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Publisher's Summary

Hammurabi Road is a dark redneck-noir novella of retribution, backwoods justice, and getting closer to a black bear than was ever dreamed possible. We start off with the eternal triangle - four men ride out in a pick-up truck; three in front and one duct-taped and bound in the back. It is a clear-cut case of Northern Ontario railroad vengeance, served up as cold as a frozen hunting knife. Fans of the movie and television series Fargo are going to love Hammurabi Road.

©2007 Steve Vernon (P)2017 Steve Vernon

Critic Reviews

Praise for Steve Vernon: "If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub, and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon." ( Bookgasm)

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An Hilarious Tale!

HAMMURABI ROAD is one messed up, creative, and funny as heck novella! Listening to the audio made me burst out laughing several times, (which is generally frowned upon at work.) What made it even worse was that I couldn't explain why I was laughing so hard, because these people? They wouldn't get why the bear scene was so funny.

As is stated in the summary, this is the tale of 4 men on the road, three in the front and one tied up in the back. We're talking Canadian backwoods men and they're looking for revenge. What they get instead is a bear, a possibility of mistaken identity, and some flashbacks of "Shut the F up, Donnie," from the Big Lebowski.

I listened to this on audio, narrated by Robert Thaler, who is new to me. His voice took a bit of getting used to, but once I did, I let him tell me the story of these rednecks and their revenge and I lost myself for a while.

Over the top and not afraid of offending anyone, HAMMURABI ROAD is an hilarious way to spend a few hours!

Recommended!

*I received this audio free from the author in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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Nothing Like It out there

this story nailed me down in my seat from the beginning. 3 lowlifes kidnap and duck tape a fourth and drive him out into the wild. All of this works on several levels. Its brutal, very funny and also strange and mystical. I won't give much away and I almost never write reviews,- so much of what I wade thru on Audible is drek and either dull or formulaic. This is NOT. Its one of a kind. The narrator is key. He tells the whole story from first person and is to my mind explosive and one of a kind. The writing demands that you run with it no holds barred and has the feel of being thought up on the sly but is actually really well crafted.--

all these men have a run in with a black bear. The porn splatter,violence and everything that follows had me in stitches but then the writer turns a corner and dives deeper. You get incredible rushes of poetry and brilliance from this guy and you have to make a choice right down to the end about what is unfolding. One of the characters, Irwin doesn't have alot to say but what he does say is chilling and it smacked me right in the face. To me each character becomes a symbol and each is stark, clear cut and a mirror. Wow this cat Vernon is a special breed. Theres some Henry Miller there, some Poe, some Mark Twain even, some I don't know whatever but wow if you go with the story its a thing of real beauty

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Northern-southern Gothic. Loved it.

I thought this one was Mccarthy-esqe. Great characters, good dark, gritty story. Gets really bizarre too, right up my alley. The narrator really leans into it; a little much at first, but you get used to it and it works really well. This story is absolutely essential Steve Vernon listening. Highly recommend it.

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First Rate. violent and poetic

Where does Hammurabi Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen to many because I review art and culture in the area. Many audio books can be profoundly dull. This one is NOT. I do love the writer. The single best and most free form piece I've heard in quite some time

Who was your favorite character and why?

the single person narration. He's a wacky porn poet and his visions are dead on, no pun intended.

Have you listened to any of Robert Thaler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He narrated a book on MacArthur and WWII. Very talented and unique. I just wanted him to step back from the writing a little bit in this work is all. My interpretation.

Any additional comments?

packs a real punch. Rolls up into Beckett in tone and feel near the end. Starts out like Hunter S. Thompson or something. Writer has the gift.

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Crazy Beauty

Where does Hammurabi Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

best I've heard in at least a year

Who was your favorite character and why?

why not all of them. why play favorites with a writer of this caliber? The central character is the narrator who is part commentator, part poet, part comedian, a back woods redneck, kidnapper and everyman

What about Robert Thaler’s performance did you like?

what could you not like? He's on the cutting edge, dark and sexy

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

Did Hemingway just drop Acid?

Any additional comments?

I wish this thing had run on for 4 more hours. It was that good.

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Cult classic

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

most definitely. Its the best thing I've stumbled across in months. I read a lot of horror from Lovecraft to Stephen King, etc. and a friend turned me on to this guy. He is hilarious and sick.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hammurabi Road?

Come on. The Bear scene. That alone with the long monologue that is a stream of brilliance is enough to shore this thing up as a classic. Why the hell nobody knows yet about Vernon is beyond me, this cat slings words together as well as King and he goes right to the gut

Which character – as performed by Robert Thaler – was your favorite?

I loved what Thaler did with the bear, giving him a voice like a Mountie or something. Way out there but spot on. And Hanlon or whatever the characters name was is so off the wall that he grabbed me. that character was very real, crude,funny but real insightful out of nowhere

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

I did

Any additional comments?

I haven't had this much fun with a book since I was small and my Uncle read me Cask of Amontillado. I'm going to dig into this writer's collection. He's a genuine find and that's very rare in my opinion.

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  • Jason
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Hilarious Hi-jinks and great cast of characters

This book was amazing. Steve Vernon has done it once more. The characters felt real and there motivations for their actions were well defined. The adventures that take place are exquisitely hilarious and just this side of far fetched to be believed. First time, in my 25 years of listening to audio books, I have had to pull off the road to keep from wrecking because i was laughing so hard.

Robert Thaler's Performance was stellar. If there was ever a time that the narrator inhabited the mind of the characters, it is here. He not only brought the characters to life, he made it feel as though there was a hole group of narrators.

I requested a free review copy of this audio book and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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Cool

I like Vernon. He's a poet and crazy. He's got some Stephen King in him but better.

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Wowsa

you got to run with this. Its part dream and part real and all unexpected. I loved this thing, I don't bother with reviews usually but its the first I've heard from this writer and there will be more now. He has a great way with words and mixing metaphors. Sure its crude sometimes but that adds to thhe fun.The guy is brave and writes from the gut, he's also hilarious.

The story gets told in third person so the narrator is a big part of the plot. There's actually a black bear who makes a significant appearance but the guys in the story are like dark versions of Larry,Curly and Moe. I kept seeing Billie Bob Thornton in this. That would be premium. The narrator sells it with something I can only call off beat and out there.

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Balls to the wall

I heard about this writer and his imagination so i have to say he did not disappoint. He's bizarre and funny and out there. 3 guys drag a loser into the woods to off him and end up with more than they can handle. They run into a wild ass bear and I won;t say more about that but there is something beyond Jack Kerouac in this thing that has the ring of truth, the guy riffs on and on a lot of times with a really,really good punch and has a way of stringing words together that is original to say the least and entertaining for sure. This is not standard fair. I felt the ending hit like a hammer and theres some good gore and plenty of jokes that come out of nowhere. Why aren't there more writers like this?

I do wish the story was longer since it grabbed my interest and I wanted to know more about Donnie, the kid. I guess n the end I really felt sympathy for him and actually for all the characters in an odd way. The story gets very realistic at the end and dead serious but ....

The characters I think are set somewhere in northern Canada but they sound more Southwest to me so I think the narrator missed on that but no matter, he hit the thing out of the park and was maybe as bizarre as the writer. If you like really unusual and good writing I would go with this without any questions, its Mr Toad's wild ride in blood with horror and some poetry and some Tarantino too. Very funny, very dark.

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