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Insomnia and Seven More Short Stories

Narrated by: Dan Delgado
Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Insomnia is a collection of eight exciting short stories (plus one bonus story) that tackle several different genres including action, science-fiction, horror, noir, and thriller.

Written by best-selling author, Jeremy Robinson, these stories include all of the action, imagination, and twists that fans have come to expect, but they also contain experiments into subjects and voices not normally touched on in his novels.

Insomnia - In a world of super efficiency and equality, sleep is illegal and Feene keeps the masses going.

The Eater - Three children discover a writhing black puddle in the woods of New Hampshire.

Harden’s Tree - A group of teens visit a tree planted atop the ashes of a mass murderer from late 1800’s.

Star Crossed Killers - Two lovers, both deadly killers, compete for the same target.

Counting Sheep - A future terrorist gives an insomniac three minutes to fall asleep.

Hearing Aid - In the future, a deaf man is healed, but does he like what he hears?

Dark Seed of the Moon - Vampires live, and kill, in the eternal shadow of the moon’s polar crater.

From Above - In the future, a detective goes after terrorists who vaporized his city - and his arm - from space.

Bonus story:

Bought and Paid For - A brutal character sketch for Scott Sigler’s The Crypt.

©2011 Jeremy Robinson (P)2019 Jeremy Robinson

Critic Reviews

“Rocket-boosted action, brilliant speculation, and the recreation of a horror out of the mythologic past, all seamlessly blend into a rollercoaster ride of suspense and adventure.” (James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Eye of God)

“With Threshold Jeremy Robinson goes pedal to the metal into very dark territory. Fast-paced, action-packed and wonderfully creepy! Highly recommended!” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin

“If you like thrillers original, unpredictable and chock-full of action, you are going to love Jeremy Robinson...” (Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Alley)

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  • TU
  • 06-11-19

a solid collection

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

This was a good collection of short stories that are all different flavors of horror. They're all pretty short, so good for listening in short spurts while going to work or the store. The narration is done well. I enjoyed all of the stories (for the most part) but some more than others. They're all pretty short, so I don't want to go into any details (to avoid spoilers). I'll suffice it to say I liked Dark Seed of the Moon and The Eater, but I found Hearing Aid to be just ok. Anyway, as a collection, I think it's good and worth checking out.

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Enjoyable short stories.

This is my first book by this author or narrator. I really enjoyed most of the stories, my biggest complaint was I wish some were longer. I do enjoy hearing the author speak at the end of each short regarding his inspiration behind the plots. My favorites were The Eater, Harden's Tree, Hearing Aid, and Bought and Paid For. All of those could be full length in my opinion, and I know that the last story Bought and Paid For is actually in another book by another author. He explains this at the end of the tale. I would certainly listen to them again. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A nice collection of stories

This is an interesting collection of short stories, and whilst I found a number of them interesting and engaging, they didn't resonate with me the way Jeremy Robinson's full length novels do. Having said that, this collection, contains stories of varying genres that Robinson doesn't usually touch on which shows a different side to him.

At the conclusion of each story Robinson gives us some insight into how the idea came about and I found myself connecting with some of the underlying phobias myself.

Dan Delgado does a good job of the narration and kept good pace throughout.

Whilst it won't go down as my favourite Jeremy Robinson read, it is certainly worth a listen.

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

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  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 05-14-19

Great Collection of Short Stories!

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

This is a first for me listening to Dan Delgado as a narrator. I enjoyed his narration and got a chuckle out of him voicing the youngest of the boys in the second story. The nice thing about anthologies and a collection of short stories is, it's a way for Dan to voice different feelings. Dan gets to give a suspenseful feel, a youthful feel, and much more. I enjoyed and was impressed with his variety of performances here.

Jeremy has a collection of short stories here that are a variety of genre. I enjoyed all the stories, a few more than others, but the whole collection is a great addition to the shelf. I was not let down in a few cases as Jeremy has a way of giving a spin on the story I didn't expect. Very enjoyable collection! I got a feel for each story as I listened, something deeper than what is being told. I enjoyed hearing Jeremy's brief afterward with each story. He shared where he was or what he was thinking about when writing them. This description goes with the theme that was interlaced in the stories.

Insomnia:
This was a nice short about a character that works and doesn't sleep, a whole society actually. Yet he still dreams, with his eyes open. And maybe that will get him somewhere...

Hearing Jeremy's afterward based on his story is very interesting. I enjoyed the story, but it also sheds an interesting light on the story as well.

The Eater:
Quick short story that involves three brothers. Something terrifying happens, but might be a good thing it happened.

I had to chuckle when I heard Dan voice the young child here.

This felt true to how siblings interact. But I really like how things happen in this story. It's magical, in a way.

Harden's Tree:
This is a creepy short story. It's super short, but it works wonderfully! There is history here along with a current event. It does leave me a little curious about the tree afterward though.

Star Crossed Killers:
Assassins that seem to be attracted to each other yet are true to their jobs. A little like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, without the marriage part and with relics.

It's a romantic thriller. I love Shawn's view on their relationship. This one made me smile in the end.

Counting Sheep:
This one seems rather far fetched. I know it's a science fiction story, but... it's out there with the demand to go to sleep in three minutes or an old woman and a young kid will die. Then I realize, with the characters realization, what is really meant by "go to sleep in three minutes." I smiled at his normal ritual for going to bed, we all have one.

Hearing Aid:
This was a great story with a deeper meaning behind it. I really like how he projected the world being loud with advertisements and more. There are times that the world feels too full of sound for me as well.

Dark Seed of the Moon:
This takes place on the moon, in a place that feels very fitting for vampires. Neat arrangement here. Jeremy has his own take on vampire-ism. It feels to fit as a history here. There is a turn of events, which I've come to expect from Jeremy in his stories, long and short.

From Above:
It's a science fiction noir! I really like this story. It feels rich of history and story. He's a detective on the lookout for what removed his arm, and make them pay for it along with his suit. This has tough characters that are brilliant and go to the extreme. I love it!

Bought and Paid For:
He'd lost all he loved, and he's determined to kill the man who took it from him. At any cost.

Very interesting short that creates a character and motive for all he's doing and about to do. This story will lead me to listening to The Crypt podcast of stories at Scott Sigler's site.

This collection adds to my growing shelf of Jeremy's works. I know he doesn't do short stories often, but he's done a great job at it.

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  • Joe
  • Texas
  • 05-12-19

Interesting short stories.

This collection of short stories has a wide selection of genres. Most are under 20 minutes, so if you want to get a quick listen in, these are great. They were a fun and quick read with interesting outcomes. Even though they are short, they have a sense of closure, except for the last story, which is more of an excerpt. The narration was great with some changes in voice for the characters. I recommend this book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great short stories here!

I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

I've listened to three books by Jeremy Robinson, so far; I have another one in my queue. I've loved them all!

This was a nice batch of weird, interesting, what-the-heck-am-I-listening-to kind of stories. My favorite! LOL There was such a variety to the stories, yet they all had something about them that made me wish they were longer. I tend to not do so well with short stories because a good majority of the time, I feel like it ends too soon...as in before the story is really complete. The author might think he or she is done, but the story itself isn't. Maybe they prefer to leave it on a cliffhanger of sorts? I don't know. And it has nothing to do with my wanting it longer, if that makes sense.

Anyway, I think I like the story about the deaf man who ends up getting his hearing back just to lose it again. That's the most memorable story to me because it's somewhat easy to understand how he feels, going from no sound to lots of sound. I can only imagine how scary or strange that would be.

I only have one question. Of course, it's relating to the deaf man story. At the end, what in the world did he shoot? At first, I thought he was going to kill himself because he couldn't handle all the noise, but he didn't. Yet, there was blood, he didn't have to go to the hospital, based on his girlfriend's response, he had no obvious wounds... What was it?

Also forgot... When the author provides some background information...really about anything, whether it's their story or even just their personal life? I love it! In this case, finding out what got his or her juices flowing that created their stories is always just a huge bonus for me.

The narrator did an a-ma-za-zing job! I love him! It was easy to tell he was really getting into the stories based on his narration. I feel like I hardly get to listen to narrators that just smesh with the characters so well.

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8 Strange and interesting short stories!

I absolutely loved Jeremy Robinsons book, "Altered", so I was excited to listen to these short stories. They were all unique in their own way and eerily strange. I did enjoy listening to them, Jeremy Robinson has an uncanny way of waking up your emotions and making you really think. I recommend these stories for anyone who likes horror, thrillers or futuristic novels.
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Exquisite collection

it was a very good collection of stories every single story was very interesting and very unique I loved it the narrator was a very great asset to those short stories it was very enjoyable and very fun

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

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Short Stories

There was only one story in the group that did not appeal to me, so I consider this a very good book. Some of the stories were very short and others a little longer. They were all well written and well performed.

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  • Marcus
  • East Coast, USA
  • 05-04-19

A decent collection of stories

Jeremy Robinson is a fairly big name in the genre, so I decided to give this collection a go. Overall, I didn't really find any of the stories BAD, but there definitely were some duds when compared to the others.

"Insomnia" was a cool little sci-fi short story with an ending that wrapped things perfectly.

"The Eaters" and "Harden's Tree" both felt like old Goosebumps or "Are you afraid of the dark" stories. Both were cool little listens. Not too deep, but entertaining.

"Star Crossed Killers" is the first to really not be sci-fi or horror in any way. It's more of a Mr & Mrs Smith short story. Still enjoyable for what it was though.

"Counting Sheep" was a dud for me. I just didn't "get" or connect with it at all. Definitely felt like a throwaway.

"Hearing Aid" was another one of my least favorites. It had a futuristic Sci-fi setting, but really didn't even need it. It could've been set in present day and the plot probably wouldn't have changed much.

"Dark Seed of the Moon" was a cool and fresh vampire tale. You knew what was coming, but were still intrigued, and then you THOUGHT you knew what was coming, but bam! Good one.

"From Above" was another cool one that could've been lengthened into a novel. It worked well in short form though (if a bit rushed and cheesy).

The last story, the bonus titled "Bought and Paid For" was the one that most interested me after "Dark Seed". As explained in the afterword, it was necessary to end as it did, but man, I wanted to know what happened next!

The narrator did a great job. Pleasant voice that didn't get in the way of the stories. I did feel he was overacting quite a bit in the earlier stories, but I either got used to it or he fell into a groove by the last few (it helped that he took on different voices/personas for the main characters too).

I requested and was granted this audiobook free of charge. I provided this review, which consists 100% of my own thoughts, free of will. Even with the couple I personally did not care for, there's enough here to be worth a listen!

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