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The Loop

By: Roberto Scarlato
Narrated by: Michael Robbins
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Publisher's Summary

Just when you thought it was safe to take the train....

It was supposed to be an uneventful trip. A three-day visit to Chicago to attend a funeral. But Eugene Pharrell has just stumbled into a maddeningly treacherous journey back home. One that has pitfalls, phantoms, lost worlds and, possibly, no way out.

©2018 Roberto Scarlato (P)2018 Roberto Scarlato

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Excellent

Mind trip on a train
Well narrated and perfect if you enjoy sci-fi horror
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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great thriller

I received this book for free for a honest review.  I loved the characters and storyline.  it flowed very well and held together.  The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.  reccomend

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A wild ride that will take you for a loop!

*This book was given to me by the author at my request, and I provided this voluntary, unbiased review.*

3.6/5, rounded up

This was a wild ride, and a really quick listen for me. The whole concept of the loop had me for... wait for it... a loop! Time is an interesting concept, one that is bent and displayed in a strange manner in this book. There isnt much time for robust character development, such as the antagonist, but at least we got *some* answers. By the end, I it was thrilling and I did enjoy it, even if the story was a bit rough around the edges.

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good hooks

Started out a little unsure about this audiobook. i sped the narration up a bit and the pacing really made it easy to get into the story. The story is quite a trip. Intriguingly odd and fun. The narration just seemed a bit off to me at first but was good enough. I would listen to more by both author and narrator.

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great sci fo story

I really enjoyed this sci fi story. Think Twilight Zone. Easy to follow, minimal violence, I'd say PG rating at most. No swear words that I remember hearing. Narrator was great. Interesting story.

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Very good story! Just don't meet up with yourself! Narrated nicely by Michael Robbins.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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The Loop

This was my first book Roberto Scarlato's book. This was a very short story, original, with a really surprising storyline. Overall, the story was interesting. If you like Twilight Zone stories, this one if for you. The narration was well done and easy to listen to. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Took Me for a Loop

This was a very quick listen but I listened to it more than once. It definitely kept me in suspense while I, along with the main character, tried to understand what the heck going on. I mean that in a positive way. I like when I don’t know exactly what is going to happen. Overall it was intriguing.
The narrator did well. I enjoyed his sinister portrayal of the villain of the story.

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Interesting concept, kind of Twilight Zone-ish...

The Loop by Roberto Scarlato was interesting. That being said, it wasn't really my cup of tea, but those that like the Twilight Zone type of stories will love this. The Loop is best described as Groundhog Day on a train, with a Twilight Zone type story happening throughout. There's more to it but that's the easiest way I can describe it. Poor Eugene can't get off this dang train that he's riding. He's introduced to some interesting characters and finally learns from his mother what exactly he needs to do to get out of this loop...or does he? Again, like I said, I think there are those that will love this short story. It just wasn't for me. That being said, it you like a good Twilight Zone type story, I would definitely recommend it. I don't think it's poorly written at all. Just not for me.

Michael Robbins did a good job narrating this twisting, crazy tale. He did a great job bringing Eugene and the others to life and read with the perfect amount of emotion for the characters. I'd listen to more book narrated by him in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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Train ride to hell aka the Twilight Zone

This review is based on a complimentary review copy of the audiobook. Something happened to my PC as I started to type this review. MS Word suddenly disappeared, taking all I had typed so far. To add to the frustration, I launched Word again and this time,it froze, with the NOT RESPONDING error message. That everything is going to hell is the story of "The Loop". Full disclosure: I couldn't take the book anymore after the first 30 minutes (but will sneak a peek at the end when I've calmed down). A present day novelist takes the train for the first time to go from Flint, Michigan to Chicago to attend his uncle's funeral. The train trip back is the one to hell, or the Twilight Zone. The main character finds himself repeatedly exiting a train, only to find himself back in one, only with different other people and situations, including going back to Chicago. As with the song "Hotel California" the TV serial "The Prisoner", or movie "Groundhog Day" the guy can never leave. It's enough to drive one, this reviewer, nuts. Do yourself a favor and give this audiobook to your worst enemy, your revenge will be sweet.

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  • P. Kennard
  • 06-27-20

A journey into the unknown

Short, but perfectly formed, this story has all you need for a long train journey, just be careful you don’t get lost!

This is an object lesson into how to construct a short story: the author gives us everything we need to enjoy this dark journey into his version of the Twilight Zone, without an ounce of fat to slow us down. He manages to provide more elements of character and plot than some complete novels!

The story starts simply enough, but gradually, step-by-step, we begin to take a much darker journey than just a train ride home. Like the central character, we become increasingly disoriented and confused, wondering what will happen next. And like the character, we only get enough pieces of the puzzle to think we have all the answers. The journey may reach a destination, but is it the one you expect?

This deserves a second listen to pick up some of the nuances sprinkled throughout the story, which only become obvious after you have finished. The narrator fits the story well and adds flavour to the dialogue, offering a passable British accent when required, along with some grizzled snarling straight from the Clint Eastwood school of acting!

Thoroughly enjoyed this and worth the price of admission.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-12-20

The key to inner peace is to find the centre.

When author, Eugene Ferrell, takes the six hour return train journey from his uncle's funeral, he finds that the anticipated boring journey is anything but that. Intriguing plot with a twist of horror,
A fine performance by narrator, Michael Robbins.fine

A good mind bending read: recommended.