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Book one of the Drive-In series by Joe R. Lansdale. 

The end of the 1980s. Drive-in movie culture is mostly dead with one significant exception: The Orbit Drive-In. A drive-in theater so large it houses screens multiple stories high that fill the sky and can hold 4,000 cars and all the people who can squeeze in them. It’s a lit city that fills to the brim on Friday nights; crowds gather for the Dusk-to-Dawn Horror Shows. Horns honk, BBQ grills sizzle, people yell and act the fool, ready for the marathon of one low-budget horror film after another. But then suddenly the world changes in front of their eyes, not on the screens. A comet, red and smiling with jagged teeth, flashes across the sky. People try to leave but find they are trapped by some acidic goo surrounding the entire drive-in. They grow hungry, homicidal, and suicidal. Then along comes the Popcorn King, a jiving, rhyming creature formed by blue-white lightning, with four arms and a popcorn bucket on its head. A monster as strange and dangerous and mesmerizing as the creatures and villains on the screens. It offers the starving masses food, but there’s always a price to pay for survival. And then things start to get wicked....

©1988 Joe R. Lansdale (P)2020 Joe R. Lansdale

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Horror Genre Classic

I was so thrilled to see this genre classic that has been mentioned by so many of today’s top authors get the audiobook treatment. I have read and enjoyed THE DRIVE-IN by Joe R. Lansdale multiple times and revisiting again, this time via the excellent narration of Matt Godfrey was a total pleasure!

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Just Plain Fun!

Coming off of an audio that dealt with the Holocaust, I needed my next read to be something light. Matt Godfrey performing this old favorite of mine was the perfect solution!

Written back in the late 80's, The Drive-In is just plain horror fun. Sure, there's a bit of commentary in there, if you want to give the story some depth, but there's plenty of horrific gore, insane circumstances and a big bunch of Lansdale's brand of humor to round it all out.

What happens to people in dire circumstances is brought out into the light and examined from all different angles. Imagine if you will, a huge drive-in with 6 different screens and nearly 4,000 cars. Then imagine that everything goes black, (except for the movies), and no one can leave. For months. How long will the food last? What will people do when no more popcorn is left? You'll have to read this to find out.

Joe R. Lansdale is a go to author for me, and I'm thankful that I have a lot more of his work to catch up with. Matt Godfrey is one of the very first narrators I got to know when I started on my audio adventures and he remains one of my favorites. Together, these two make an unbeatable team! If you're looking for something to fill out your October reading, I highly recommend the audio of The Drive-In!

*Source: I downloaded this from Audible with my hard earned cash. It was worth every single penny.*

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Extremely Intriguing

This is honestly one of the most interesting stories I have experienced. I was hooked from start to finish with a small car ride pause. The way things went were not how I expected they would go at all. I wish there had been a bit more interaction from the monsters/beings of the story but loved how they catalyzed the events that went on. When the story was coming to a close all I could think was "I want more," and "What would happen from here."

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Interesting read

Well to put it simply this was an interesting read it kept me turning the pages (or continued listening). the narrator did a great job. Quoting the author the humor in this book it’s like a clown suit on a corpse. this book might be a little deeper and darker than you think

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Seminal

Essentially a commentary on the affect of pop culture on society, this proves a true gem and just as lovely as I recall.

Check out “The Bus Tour” for more Drive-in fun.

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Awesome!

Outrageously delicious. I enjoyed this gem so much. Nostalgic, brutal, humorous, and very very gory.

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If you liked this, read Video Night

This was good, but not great. If you like it, go ahead and check out Video Night

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Skip it

I was under the impression that this was a must read for anyone who was interested in the horror genre. I was disappointed to say the least. This reads more as brain vomit not actually a well planned story premise. None of it makes any sense.

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A Popcorn Movie Experience

I've read the comic series, so I figured I'd give the book a shot. I was not let down! Lansdale creates a unique world full of memorable characters and a morality all of its own. Many questions are never answered, but that's actually pretty refreshing. From the point of the narrator, he never fully grasps what's going on--so neither do you.

Godfrey is one of the best in the business. After around 30 hours of listening to him read "Blackwater," I now look forward to books with his narration.

Worth every penny, and the cost of admission.

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Well that was weird...

What a strange story.
It had some interesting moments and I did like the main characters, and the friendship and banter between them was good.
The mystery could have done with more explanation, I felt like I have no idea what was going on at the end of the book.

If there is a sequel, I am unsure if I’d give it a go. I probably would, because I love Matt Godfrey’s voice, and also just to see if there is any more explanation as to what the heck is going on!

Not for the faint of heart, there are some unpleasant bits, and if you like your stories tied up in a neat little bow at the end, I’d say this isn’t for you.