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
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
The structure of this trilogy and the short length of the novelettes make this a commuters and traveler's dream!
No, there are too many other books to listen to. Unless it is a Diana Palmer, Nora Roberts, Jayne Krentz, or Christine Feehan book I have not listened to a book a second time and only a few of their books.
I did not have a favorite character but of the three stories I liked the second one.
He is a good narrator and did well with each character.
I got this book via audiobook boom.
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.
I have never listened to a story by R. Manokalas
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.
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.
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.
A good narrator, great story and chilling endings to all three novelettes.
The way the characters were set up by the author and then performed by John Bell.
I have not, however he did a wonderful performance here.
R Manolakas has a true talent for this genre, all of his stories are "must listen."
It was so entertaining.
It moved really well forward and I was never bored.
The ending- it was so well structured.
Absolutely. It is so good.
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!
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