Are you laid off, downsized, undersized?
Call us. We employ. 1-800-555-0606
How lucky do you feel?
So reads the business card from LIMBUS, INC., a shadowy employment agency that operates at the edge of the normal world. LIMBUS's employees are just as suspicious and ephemeral as the motives of the company, if indeed it could be called a company in the ordinary sense of the word.
In this shared-world anthology, five heavy hitters from the dark worlds of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi pool their warped takes on the shadow organization that offers employment of the most unusual kind to those on the fringes of society.
One thing's for sure - you'll never think the same way again about the fine print on your next employment application!
©2013 Journalstone Publishing (P)2016 Journalstone Publishing
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"What a Trippy Ride"
I'm not sure if I would recommend this audiobook as most of my friends have very different taste than myself. And this book is a bit of an acquired taste.
I would say it sort of but not exactly reminded me of Stephen King's book Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Only in they both had multiple supernatural and sort of macabre style of short stories in them. But Limbus, Inc. is different from Stephen King's book in the way that Limbus has all tied with one common story line... Limbus, Inc. Employment Agency.
No. The narration was lacking. Within each story there were break indicators in the book to show that a shift of scenes was happening. At those breaks the narrator should have paused to indicate to the listener that we were now shifting to a new scene in the story. The narrator would read the last sentence in the last scene but not stopped at the period but rather just ran on to the next sentence that started the next scene. He read it all like it was a run on sentence; which was confusing to me the listener as I tried to listen as I was driving to my destination one afternoon. I had to pause the audio until I came to a stop so I can read the digital book I had of Limbus Inc. to make sense of it all. Because at one moment of the story the character is lying on the floor after making his great escape from the alien shop and the next in the same breath we hear that the character is talking about tasting fruit loops on his teeth and tongue. That left me all kinds of confused.
At the end of the first story "Slaughter Man" when it's divulged that Slaughter Man wasn't going to have the fate he expected and that his sworn enemy was now going to be tasting crow. Plus I liked that it was finally divulged Slaughter Man's real name.
The narrator Gregory Zarcone could take a page out of narrator Ann Marie Gideon's page. I listened to one of her books and she paused at every scene break long enough for me to know when we were now shifting from one scene to the next in the story. No run on sentence reading from her. If I not had my Limbus Inc. digital book to read along with my audio I would spent a lot of time rewinding the audio and trying to make sense of what I just heard and then I would have blamed the author for his poor writing style, not knowing it was the narrator that had failed. My personal belief is this audio works best with the digital book so the listener can follow along best.
"Narrator is Speed Reader"
The narrator - I literally couldn't take it beyond about 20 minutes.
I couldn't follow it because it was being read at a ridiculous rate of speed.
The narrator was reading too fast with little or no inflection. It was awful.
Disappointment that this narrator's performance was deemed acceptable.
I'll be requesting a refund.
"A few good stories"
I might. It wasn't a selection I would likely listen to again, though I don't regret buying it.
One or two of the stories were pretty good. The rest weren't bad, but didn't really grab me.
Maybe. I don't think he was the right narrator for this selection.
Yes. There is some real potential here with the shared world concept. If there is another, it needs to be read by a different narrator. Zarcone wasn't the best choice here. His performance with most of it was jarring in that his voice inflection doesn't change much. A scene describing dismemberment looses something when read in the same jaunty tone associated with a scene of comedic absurdity.
This is an ok start to what could be a good shared world series. I found myself happy to start the book, but kind of ready for it to end too. I'm not entirely sure if my lukewarm reception to it came from the stories themselves (honestly, there were one or two I just couldn't get into) or if the narration injured it. I have no issue with Gregory Zarcone as a narrator, but I think he was a bad fit for a collection like this.
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