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Publisher's Summary

This book features four short stories of horror, occult, and the paranormal.

"Infected" - Jason begins to feel and act strangely after a chance encounter with an attractive young woman the night before.

"Harry" - Harry can't remember how he got to the scene of the accident, or what he was doing before the accident happened. When he finds out, he will wish that he still didn't remember.

"The Servants" - Madeline is rich and very arrogant. So arrogant, that she fires her human servants and replaces them with robotic servants...with deadly consequences.

"The Visit" - A woman awakes to find her Marine Corps son standing at her bedside. He is on his way back to base after returning from deployment in Afghanistan. They spend the next few hours talking about and reliving the past.

©2016 Janine R. Pestel (P)2017 Janine R. Pestel

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Dead Things Mikey, Dead Things

This contains 4 short stories and all are quite different from one another. The first is more like your typical zombie story while the others are a stretch to be considered zombie stories. The last two stories were quite good and stood out enough that after listening to them I forgot about the first two. Doubled back and listened to the first two again and enjoyed them more the second time, especially the second story. All 4 stories were at the perfect length and I am glad that they were not longer. All in all I enjoyed these stories and look forward to more from the author.
My main issue with the audible book is that I didn’t really like the narrator. Her narration voice was fine but when she switched to her character voices I just didn’t feel like it fit the story. Some of the way she spoke the dialogue made it seem like bad B movie lines told by an actor who has no acting experience. I have listened to The Servants by another narrator and it completely changed the feeling of the story.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Zombites!!!! Let these stories gnaw on your brain

Biggest problem was the audio itself. The stories are not your run of the mill Zed tales. Each one stands out, and provides a fresh perspective on the zombie genre.

The visit was a bit draggy, but it was still good. These stories make you think. I really liked the robo servant tale a lot. The only reaso this isn't 5 stars all around is because of the audio itself. I found that I wish the audiobook had more content, i.e. more stories, as the 2 hours practically flew by. I am a zombie fanatic, and really liked this book better than the majority or Romero films.

The first story made me glad that I am married and not messing around in the single world.
The second gave me a Memento vibe, what with the memory loss and all. The third story, well robo servants . . .what can go wrong? And the fourth, a bit talky, buy still good as gravy.

The price is right for these 4 shorts, and your mouth will be watering for more from th author by the time you are done . . . or maybe you will be craving human flesh!

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Interesting Collection

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The audio quality was not great.

I liked three of the four stories in the collection. I felt that the last story, "The Visit", seemed to drag on. The second story, "Harry", also was a bit long winded but not nearly as bad.

Each story had an interesting premise and fit the descriptions. However, I did feel that they were a bit predictable. I would enjoy it if the author expanded on these ideas.

The cover art is misleading.

This was worth the time spent listening to it and I would recommend this collection, but only to people that enjoy short stories with a Twilight Zone feel.

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

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Eagerly Waiting a Full Length Feature!!!

I enjoyed each of the short stories! Stories are so good they could be full length feature stories on their own. Each short story is different; there is something for everyone; paranormal, horror and gore. Truly a great listen. Wish author would write full length novel in this genre…hint hint Janine R. Pestel!

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Short Form Horror

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The stories in this collection are not the *best* short horror stories I've heard, but I would definitely recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys a zombie story. The narrator was fine, but the quality of the recording was pretty questionable. I was distracted by poor audio quality throughout the listen.

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

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Zombies. Zombies? Zombies!

The author will spin you zombie tales. They are not the zombie tales you are used to. They will stretch your imagination. They will present you with scenarios that will shock you in their glaring differences. They will entertain you. Be ready...I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Quick book, but fun!

This book went by way too quick. But I enjoyed most of the stories! It's hard to get invested though when the stories are so short, but the author did a good job of keep you hooked. Narrator was great too.

I recieved this book in exchange for a honest review.

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A solid but short horror anthology

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

This was a short and decent collection of horror fiction. Not as zombie-full as the cover art would imply, though. The narrator was decent. At just under 2 hours, I wouldn't use a credit on it, but if it's on sale for a couple bucks, I would say it was worth that.

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Predictable short stories.

I have always loved short stories and usually enjoy them. This unfortunately did not have any twists or turns that were not obvious and the narrator seemed uninterested in telling the story.

The first story Infected was all over the place. It was hard to follow and by far the weakest of the stories.

The second story was better but nothing was surprising on how it ended. Forgot the name of it but it had much better promise than the first.

The third story Servants was my favorite of the 4 but again was predictable but showed promise of the narrators range and the authors writing as if flowed perfectly.

The last one was not really a horror story. It was a sweet one but out of place.

I was given this free in hopes of a voluntary review.

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Great quick read

Infected: and other short stories by Janine R. Pestel was a good read. This book consisted of "Infected", "Harry", "The Servants" and "The Visit". These were great stories of horror and the paranormal.