A Year in the Borderlands

Narrated by: Gary Bennett
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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A seven percent grasp of the infinite. The universe may be limitless, but our senses are not. Just as the human eye sees but a small percentage of the cosmic wave spectrum, in the same way, most of us are only able to perceive a similar sliver of what we brazenly term “reality”, even with the use of all five of our scientifically acknowledged senses. 

Shift that frequency a touch, nudge your perspective just a little off its center, and you, too, may enter the realm of the surreal: a place that in truth may be as near to you at the moment as the blind spot at your back...the shadowy underside of your desk...that strip of woods at the rear of your property that harbors dark terrors after sunset - hideous and unbelievable “figments of your imagination” that watch and giggle as you study them from your backyard with chilling toes while fighting the primal urge to bolt back to the perceived safety of your home. 

Inspired by Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Night Gallery, Tales from the Crypt, and plain old-fashioned campfire stories, this month-by-month account of people-supernatural relations spans its own sci-fi/fantasy/horror/comedy spectrum, touring the weird side of the cosmos while leaving the passengers comfy and unscathed in their listening chairs. Or at least that’s what the brochure says. Might want to make sure that chair is sturdy.

©2016, 2018 Kevin Candela (P)2019 Kevin Candela
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A Year in the Borderlands

This is an interesting collection of stories. Many different worlds and scenarios are included in these stories. They were all well written with strong characters. As with most anthologies there were some stories that I liked more than others. I found the later stories more to my liking. The science fiction and Cthulhu monster style stories were very engaging. Each story brings the listener into a new world that leaves you thinking about the many what ifs. Narrator Gary Bennett does a nice job of keeping the narrative flowing and the listener engaged. This was a fun listen and if you enjoy weird and suspenseful sci-fi this is a book you may enjoy.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Well done

A great collection of stories involved a mix of horror, fantasy and sci-fi. I’d definitely check this out again.

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Sci fi Mix

This one is a mix of horror, science fiction, with a little humor thrown in for good measure. Some stories were really good, and kept me interested and glued to my earbuds. Others made me want to hit the fast forward button. In an anthology such as this, however, it's to be expected. You can't like everything, right? Anyway, each story has some kind of twist, an homage to the Twilight Zone. Every single one has some kind of angle that you'll never see coming. In the tale about the mermaids, it changes the whole focus of the story. In others, such as the Ether Bunny, it creates a shock ending that leaves you wishing the story went a little bit longer. Some stories would benefit from being fleshed out as full novels. The narration by Gary Bennett is as always very good. The Imp story seemed a little slow in the pacing to me, but no major complaints. I'd recommend this one to anyone that likes Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, or even any stories by O. Henry. Just don't assume you know how the stories are going to turn out. I received this title free at my request, and have left this review voluntarily.

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A wonderful collection of short stories!

I usually look for very long books to listen to, but this was a very nice change. I enjoyed the format and presentation very much. You could easily listen to them all at once, or one by one. Great for short commutes or jogs etc. The stories are a blend of horror and science fiction. All very well done and narrated nicely. If you love the old masters, Poe, King, Asimov, you will enjoy these.


I have been given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Odd

These stories are odd, very very odd! Stories of aliens, creepy creatures, and much more. It was hard to listen to some at night in the dark! Have fun with these!

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Excellent collection

This is a wonderful collection of Twilight Zone style tales that will thoroughly entertain you.

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A Year

This collection of stories vary in the type,but all are fun and interesting.Imp is still my favorite,though I have read it before. Gary Bennett is a very good narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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If you liked the Twilight Zone, you'll love this

I must admit, I read this book about a year back and really enjoyed it. However, in audiobook it absolutely rocks! Some books don't work in audiobook, but this one sure does.

Ok, on to the stories. No spoilers, but each story was very different and very surprising. A touch of sci-fi, a little bit of horror, all mixed in with some absolutely hysterical humor. Don't get me wrong, each story is treated seriously (left you thinking, in fact), not like a joke, but those spots of humor that pop up when you least expect it are like gold and a million times better in audiobook. Some of the stories I listened to more than once. They were great at work, really brightened my whole day.

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  • TU
  • 02-20-19

This was a FANTASTIC book

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a fantastic collection of stories that all mix emotions and genres and make for a great listen. The story telling and narration are masterful. All in all, this is a must have for any fan of horror, dark fantasy, sci fi... or any combination thereof.

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  • DB
  • 02-12-19

A Nice Surprise

I really enjoyed most of the stories in this collection. As with all collections, there were one or two that were just OK, but the rest were great.

I also enjoyed the performance quite a bit. Gary Bennett has an excellent voice and does a very good job here.

This review copy audio book was given to me in return for my honest opinion. I would highly recommend it.

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  • 04-18-20

Fabulous storyline

I Enjoyed this audio book very much
Hopefully they will be more audio books
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