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Monster 1983 Performance

Monster 1983: An Audible Original Drama

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Publisher's Summary

AUDIBLE DEBUTS CHILLING NEW SCI-FI FROM BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNER IVAR LEON MENGER.

Callum Blue (Dead Like Me), Anastasia Griffith (Damages) and Marc Warren (Hustle) star in new audio-drama from Germany's master of thriller.

Catalysing the surge of interest in classic 70s and 80s sci-fi thrillers, and just in time for Halloween, Audible today exclusively debuts Monster 1983, an original audio-drama from Berlinale-winning director Ivan Leon Menger. Directed by multiple-Audie and RPA winner Cherry Cookson, the chilling tale stars Callum Blue (Dead Like Me), Anastasia Griffith (Damages) and Marc Warren (Hustle) amongst others.

Drawing influences from Poltergeist, Stand By Me and E.T. and other Spielberg classics, the story unfolds in the small coastal town of Harmony Bay, Oregon. Still reeling from a sudden and profound family tragedy, Sheriff Cody uproots his elder son Michael, and younger daughter Amy, from the chaos of Orlando to begin a new, more relaxed life in the Beaver State. Soon after their arrival however, this new-found tranquillity is disturbed by a succession of brutal but mysterious deaths. As the plot twists and turns its way through small-town secrecy, psychiatry wards and the supernatural, Cody comes under increasing pressure to solve each new case whilst keeping his family safe from harm.

Ivar Leon Menger, author of Monster 1983, said: 'Having been raised on Spielberg, King and Kubrick I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't watching some kind of horror, sci-fi or psychological thriller. I think the legacy of 70s and 80s horror cinema runs quite strongly through Monster 1983, and that's part of the reason I decided to create an audio-only story, it emphasises both the nostalgia and suspense for listeners.'

Steve Carsey, Director of Original Programming at Audible, said: 'After the enormous success of Alien, Out of the Shadows we knew there was a huge appetite for compelling sci-fi audio fiction. Ivar's stories have been immensely successful in Germany so we're really excited to introduce his work to UK listeners.'

Monster 1983 is a Wireless Theatre production for Audible Studios. Written by Ivar Leon Menger, translated by Guy Meredith and directed by Cherry Cookson with music scoring by Ynie Ray.

Monster 1983 Cast:

Callum Blue (Sheriff Cody), Anastasia Griffith (Deputy Taylor Dunford), Marc Warren (Deputy Landers), Rachel Atkins, Barbara Barnes, Andrea Browne, Nicholas Boulton, Philip Bulcock, Sophie Cartman, Amy Cash, Lobo Chan, Charlotte Christie, Trevor Cuthbertson, Stephen Critchlow, Sean Delaney, Jessica Dennis,Tom Gregory, Adam Hall, Will Howard, Gerran Howell, Nicky Henson, Madeleine Kasson, Lorelei King, Stuart Milligan, Harry Myers, Nathan Osgood, Chris Rogers, Martin T Sherman, Thomas Stroppell and Trevor White.

©2015 Ivar Leon Menger (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    petey 10-19-16
    petey 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful"

    I believe this was translated from German, so a lot of the dialog is stilted and nonsensical. It sounds like an amateur hour retelling of Stranger Things but far less polished and captivating. Couldn't take it and returned for a refund.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 10-15-16
    Mel USA 10-15-16 Member Since 2009
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    "A bit amateurish"

    Uneven and overdone; very unpolished. It was hard to stay in the flow of the story with the constant musical interludes and the odd choice of tone used by the actors. Some characters sounded best at 1.5 speeds, while others sounded drunk at the same speed. . . odd. The story itself got a little tangled with two plot lines that seemed to keep the trajectory as foggy as the coastal setting. I'm still not sure about the shark placenta blue plate special; and whether we were dealing with a vampire, some kind of shape shifter monster or a *red* herring. Frightening--and not in the way intended. This one needed a tighter story, better dialogue, better narrator, and lots more rehearsals before recording.

    23 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 10-14-16
    Marilyn 10-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't get enough"

    It was like listening to a play. Loved all the sound effects and characters, and the ending was a total surprise, who the "Monster" was. I would love to see a second book continued where that left off. And it did say to be continued, hope, hope. The only thing I had a hard time understanding was the fortune teller when she spoke. Some I could understand, but most I couldn't, it was too distorted. But other than that, and what happened to Deputy Taylor, left us hanging there. Come on give us part two.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Haine 11-05-16
    Tom Haine 11-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Story Goes Nowhere"

    Acting uneven. Story drags to irreconcilable ending. Very frustrating. Really not worth investment of time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angie holladay, Utah 10-17-16
    Angie holladay, Utah 10-17-16 Member Since 2015

    I am an eBay seller who listens to approx. a book a day while taking & editing photos of my items. I love a good suspenseful mystery!

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    "Horrible"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed other Audible Original Dramas and I was so excited when I saw this latest release unfortunately I only made half way through before I couldn't take it any more! The plot is senseless. Full of strange, irrelevant details. Confusing and hard to follow. Story makes absolutely no sense!

    Arrggghhh! So Disappointing I actually returned for a refund!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Lynch 11-08-16

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    "Awkward, stilted, and amateurish"

    I love the 80s as much as the next guy who was a teen at that time. This plodding, overcomplicated story doesn't do the 80s any justice. The story itself is so-so, and it's not as easy to follow in audio form as, say, the vastly superior Alien: Out of the Shadows. The writing is stiff and feels forced, as if it's translated from another language or written by someone who pushed out an unpolished first draft. What really killed this for me is the voice acting. It ranges between unnatural and awful. The intonations and line readings simply have no dramatic impact. You can make a poor story gripping with excellent voice work, but there's no getting around bad voice work. The female performers and "kid" performers are the worst. Many of them sound like they were hired at the mall and tossed the next day into a recording studio. Very disappointing all around.

    What sold me on this was the description citing a love for old Spielberg, King, and Kubrick stories from that time. If Monster 1983 is what the writer took away from those masters, it might do him well to revisit the period and pay closer attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan 10-15-16
    Joan 10-15-16 Member Since 2015

    Audio book lover, wife, mother to three boys. I listen whenever I'm alone and can put headphones in.

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    "worth the.credit. love audible.dramas!"

    wow. that was a little slow.....but worth the credit. I like audible.dramas and this one did not disappoint. I.didn't see the ending coming.

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    Toni Ptacek 10-14-16
    Toni Ptacek 10-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "So bad I had to stop"

    I just couldn't put anymore time into this awful book. 1 star was too high!

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    Bonnie Lesman 11-02-16
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    "Keeps you guessing."

    Wow, that was great. Loved the whole presentation. Kept me guessing with the twists and turns. Well done!

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    Kytrena vedder 10-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great ending!!!!! big surprise. I loved the '80s"

    I loved the 80s feel of the story...took me back to a time when things were so simple and awesome

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  • Gridiron
    10/19/16
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    "Not the full story"

    Overall very enjoyable until the end where you are greeted with those awful words, "to be continued" interesting story, good cast performance and interesting characters. No resolution leaves you hanging for the next part. I also found the music a bit intrusive at times. But it did its job, it has me waiting for the next instalment.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • goldmoonstorm
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    "Not perfect but loved it."

    The acting is ropey and some of the dialogue is strange which makes me think it was written by someone whose native tongue isn't English and the clairvoyant was hard to understand. ( your see what I mean ) but saying all that.... I LOVED IT!!!...story moves on at a good pace so can't understand other reviews that said its slow... good story, lots going on... can't wait for part 2.....

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. W. D. Pratt
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    "Really Brill!"

    I really enjoyed this, I loved the retro feel to this story it's like an authentic thriller from the 80s which is right up my street!
    Very highly recommended, its the best thing i've listened to this year!

    Looking forward to part 2....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • michael
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    "shame about the end"

    great story telling and performance but was let down by the end sadly I I I only I I I i

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    10/18/16
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    "Nearly but not quite"
    Where does Monster 1983 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not really an audio book but a radio play. The production values are quite high,


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There isn't a narrator - there is a cast !


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the characters, the setting and the way the story developed. But .......

    I was very disappointed to find this is an episode and not the full story. It should be made clear this is part one and not the complete story.

    Also the ending of 'part one' is very ambiguous. I am still not sure what the conclusion actually is. I suppose the idea behind this is supposed to leave a cliffhanger for part 2, but it was just confusing.

    Since that it wasn't made clear this was not the whole enchilada, after wading through the 7 or so hour running time, not coming to a reasonable ending was frustrating.

    I'd like to give two and a half stars for the story, as it seems I only got half the story. However, the half I did get I rather enjoyed.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    10/16/16
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    "Loved it, Can't wait for the next one."

    I really enjoyed the way it was performed, there's not enough full cast story's out there, especially over 3 hours long, can't wait for the next installment.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    11/29/16
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    "Really Bad"

    Terrible acting. Diabolically bad dialogue. Infuriatingly dodgy plot tools (the holes in the mattresses and the blood on the floor, seriously?? What are the mattresses made out of? Most I’ve come across are fabric – which would not show holes, and would have absorbed blood, and I really couldn't suspend my disbelief). I persevered for a few hours on a car drive but found myself shouting at it too much. Come on Amazon – you can do better than this. Your telly is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jaffareadstoo
    England
    11/4/16
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    "A creepy story..."


    When I first opened the Audible file of Monster 1983 and saw that there were 190 chapters I must admit that my heart sank a little, but then I discovered that some of the chapters are very short and take only a few minutes. And to be honest, once the story begins, both the chapters and the hours fly by very quickly.

    The story is creepy from the offset, the small coastal town of Harmony Bay comes alive with intrigue and as the new sheriff tries to investigate a series of macabre killings you can’t help but be drawn into the whole creepy scenario.

    The fact that Monster 1983 is a dramatic production of several voices gives the story a noticeably theatrical feel and I found that each individual narrator brought something very different to the story. I really enjoyed the distinctive and individual nature of their interpretation.

    In many ways Monster 1983 is a chilling but entirely plausible version of small town America. Harmony Bay is a place of secrets. It is a town where petty grievances are allowed to fester and where control and domination go hand in hand. The chilling nature of the supernatural content grows gradually but with real intent until the malice and mayhem which is evoked becomes frighteningly realistic.

    Monster 1983 is definitely one of those productions that you want to listen to with all the lights on and, preferably, not too late at night!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    11/2/16
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    "Disappointing"

    More like a poor quality radio play. Story unsubstantial and silly with poorly played characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aidan Cleevely
    10/30/16
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    "This Audio book had me on the edge of my seat..."

    This audio book had me on the Edge of my seat.. or should I say bed. it's very well read, and perfect performance. and the "to be continued" at the end just makes the suspense even bigger. Highly recommended but its the kind of thing that gives you ...nightmares.. sleep tight. ;)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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