Cara Stone is a broken woman: penniless, homeless, and hopeless. When given the chance to appear on television, she jumps at the opportunity to win a minimum of $5,000 for her family.
The state-run, crowdfunded series, Revolver, has been established by the nation's moneyed elite to combat the increasing plight of class warfare.
There's never been a Revolver contestant quite like Cara before. The corporate states of America are hungry for blood, and she promises to deliver.
©2015 Michael Patrick Hicks (P)2016 Michael Patrick Hicks
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Warning, Revolver contains pretty much everything that people will find offensive: Language, Mentions of Rape, and belittling of women. With that being said, all of it (minus the language) was written for a reason.
The world has been turned on its head and Cara is given the chance of a lifetime to give her family a much-needed financial break. She just has to star on the crowd-funded hit TV series Revolver...
Patricia Santomasso provides the narration for Revolver and does a perfect job. She took an already great book and made it amazing. Her performance will stick with me. The story was good, but Santomasso made it great.
Revolver is a perfect short story/novella to read right now. The political extremists are gaining more and more power and they aren't easily ignored anymore. Revolver tells the story of what would happen if we let this extremism go too far. And wow was it good.
There are books that you finish and they leave you with a sense of awe and an emptiness. And then there are books that you will never forget. I have a few of those, including 1984 and Brave New World. This takes some of the same things that 1984 talked about and put them to the extreme.
I had to write my warning because this book will offend people, I actually think that it was meant to. But it did it in a way that really makes you think. Revolver is a big "what if" book that will leave you feeling raw and full of emotion.
I actually can't think of the last time I read a book this short that left that much of an impression on me. It's just proof that you don't need 400 pages to make someone feel something. Just a great premise and a better narrative voice.
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Great short story. Very much captured the spirit of society in such stories and film adaptations such as running man and rollerball. A morally corrupt society that hides life behind fake news and crazy game shows to distract an overburdened populace. Very enjoyable. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
A shocking, but also amazingly well written short story from Michael Patrick Hicks, which digs deep into the readers gut!!
The story itself is VERY much current, considering the extreme political atmosphere in the United States and elsewhere, along with the demand to constantly push the boundaries of Reality TV.
Patricia Santomasso's performance of this audiobook version is simply brilliant.
I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir. I review on Amazon, GR, NG & Audible.
An excellent short from Michael Patrick Hicks that reads (listens) much larger than its word count and packs quite a punch.
Waging war on poverty, one person at a time.
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Don't get me wrong, this is not a "bad" story. But it's been done before by the likes of Richard Bachmann / Stephen King. The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, even going back to the classic movie "Naked Prey" starring Cornel Wilde are memorable for nearly the same premise. As well as lots of other examples.
I would, he is a very good writer. Writing isn't the issue here. Originality is important though.
The premise is. That's why the examples above were so successful and memorable.
"The best (women) don't run for president, they run for their lives..." that's from "Running Man". See what I mean?
Though it sounds like a negative review of the audio book as a whole, I don't mean it that way. Patricia Santomasso's voice work is very good. The saving grace possibly. I would like to listen to more books she narrates.
Thank you for allowing me to review this audio book.
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Librarian with chronic migraines which cuts into reading a LOT so I listen and it is awesome for me keeps me in the blogging/reviewing game.
Cara has nothing, so she is on a gameshow where if she kills herself they will give her family money. But there has never been a contestant like Cara and I think it's safe to say there never will be again.
The was an awesome story despite what you might think. It brings up a lot of social issues that will make you think but has some very funny parts as well. Narrator Patricia Santomasso is a amazing Cara, but portrays all the characters wonderfully. She really does make this book wonderful. This is a really great book give it a try, you won't regret it.
First, Wow. Then, kudos for Mr. Hicks writing.
Many other reviewers tell you the story and they do so very well. I'm giving my feelings about this only.
It is short, however so much is in there that I listened to this 3-4 times already. Brilliant story, gut wrenching and relevant (maybe too much so). Narrator is perfect for this.
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Revolver is one of those stories that, once I got over the initial shock of the subject matter and the sheer vulgarity of the content. I immediately had to listen to it a second time. Then I realized that it really isn't that shocking or vulgar, considering the real world that we live in today. Pretty sure the only reason I was shocked at all was because of the fairy tale that I tell myself, everyday, that I live in.
Cara Jones is the latest participant in a social game show of sorts, where she can bring thousands of dollars, back to her family in need. Sure. Its general premise isn't necessarily original. However, it takes a deft hand to make it believable. This is where Michael Patrick Hicks excels. Drawing the reader in, in less time than most, coercing me to care about Cara. Convincing me that his idea is possible. With an ending that allows me to choose the final outcome.
Because of the subject matter I did find this very difficult to review. Especially with all the political turmoil, particularly the attitudes against women, that the world is being exposed to right now. I think this makes Revolver all the more terrifyingly plausible.
If you want to be shocked at the same time as saying "Oh Crap" this well written short is for you. It just might make you think about what is so different, if anything, from our society today and the one portrayed by Hicks. I will be looking for more from him.
While Patricia Santomasso's work is new to me, she is not new to audiobook narration. And it shows. I truly enjoyed that way she brought the characters to life. I will be on the lookout for longer productions so I can more accurately determine my true feelings for her.
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As I started listening to the story, I thought it was a parody of what liberals consider conservatives to be. By the end, I just had the feeling that the author considered anyone not rabidly Liberal or an ultra SJW (social justice warrior) to be a member of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), just a crazed Homophobe/bigot looking to kill off or oppress some minority or other, and the book was a deadly serious look at it. While technically well written, the ridiculous future this posits, about a US that is basically a countrywide WBC, with the nightmare policies those wack jobs would put in place, that the forward by Lucas Bale actually said is entirely too possible? (really, its not. Paranonid much?) is just so over the top, so much so that I burst out laughing throughout, even though I don't think I was supposed to. All the characters except for the main character are over the top caricatures of what SJW's consider conservatives/libertarians to be, while the train wreck of a main character is not really responsible for the situation she is in, she's a victim. Maybe by the twisted world this author put together, but then again, Westboro Baptist world.
Patricia Santomasso is a revelation as a narrator. She really gives feeling to the various characters, really giving all the characters their own voices, although how she wasn't laughing all the way through shows just what a professional she is. I will be looking for more of her work.
This book is OK but has been done before. It was interesting as we are approaching election and it criticism on women and enjoyed Cara.Makes you wonder about game shows though. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom, thank you.
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