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Publisher's Summary

What would you think if you were confronted by a very old man who told you that he was you-only sixty years in the future? What would you do if he said he had traveled back in the past to warn you-that you were in great danger-and unless you did exactly as he instructed you, you would soon die in a horrible accident?

This is the spine of this new short story Lonely Pines, a suspenseful science fiction tale set in a an emergency room in Lonely Pines Hospital in Ohio, circa January 1981. The engaging, dedicated Dr. Hayley Gardner spars with his tempestuous, geriatric self-a patient-turning his life upside down for one grueling evening, with only his romantic interest Nancy-an attractive, smart, and caring young charge nurse-to share his ordeal with.

This conveniently short and engrossing drama will leave you with a sense of wonder and warm satisfaction.

©2013 Robert Manolakas (P)2014 Robert Manolakas

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Great entertainment

Would you consider the audio edition of Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past to be better than the print version?

The audio is great. It feels more real than the printed version, because the voice of the reader is so rich and powerful. It is such a pleasure to listen to. I liked the printed version, but really enjoy the ease of an audiobook. It is so relaxing to listen, rather than read.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending. It is so uplifting. It also flows really well throughout the story.

What about Kenneth Campbell’s performance did you like?

His voice and attention to detail is superb.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found it very enjoyable. It was moving in some parts.

Any additional comments?

I recommend it strongly. It is great.

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Interesting Premise

There was an interesting premise that dominated most of this short story and I thought it was entertaining. Not new per se, but entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very short but entertaining

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

I noticed another reviewer mentioned this, and, after listening to the story, I am inclined to agree with them. The title gives too much away. I think that is partially because it is so short. This was entertaining, though, so no big deal. It had a very Twilight Zone feel to it and I appreciated that. The narrator was decent as well.

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When the future meets the present...

I really enjoyed this short story. The whole idea of time travel just blows my mind and intrigues me.

I was provided a free review copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Lonely Pines

A VERY good short story!Keneth Campbell was a fine narrator.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 10-30-17

More please!

This was one heck of a short listen and I loved it. It was predictable in that the doctor obviously survived, (I mean, how could he come back otherwise,) but I liked the whole 'Twilight Zone' feel this story had.

I didn't get to experience too much from the narrator but I liked what I did hear. All in all, it was a good listen and left me wanting more.

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Twilight Zone-like Story

This story could have been torn from the pages of Rod Serling's nicotine-stained notebook from 79 years ago. It had that great creepy vibe, that feeling where you want to believe, but you aren't sure if you're crazy...

If anything, my one small nitpick about this story is that the title gives too much away. As I was listening, I knew certain characters would be okay by virtue of the title, and that took away some of the suspense. But that small thing aside, the writing was great, the narration also excellent, and the story was right down my alley.

Highly recommended for people who like short stories, thrillers, and are fans of paranormal, sci-fan and the like.

I was provided with a copy of this book for an honest review.

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👍🏻

Awesome little short story. Loved the whole thing. A well written story that flowed well. Easy to listen to. The narrator made it even better. Wonderful performance.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Short story with a real punch

I really enjoy long fleshed out stories. This is not one. However it sounded interesting so I asked for a review copy. I am glad I did. This is a fast paced short that is just long enough to tell the story and make you think about the possible reality of the situation. And it sounded real enough to me.
Narration was excellent as well.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Time travel anyone?

It's an interesting story, a bit strange to get your mind around. A man travels into the past to save his own life. It raises so many questions in my mind and I find myself thinking around and around in circles and not going anywhere and yet it's quite interesting. It's a bit of a chicken or the egg situation.

The narration was OK, a bit stilted in the scenes where the characters are showing strong emotions, but overall OK.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-02-17

"Something about those eyes ..."

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January, 1981, and an emergency patient is admitted to the hospital at Lonely Pines, Ohio John Smith has severe chest pains and looks old, very old, possibly over one hundred years old. But he seems to know more about the doctor than he should ..<br/><br/>This delightful if predictable short story, well conceived and written, was a pleasure to hear and Kenneth Campbell's slow gentle delivery fitted the text in pace and style.. My thanks to the rights holder who gifted me a copy of Lonely Pines, via Audiobook Boom. Reminiscent of tales from The Twilight Zone, it was poignant and very enjoyable.

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  • Azores Ilha Terceira
  • 03-27-15

Loved it, very medical.

I wish there was more fiction on this subject. The. medical 😷 terms and environment are quite correct. The story is lovely

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  • mezzaninedoor
  • 07-18-14

Engrossing short story

What made the experience of listening to Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past the most enjoyable?

I liked the underlying story idea, the two ages of man

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr.Hayley Gardner

What three words best describe Kenneth Campbell’s performance?

vocally evocative, would like to see him take on a longer book

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'the two ages of a man..........'

Any additional comments?

This story seemed just the right length for its idea