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Publisher's Summary

In a modern retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s William Wilson by the author of The Old Drift, a young black man’s paranoia escalates as he is followed, challenged, and terrorized by a doppelgänger bent on sabotaging his life.

Ever since high school, somebody’s been playing the echo game on Will Williams. A look-alike with the same tattoos and the same name has been following him. Starting by implicating Will in petty crimes, and escalating to offenses with serious prison terms, he’s undermined every attempt Will has made to get his life on track. Now, drifting from city to city, Will’s doing everything in his power to outrun his shadow.

Will Williams is part of Disorder, a collection of six short stories of living nightmares, chilling visions, and uncanny imagination that explore a world losing its balance in terrifying ways. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single disorienting sitting.

©2019 Namwali Serpell (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Good short story

A surprise from start to finish. Great narrator and interesting storyline with an unexpected outcome.

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Mind Blown

This was an amazing story. It felt like the rationale realization of a schizophrenic mind trying to explain his internal psychotic self struggle that was brilliantly written by Namwali Serpell.

The narration was masterfully spoken and articulated by JD. Jackson with so much depth and emotion, I can sense and feel the struggle Will Williams endured throughout his journey for understanding, clarity and peace. Highly recommended…it was a great experience to listen to.

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Intriguing, Captivating read!

Intriguing, Captivating read! I am still trying figure it all out :). Are we talking about Bipolar Disorder or Multiple Personality Disorder, or some other mental disorder. A rollercoaster of emotions. Great storytelling! Thank you.

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I did not listen very long
Full of foul language
It may have been a good story, the performance was fine.

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Creepy, but fascinating.

Now this was a quick, GOOD READ!

He thinks that another is the cause of all of his troubles, but the reality is he’s the cause of his own problems. He’s managed to see himself as separate from the evil side of him that commits wrongdoing and attempts to place the blame on a doppelgänger.

A creepy, but fascinating read. I’ll have to check out more from this author as I was thoroughly impressed with her writing style.

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Great Use of Unreliable Narrator

I understand that this is based on an old classic; fortunately for me, I was unfamiliar with the original work, so this story was able to seep in as I realized just how unreliable the narrator was. Well done.

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Interesting

Interesting reimagining of the tale. The narrator was very entertaining. I would have enjoyed just a little more clarification in some scenes as I was a little confused, but overall this was a captivating story.

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OK, just too short

I appreciated what the author was trying to do with this story but I think for the amount of time for this short story, it didn't pull me in as I would have liked.

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I swear I’m not crazy!

Have you ever had a time where you FEEL crazy, but you just KNOW you’re not crazy. But every single thing and person around you convinces you you’re crazy and you question yourself. That’s this story... for 45 minutes. JD Jackson makes me feel it all with his voice. I’ll think about this for a long time.

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interesting

I enjoyed listening to this audio. I didn't understand it totally but it was intriguing. It was very short, so definitely worth a listen.