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The Ones That Got Away

By: Stephen Graham Jones
Narrated by: Rich Miller
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Summary

These thirteen stories are our own lives, inside out.

A boy's summer romance doesn't end in that good kind of heartbreak, but in blood. A girl on a fishing trip makes a friend in the woods who's exactly what she needs, except then that friend follows her back to the city. A father hears a voice through his baby monitor that shouldn't be possible, but now he can't stop listening. A woman finds out that the shipwreck wasn't the disaster, but who she's shipwrecked with. A big brother learns just what he will, and won't, trade for one night of sleep. From prison guards making unholy alliances to snake-oil men in the Old West doling out justice, these stories carve down into the body of the mind, into our most base fears and certainties, and there's no anesthetic. Turn the light on if you want, but that just makes for more shadows.

©2010 Stephen Graham Jones (P)2022 Tantor

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I bought this book because I liked the author's book The Only Good Indians and the promotional teaser sounded good. The Ones That Got Away is a huge disappointment. It is written as if the author was bored and sketched out some story ideas to see if they would lead anywhere. When they didn't, he simply stopped writing in the middle of it. It's not horror. Each story left me wondering what it was that I just heard. With all of the stories that way, I can only assume the author and publisher did it intentionally as some kind of cutting-edge art piece--agonizing for the listener.
The narrator couldn't possibly be less interesting. He mechanically read the stories as if he was thinking about something else--no inflection or variance in cadence or pitch.
I really question the validity of the 12 ratings (which can't be viewed) that scored this book at 4.7 (as of this review).
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