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Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus Audiobook

Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus

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Occupational Hazards is a collection of acclaimed stories from the author's Return to the Dirt, Just Speculating, and more, including unreleased, exclusive, audio-only content! Performed by a cast of award-winning and Audie® nominated narrators, fans of the macabre, dark humor, and cerebral thrillers are guaranteed a compelling listening experience.

The stories exemplify the unsavory side of our everyday existence. Existentialism, absurdism, and outlandish humor merge with ordinary, workaday life for a unique and hilarious perspective of the human experience.

Occupational Hazards is an unflinching ride through the absurdity of it all. Not recommended for the faint of heart or easily offended. But if meaty stories are what you're after....

We hope you're hungry.

©2017 Geoff Sturtevant (P)2017 Geoff Sturtevant

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    erobbins33 09-07-17
    erobbins33 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mind-blown!"

    The first words to come to mind after finishing this crazy ride were: Thank God this is fiction! Seriously strange, fun, disturbing, and absolutely one of the most bizarre collections of novellas I've ever had the privilege of listening to. From the mystery of Chinese cuisine, to the grotesque addiction to the home shopping channel, this omnibus is brilliant and provoking! My diet is forever changed. I also want to note the narrators did a fantastic job, and I'm glad the author chose a different voice for each story. Well done!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    norman burlington, nc, United States 08-27-17
    norman burlington, nc, United States 08-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining and a bit gross"

    This collection is not for you if you are squeamish. The stories are adult and the descriptions sometimes gross and grubby. But the stories are very intertaining. And I won't forget them anytime soon.






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    Eric Hunley Hampton, VA USA 09-27-17
    Eric Hunley Hampton, VA USA 09-27-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Manic set of insane stories"

    This is an interesting mix of stories that are all over the map. It reminds me of Tales From the Crypt and the like. It is well written and the author got top shelf narration for the book. The stories... Well, they range from the amusing to the completely insane. Let's just say that at times I assumed that the author harkens from a state with legal marijuana. The book is a good departure from well, everything. It is different enough that you can read the stories between other books to reset your own expectations.

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

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    Cyn 09-24-17
    Cyn 09-24-17
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    "Cute funny and over the top fun listen"
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    5 Stars (a mix of 4 and 5 Stars rounding up)

    Jar Baby -John McLain (Narrator)
    I laughed myself silly from baby in the jar to the, redneck hillbilly and his ways just too dang funny. “I’ll be dipped in S*** “ has become my favorite new saying. I thought I would die laughing at how he talked about his wife, the TV and new laptop. His wife is something else as they bring you laugh after laugh I bet you won’t be able to stop listening. The ending is to die for just too funny. The narrator did an outstanding job, loved his character voices he really had the characters down to a T. I plan to listen to this one again.


    The Relativist - Jonathan Sleep (Narrator)
    I didn’t care for this one it is about Chinese people and how they cook, what their secrets are. The narrator never did sound Chinese which really took away from the story. The narrator wasn’t bad his character voice just didn’t fit this story.


    Anything For My Bubela - Steven Jay Cohen (Narrator)
    A man owes a lot of money and mother is beside herself. Just how could her dear son do this to her? Funny, cute as the author spins a delightful tale of mother, son and the wrong people to owe money to. I laughed so much through this. Dear sweet mama is something else and so very surprising.The narration was wonderful I loved his character voices they really fit the character and pull you in. I had no trouble picturing each scene as it unfolded. The narrator really puts a lot of emotion into this audio. I just loved it and plan to listen to this one again.


    The Organization - Paul J. McSorley (Narrator)
    This is about an old folks home and what happens to them as a delivery man looks on in horror. It’s full of surprises you won’t see coming. A great twist that is shocking but at times funny once you get over the horror of it. The narration was great, wonderful male and female voices that fit each character. The emotion for each character was outstanding.


    Anchors Away – Geoff Sturtevant (Author, Narrator)
    This is not listened on the title page but it is a short story about a sailor, his voyage and letting his so call anchor fly. That is about all I can say about it without giving it away. The author is also the narrator in this story. He does a wonderful job of narration from his character voices to his sound effects they are outstanding. I do wish it has been a little longer about the time you get into the story it is over. A fun listen that holds your attention.


    The Technicians - Ramon de Ocampo (Narrator)
    There is a lesson in this DO NOT put off tomorrow what you can and should have done today you never know when it might be too late. These men get very high pay for doing their job but if you mess up as one did you might be done. The story is based around two techs that do their job with pride, as you will come to see the jobs they do aren’t something most of us would like to do or enjoy doing. I saw the ending coming just as it unfolds and my heart went out to one of these men. The narration was great, the characters voices were great. I loved the accent, and the emotions given to each character. I could hear the emotion in their voice when a job goes bad or even went good.


    Night Fright - Ramon de Ocampo (Narrator)
    I sure didn’t see that coming. When fantasy meets reality you just have to go with the flow and do what comes natural. New neighbor moves in all the ladies want to meet up with him that is all but one which is the kid next door that lets his mind go wild. With the man’s night light the kid is looking at it closely maybe a little too close. It really does become a frightful night. The narration is good, the character voices are good and the author and narrator really pulls you in.


    My Best customer - Paul J. McSorley (Narrator)
    I will never look at delivery man the same again, well I never looked at them this way. Ok there are some very cute ones out there. Some are true hunks but I would never think about taking it to this level. This is so wrong in so many ways. The lesson between these pages is be careful, be very careful what you say you just might think you are saying something wonderful when in fact you just might have said something you will spend the rest of your life wishing you had not. I really liked this story but it is a little out there. I doubt (I would say I am sure but you just never know about people) this would ever happen. The narration is great, there were times I thought maybe some yelling should have been done but the narrator really does pull you in. He does give emotion and for the most part it is really good. I thought he did a good job. Cute and at times very funny.


    Return to The Dirt - Paul J. McSorley (Narrator)
    This story is about the making of bologna but it has a weird name I can’t remember. I knew there was a reason I didn’t like the stuff and I will never eat it again lol. Here you have three people who come together at a new job. They never really had a job or really want one. They are both unique in their own way. One day after taking part in what they enjoy doing, something happens that will change the life of all three of them. There is a part that I just looked on in shock as I picture the scene before my eyes. Let me tell you it isn’t one I will forget for a long time to come. Most likely I will remember this story each time I past the bologna at the store or any time anyone talks about this food. The narration was great the narrator really pulls you from so many points. His character voices are outstanding and fit the characters.


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    I loved all the narrators in this box-set with the exception of The Relativist. The voice does not go with the characters and the music is way too loud at the beginning of each chapter. It is so loud you can barely hear what the narrator is saying. As for the rest of the box-set the music goes very well and blends well throughout the stories. There are not any background noises in any of the stories, if any breaks were taken I could not tell. I thought the performance for all of them but the one was outstanding, the character voices were great and I totally loved their narration. I would love to listen to more of the five narrators that I like. It was a pleasure listening to them. I loved the accents, as well as the female and male voices. I had no trouble knowing who was talking or what they were feeling. This was a very clean and clear audio that I really enjoyed.


    The author is something else I have to say my favorite in this set is Jar Baby and Anything For My Bubela. Each story is unique, interesting and really pulls the reader in. I found the stories to be delightful, fun and shocking along with thrilling. I laughed, chuckled and felt sorry for a few. I sure hope my job never turns out like these did. I have never read anything by this author and look forward to listening to more of his audio and read more of his books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mandy 09-23-17
    mandy 09-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great!"

    I can honestly say I have never listened to an audio book quite like this one but I really enjoyed this! Entertaining stories that were a bit dark but also had some humor - this kept me interested from beginning to end. Every narrator did a wonderful job on narration for this one. These stories took me a bit out of my comfort zone but I really enjoyed it!

    ** A copy of this audio book was provided in exchange for an honest review**

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    medy 09-21-17
    medy 09-21-17
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    "Occupational Hazard"
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    This audiobook is at times funny and at times dark. Although I did not like some of the verbiage, I hope other people would like it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tiasdolls 09-21-17
    Tiasdolls 09-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An Omnibus of the bizarre...I couldn't stop "
    Where does Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Please note, this book is for mature ears. There is harsh language throughout. That being said...

    It truly stands on it's own. I've never heard such bizarre stories. All of the narrators were fabulous. I never once felt myself crashing down back to reality from the imagination spun by author Geoff Sturtevant and his fellow narrators. There were plenty of times I could be heard yelping aloud or saying 'ewww gross!' or just laughing out loud. What kind of book does that?! Mr. Sturtevant has quiet the imagination for the bizarre and for keeping me in the dark as to what was going to happen next. I appreciated his style of writing, which is very new to me.

    I received a free copy from the author via audiobook boom. I voluntarily left an unbiased review. Thank you.


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    Amazon CustomerBeliever 09-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Author Warned Me"

    I got this book via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. The stories were filled with so much foul language it was hard to get through. The author warned me it would not be my usual book type and he was not wrong. The stories were raw, and down to earth. The narration was the best part for me. If you like down and dirty then this is the book for you. There were things in it that I believe to my soul like the Chinese food but that is my own opinion not that it is fact. Thank God it is fiction. Although it was hard for me to get through with the explicit language. Not many sentences without the foul language. But so many of the stories will make you sit up and think if you can get past that foul language barrier.

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    taj-marie 09-02-17
    taj-marie 09-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just not my cup of tea"
    What would have made Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus better?

    I'm not sure what would have made it better. For someone else they might love this book but I just couldn't make it through!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Geoff Sturtevant again?

    I would always try more


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    He played in to character very very well!! This was probably the best part


    Any additional comments?

    This book just wasn't for me. That doesn't mean it's not good. Just the language and references in it were a bit raw for me.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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