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Publisher's Summary

From tales of chilling horror, to heart-stopping stories of suspense, Warped is best-selling author Jeff Menapace's ultimate collection of short fiction.

Warped contains currently published tales of the macabre like "Princess" and "The Straw Man and a Murder", the currently out of print and award-winning "Sugar Daddy" and its sequel, "Sugar Daddy 2", and the author's preferred version of his controversial "Torment".

In addition to this, Warped contains the formerly exclusive prequel shorts to Menapace's acclaimed Bad Games trilogy, "Job Interview" and "Get off My Ass."

Warped includes eleven pulse-pounding stories:

  • "The Straw Man and a Murder"
  • "Torment" - author's preferred version
  • "Jeremy's Loss"
  • "Get off My Ass" - previously exclusive!
  • "Job Interview" - previously exclusive!
  • "Sugar Daddy" - available only in Warped
  • "Sugar Daddy 2: Family Matters" - available only in Warped
  • "Fish and Biscuits in a Barrel" - available only in Warped
  • "Five Card - Draw!" - available only in Warped
  • "Business is Business, James" - available only in Warped
  • "Princess"

©2014 Jeff Menapace (P)2015 Jeff Menapace

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Definitely not bedtime stories

This Audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

Let's start of with the bland.
Warped consists of several short stories (some VERY short) and as always in such cases some are hits (for instance Sugar Daddy) and some are misses.

I am rating this book for an overall of 5 stars.
Is this one of the best book I ever read (listened)? Not really, but this book managed to evoke an emotional response from me, something that caught me off guard completely, so kudos are required.
This audiobook also managed to creep me out, blame the narrator for that.

So what is all this about? The stories, as the book title suggests, are warped. Some of them play homage to classic horror stories, some are gruesome (actually, most are) and many of them are quite demented and disturbing. Jeff Menapace mostly manages to stay away from the horror tropes making my guesswork completely off most of the time, and adding to the suspension.

And what about the narration?
Jeff Hays is either one of the best narrators around, or is a wizard with Audio software (the alternative is that he has a really scary split personality). The first time a woman was voiced I had to go double check if he indeed is the sole narrator (he is!!?). In a way, this was both awesome and distracting at first (how in the world is he doing that voice?), and the end result was just upping the creepiness factor - which in this case serves the book quite well.
Other audio enhancements (like drinking sounds, dual voices etc.) further improved the dramatization of the book making it a joy to listen to.

To summarize, if you're going to read this book, you should listen to it. The performance here adds so much to the book it would be a shame to miss out on it and while some stories are not as good as others - the entire experience is one of the better ones I had the privilege of listening to.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Old plots with a new twist.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book. It has such a variety of horror short stories it keeps you interested.

What did you like best about this story?

The individual stories and the narrative. The narrator is wonderful. He voice is able to caress your mind and bring you right into the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Sugar daddy

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Be prepared to sleep with the lights on.

Any additional comments?

Jeff Hays is a wonderful narrator. His voice is so easy to listen to and he has the talent to suduce one into the story as if they were part of it.
I was given the book as a gift in return for my unbiased review which I have given.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Some good, some bad

Would you listen to Warped again? Why?

I dont see my self listening to this book again

Would you recommend Warped to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, it was a a fun collection of stories expertly narrated.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Hays – was your favorite?

I think my favorite was the first sugar daddy story. Also the windigo story was fun although a bit predictable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No because it was a collection of short stories.

Any additional comments?

Great narrator. Some stories were great, some not so much. You can tell the author has a fixation with mothers.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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If you like the Nosleep and Simply Scary Podcasts

If you like the Nosleep and Simply Scary Podcasts you'll love these stories and the narrator!

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I loved it!

The stories were all great! Some better than others, but all gruesome and some funny. However, I was most impressed with the narrator and his vocal range. He voiced EVERYONE and his girl voice was exactly that. You couldn't even tell it was Jeff Hays! So much vocal talent.

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The best horror short stories ever!!

This was such a great book, i totally recommend to any horror fan. I especially liked "Sugar Daddy" and "Princess" those were in my opinion my favs, but all the stories are good. I found a new favorite horror writer, can't wait to check out his other books.

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  • Mary
  • Centerville, OH, United States
  • 08-14-16

Varied Assortment of Horror and Suspense Tales

There is a bit of everything in these short stories, Some are old fashioned paranormal or occult monster tales and others are great psychological thrillers that could possible happen.

I've always thought that scary stories like psychological thrillers that could actually happen are far scarier than the paranormal, and monster stories. Some of the tales are longer and more like a novella and others are only a few minutes long. Most all of the stories are very good. In some the bad guys meet their just desserts in others the bad guys prevail.

If you like this genre this is a great assortment. The narration was also well done.

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Twisted short fiction!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys short fiction of the macabre kind.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The fact that they are short stories, and are all self contained easy to listen right through in one sitting.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeff Hays?

I thought Jeff did a pretty good job reading through the stories, so yes.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Would need to be a TV series, because of the short story form of the book, but yes it would be interesting to see on TV.

Any additional comments?

Good collection of pretty off the wall stories from Jeff Menapace, an author I hadn't read before but I will look out for more of his work in the future of these stories are anything to go by.

*I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Spooky good

STORY REVIEW......
Good collection of spooky, creepy stories.

NARRATOR REVIEW......
The narrator did a good job of reading


"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com".

L.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good stuff from Menapace

What did you love best about Warped?

Such a good variety of stories. Jeff Menapace goes places that nightmares only dream about...wait a minute - is that possible?

Which character – as performed by Jeff Hays – was your favorite?

Liked them all. Still think his work on the Bad Games book is up there with the best!

If you could rename Warped, what would you call it?

Twisted Tales - Sicko Psychos - something along those lines.

Any additional comments?

I did receive this in exchange for my honest opinion. I've been a loyal fan of Jeff's books ever since the beginning. Read them all a couple years ago, now enjoying getting to listen to them.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 09-18-16

It helps if you're a bit warped too!

When I read stories where the endings are left 'up in the air', for our own interpretation, I feel quite frustrated! This set of 11 stories have quite a few endings like that, but frustration aside I did enjoy each one. A scarecrow with more than straw inside has a beautiful bond with an abused boy, a game of poker where the winner really does take all, finding the best candidate for a very special job, and lots more. Some were short, some better than others, but when each one had finished I had to press the pause button so I could think about it. To me, that is the sign of a good story,