by Jeffrey Koval
If you are a regular reader here you know my story and know I suffered a brain injury which took about two years of my life. During that time I was unable to read or listen to books because I couldn’t process plots or retain information. Following that awful period, my mantra has been GIVE ME EVERYTHING to read. I’m making up for lost time, and celebrating the return of a skill even 5 year-olds manage.
That said, I am always on the hunt for new material, authors, narrators and I happily volunteer to read and review work. I go into things blindly and very rarely have any idea of the material genre until I begin. I came across the narrator for “Attuc” on Twitter and he kindly sent me this audio book from Audible.com.
And then I saw it was a 45 minute short story. Sigh.
I HATE short stories. I’m the 10-20 hour book listener and believe it takes an hour to properly introduce a character. I want to immerse myself in every detail. I learned to hate short stories in high school when it felt like literature was dumbed down to fit the class period.
But I had agreed to listen to this so I turned up the iPod and busied myself with New Year’s resolution #86 – pantry organization.
And I was sucked into this story by Koval, and especially Skyler Morgan’s narration.
This is the story of a man attending the funeral of a college roommate, and speaking of the times they shared long ago, with a horror twist.
By happenstance, I am actually from central New Jersey as is the author, and I attended Rutgers where the story takes place. That upped the creep factor of this chilling tale for me as a listener.
This 45 minutes ended far too soon. I got mad at the last sentence when I realized it was over. Morgan has a soothing voice and his narration was well done. I would not hesitate to listen to him in more works. Checking now to see if Koval has written more, which is the highest praise I can give a writer.