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The Head

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A woman finds a head in her mother's garden.

Things get weirder when the head talks to her....

The head rolled from the weeds to the tip of her worn pink gardening shoes. Her blood rushed and her feet froze in place, her legs locked like statues.

A million questions poured into her brain at once. Where did this head come from? Why was this head in her mother's garden? Who would drop such a thing in the garden?

Who murdered this man, and where was the rest of his body?

She had to call the police.

She turned and started to walk back to her mother's house.

"Where are you going?"

Elizabeth's heart jumped.

"You're not just going to leave me out here, are you?" the head asked.

©2015 Brian Barr (P)2017 Brian Barr

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    erobbins33 04-30-17
    erobbins33 04-30-17 Member Since 2017

    I love audiobooks!!!

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    "Different!"

    Crazy story! Part urban legend, part romance, and part horror story. Highly entertaining, and worth every cent. I went into this story expecting a gruesome tale, and wasn't disappointed, but I didn't expect the strange and unusual twists the plot took. The narrator did a great job without detracting from the story, which is great, because it's the first time I've heard from him,but it hopefully won't be the last.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 05-11-17
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 05-11-17 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Very odd, but hard to put down"

    This is a very odd story, but it jumps right into it with very little preamble and once started, I found it hard to stop. It's quite silly in concept, but the author puts it all together in such a way that subtley acknowledges that fact while still sticking to it. It felt like an episode of The Twilight Zone

    For me, it came apart a bit once we got toward the end and the "explanations" started being served up. It was silly, sure, but what really bugged me is that it didn't seem to make any sort of logical sense. Yes, that explains most of the story, but again, the writing lent itself to that and didn't try to make you feel otherwise. The ending however, seemed as if it was trying to make sense, but the pieces didn't quite fit together.

    The narrator did a fine job carrying this tale though. The voice perfectly matched the tone of bemusement in my own mind.

    Overall, decent listen if you don't try to make sense of it all and just go for the ride.

    I was provided this audiobook free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 05-02-17 Member Since 2016

    I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!

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    "Entertaining!"

    From the title and cover art, I was expecting a horror story. It was definitely creepy but more comical. If you need a good laugh, this story will give you one! Very creative story by Brian Barr. Almost a romantic horror I guess. Loved the narration by Rick Gregory. This is my first time listening to him. Definitely enjoyed it!

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    Lomeraniel Spain 04-30-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 04-30-17
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    "Deliciously weird and disturbing"
    Any additional comments?

    I have received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    While working on her deceased mother's garden, Elizabeth finds a man's severed head. When she was about to call 911 'the Head' starts talking to her and convinces her to not call the cops and take him inside. Elizabeth falls in love with 'the Head', and she sets her mind to find his body.

    This is short story, just over forty five minutes long. It is a weird one, with a disturbing and creepy element of surprise. I found the premises quite original, and the execution was great, impregnating the tale of weirdness from every perspective. With such a strange story you expect something horrific to happen at some point, but this time it was much more than I expected. The images that this story evoked were crude, horrific and out of a nightmare.

    While I think the premises and the final effect were greatly done, I am not completely convinced about the stuff in between. Elizabeth falls inexplicably in love with 'the Head'. True that Bill is charming with uncanny blue eyes, but he is just a severed head. I wonder about Elizabeth's background to be able to fall in love with a severed head. I think it would have been interesting to explore this too, as I am sure there is a reason for every dysfunctional relationship, and Elizabeth's story would have added another dimension to the book.

    I like when the narration flows and does not interfere with the story. Rick Gregory did a very good job, accentuating Elizabeth's emotions and transmitting her feelings at all moments. Gregory also made clear distinctions between characters' voices without overdoing, which is something that I appreciate. There were a couple of time when I felt a longer than usual pause between a dialog and the tag just afterwards, but this is just a question of rhythm, and it was very very subtle. The audio production was correct.

    I was impressed with this book, able to provoke strong reactions and with an original story. I think any horror fan would enjoy it, especially if they are into weird elements. Rick Gregory is a new narrator, but I foresee a great future for him. I am looking forward to his next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tad B. New York 08-08-17
    Tad B. New York 08-08-17 Member Since 2015

    I love audio books.

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    "Delightfully Weird"
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    This short story about a talking, dismembered head found in a garden is delightfully weird. It is bizarre and entrapping in a way that I found quite unique. At first, just super odd, this story takes a delicious deep dive into the truly peculiar. I can't say more without giving away some juicy spoilers (like a romance between a human woman and a dead head?!? woops I've gone and said it). I would recommend this short book to anyone who enjoys something totally off, bizarre and strange.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 05-31-17
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 05-31-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Loose heads shouldn't be so funny!"

    What would you do if you found a lone human head in the yard? You’d probably do something practical, like dial 911 or bury it. What if that head started talking to you and begged not to be left alone? Yep. That’s the situation our heroine Elizabeth finds herself in.

    This tale is equal parts horror, suspension, love story, and humor. First, it’s a decapitated head named Bill complaining about a headache. Ha! Poor Bill doesn’t have many memories but he does enjoy Elizabeth’s company. As time goes by, Elizabeth comes to care for Bill as well despite Bill’s off-putting odor.

    Things move along as Bill insists they go in search of his body. More memories come back and Elizabeth is drawn into a twisted paranormal situation. Let’s just say that Bill comes from a messed up family.

    It was fun and I wasn’t expecting so much humor nor the love story. Also, on a personal note, my husband’s name is Bill and I couldn’t help but picture his head as The Head in this tale. That just added to the enjoyment of this story, not that I want to decapitate the man. Just if he ever ends up in that situation, I’d like to think I would love him all the same. For such a short story, it was full of entertaining surprises.

    I received a free copy of this book.

    The Narration: Rick Gregory did a great job as Bill the detached head. He fluctuated between serious and caring, pleading and decisive, with ease. His character voices were distinct though I felt that Elizabeth could sound a bit more feminine without sounding slightly cartoony.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Myztikal On the Edge of Glory 05-24-17
    Myztikal On the Edge of Glory 05-24-17

    Audiobooks are a gal's best friend :)

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    "To Be(Headed)"

    Definitely a spooky creepy twisted hor/romcom.

    He's not a zombie (obviously- he's alive via his head).
    And we learn some people can fall in love with what's in your head; a person's body doesn't count. ( So why go to the gym?! Lolz)
    And we learn some people would do anything a give their left (or right?) arm - to be with the one they love.

    Rick Gregory was FABULOUS as a narrator for this book/series.

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 05-10-17
    Teresa 05-10-17

    I love listening to audiobooks with my three compadres: two sweet tabby cats and a Great Dane!

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    "Weird But You Can't Stop Listening"

    The Head was definitely one strange story. A talking head even. I feel for Elizabeth in that she couldn't just walk away from the head. This audiobook was somewhat funny in a weird kinda way. It's not your typical story. I think it's originality and boldness makes it a good listen. I'd be curious to see what else Brian Barr writes.

    Rick Gregory's narration was good. He spoke clearly and I think he portrayed the characters the only way possible. Anything else would've been awkward. You could hear the empathy in his voice when Elizabeth spoke. This was a good collaboration.

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra 06-16-17
    Deedra 06-16-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo

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    "The head"

    Oddly entertaining.Creepy crawly, etc.Rick Gregory is a fine narrator for this short book.I think boys of a certain age would prefer this story.A woman finds a head in her mothers garden.Instead of calling police...she takes it home.It speaks to her...seriously.The tale continues with a very creepy ending.I was provided this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-09-17
    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-09-17 Member Since 2004
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    "Atmospheric and Creepy"

    I have to say the audio performer really did a great job of sustaining the off-kilter vibe of the story. A woman finds a head in a garden, and the head starts to speak. She doesn't call 911, despite her initial freakout, and what develops between her and the head (who can talk, and drink, and seems otherwise pretty 'together' for a head without a body) is a relationship that might just spell doom.

    The narrative voice of this short piece has a kind of drip-drip-drip of tension to it. It starts off weird, and almost a little silly at first, and the listener has at least a little amusement when considering the heroine (who isn't completely socially adept, and is, frankly, falling for a head). But that amusement fades into something that chills, then darkens and then, so gradually it's almost an unnoticed shock, steps right into a horrifying conclusion. I had no idea which way the tale would turn, and I enjoy that feeling when it doesn't feel like a cheap trick, and at no point did 'The Head' feel like a cheap trick.

    So, if you're in the mood for something creepy, and atmospheric, give it a go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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