• The Vanishing Negative

  • By: Aaron Mark
  • Narrated by: Betty Buckley
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (1,325 ratings)

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The Vanishing Negative

By: Aaron Mark
Narrated by: Betty Buckley
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About the Creator

Aaron Mark is a writer and director of theater, audio, film, and TV, currently based in Los Angeles by way of Houston and New York City. He is the creator, writer, and director of Gimlet Media/Spotify's hit fiction podcast The Horror of Dolores Roach (starring Daphne Rubin-Vega, Bobby Cannavale, Richard Kind, Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Lea DeLaria, Donnell Rawlings, and Amy Ryan, among others), currently in development for TV with Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television, with whom he is under a first-look deal. Mark has written and directed three acclaimed one-person horror plays Off-Broadway: Empanada Loca (LAByrinth Theater Company, with Rubin-Vega; three Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle nomination), Squeamish (All For One at Theatre Row, with Alison Fraser; OCC nomination), and Another Medea (All For One at the Cherry Lane and Wild Project, with Tom Hewitt), all published by Dramatists Play Service and performed internationally. Other plays include Deer, also published by DPS and recently given its Italian-language premiere. Favorite theater directing credits include Ben Rimalower's long-running, award-winning Patti Issues and Bad with Money; The Mystery of Irma Vep, and Deathtrap for Berkshire Theatre Group; and Hedwig and the Angry Inch for BC/EFA at New World Stages. Mark is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and a member of the Writers Guild of America West and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

About the Performer

Betty Buckley is a multi-award-winning actress and singer whose career spans theater, film, television, and concert halls around the world. She is a 2012 Theater Hall of Fame for Inductee and a 2017 recipient of the Julie Harris Award from The Actors Fund for Artistic Achievement. She won a Tony Award for Cats and received her second Tony Award nomination for Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination in London for her performance in Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.
She headlined the first national tour of the new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! from fall 2018 through August 2019.
Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Carrie. She starred in the London production of Dear World in 2013 and Promises, Promises (Evening Standard nomination).
Off Broadway she has starred in The Old Friends (2014 Drama Desk nomination), White’s Lies, Juno’s Swans, and Edwin Drood for New York Stage and Film, and Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road. Regional credits include The Perfectionist, Gypsy, Threepenny Opera, Camino Real, Buffalo Gal, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Grey Gardens (2016 Ovation Award nomination).
Her film credits include M. Night Shyamalan’s 2017 hit film Split, in which she costars with James McAvoy and received a Saturn Award nomination. Other film credits include Shyamalan’s The Happening, Brian de Palma’s Carrie, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski’s Frantic, Woody Allen’s Another Woman, and Lawrence Kasden’s Wyatt Earp.
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There is a problem

It is so difficult for me to give this story a 5 star rating when it so obviously deserves a higher score. The story is so well crafted in every way. In such a short duration of time, our lead is developed and given to us the way a Polaroid reveals itself in graduated measures. When we believe there is nothing to further develop, we have an apex with a twist and a clever ending. This writing deserves, at bare minimum, 6 stars. With that said, this recording causes one problem for focussing on writing accolades about the story and that lies in the narration.

Because OMG what an unreal and stellar performance by Betty Buckley! Her performance was mind bogglingly perfect. She did not read or simply narrate, she WAS Celeste Fox. Every inflection, pause, utterance and emotion was delivered with incredible feel and this occured from the very second her voice was heard. The story is easily a 5 star but Betty Buckley took this to an entirely different level.

To write something of this quality and have it unfold so meticulously in such a short duration (consider the difficulty of crafting strong character development within a limited time construct) is a confirmation of the author's strength and mastery.

Now I have a problem. I have heard the symphony and must return to AM radio. If only all performances were this good...

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Wait for it...

This story starts a little slow and I almost stopped listening but then it gets juicy and turns into a murder mystery! The end was great! Well worth the listen!

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Fun listening

Love it and Betty is amazing as usual. I highly recommend, so give it a listen.

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Nobody tells a story like Betty Buckley!

Betty is a master storyteller. The audience is treated to a flawless performance by a true legend!

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Wow!!

This performance and story was crazy brilliant!! All around 5 stars! An absolute must listen

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“Oh my gosh!!!”

I thought I was just going to listen to a rushed half thought audio book. What I got was a well crafted theater piece I could enjoy on my way to work! I’m floored. What started of light hearted quickly turned suspenseful and enthralling. Do not sleep on this!! I freaking love it!

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EXCELLENT

Story was enjoyable and the narration was Fantastic. Narrator brought the character to life in every way

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Wow!

Worth the listen! I was a little confused at first, but I hung in there and I was so glad I did. The story is a bit dark, and there definitely is some adult content. So I wouldn’t listen while kiddos are in hearing rage. I cleaned while I listened and before I knew it my chores were done and the book was finished. So good!

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Amazing narrator

She is stunning - her range really made the story come alive. So dynamic, a must listen!

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Betty Buckley Brava!

I won't say too much to spoil the story but I will say that you will not be disappointed and especially with anything regarding Betty Buckley because she is just simply awesome! I loved it!

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