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AnonMan

Narrated by: Thomas Block
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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An unemployed man receives an anonymous letter full of cash in the mail. His problems are just beginning....

AnonMan is set in the near future when the water runs out in Las Vegas. An American city is dying, though the people don't know it yet, or care. 

Bobby is in a rut. He's an unemployed, degenerate gambler trudging through an unsatisfying life. Some things never change - the water can disappear, but the thirst for gambling never evaporates. His hen-pecking wife constantly hassles him about finding a job, which only exasperates his excessive gambling. 

At his wit's end, Bobby finds an anonymous letter in the mail. It's full of cash. A cryptic letter alludes to the cash as payment for a murder. Bobby didn't commit the crime, but he takes the money anyway and blows it at the sportsbook. 

Bobby returns home to a marriage in a state of irreconcilable disrepair due to unpaid bills. Yet, there's a glimmer of hope. Another anonymous letter waits in the mailbox. Only this one has no cash. Just a note...and a proposition: Kill a man and receive more money.

©2018 Jonathan Heatt (P)2018 Jonathan Heatt

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Did Not Connect with the Characters

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Bobby is unemployed and a gambler. He misleads his wife into thinking he is looking for work. One day he receives some money in an envelope for committing a murder that he did not commit - which he blows gambling. Then he receives another note with a promise of more money for another murder. Bobby decides to look into who is sending him anonymous letters.

On it's face, this seems to be a very interesting premise for a book. The problem I had is that I could not connect and did not like a single character in this book. Bobby is sarcastic [which is fine] but in a continual depricating way about everyone and everything. His wife is portrayed as shrill - she is after Bobby to get a job [which seems normal] and he's not [so she gets upset, again normal] but this is portrayed as being a bad character trait on her part. Because I just did not care for Bobby, at all, I found it hard to care what happened to him. Perhaps other readers will not have this same issue.

The narrator did a fine job.

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One of the most original stories...

An intense, suspenseful, thought-provoking story. It was written and narrated in an effective way that puts the audience in the main character's shoes. The listening audience questions what they would do if they found themselves in a desperate situation.