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  • The Fisherman

  • By: John Langan
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other's company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Horror of Loss

  • By Jim N on 04-20-17

I've read it twice already and I'll read it again.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

The humanity expressed in the first part of this book is profound and relatable. Male emotionality is especially fraught with bullshit in our culture, and Langan beautifully expresses certain facets of how men (try to) navigate this realm with one another.

The otherworldly horror aspects of this tale are phenomenally envisioned, hitting several of my favorite notes: haunted places, mysterious local history, warlocks, things from beyond, and straaange summoning rituals.

And of course these two aspects of the book become inextricably interwoven. Another reader might be able to predict the route of their intersection, but I was so engrossed in the page-by-page unfolding of the story, it took me entirely by surprise.

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  • The Secret of Ventriloquism

  • By: Jon Padgett
  • Narrated by: Jon Padgett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Jon Padgett's The Secret of Ventriloquism, named the Best Fiction Book of 2016 by Rue Morgue Magazine, heralds the arrival of a significant new literary talent. With themes reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, Thomas Ligotti, and Bruno Schulz, but with a strikingly unique vision, Padgett's work explores the mystery of human suffering, the agony of personal existence, and the ghastly means by which someone might achieve salvation from both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Modern Weird!

  • By JoeyCatHat on 03-15-17

eerie, hypnotic, unsettling, & exquisite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-17

I had the perhaps unusual experience of having heard several interviews with the author before listening to this book. This gave me quite a bit of context that richly enhanced my enjoyment, without (as it turned out) any spoilers (except for, y'know, that one time where the guy finds that thing in that place -- but it's hardly a "spoiler"; it spoiled nothing). I don't necessarily recommend this approach, it just happened to work out nicely for me.

Oddly enough, though, this background did not prepare me for the exquisiteness of his writing. I reckon I'd attribute this largely to the author's laudable humility, as well as the fact that I found him so articulate and engaging in those interviews that I didn't even really think much about the text itself.

Having listened to his voice for a total of, gosh, like three hours, and hence having grown quite accustomed to him telling his own tales, I was psyched to learn that he performed this audiobook. Rightly so, it turns out. He's frickin' great.

I fear that with his own successful craftsmanship of this long-toiled-over book, the author will find he has set a dauntingly high bar for himself to match with subsequent efforts. I even hesitated to write this out of fear that my own praise will add a drop to that bucket. So I gotta implore him to do his best to disregard any such concern (including disregarding this review if that helps), and just keep crafting new stories for his own enjoyment, moment by moment, putting one word in front of another. Psyched for him to share future stories when the time comes tho.

One last thing -- I sure hope I someday get to see a production of the creepy af one-act play in this collection. If you're a theater person looking for sinister material, yo, the piece in question might just make yer head spin....

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