When personal tragedy strikes, some men pray. Other men despair. This man goes to war.
Meet Diggum, the local graveyard caretaker who lives in a small cottage at the edge of the lot. Diggum has spent most of his life angry with god, whom he blames for the devastating house fire that cost Diggum his family.
But Diggum has a secret. It is a secret he will carry to his own grave. It is a secret that he hopes will finally get him his ultimate revenge on god.
Diggum is a short tale of dark horror from the mind of Isaac Thorne, a nice man who simply wants to provide you with a few fun frights. His story is one of rage and revenge. At some point in our lives we all ask the "why" question. Diggum demands an answer.
Going into this with no expectations as I have never read or listened to a book by Isaac Thorne, but I have followed him on Twitter for some time. So I think I have an idea of what to expect, however not really sure. Isaac Thorne decided to narrate his own book. I have listened to disastrous author narrated books in the past and I have listened to exception ones as well. So I have learned that finding an author narrated book is not always cause for concern.
Diggum is a short horror story that takes place in a cemetery. Diggum is the name of caretaker or grave-digger or whatever they're called. Diggum is on a mission. What that is I will not say. I will say that ending made me do a double take because I was not expecting what happened.
This not extreme horror. This is old school style that makes you fill in most of the blanks to come to your own conclusion. While I wanted to know more about why Diggum was doing what was doing. I still found this listen quite enjoyable.
I am happy to report that Thorne's performance was not bad at all. He used a southern-style accent and a voice that sounded a lot like Billy Bob Thorton in Sling Blade. This fit perfectly with what my imagination came up with. However, there was some background noise throughout the recording. It was a white noise of sorts that didn't detract very much from the story. There was also at lease two instances of what sounded like a car driving by, which was strange.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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If you could sum up Diggum in three words, what would they be?
"God's a cheater" may be the best way of summing up the overall story.
Which character – as performed by Isaac Thorne – was your favorite?
There was really only Diggum--the main character--but he did surprisingly well. The last book I listened to where the author (not Issac Throne) narrated his own story--The Black: Outbreak--was absolutely terrible to the point where I requested a refund. Mr. Throne quickly set a decent tone and pace where the character's voice quickly shined through.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The second death, since there was far more details to it and seemed to mark a turning point for Diggum.
Any additional comments?
This story is one that doesn't overstay its welcome. It is exactly the length it needed to be.
What made the experience of listening to Diggum the most enjoyable?
Isaac Thorne's dramatization of Diggum is a deep, sensory experience, allowing you inside the character's story and mind. The story is riveting and chilling which makes the perfect combination for any listener.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Diggum?
The most memorable moment for me is when Diggum makes his first strange discovery, which would eventually lead to the appropriate ending.
Which scene was your favorite?
I won't give away the plot points of the story, but one moment of decision leads to a shocking event that my mind's eye could clearly watch as I listened.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Dying is only the beginning...
Any additional comments?
Isaac Thorne delivers yet again with this audio story. His writing is rich and smart and his narration gave life to the character. I'm convinced Isaac could be the next great horror writer. I'll be looking for that full-sized novel soon!