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The Box: A YA Dark Fantasy Short Story

Narrated by: Kay Mack
Length: 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The box has been in Panea's family for generations. Like the women before her, she has no idea what's inside, just that she has sworn to protect it. When the box is accidentally destroyed in a fire, Panea learns the truth behind her oath and like the hope from Pandora's box, Panea's box gives her something of its own.

©2018 Kayla Krantz (P)2019 Kayla Krantz

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Great self-contained story

Quality short story. Just enough characters to establish believable relationships, not too many to muddle the waters. It also has a clear focused plot which hints at the right amount of history. This could definitely be the origin story to a larger world.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Good short story, but feels like a prologue

The author manages to cram quite a bit of content into this action packed short story. The story was well written and I liked the narration. While some of the conflict does get wrapped up, it very much feel like it's the first chapter to a larger story.

This audiobook was given to me for free by the author at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Bette
  • @AudiobookObsession
  • 02-08-19

A Terrific Short Story! 4.5 Exciting Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a well written, well told short story that has an original and interesting storyline. Kayla Krantz created a fascinating and imaginative world. The lead character Panea, the protector of the mysterious box that has been passed down for generations. This story may be short but it packs a punch once that box is left unprotected. No spoilers here but some out of this world things start happening, there is a lot of drama, action, twists, mystery and suspense. Kayla Krantz fits a lot of story into 34 minutes, one I hope she builds on it. Thank you for this great story.

I listened to the Audible edition, Kay Mack did a nice job narrating and telling the story.

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Fast story needs more

I received this book for free at my request the following review is of my own. This story was definitely too short. Just as things are rolling along and you are hooked it ends. This needs to be longer must know more of what happens to the box and the creatures.

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Good. But too short.

I liked the story and premise of this short story. But there wasn't enough time to build suspense or thoroughly develop the character. Still enjoyable!

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A rushed tale of a modern Pandora

The Box tells the story of a young lady who has in her possession of a box, and a warning to never open it. The short story details what happens when the box is accidentally open and a portal to other world is opened. It's a modern day Pandora's Box story, but with physical monsters rather than ethereal evils.

There is a lot crammed into this book, considering the very small length. Some of the early stuff, particularly those at school, don't really add much. They are there to try and ground the main character in reality, give them personality and people around them so that it is more than just a girl and a box. But it doesn't really succeed in that and it wouldn't have made much difference if it had been left off. In fact, because they don't actually play any further part in the story their inclusion actually feels like a waste of time and a delay to get to the actual story.

Due to the brevity the book is told in a style that means we are told about everything, rather than discover it through interactions. How she feels about the box, about other people, even her personality. There is an attempt to establish character, but it's given the time to do it, so it comes off as either a waste of time or as an information dump.

Narration by Kay Mack is fine. Well paced and clear, but nothing outstanding. there is very little dialogue in the book, or much use of various characters so Mack doesn't get to show her strengths.Where there are a few bits of dialogue she does do various voices and separation of characters.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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A great little short

This is a well paced and enjoyable short that I hope gets expanded upon in the future. Kayla Krantz is able to put a fun new spin on Pandora's Box and craft an enjoyable listen with some good action and a fun main character in Panea. I would like to see more from this universe and wasn't ready for the story to end. The narration by Kay Mack is quite good and thought all the characters were given great unique voices. It is a great way to spend half an hour and escape on a little adventure.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Excellent Short Story

This is a very short story but it's nicely written. It's a modern take on Pandora's Box. For such a quick listen there is plenty to keep your interest. I actually would like to see this turn into a series. Each book could be like a chapter but stands alone. I wouldn't really call the storyline dark, more like angsty. The narration was well done. Kay Mack gave each character their own voice and emotions as well as reading at a nice pace. Overall, well worth spending thirty minutes of your time on.

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

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Pandora Doesn't Live Here

When fire destroys her home, a young woman discovers that the box that has been passed down in her family for generations is actually a portal that allows monsters to come pouring into the mundane world in this YA short story.
Dark and angsty but well written and fun, in a grim sort of way.

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  • TU
  • 03-07-19

decent but for a younger audience

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

This was a very short fantasy story geared towards a younger audience. I enjoyed it somewhat, but I'm not sure it would appeal to all listeners as it has that "teen angsty" sort of feel to it. The narration is done well. So, all in all, I thought it was just ok.

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  • Helen
  • 07-05-19

very short

very short but sweet story This was a great short story!I enjoyed it. Kay Mack was a fine narrator.
author Kayla Krantz written this well shame it was so short.

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  • Jennifer Bradley
  • 03-28-19

Monster's everywhere

One girl's journey into a world of darkness and monster's. This was a short story but very enjoyable and action packed. I myself would not which to have the burden of keeping this box safe. I really enjoyed listening to this and thought the narrator brought the story magically alive.

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  • Deedra
  • 03-13-19

The Box

This was a very good short story!I enjoyed it. Kay Mack was a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.