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Audiobook – at the time of this review this is available in KoboPlus
It’s easy to become overwhelmed to the point of paralysis these days. Just ask grade-schooler Tina. Better yet, ask Tina’s granny. Her granny has had a rough time of late.
First, Tina’s grandfather, the family decision-maker, died. Next, her granny was saddled with having to care for granddaughter Tina while Tina’s mother went to work. That became especially burdensome after Tina’s bus driver forgot to drop her off from school one day. But the worst day of her granny’s life was yet to come.
One afternoon Tina finds herself helplessly captive in the backseat of her granny’s Lincoln. She can only watch as the pressure of daily decision-making forces away the last of her granny’s sanity. Meanwhile, the Lincoln speeds and careens wildly down the streets of Tina’s hometown with Tina trapped in the backseat and her granny paralyzed behind the wheel.
Can Tina help her granny break free from her spiral in time to save both their lives? The decision is in her hands.
Point of view:
3rd person. Entirely from Tina’s perspective.
Granny snaps and Tina is along for the ride – literally. The worst part about sharing what you like about short stories is that it’s really difficult to do without any spoilers. This is another great combination of Thorne’s humor and horror in a quick listen.
Thorne narrates this himself. I would have liked more differentiating of character voices. While not as dynamic as more skilled narrators – as a short it isn’t the deficit it would be to a longer production.
About the author:
Isaac R. Thorne is a nice man who has, over the course of his life, developed a modest ability to spin a good yarn. Really. He promises. He considers himself a lover of books, music, movies, and other forms of pop culture phenomenon. His philosophy on his life is that it’s all one giant experiment. He is the author of short tales of dark comic horror, two audio plays, and one award-winning screenplay.
Isaac grew up in rural Tennessee, where he attended high school and some college. From an early age, he became fascinated by scary folklore, such as the types of tales that are often told around campfires. He also developed a love of scary audio or radio stories, which he borrowed on vinyl from the local library.
Although he has been writing since he could form letters with crayons, Isaac has always considered himself a private man, publishing none of his horror work until January 2013, when he released the digital short story “Nobody Was Here”.
You can connect with Isaac Thorne here:
My Favorite Quotes
“The scariest day of Tina’s life was the day that her granny’s mind broke, the day that her granny made her last decision.”
“I just gave up trying to make decisions. I just gave up and hit the gas.”