Once upon a time, in a dark and scary place, in a frightening land way too close to home...
Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author with a dark imagination, who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.
Where does ...And They All Lived Happily Ever After! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This audio version brings these stories to life. While limited to sounds and vocal ranges, narrator Kay Richards does an excellent job of creating real life conversations from printed text. With simple door slams and acoustic clunks, audio stories rely on the listener’s imagination to create the scene. Yet, if written appropriately, this can be a fascinating experience. With Connor’s stories there is a level of mystery and intrigue subtly planted. Connor uses the same techniques as Stephen King where she introduces images in the mind of the reader/listener. The reader/listener then creates the rest of the tale in their heads. This creates a truly one of a kind experience with Connor’s stories.I read the printed version first. The narration, like other similar book audios, can lack in certain elements. Where I envisioned grand description, the narrator seem to gloss over that part of the story, quickly and breezily. And where I stop to take a breath, I expected the narrator to stop as well. One thing that threw me off was the quick transition from one story to the next. A longer pause or a chime or something different would alert me that the next story was beginning. Because Connor’s stories are exciting and action-packed, I didn’t want to miss a beat. I wonder… Is it acceptable to add more music or thundering noises to a horror audio? That would truly make the listening experience akin to a movie.Like a child, I enjoyed listening to the story being played out for me. Audio versions, in any genre, are great additions when you have the printed books. It truly adds another dimension to the story; one where you discover little details you thought you knew.
What did you like best about this story?
The variety. This is a collection of stories.
Have you listened to any of Kay Richards’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is my first Kay Richards book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I love all Crystal Connor's books. This is the first audio version I have heard though.
If you could sum up ...And They All Lived Happily Ever After! in three words, what would they be?
Horrifyingly interesting listening
What was one of the most memorable moments of ...And They All Lived Happily Ever After!?
the Ghost who haunted the house where the little girl moved in... and only she could see her.... such impressive story telling
What about Kay Richards’s performance did you like?
She makes you feel like you are there
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When the ghost locked the family out of the house and finally let them in.
Any additional comments?
Crystal Connor has surpassed Stephen King as my favorite author!