From tales of chilling horror, to heart-stopping stories of suspense, Warped is best-selling author Jeff Menapace's ultimate collection of short fiction.
Warped contains currently published tales of the macabre like "Princess" and "The Straw Man and a Murder", the currently out of print and award-winning "Sugar Daddy" and its sequel, "Sugar Daddy 2", and the author's preferred version of his controversial "Torment".
In addition to this, Warped contains the formerly exclusive prequel shorts to Menapace's acclaimed Bad Games trilogy, "Job Interview" and "Get off My Ass."
Warped includes eleven pulse-pounding stories:
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This Audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
Let's start of with the bland.
Warped consists of several short stories (some VERY short) and as always in such cases some are hits (for instance Sugar Daddy) and some are misses.
I am rating this book for an overall of 5 stars.
Is this one of the best book I ever read (listened)? Not really, but this book managed to evoke an emotional response from me, something that caught me off guard completely, so kudos are required.
This audiobook also managed to creep me out, blame the narrator for that.
So what is all this about? The stories, as the book title suggests, are warped. Some of them play homage to classic horror stories, some are gruesome (actually, most are) and many of them are quite demented and disturbing. Jeff Menapace mostly manages to stay away from the horror tropes making my guesswork completely off most of the time, and adding to the suspension.
And what about the narration?
Jeff Hays is either one of the best narrators around, or is a wizard with Audio software (the alternative is that he has a really scary split personality). The first time a woman was voiced I had to go double check if he indeed is the sole narrator (he is!!?). In a way, this was both awesome and distracting at first (how in the world is he doing that voice?), and the end result was just upping the creepiness factor - which in this case serves the book quite well.
Other audio enhancements (like drinking sounds, dual voices etc.) further improved the dramatization of the book making it a joy to listen to.
To summarize, if you're going to read this book, you should listen to it. The performance here adds so much to the book it would be a shame to miss out on it and while some stories are not as good as others - the entire experience is one of the better ones I had the privilege of listening to.
I have MS and I am mostly homebound. My eyesight has been affected so listening to audio books has become my favorite pastime.
I would recommend this book. It has such a variety of horror short stories it keeps you interested.
The individual stories and the narrative. The narrator is wonderful. He voice is able to caress your mind and bring you right into the story.
Be prepared to sleep with the lights on.
Jeff Hays is a wonderful narrator. His voice is so easy to listen to and he has the talent to suduce one into the story as if they were part of it.
I was given the book as a gift in return for my unbiased review which I have given.
I dont see my self listening to this book again
Yes, it was a a fun collection of stories expertly narrated.
I think my favorite was the first sugar daddy story. Also the windigo story was fun although a bit predictable
No because it was a collection of short stories.
Great narrator. Some stories were great, some not so much. You can tell the author has a fixation with mothers.
Creepy stories but yet I kept listening! Takes an interesting mind to write these stories! (and read it too I guess) All depends on your tastes if you should read/listen to this or not! Not for the faint of heart.
Good collection of spooky, creepy stories.
The narrator did a good job of reading
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If you like the Nosleep and Simply Scary Podcasts you'll love these stories and the narrator!
The stories were all great! Some better than others, but all gruesome and some funny. However, I was most impressed with the narrator and his vocal range. He voiced EVERYONE and his girl voice was exactly that. You couldn't even tell it was Jeff Hays! So much vocal talent.
This was such a great book, i totally recommend to any horror fan. I especially liked "Sugar Daddy" and "Princess" those were in my opinion my favs, but all the stories are good. I found a new favorite horror writer, can't wait to check out his other books.
There is a bit of everything in these short stories, Some are old fashioned paranormal or occult monster tales and others are great psychological thrillers that could possible happen.
I've always thought that scary stories like psychological thrillers that could actually happen are far scarier than the paranormal, and monster stories. Some of the tales are longer and more like a novella and others are only a few minutes long. Most all of the stories are very good. In some the bad guys meet their just desserts in others the bad guys prevail.
If you like this genre this is a great assortment. The narration was also well done.
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I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys short fiction of the macabre kind.
The fact that they are short stories, and are all self contained easy to listen right through in one sitting.
I thought Jeff did a pretty good job reading through the stories, so yes.
Would need to be a TV series, because of the short story form of the book, but yes it would be interesting to see on TV.
Good collection of pretty off the wall stories from Jeff Menapace, an author I hadn't read before but I will look out for more of his work in the future of these stories are anything to go by.
*I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
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