Fantastic Fables of Foster Flat: Volume 1

Narrated by: Meg Price
Series: Fantastic Fables Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Suspenseful tales with a twist in the spirit of Ray Bradbury and The Twilight Zone.

Let me start our journey together with a brief introduction. My name is Mimi Rawlins. I was born and raised in Foster Flat, a small Southern town nestled in the North Carolina mountains. For being such a small, normally quiet town, it has a surprising number of fantastic occurrences that I’ve had the privilege to witness in one form or another. In fact, I credit these bizarre occurrences with leading me to my career as a newspaper reporter for the rag, The Global Inquiry

Of course, you may doubt their validity. You’ll need to decide for yourself as to the truthfulness you’ll find in each fable. My role is simply to report upon them as they happened, or as they were reported to me by the honest, upstanding citizens of Foster Flat, many of whom have been my friends for most of my life.

Thus begins Fantastic Fables of Foster Flat, a collection of suspenseful tales with a twist written in the spirit of Ray Bradbury and The Twilight Zone - two influences that greatly impacted the author’s life growing up. Stories include: 

  • "Ellenore Finds Her Muse"
  • "7th Avenue Buddha"
  • "Elliot Savant"
  • "The Diagnostician"
  • "Charm House"
  • "The Gazebo"
  • "Babble"
  • "Birthing Grapefruit"

 Buy this book to start this exciting adventure today!

©2015 W Bradford Swift (P)2018 W Bradford Swift
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Fables with Southern Hospitality!

Fantastic Fables of Foster Flat: Suspenseful Tales with a Twist (Fantastic Fables Series Book 1)
Author: Orrin Jason Bradford
Narrated by: Meg Price

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

I always like to preface any reviews I give with this information.
I am a 68 year old female who has been an avid reader since I was around 10 or 11 years old.

I have a great interest in many things. Ancient History and Archeology are at the top of a very long list.

I enjoy reading for pleasure mainly, although I do a lot of research on things that interest me personally.


Mimi Rawlins a reporter for the newspaper, The Global Inquiry is our guide to a collection of odd, unusual,and captivating stories from some residents of Foster Flat, North Carolina.

This grouping of short stories of which each is unique and enjoyable to read/listen to; gives us a glimpse into the human condition and some choices we might make if we were to find ourselves in such unusual circumstances.
These stories are whimsical, unusual, enlightening, and for me in one instance a bit grim.

"Ellenore Finds Her Muse"
"7th Avenue Buddha"
"Elliot Savant"
"The Diagnostician"
"Charm House"
"The Gazebo"
"Babble"
"Birthing Grapefruit"

All in all this is a very fun, enjoyable read that can be enjoyed by people of the ages between tween ages and mature readers as well.

While I have never read any books by Orrin Jason Bradford, I will be looking for future books by this author.

The voice actress, Meg Price, also someone whose work I had never heard did a really wonderful performance of this audiobook. I truly enjoyed her performance and will also look for more works by her.

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A fun little town!

Foster Flat is a different town with different residents and magical happenings. The book is a collection of short stories presented as news articles by a journalist. The narration is good and each story is unique, magical, paranormal, and pleasantly twisted! I enjoyed each one and honestly each short could be their own novel. I hope to see more in Foster Flat! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Kind of Fun...but also a bit creepy

This book started out fun...but then it started detailing some things that I personally find kind of creepy - speaking in tongues, spirits of children and the like. I was expecting more stories about fanciful creatures and the like. Mr. Bradford certainly has a vivid imagination, and he writes well.

Meg Price does well. There are quite a few mispronounced words - "Viet Cog" instaed of "Viet Cong" for example. Also some background noise here and there, but overall I enjoyed listening to her.

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

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Small Town Magic and Mystery

This is a wonderful collection of short stories with a fantastic twist, frameworked as the published articles of a young reporter. Bradford has a rare talent for writing stories that are fanciful and fun while providing a surprising level of insightful commentary on the modern world and the human condition.
In this collection you'll meet a writer's muse, a witch who helps the the dead pass over, a soldier who goes looking for a lost ancestor and finds a whole lot more and a young boy who's a conduit to the galactic telephone, a scientist who helps to protect a whole new species from a cold, cruel world and a whole lot more. They're stories that will intrigue and delight you while they make you think - stories that would have fit in well with those of Dick, Azimov and Heinlein in the pulp "magazines" of Science Fiction's golden age.

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A Unique and Lovely Set of Stories

This is a lovely and unique set of stories that will leave you wanting more. Foster Flats is certainly an intriguing little place to be. The many different tales do remind you of the Twilight Zone. They are strange, fantastical and quite entertaining. I will be looking for more by this author. The only complaint I may have is that I wish they were longer. The narration was done quite well. Meg Price does an excellent job with the many different characters. She manages to give each one their own voices, emotions and personalities. This is a wonderful way to enjoy six hours of interesting and wonderfully written stories.

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Excellent collection of Science Fiction/Fantasy short-stories

Some made me laugh, some made me want to cry, some made want to choke the villain!
Narration team has good vocal pressure and clarity.
I was given this audiobook for free and I freely give it my rating and opinion

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Loved the stories

I love a good fantasy story and these were all fun and inventive. Having them all take place in Foster Flat was a nice touch.
I liked the narrator but there were some production issues that were a tad distracting. Still, an enjoyable listen for those of us who veer off the beaten path.

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  • 06-25-19

Original concepts for the stories

I wanted to get inside the mind of the storyteller from a short story point of view, as a detour from the epic marathons I tend to explore. So here I found Foster Flat, In essence the stories were very unique in there concepts this I found pretty entertaining, falling "flat" when they just seemed to end, (I found myself rewinding to see why im listening to a different story) The Book was really well read keeping me interested throughout. Perhaps I just need extra 200 pages to get fuller endings.