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Kendrick Nelson is living in a nightmare world in which he suspects his wife has been having an affair, but when he crosses paths with a disturbing clown at the opening of a new convenient mart, he learns that there are far worse things than a cheating wife.

©2015 Ed Gosney (P)2017 Ed Gosney

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Gosney knew how to build up the tension

Kendrick is convinced that his wife is having an affair. Haunted by these thoughts, he will meet a disturbing clown who doesn't seem to let go of Kendrick.

This is a very quick and entertaining listen, just short of one hour. From the beginning I got trapped in the story, intrigued by this clown, the strange coincidences and Kendrick's aversion to clowns in general.

The horror in this book starts as something psychological, to transform later on into something more tangible and horrible. Gosney knew how to build up the tension and deliver a tale that would disturb everyone.

With a short story like this one, there is not a lot of character development, but somehow I was able to connect to Kendrick and feel the horror he felt.

There was something I didn't like from Kendrick. He complained that his wife was not at home to prepare his dinner, so he just tossed some hotdogs into a pot. I find it almost anachronic that we still have to read about these things in books that are recently published.

Andy Harrington's narration was excellent. His tone was compelling and he delivered different voices for all the characters, along with great interpretations. His interpretation of the clown was one of creepiest I have ever listened to.

This was a great listen, different from what we are normally used to. As it is quite a short book, I think it's ideal for those idle moments we all have from time to time.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Clowns...*shudder*

Would you listen to Practice again? Why?

Yes, at just under an hour its quick listen for my 1.5 hour commute. Its also well written.

What did you like best about this story?

Even though it was short, it was very well thought out, told me lots about ...what I needed to know about

What does Andy Harrington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good characterization, I've seen Andy perform in local productions of several plays and his range as an actor is on display here.

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

I wasn't scared of clowns before...and I've seen IT. Now ...clowns...Nope.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Creeper Clown

Fair warning: if you don't like clowns, you probably shouldn't listen to this book!

Reminiscent of Twilight Zone & Night Gallery episodes of old...short & creepy! The author knows that our imagination makes for the best horror. He gives the reader just enough to get your imagination going, then lets your mind do the rest.

Great narration with sufficiently creepy laughter to haunt your dreams.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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clown yuk

I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator.
Ed Gosney did a wonderful job of story telling with Practice.
He had me hooked from start to finish! This is a strange creative horror story, raw and chilling, I could picture perfectly in my head and will stay with me.
Andy Harrington gave this story a voice or shall I say many voices and he was fantastic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Prequel made me want to reread the novel

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I thoroughly enjoyed this. Gosney's craft is razor sharp in this short story, and now I want to read his novel again after finishing this. Good work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazingly Chilling!

This story had me hooked from start to finish! Raw and chilling, this is a creative horror story that I could picture perfectly in my head and will stay with me. The narration is absolutely wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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creeper clown, wow, creepy!!!!

I honestly never had a feeling one way or another about clowns until i heard ab o ut John Wayne Gacy. I then started thinking about them when the clown attacks started happening about a year ago, or maybe it's now been 2. Anyway, I am thinking now I will avoid them..

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  • 04-28-17

Very weird!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, an enjoyable suspense filled short story.

What about Andy Harrington’s performance did you like?

Dramatic storytelling and different voices for characters.

Any additional comments?

Kendrick is grumpy and disgruntled, unsatisfied with his life. He has always hated clowns but now one seems to be stalking him. What could he possibly want?

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Quick read

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Practice by Ed Gosney was a pretty good quick read. Kendrick suspects that his wife has been cheating on him. If that wasn't enough, Kendrick crosses paths with a really disturbing clown. This was a good quick read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful