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Publisher's Summary

Step into the deranged mind of a psychopath.

A group of criminals kidnap an odd kid for ransom without realizing he has a psychotic mental condition - in the end, they learn a valuable lesson that what you don't know can indeed hurt you.

The Aparting is a fast-paced single written in the main character's voice using interior monologue, allowing the listener to experience firsthand what the protagonist goes through as he transforms from an innocently odd young teen to a deeply disturbed psychopath.

©2016 R.K. Howard (P)2016 R.K. Howard

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Creepy and horribly rewarding

What made the experience of listening to The Aparting the most enjoyable?

A strange short tale that holds you as you enter the mind of a deranged young man. Free-flowing thought process keeps you guessing. Made me want more

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ethan

Which character – as performed by James Simenc – was your favorite?

James Simenc was a good pick for this book. I like his cautious, socially inept voice for Ethan

Any additional comments?

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

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The Aparting

This was a good book.I thought it was interesting to be in the mind of an OCD Psychopthic teenager.His kidnappers are in for the time of their lives!James Simenc does a nice job narrating.I was given this book free for an honest review.

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  • Lisa
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  • 06-05-16

Creepy being in the mind of a not so sane guy.

I received this book for free for an honest and unbiased review of the book

This book had me from word one. The narrator was perfect for this book, he did a great job making our main character sound as unstable as he is.
Worth a credit -- yes

Happy Reading/Listening!!!

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In the head of a psycho

When I first started this short story I wasn’t really sure what to make of it. We are inside the main characters head as he makes his way to the bathroom, leaving me with the impression that he was Autistic or had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). During this trip he gets kidnapped for ransom…still doesn’t seem much right? Well, holy crap…when the synopsis say a psychotic mental condition, they were friggin right. I sure didn’t expect that.

Same as before, this is a short story leaving the description of my thoughts very short. Howard really gets us inside this psychopath’s head, but be warned, you will probably end up feeling sorry for him as well. This is one of those short stories that I wished was a little bit longer so we could have dived in a little bit more. James Simenc did a great job with narration, but I think it could have been more expressive once the psychotic break happens. However, by this time you are already invested to the end. This is another short story that I will dive back into.

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They have no idea what they're in for!

Ethan is an odd teen. He likes to count his steps between places and his social skills aren’t up to par. However, Ethan’s dad is a doctor. A group of kidnappers think they will get decent ransom money for Ethan. But Ethan has a secret, one that could kill.

This is an interesting short story. At first, I wasn’t sure I would like the inner monologue as the primary mode of getting info to the readers, but I quickly fell into step with it and enjoyed it. Ethan is a bit naive, and he wants to believe his kidnappers when they say they don’t plan to harm him and that he’ll be back home soon. But as the pressure mounts and Ethan goes longer and longer without his daily medication, a shift happens inside Ethan’s head. Without spoiling things, I really enjoyed how this came about and found it clever and entertaining.

My favorite character was probably Emily. I know that’s a bit naughty because she’s chaotic and a bit destructive. Her straight forward attitude and shamelessness in who she is were great. Since there were some bad guys to take out, I didn’t mind her enjoyment in the task.

Overall, it’s a great lunch time break. There’s a touch of horror without getting too gruesome. Of course, there’s some dark humor and this really appealed to me.

I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the author (via the GoodReads Audiobooks group) in exchange for an honest review.

The Narration: James Simenc was a good pick for this book. I like his cautious, socially inept voice for Ethan. His voice for Emily is quite different and really fits her. He did a really good job with the inner monologue, especially when Ethan slumps into unconsciousness or is freaking out a bit.

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Brilliant Performance / Intriguing Story

This is a fun little horror story. Initially the first person narrative style was off-putting but just a few minutes in and I was hooked. The narration was excellent. I'm looking forward to reading more from RK Howard.

I received this audiobook from the author for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Creepy and horribly rewarding

Kidnappers get what's coming to them! Wonderfully creepy tale. Great story great character. Short to the point and will leave you with some serious spine tingle. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Perfect

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“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”<br/><br/>Brilliant. So brilliant. I think I just found a new favorite author.

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Creepy and engaging short story

I really liked this short story. I would probably consider this a horror/suspense short story. It really grabbed me from the beginning and kept me wanting more. I listened to the audio version, and it was a little over an hour. The narration was good, though the voice for "Emily" had a quality that annoyed me a tiny bit, but other than that, it was great. This is my first story from R.K. Howard, and I am hooked. I definitely want to read more.

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Split Personality

I enjoyed listening to this especially toward the end! Wish it was longer. Recommend the book if you want a quick interesting short listen. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom