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Here are three sinister stories - tales from dark places, where things don't always end well.

"Recalculating". Maggie loves garage sales - the thrill of the hunt - as she might call it. Of course, some deals are too good to be true.

"Sweet Lenora". In 1930s Pennsylvania, girls are expected to behave a certain way - or else.

"Donations". Clarissa, the librarian, works too much. Her new secret admirer aims to change that - permanently.

"Sweet Lenora" originally published in Paranormal Anthology with a Twist.

"Donation"s originally published in Stalkers.

©2013 Bart Hopkins (P)2016 Bart Hopkins

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THE TEXAS HEAT THREATENED HER SANITY

HALF A DECADE
Three good stories, I would give each one a B+. Not a bad one in the bunch. The author is a good word smith. Each story takes place in Texas and each has a weird little twist. I enjoyed the stories and hope audible gets some more of his writings. I believe right now, he has four books out. I also enjoyed the narrator.

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Definitely warped!

I really love horror, and these stories did not disappoint! Quirky characters endure some truly different scenarios most listeners might never have imagined before, but will definitely remember in their nightmares. Nice job by the narrator, who is new to me.

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different

Stepping into the Twilight Zone. Good set of short stories. Different from my normal read, but I enjoyed it.

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Good stories!

Very enjoyable stories, remind me of Stephen King's shorts. Well worth the price. Good narration as well.

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Well-written, chilling stories

I read Dead Ends, by Bart Hopkins, in one short afternoon. The book consists of three short horror stories, all of which I found to be enjoyable and in a language that was understandable and easy to read. The main characters were all relatable, everyday people, which added to the enjoyment and overall creepiness of the stories. I seriously couldn't put this book down. I went into it with the mindset that I was going to read one story, and then before I realized it, almost two and a half hours had passed and I had read all three! It was definitely time well spent, though.

In "Recalculating," a housewife comes across a GPS for $5 at a garage sale and decides that she and her husband need a vacation. It was the type of story that I knew how it was going to end before it ended, but getting there was still an exciting ride. I think this one might have been my favorite and the most macabre of the three.

The second story, "Sweet Lenora," takes place in 1930's Pennsylvania. Lenora's mother is constantly lecturing her on how she is not ladylike enough, which eventually has dire consequences. I had no idea how this story was going to play out until I finished it and just couldn't believe what had happened.

In the final story, "Donations," two story lines merge to form an incredibly creepy turn of events. I don't want to spoil anything here, so I'll just say that I found this story to be the most chilling of the three, and I'm sure glad I have very watchful neighbors and no spare key outside my house.

I listened to the stories in audio, and I thought Wayne June, the narrator, did an excellent job; it's almost like he was made for acting out the horror genre, although I'm sure he is great at others as well. One of the biggest points for me when listening to an audiobook is whether I can tell who is speaking by voice alone, and I could easily discern the speaker with June's easy-to-follow narration. Even in a dialogue between two female characters, he acted them out in a way that I could still tell the difference. The book was already exciting, but I felt like June made it even more so with his voice acting, as he told the stories, especially the creepy parts, in a gripping way that made me need to keep listening; I think this was the reason I was able to finish it in a single afternoon.

For me, June narrated the book at a perfect pace. I've always thought horror was a genre that could be ruined by reading too quickly, as sometimes the reader won't obtain the full effect if the stories are rushed. But I thought he did an excellent job narrating at a comfortable speed. The plot flowed very well and without interruption, and I did not notice any blatant edits in the audio or anything else in the quality that would distract from the book.

This was a very pleasant listening experience for me. I felt like the narrator enhanced the text, and if I had just been reading the physical book, I might not have gotten quite the same chilling effect as I did listening to June's reading of it. The stories themselves are creepy and exciting, and I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in horror or just looking for a thrilling read.

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Reminds you a bit of a TV twilight episode

These are fun stories to listen to with some surprise endings. The third story I needed to listen to a second time to get all the connections but it was well worth it.

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Very different

This is very different to what I normally listen too( that being murder mysteries). This is 3 short stories based in the paranormal world. Gets you thinking but doesn't really keep you up at night so not scary. I did enjoy them and will look out for more by this author when I want a change from detective based stories as they were well written.

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good stories

These short stories were good. They ate different from other short stories I have listened to. These were more interesting and had a point. Just wish there were more.

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Some very shocking stories here

The author gives three short stories where all roads lead to the end of life. There are interesting, unique and enjoyable. I wouldn’t say they are scary but on the dark side, they do make you rethink what you buy and how you deal with issues.

The narrator did a great job there are a few little issues at the start where he pauses and should not have. I thought the character voices were great, he shows good emotions. You always know who is talking and what they are feeling. There are no volume changes, if any breaks were taken I could not tell. I found no background noises, just a clean and clear audio. The narrator’s normal voice is just as pleasant as his character voices. He really bought the stories to life giving a good listen.

Recalculating: Maggie loves garage sales along with steals and deals, some just aren’t worth the cost. I will never look at another garage sale the same.

Sweet Lenora: is about a mother who wants control and her daughter to act like a lady. She will get more of a lesson then she wants.

Donations: Clarissa has a secret admirer who doesn’t have her best interest at heart. Here there is a story inside a story, but they both meet in the end with a twists end.

I thought the stories were a little short and needed more information. The why of it all is a little confusing. I wanted a little more background so it would have been easier to have understood the reasoning behind each. Beside that it was a great listen.

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