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With heart-stopping stories by Zane, Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes, Joy M. Copeland, Robert Fleming, Terence Taylor, Francine Lewis, Brandon Massey, and 12 other established or up-and-coming writers, Dark Dreams is a must-have contemporary anthology for fans of the supernatural.
©2004 Brandon Massey (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Kelly
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • 01-22-07

OUTSTANDING COLLECTION!!

Listen carefully to the editor's introduction and you'll agree that black writers have so much more to offer than those situational, dramatic, relationship-type novels. Now, I do *luvs* my "black soap opera" novels from time to time, but as the colors of the rainbow, I have an ecclectic appetite for literature and it is TRULY refreshing to own a collection like this offered in Dark Dreams.

I was not surprised at the profound, suspenseful, intriguing, and supernatural short stories in this collection of black writers because I'm a serious fan of Gary Hardwicke, Gar Anthony Haywood, Zane, Stephen Carter, and Tina McElroy Ansa. All of these writers can stand toe-to-toe (or shall I say, noun-to-noun) with those so called "New York Times Best Sellers" lists of authors any day!

I strongly advise those who tend to have an affinity to those "too much black drama for your mama" novels to expand your horizons a bit. Check out this collection of well written, intriguing short stories and I guarantee you will be truly pleased as I am!

--B4

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

slow start, but good

this a collection of horror stories by different Black American authors the first few stories I was really disappointed, the ending just left you hanging, like the narrator was about to go the next section and.....nothing, after the first few stories it got really good with some very good short stories by Blk amer. authors , some of these I'd seen in print but never purchased. I want substance and not a lot of unnecessary drama in what I listen to or read. But after the first 3 I was pleasantly suprised, I will look for these authors works I just wished more were in audio format

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Franklin
  • Walled Lake, MI, USA
  • 09-18-07

Good horror

This was a good ecclectic collection of short horror pieces, some better than others, and a few outstanding. Narration was fantastic, from a number of sincere and dramatic voices. In my experience with horror anthologies, a book is worth getting even if there are only two or three chilling and disturbing tales which you will keep in the background of your thoughts for weeks afterward, which this collection has.

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What the?

Over all these stories were great and written and executed quite well. There were a couple that were too sexually explicit and one so bloody, I quite literally felt the need for a bath and a therapist.

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DID NOT ENJOY

14 hours of my life that i will never get back. Good that I have to commute daily to work. I think I may have like 2 to 3 stories from this collection...Did not really enjoy this book at all. I thought some of the stories were very slow. They were unable to hold my attention. This is one book I wish that i could have gotten a refund on.... Buy this one at your own risk!!

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Black Entertainment

l loved this book. Lots of ups and downs. Laughing out loud while shaking my head!!! Something for everyone.

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meh

i was thoroughly disappointed by some of the stories. some were ok. a few were good.

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No mystery or horror to speak of

There were more bad stories than good. Some were downright terrible. Many of the stories seemed unfinished or had a weak payoff. I struggled to get through most of them. Some of them were so awful that I wanted to skip them but I kept listening in hope that they'd get better. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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I wanted so much to enjoy this collection

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No I seriously feel I wasted hours of my life on this book.

Has Dark Dreams turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I hated Niambi Niambi. Annoying voice.

Do you think Dark Dreams needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes if some of the better authors write them. I love Brandon Massey so I was eager to listen to this collection. Only a few were really GOOD. My favorites were Danger Word, Red, Grandad's Garage.He Who Takes The Pain, Hair Dreams and Wild Chocolate. The rest were a waste in my opinion.

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Niambi Niambi has a VERY boring voice

I enjoyed all of the stories except the ones narrated by Niambi Niambi. The dullness of the voice just made me zone out. I was glad when the stories narrated by him would end! I will not ever purchase an Audiobook fully narrated by that dull voice!