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A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist Audiobook

A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist: Bright Shadows Series: Novelette Trilogies for Busy Folks

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A lonely and beautiful little girl with a strange friend, a shy, thoughtful young man searching for a purpose in life that will surprise you, and an elderly, sensual woman whose art warns her of the future: these are the spines of the bizarre novelettes featured in this first volume of a series of trilogies. Due to our time pressures and the increasing stress and diversity of modern life, the audiobook listener's appetite for satisfying chunks of "binge listening" is increasing dramatically. These novelettes - or short novels - of 15,000 words each provide the subplots, complications, and wealth of characters and dramatic punch of full-length tomes, but are more digestible and less time consuming. Each, also divided into three convenient parts, is a self-contained, satisfying, piquant slice of fiction with fast-moving scenes, snappy dialogue, and endings with a twist - much in the style of The Twilight Zone. This series, Bright Shadows Series - Novelettes for Busy Folks, is a new brand in riveting fiction.

©2014 R. Manolakas (P)2014 Robert Manolakas

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    ocdoug 07-04-14
    ocdoug 07-04-14
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    "Twilight Zone like but even more bizarre"
    What made the experience of listening to A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist the most enjoyable?

    I loved the variety and the underlying strangeness and sense of social anarchy--I especially liked the last short novel because it had spiritualistic overtones and yet a decay of sorts in the main character's spirit--I didn't even guess the ending I was so caught up in the creativity and mesmerizing effect of the plot-line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the complete originality without being over the top. It was quietly weird but not too weird--like it could happen! I also loved its convenient format--three short novels each in three parts--it was handy listening on my exercise bike and I used my dumbbells with my hands and pumped with my feet!


    Have you listened to any of John Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No; he is quite a narrator; I don't believe how one man can do all those varied and nuanced voices--three short novels each with many characters--men and women and even children!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, the end of the middle story, where it dawned on me who this person really was. Many would have guessed this sooner perhaps, I didn't know until the end--it didn't really matter because it was the riveting ride along the way that mattered most.


    Any additional comments?

    The structure of this trilogy and the short length of the novelettes make this a commuters and traveler's dream!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tinman 06-08-14
    Tinman 06-08-14
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    "Entertaining read reminscent of the Twilight Zone"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is a series of 3 novellas, each story about 1 1/2 hours spread across 3 parts. The stories were entertaining with a surprise ending. The story and naration were varied enough to keep me entertained.


    If you’ve listened to books by R. Manolakas before, how does this one compare?

    I have never listened to a story by R. Manokalas


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Bell?

    Sure. I gave the narration only 3 stars because John Bell didn't do a great job of voicing females (at one point in a story I thought I was hearing an early century same-sex releationship). However, John Bell's voice otherwise enhanced the story with a good variety of voices and voice inflection.


    Do you think A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'd love to read a follow-up of this book with a few changes. The novella style is a great way to listen to a story when you're on the road or in a quick project.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories in this novella were mysterious and spooky. The narrator's voice, while entertaining, was too cheerful. I would have enjoyed listening to narration with spooky music either in the background or at appropriate points in the stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul J McSorley 05-23-14
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    "Manolakas Entertains and Thrills Again!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist the most enjoyable?

    A good narrator, great story and chilling endings to all three novelettes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the characters were set up by the author and then performed by John Bell.


    Have you listened to any of John Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, however he did a wonderful performance here.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    R Manolakas has a true talent for this genre, all of his stories are "must listen."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    H.S. 05-15-14
    H.S. 05-15-14
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    "Great story! Loved it!"
    What did you love best about A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist?

    It was so entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It moved really well forward and I was never bored.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending- it was so well structured.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. It is so good.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Kindle book and this audiobook even more. The narrator was haunting and fantastic. The strange, short novelettes were riveting and had twisty endings with great variety and entertaining dialogue, just like the “Twilight Zone” TV series—even better. I especially liked how convenient this was for me to listen to during my stressful, busy day with almost no spare time. I look forward the next in the series of trilogies! Five stars plus! A real stress melter!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gaele Atlanta, GA 09-25-14
    Gaele Atlanta, GA 09-25-14

    We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis

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    "different and solidly written,"

    I am admitted fan of short stories, so this trilogy was an enticing review option. R. Manolakas presents these as being in the style of Twilight Zone, and while they were different and solidly written, there was just a little something missing to give me that moment of “ooh” that I remember from those shows.

    A touch of the bizarre, where conundrums are created that don’t necessarily engage but serve the plot well starts this collection, and while the conclusion to this story managed to feel appropriate with the other two in this collection just didn’t seem to make sense as a triad. The last two stories are ventures into historical fiction, and while technically proficient and well-written, I was easily able to discover the mystery long before the reveal or conclusion. Again I still felt a bit disconnected and removed from the story, missing the promised feel of unique or otherworldly twists.

    Narration is more than capably provided by John Bell. His voice was mellifluous and engaging, she smoothly navigated the dialog and characters, and presented the appropriate tone and enunciation to the work.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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