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Publisher's Summary

A retired actor and her director discuss the film that altered the course of their careers, in this provocative new story by Ed Park, author of Personal Days.

Barbara Lee Handbook (pronounced “Hanbok”), whom fans will know as Barbie Moran, the ‘80s bombshell and star of the cult sci-fi film Weird Menace, sits down with Director Toner Low to discuss the making of the classic film - set on a distant planet, featuring mutant attackers, cyber ladies of the 34th century, and no shortage of warring spaceships - for the Blu-ray edition, in this absurdly funny and poignant meditation on art, legacy, and our ambivalence about the life choices that define us.

©2020 Ed Park (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere.

About the Performer

Eric Yves Garcia spins stories into a mic, whether alone in a booth or onstage with a piano. An actor and musician, Eric has voiced several mysteries, thrillers, YA, and romance, as well as non-fiction titles in history, self-help, memoir, and, uniquely, recipes. Eric's roles in multi-cast audio plays range from kids to classics, including Little Women starring Laura Dern, highlighted by Entertainment Weekly. As an award-winning singer/pianist, he has performed most nights of every week across NYC for more than a decade while also touring the US, UK, and Europe. His solo reviews have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, and Chicago Tribune. Of the two gigs, the narrator wardrobe is decidedly more breathable.
Photo Credit: Xanthe Elbrick

About the Performer

Award-winning narrator Hillary Huber has recorded hundreds of titles spanning many genres. Hillary has a BA in English Literature and is a voracious reader and listener of audiobooks. Being raised in conservative Connecticut and hippy Hawaii has given her a unique perspective, straddling two very different worlds. She now splits her time between California and New York. Most of that time is spent in a small 4x4 padded cell. Um...booth.

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no idea what this is

I don't get the point of this at all. I can no recommend to anyone.

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no way really

I did not get the gist of whatever they were talking about I thought I was going to hear a story and I still don't know what this was about.

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Not good

I gave this one a good try but I had to return it.
It was a free book but it was not worth the price.

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That ended... Weirdly

Abruptly, badly, sadly... IDK whatever it was it better not be added to the blueray as an extra because it will make people cry too much.

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Thid is different

The commentary set is fun to listen to to. Brewing back other old Sci Fi movies in my head.
Good listen.

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Ah.......No

I get the gist of the story, I’m not one for director’s commentary recordings. I waited for the humor, it just never happened. The voice actors did a fantastic job, they just didn’t have much to work with. It was a sad attempt at a semi-recreation of Science Fiction Theater 2000 without the robots. Well........30 some minutes of my life I’ll never get back. At least it was free and erasable.

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Someone somewhere got money for this

I could not make it through the first 5 mins.
Horrible talentless crap that is overpriced even while free.

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Weird is appropriate

A story in the guise of a commentary track for a fictitious B movie / sci-fi trash. There is a moment or two of humorous incident, but the characters, in dialog, are shallow, selfish, and pompous. The characters' voices are pleasant, the story is short, and it costs nothing but time, But there is not much to enjoy.

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A short entertaining slice of life

This is very short, but well done. It shouldn't have to be said, but Weird Menace is not a real movie, and these are voice actors playing parts. (A few of the other reviewers seem to be confused on this point.) It's a short story told as if it were the director's commentary on a DVD, with the director and the star talking about a B movie that neither of them remembers very well.

There is an undercurrent of the Uncanny in this story, and the ending is ambiguous. In general though, it's more of a comedy sketch than anything else. I am a fan of director's commentaries, and they hit the tone and style perfectly. I can see how it wouldn't make much sense to someone who isn't used to watching them. If you're a fan of B Movies and like hearing the reminiscences of filmmakers, you'll probably enjoy it. It's only about a half hour long, which works really well for the concept--it would have gotten tiresome if it had gone on much longer.

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the weird nuisance...

the performance, by both voice actors, was great. the story, particularly the finish, left a bit to be desired. feels unfinished, story wise. but, maybe I just didn't get it...

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Utter Dross!!!

You know when an “author” (wannabe author) gets published because they are related to someone who can make their dreams a reality………

Well this is what that scenario pans out to be. The only difference between this and anything Thomas Hardy or J B Preistly foisted upon others is the fact that this has the kindness of at least finishing early.

I wouldn’t mind but I was stuck on the loo so I couldn’t switch it off!
Just please don’t make anything like this happen again.