run-of-the-mill office grunt has been trying to improve his posture and his bodily image to impress the ladies (specifically one lady). Though he hits the gym religiously, he's not seeing the transformation he'd like. That is, until a co-worker gives him some weird new energy drink that bulks him right up. Said co-worker fails to mention the side effects though.
This one feels like an episode of "The Twilight Zone". It's bizarre, short and to the point. Perfect for a 30 minute episode featuring some hairy rubber suits!
=== The Salt Water Marathon ===
Guy marries a woman he found on a beach. She says she's from a far off land. Guy finds out her "homeland" sunk underwater ages ago, and his now-wife is starting to get "scaly rashes" and has breath that smells like fish....
You can tell where this story is going early on -- which is fine, except that our protagonist is pretty thick, even with the evidence in front of his eyes. This leads to a lot of tedium as he spends time densely denying what's right in front of him to see. Right up until the end, there's a lot of "huh? What do you mean? I don't get it"-type dialog that I found annoying.
Through all of that though, I did find the story -- which focuses on our protagonist and some new allies trying to escape a mall overrun by giant fish creatures -- enjoyable. It's sort of zombie apocalypse meets alien invasion. I'd say this is my second-favorite of the bunch.
Overall, the collection is definitely worth a listen. The narrator does a great job bringing each of these tales to life as well. He reads clearly and doesn't get in the way of the story.
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I probably wouldn't listen to it a second time. Not because it wasn't good, it was really good, but because I've already experienced the unexpected endings.
I don't have another book under my belt to compare to this one. It is unique to me.
No I have not listened to Aaron's other performances so I can not compare.
Most definitely yes!
Each of the three stories Video is Dead, Energy Drink, and The Saltwater Marathon is absolutely gripping from start to finish. It was hard to stop listening for stupid stuff like work and human interaction. The three stories run only about an hour and a half each but every minute is well used. I felt like all the fluff and filler crap of a longer story was cut out and what was left was quality heart pounding adrenaline.
There is cursing, sex, and violence. But not over the top excessive in either department. It's like a movie R rating rather than a X rating.
Aaron Shedlock did a great job throughout all three stories. His character impersonations are very entertaining. He did a great job creating unique personalities for each character. I found myself laughing a few times throughout the story at some of the characters little quirks that the author and Aaron creatively create. It helped to also establish a bond with each character's personality. I did find some of his narration a bit monotone when not impersonating characters but it did not distract at all from the quality of the story.
Its honestly been a while since I've listened to or read scary stories this well written. I particularly loved the visual imagery the author creates of the monsters in The Saltwater Marathon. Google siphonophores and keep that image in your mind for the story. Each of the endings are completely unexpected and satisfying. I look forward to future audio books of Jonathan Chateau's work. Well done.
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There are 3 different and good horror stories only complaint I wanted more! My favorite one was when you could see and speak with a deceased loved one and narration pretty good. If you need a break from novels I would recommend this one. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you.
I think it's very difficult to find something good among short stories, or someting good in the horror section. This book is both. And it's also very original, something different from stereotypes that are so common in horror literature.
The endings of the three stories are different from each other and from what you normally expect from that kind of book. More mature than the classic, shocking ones you can find in so many short horror stories from past and present. It was refreshing, and good.
The narrator has the perfect voice for the subject, and I can easily say that listen to it could be an even better experience than reading it.
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I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
I LOVED this short story!Aaron Shedlock was the perfect narrator.Who among us wouldn't want to have a dead loved one back,if just for a moment.Be careful what you wish for!I was provided this book free by the author,narrator or the publisher.
This has been the most enjoyable audiobook I've listened to all year. The perfect pairing of a talented author, and an equally talented narrator.
I never have time to listen all in one sitting. And THIS is the first audiobook I've listened to while sitting. I normally listen to audiobooks while doing something else, but this is the first one I actually made time to do nothing but sit and listen without any distractions. I broke this into meaningful chunks... enjoying One well crafted story at a time from beginning to end.
Storytelling, at its best.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
Yes, the stories were great. I wished there were more :)
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I love audio books.
To me, there is nothing better than horror that is written with a comedic bent. This book includes three short stories that are just that: well written, totally supernatural and fun as hell. "Video is Dead," "Energy Drink," and "The Saltwater Marathon" are three completely discrete stories, all equally as interesting and spooky. Chateau is a master craftsman of short stories and Shedlock narrates these tales masterfully! I would recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys horror (though this is VERY light horror, if you'd even call it that) or who is a fan of entertaining paranormal stories. 10/10 would listen to this again!
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Yes I would, all 3 stories were really good
Energy Drink was one that I could not wait to finish. I listened to that story in it's entirety I just couldn't stop. Once it ended I was a little sad but the next story was good as well.
I have not but now I am a fan. He gets you to really care about the characters, the descriptions of the monsters was uncanny and he gets you involved in the story with its visuals description.
Yes it was. I was both saddened when it ended but really glad for I was able to get on with my life and go to sleep. Energy Drink as I mentioned before was addicting, no pun intended.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom." Thank you Jonathan Chateau I look forward to more of your work.
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