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A lonely and beautiful little girl with a strange friend, a shy, thoughtful young man searching for a purpose in life that will surprise you, and an elderly, sensual woman whose art warns her of the future: these are the spines of the bizarre novelettes featured in this first volume of a series of trilogies. Due to our time pressures and the increasing stress and diversity of modern life, the audiobook listener's appetite for satisfying chunks of "binge listening" is increasing dramatically. These novelettes - or short novels - of 15,000 words each provide the subplots, complications, and wealth of characters and dramatic punch of full-length tomes, but are more digestible and less time consuming. Each, also divided into three convenient parts, is a self-contained, satisfying, piquant slice of fiction with fast-moving scenes, snappy dialogue, and endings with a twist - much in the style of The Twilight Zone. This series, Bright Shadows Series - Novelettes for Busy Folks, is a new brand in riveting fiction.

©2014 R. Manolakas (P)2014 Robert Manolakas

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Fun, Weird and Worth It

These three Twilight Zone-esque novellas make for a spooky and fun listen! A great length, these stories can be consumed in one sitting. I enjoyed the diverse range of characters and time periods of these tales. I would recommend this trilogy to any friends who enjoy spooky content, but not full-blown horror.

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

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  • Gaele
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 09-25-14

different and solidly written,

I am admitted fan of short stories, so this trilogy was an enticing review option. R. Manolakas presents these as being in the style of Twilight Zone, and while they were different and solidly written, there was just a little something missing to give me that moment of “ooh” that I remember from those shows.

A touch of the bizarre, where conundrums are created that don’t necessarily engage but serve the plot well starts this collection, and while the conclusion to this story managed to feel appropriate with the other two in this collection just didn’t seem to make sense as a triad. The last two stories are ventures into historical fiction, and while technically proficient and well-written, I was easily able to discover the mystery long before the reveal or conclusion. Again I still felt a bit disconnected and removed from the story, missing the promised feel of unique or otherworldly twists.

Narration is more than capably provided by John Bell. His voice was mellifluous and engaging, she smoothly navigated the dialog and characters, and presented the appropriate tone and enunciation to the work.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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Twilight Zone like but even more bizarre

What made the experience of listening to A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist the most enjoyable?

I loved the variety and the underlying strangeness and sense of social anarchy--I especially liked the last short novel because it had spiritualistic overtones and yet a decay of sorts in the main character's spirit--I didn't even guess the ending I was so caught up in the creativity and mesmerizing effect of the plot-line.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the complete originality without being over the top. It was quietly weird but not too weird--like it could happen! I also loved its convenient format--three short novels each in three parts--it was handy listening on my exercise bike and I used my dumbbells with my hands and pumped with my feet!

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

No; he is quite a narrator; I don't believe how one man can do all those varied and nuanced voices--three short novels each with many characters--men and women and even children!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the end of the middle story, where it dawned on me who this person really was. Many would have guessed this sooner perhaps, I didn't know until the end--it didn't really matter because it was the riveting ride along the way that mattered most.

Any additional comments?

The structure of this trilogy and the short length of the novelettes make this a commuters and traveler's dream!

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Three awesome short stories that will hook you

Robert Manolakas is fond of subtitles for his books, and in this case, he lets the reader know that this book is for busy folks. Well, I'm as busy as the next person, but even if you are lonely and bored and your calendar is wide open, these stories are for you!

Three terrific stories that remind me of my favorite shows growing up in the sixties and seventies -- The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone -- and it's no accident that the author gives a nod to these types of stories in his preface/into.

I don't want to spoil the content of the stories, and I hope other reviewers have the same respect for the author's content, because each one has a great "aha" moment at the end and giving a synopsis could ruin them.

Suffice it to say that you should trust me and grab this little collection and that Mr. Manolakas keeps writing these little gems, and that he has a whole shoe box of ideas to draw from. What a great way to spend my Saturday shopping and housecleaning with these three stories to keep me company!

Narration was solid and consistent. It sounded smooth and never sounded like narrator John Bell was reading. What a pro.

I got a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Strangely freaky...

I enjoyed this book. It consists of 3 short bizarre stories....Twilight Zone style! The narration was excellent. Overall, a good book. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Trilogies for Busy Folks

3 wonderful stories of horror, suspense, mystery with a bit of romance as well. All 3 stories are very well written and easy to listen to. I couldn't stop listening till I got to the end.

The narrator reads the audible as if he's living it. He will take you into the story and take you for a wild ride.

I requested a free copy of this audible and am happy to give my honest unbiased review.

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3 Short Horror/Twilight Zone Stories

I did enjoy listening to this supernatural audiobook of 3 shorts especially the 1st and 3rd. Did remind me of the Twilight series. 1st The Pool is about girl trying to save her parents with weird supernatural ending. 2nd A Suitor is about an artist that needs to marry and 3rd The Cellist is about young man who meets an elderly weird lady Recommend to anyone who enjoyed the Twilight Zone TV series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you !

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 03-31-17

Twilight Zone fans will enjoy

Any additional comments?

The author lays out his premise for Twilight Zone short stories. He hits that mark. The narration is great, John Bell really does well with a wide variety of characters.

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

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These stories will get stuck in your mind

These three novelettes are something else. Prepare to be faced with events described from a completely different perspective.

The first story was haunting and strangely beautiful. I know my history, so the plot twists of the other two stories were very clear to me. Still, it was thoroughly enjoyable to follow the characters through to the end.

Thank you John Bell for wonderfully executed narration and R.Manolakas for these refreshing stories!


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

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Well!!!

Would you listen to A Pool, A Suitor, A Cellist again? Why?

No, there are too many other books to listen to. Unless it is a Diana Palmer, Nora Roberts, Jayne Krentz, or Christine Feehan book I have not listened to a book a second time and only a few of their books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did not have a favorite character but of the three stories I liked the second one.

What about John Bell’s performance did you like?

He is a good narrator and did well with each character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

I got this book via audiobook boom.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful