Book Review: Libertines: A Horror Story by Grant Palmquist

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Book Review: Libertines: A Horror Story by Grant PalmquistLibertines: A Horror Story by Grant Palmquist
on June 9th 2013
Narrator: David Winograd
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
Genres: Horror
Pages: 60
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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When Samantha finds an advertisement in a tawdry magazine that promises to jumpstart her sex life, she can’t help but tell her husband about it. All they have to do is pay fifty bucks and listen to a subliminal recording daily, so there’s nothing to lose. Only once they buy it and begin listening to it, they start to change, subtly at first, then dramatically, for they’ve been listening to messages from somewhere else, somewhere other, and those messages will alter their lives … forever.

Libertines is a novelette of approximately 11,000 words, or roughly 45 pages. This novelette includes the short story “Black Angel.”

My Thoughts

This just gets curiouser and curiouser! It starts so simply, with a husband and wife wanting to spice up their sex life. What is a benign request, and something many couples may be looking for after years and years of marriage, turns out deadly!

I think it is almost funny in a way. It’s almost as if Grant Palmquist is trying to remind us to be careful what we wish for. And really, we should.

At first the couple get the subliminal tapes and not much is going on other than a feel good feeling after listening. It does not take long to realize that maybe they have dove off the deep end! They start doing things that they would never have done prior to listening to the tapes. Things that they may have wanted to do, but would have never admitted.

It’s not until Samantha does something REALLY dire that her husband starts to realize maybe this was a mistake. Instead of getting rid of the tapes though, he listens to them again!

I love the narration for this one. The narrator, David Winograd, sounds so innocuous and innocent. The deeper the story goes the more interesting his inflections are. But funnily, still innocent and happy! Samantha’s inflections seem to need multiple exclamation points in certain parts and those are parts that do not need exclamation points! I mean, deep, dark, dire and she’s being a cheerleader. David Winograd did a fantastic job of keeping the happiness in his voice even while the story is going downhill!

Super short story that has a lot behind it. Fun and dark listen! Great for horror fans but not too horrific except in certain portions.

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
3.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 4.7 / 5

 

 

 

 

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