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The Long Way Home

Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror

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Publisher's Summary

Gathered here for the first time ever are seventeen short stories, two essays, and a short script by award winning and New York Times, bestselling author, Richard Chizmar.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in The Long Way Home run the gamut from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. This brand new collection features more than 100,000 words of short fiction, as well as more than 5,000 words of autobiographical story notes. Chizmar s previous short story collection, A Long December, was published in 2016 to starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus, and was included on numerous Best Books of the Year lists. Entertainment Weekly gave the book high praise: Each tale is a magic trick, luring you toward the light while leading you down an ever-darkening path. There is hope mingled with horror, and that s Chizmar s secret power. His storytelling always beats with a huge, passionate heart. 

Stephen King says he writes terrific stories served with a very large slice of disquiet pie, and with The Long Way Home, Richard Chizmar has taken his evocative and compelling storytelling to an entirely new level.

©2018 Richard Chizmar (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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  • timj26
  • 25-07-2019

Loved it

You know the authors talented wen a short story satisfies like a full length novel
From serial killers to cannibals and haunted places this outstanding collection doesn’t disappoint
Matt’s narration was excellent and fit perfectly
I highly recommend making this your next listen
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  • Brian
  • 18-08-2019

Simply Great

Richard Chizmar created Cemetery Dance Publications so you already know the pedigree he's got, he's written collaborations with Stephen King and (in this collection) Ray Garton and Ed Gorman. It shows. His stories are intense without being over the top, original, and they give the feeling of being very thoughtful and at the top of his game. Some scenes are devastating and they're only able to be that impactful because the setup and the skill and the development of characters and the knowledge of just when to pull the rug out from under the reader. My favorite stories in here (The Man Behind the Mask, The Long Way Home, among others) are among my favorite shorts ever. My least favorite story of the bunch is purely subjective and still very well done. And to make things better the narrator does a great job of giving these stories life. He does different voices but they're consistent and recognizable and aid the work without going into cartoony pitches or hyperbole. I 100% recommend this.

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  • David McClung
  • 28-07-2019

Absolutely fantastic short story collection

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

I am becoming a huge fan of Richard Chizmar and Matt Godfrey. I’ve been a huge fan of Cemetery Dance Publishing for a while now. They release fantastic collector’s editions and never seem to disappoint. The Cemetery Dance magazine has been a favorite periodical for great short stories. I have read a few of Chizmar’s short stories and always enjoyed them, but Gwendy’s Button Box and Widow’s Point (contained in this collection) made me a big fan. This collection only solidifies that opinion. I loved everything about this collection. There is a wide variety of stories from outright horror to good ole mysteries and suspense, to even a western and a sci-fi/noir story. There should be something for everyone to enjoy, but my guess is that you will enjoy everything in here. If I have to pick some favorites, as reviewers are often want to do, these would stand out to me: Murder House, The Man behind the Mask, Nightmare on Elm Lane, Mischief, and Roses and Raindrops. I hesitate to pick favorites, because I hate to leave some out. Dirty Coppers was a blast. I had read Widow’s Point previously and loved it - still do. The Custer Files was great. Many of the stories in this collection were heartbreaking, but Long Way Home was especially so. I have some good friends who could easily have been the source material for this story - some who ended up with happy endings and some who did not.

The stories in and of themselves are fantastic, but when you add Matt Godfrey as the narrator on top of these great stories then you have a magical collection. I have listened to several novels that Godfrey has narrated and he is always stellar. One of the things I love about novels in the hands of a good narrator is that the characters come alive and it seems that you’re watching these stories unfold in your imagination. You see these characters and feel like you know them. He’s a master at creating empathy for each of these characters and you really end up caring what happens to them even if you are suspicious that what happens is not going to be good.

Buy this book. Listen and enjoy two masters at work. Once I started I couldn’t put it down. I listened to it over two days on the weekend and it was a weekend well spent. Enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-07-2019

A journey worth taking.

The Long Way Home by Richard Chizmar is a journey worth taking. Story stories are a true art form, more so I'd say than novels. And with The Long Way Home, Mr. Chizmar shows he's a true artist. This volume features numerous short stories (some startlingly short!), two essays, and a film script. The story in the film script Murder House is interesting, though I will say listening to someone narrate a film script just felt a bit odd, perhaps because it as the first time I've ever heard it done. I also must say the story that Mr. Chizmar recounts about that script later in his author's note was quite interesting. Most of the stories in this collection were new to me, the excepting being Widow's Point., which I had read at some point last year, and all of them were entertaining, with some being fairly disturbing, which is what you want and hope for out of such a collection. While definitely an author with his own voice, you can clearly tell the authors who influenced his work. Included in the collection are two short essays, and I must say I found both of them quite touching in their own way. As I said at the start, The Long Way Home is a journey well worth taking and I look forward to taking more journeys with Mr. Chizmar in the future.

I believe this is the second or third time I've heard Matt Godfrey's work, and as always his line deliver and inflection are spot on, completely enhancing the mood of each piece as he brings the characters and story to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-2019

"... Just good story telling!"

I'm very partial to Stephen King, especially his early work, and have trouble adjusting to new authors and new genres. Limiting I know; I took a risk and explored Chizmar's writing with this collection of stories and am pleased I did. It wasn't remarkable but just good story telling! The narrator was a little passive for my taste.

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  • ssimon2000
  • 02-08-2019

Wide range of genres in short-story format

I received this from the narrator, Matt Godfrey, through Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars rounded up.

This is my first experience with Richard Chizmar, other than his co-authoring Gwendy's Button Box with Stephen King. Most of the stories were pretty solid, and I especially liked the essay on why he started writing and his "happy birthday" essay to Stephen King. There was one thing that bothered me though: almost every story ended very abruptly. There was no let down from the high point in the plot, just an abrupt ending. Very jolting. I guess I was drawn into the stories, and the endings jarred me back to reality.

The narration was very good, too. I definitely recommend this anthology for horror, mystery, and even sci-fi lovers.