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There's a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed

Dark Corners Collection, Book 3
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: Dark Corners Collection, Book 3
Length: 51 mins
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The thrill of a sleepover becomes sheer terror as kids voice their greatest fears into existence in this cheeky, vividly cinematic tale by bestselling author Edgar Cantero. Lights out.

It’s bad enough that its venom-dripping chelicerae can slice through flesh like warm butter. Worse? It’s right there under the bunk. It’s a fact now. To make it through the night, the children must obey the rules: don’t get out of bed, stay out of the shadows, and don’t wake the beast. But as the threats multiply, so do the rules of survival. And with the safety of dawn still hours away, the fun is just beginning.

Edgar Cantero’s There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider under Your Bed is part of Dark Corners, a collection of seven heart-stopping short stories by bestselling authors who give you so many new reasons to be afraid. Each story can be read in a single sitting. Or, if you have the nerve, you can listen all by yourself in the dark.

©2018 Edgar Cantero (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Not good.

I found this an absolute chore to get through. The story wasn’t good, for starters. The dialogue between the kids being ridiculous would be a very close second. And then the person narrating the story for the audio book was dreadful—made everyone sound like idiots.

Very relieved to have finished it, and saddened it didn’t get better as the story went further.

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  • gcgart79
  • 27-09-2018

ruined by narrator

This story seemed good but I couldn't finish it because of the horrible narrator! I keep coming across books I wanna listen to but they are narrated by this woman who is one of the worst I've ever heard. Her normal reading voice is very annoying and robotic and the character voices she does are absolutely ridiculous.

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  • Amazon customer
  • 09-02-2019

Fair story, awful narration

This is a very disappointing story and an awful performance by narrator Amy Landon. The story is based on a somewhat clever premise - involving real-world manifestation of imaginary terrors - that is poorly executed by the author.

While a skilled narrator can often make a middling story enjoyable, Ms. Landon is laughably bad when attempting to differentiate characters through changing her voice tone. Her attempts at male voices are particularly terrible and cringe-inducing. Sadly, this has been a common theme in every audiobook presentation I have ever heard narrated by Ms. Landon and she is now on my "do not purchase" list for audiobook readers.

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  • Bradley S
  • 12-10-2018

Not scary and All over the place.

Whattttttt did I just listen to?? First of all, the narrator of this audiobook sounded like she was a surfer dude, not adolescent boys having a sleepover. They also both sounded exactly the same.

Second of all, I actually have no clue how old these kids were—that’s never discussed. But their imaginations make it seem like they are 8 or 9. I can’t believe a preteen or older would make up a “giant trap door spider under the bed” and actually believe it enough to have an adventure with your best friend during a sleepover.

It reminded me of one giant game of “hot lava” —the game I used to play when I was younger—when you couldn’t touch the ground and if you did, you lost/got burned.

Third of all, WHY ALL THE HARRY POTTER COMMENTS!?! What did HP have to do with this novella? Like, I’m a huge HP fan, but I felt like it was used in the novella to gain some attention/popularity. So weird.

Finally, I gave it two stars because it does represent the LGBTQ+ community at the end and I support that!

Overall, horrible book. So boring. All over the place. Juvenile. And not scary AT ALL!

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  • myswtghst
  • 10-12-2019

Disappointing

As someone who really enjoyed Edgar Cantero's "Meddling Kids", and horror in general, I was excited for this collection and this story in particular. Unfortunately, it was a letdown. The performance left a lot to be desired, and the story wasn't terribly well executed. You're dumped into the story with almost no context, and while the premise is moderately clever, the author does it no favors by leaning way too heavily on pop culture references in place of actual storytelling.

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  • Chopped liver
  • 07-12-2019

children's book

would be a great book if I was 8 or 10.Why was it included in this category?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-2019

Silly premise, but it works in a strange way

The idea of kids freaking out over a series of things they made up on the spot to scare each other is amusing. Playing it straight enough that the imaginary horrors (or ARE they imaginary?) end up interacting with each other and sometimes cancelling out (quite literally given the involvement of antimatter) makes the experience fun overall. The ending is silly in precisely the way it needed to be to work.

However, with a half-male cast, in which the male characters have most of the lines, the narrator's issues with male voices are more obvious in this story than in most others in the collection. It's hard to tell the guys apart, and they sound off in ways that get more absurd when you listen to the other stories, where the male characters are creepy violent adults with the same voices as these two frightened Harry-Potter-obsessed kids.

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  • Stellasheep
  • 22-08-2019

Silly

I normally like the Dark corners series but this was just so silly to me.

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  • Andrea
  • 03-06-2019

Hard pass

I didn't like the premise of the book. The others in this series were better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-2019

Do NOT listen to this..

The entire time I was hoping it would get better. Do not waste your time with this story. The story isn't good and neither is the narration.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 19-01-2019

Great fun!

There's a Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed by Edgar Cantero and narrated by Amy Landon is a fun audible about kids having a sleepover then things start happening. Is it their imagination or is it real? Loads of creativity! Enjoyed it a lot and the narration was terrific!