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Summary

Imogene is young and beautiful, kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead, the legendary ghost of the Rosebud Theater.

Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with a head full of big ideas and a gift for getting his ass kicked. It's hard to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town.

Francis is unhappy, picked on; he doesn't have a life, a hope, a chance. Francis was human once, but that's behind him now.

John Finney is in trouble. The kidnapper locked him in a basement, a place stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. With him in his subterranean cell is an antique phone, long since disconnected...but it rings at night, anyway, with calls from the dead....

Meet these and a dozen more in 20th Century Ghosts, irresistible, addictive fun showcasing a dazzling new talent.

Read by David Ledoux.

©2005 Joe Hill (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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All round great audio, but what about the music?

Loving this audio edition. The narrator is engaging and reads voices in differing tones that doesn't feel odd or distracting. Even female characters, which I find a good number of narrators struggle with).

Obe niggle is the incidental music. There is an instance of a convincingly creepy incidentsl, but it is placed very peculuarly. it is very rarely - if ever - applied at the srart or end of stories. it is, howevet, shoehorned between some mid-story scene change, and *always* at non-creepy moments, making you wonder if something sinister is occuring (but you'd not noticed) - but nothing sinister is happening!
I can only prsume that these are CD breaks, where the production was made for CD initially, and the incidental music was applied to onky the start and end of each CD, no matter whre the story had got to!
I wonder if this could get fixed.

Great and varied selection of short stories, engaging narrator. looking forward to Hill's first full novel.

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Strange subdivision of chapters

The chapters of the audiobook don't follow the short stories inside. Also, the performance smushes the characters all together, making them feel too similar one to another. The actual stories though are amazing.

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Pointless stories

A collection of mundane pointless stories that don’t really have an ending.
As reported in other reviews the audio is cut with weird sinister music that plays randomly in the middle of stories and sometimes at the start or end.
There is also a random crackling on the audio that is so bad that the narrator can’t be heard at times.
The narrator is excellent and is wasted on these pointless boring stories.
Ended up getting a refund.

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This book might be great…

…but it won’t play when I’m not near phone coverage. Seriously, this book plays until I lose coverage then goes silent. I’ve removed the book, re-downloaded it, rebooted audible, rebooted my phone and STILL it won’t play. I’m at my wits end.

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Great collection of stories

I really loved this collection of stories! Some were very eerie and ended with a cliffhanger, others went into a lot of depth and were more like thrillers. I was really drawn in by the character development and the style of writing. I was guessing with each one what was going to happen by the end, and at times was really surprised.

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Interesting and varied

Really enjoyable and interesting selection of short stories. There's a great mix of horror, chills, atmosphere, twists and carefully constructed tales, crafted to provoke thought and keep you eager to reach the climax of each inclusion. Wherever you think each story is going *spoiler* it's not going there! Some of the notions are completely absurd and ridiculous but just allow yourself to pick up what the the author is laying down and buy into the world that's being laid out for you. I have the Kindle version (as well as buying paperback copies for a few people who I know will enjoy how these stories play out) and I also have the Audible version which is what I will review. The performance was very good as a whole. Delivery, style, voices - the performances were acted out rather than 'read'! Just a slight negative, and it's totally a personal annoyance which others might not care about or notice but whenever the performer tries to play a child he goes into 'giddy/excitable' mode. Rounding off words hurriedly to distinguish the difference to an adult character. It's hard to explain (but it annoyed me a little). However, he (David Ledoux) does an incredible job, don't get me wrong, I couldn't do it and he has great enthusiasm. The only 'real' down, and a pretty big 'down' for the Audible version, is that it isn't broken down per story, as most of short story collections are, which is a lot nicer to navigate when settling in for a listen. Instead, this seems to be broken down per chapter or something with no indication as to which story it is so you can't just jump into your favourite story for a little chilling tale before bed, it's a real shame

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Kind of low audio

I loved this book, but the audio is too low, so I couldn't listen to it as often as I wanted.

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Enjoyable and random

Enjoyed the collection but it did feel very random, a lot of the stories were open to your own interpretation. I do think that his work is better in a fully formed novel.

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Not like his other (longer) Novels

I absolutely love Horns, N0S4A2 and Heart shaped box, the Joe Hill novels I have listened to so far, but I dident enjoy this and I'm not even sure why really , I just couldn't help but feel the style of writing was different, this is the 2nd set of Joe Hill short stores I've tried, but I just don't feel as excited or compelled by these stories .

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Weird and Wonderful

A brilliant collection of spooky short stories, - basically all of which have a fascinating New Weird angle to them. Whilst Hill's dad, (who I'm also a massive fan of), is, of course, very well known for crafting a creepy tale, Hill's are more bizarre... and just as brilliant. Here we have a ghost haunting a cinema, a horror anthology editor who finds himself in a real-life horror situation, a boy who wakes to find he's become a giant insect, a killer haunted by a phone speaking with the voices of his victims and much more