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Sunday, September 14, 2014
12:07 AM | Posted by Andrea Corley
My Rating: 2 of 5 Butterflies
Title: High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Series: Stand Alone
Narrator: Julia Whelan; Ray Chase; Donna Postel; Luci Christian; Tamara Marston; Chris Patton
Length: Unabridged; 7 hours and 06 minutes
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Published: May 14, 2014
Source: Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox
Format: Audio CD
Genres: Fiction; Short Stories; Mystery; Crime; Horror; Suspense
Subjects: Short Stories
In the title story, a white aspiring professor is convinced she is being followed. No need to panic - she has a handgun stowed away in her purse, just in case. But when she turns to confront her black male shadow, the situation isn't what she expects. In "The Rescuer" a promising graduate student detours to inner-city Trenton, New Jersey, to save her brother from a downward spiral. But she soon finds out there may be more to his world than to hers. And in "The Last Man of Letters" the world-renowned author X embarks on a final grand tour of Europe. He has money, fame, but not a whole lot of manners. A little thing like etiquette couldn't bring a man like X down, could it? In these and five other biting and beautiful pieces, Oates confronts, one by one, the demons within us, demonstrating that sometimes, it's not the human side that wins out. Contents: "The Home at Craigmillnar", read by Ray Chase; "High", read by Donna Postel; "Toad-Baby", read by Luci Christian; "Demon", read by Chris Patton; "Lorelei", read by Tamara Marston; "The Rescuer", read by Julia Whelan; "The Last Man of Letters", read by Ray Chase; "High Crime Area", read by Julia Whelan ©2014 Original material, The Ontario Review, Inc. Recorded by arrangement with John Hawkins and Associates, Inc. (P)2014 HighBridge Company
The first book I ever read/listened to of Joyce Carol Oates was Daddy Love, and I absolutely loved all of the sick and twisted parts of that book. So, when it came time to listen to High Crime Area, I was pretty excited!
The first short story started out in true Joyce Carol Oates fashion! I was just listening along, and BAM...the unthinkable happened! So I thought that this was going to be a great set of short stories! However, it seems that as each story progressed, the worse they got and harder they were to follow. I can't say that there were any stories after the first one, that even began to peak my interest, let alone make a memorable impression! I didn't find any of the stories to really be dark and dreary, as the titles depicted. All of the titles were different lengths, with the feature title feeling long and drawn out, for no reason at all. But it was also the farther thing from scary or dreadful! So, needless to say, I was pretty disappointed with these short stories!
Each story was narrated by a different narrator, and I thought that was great, so you could easily distinguish between the stories! I can't say that one narrator was better than the other, however, had they had a better collection to work with, I may have gotten a better impression!
Overall, High Crime Area seemed lengthy and unmemorable; a major miss for me! I think when you have a collection of several short stories, you are going to have stories that you like and stories that you don't, but the stories that I didn't like far outweighed the one story that peaked my interest! However, this flop absolutely will not stop me from giving another Joyce Carol Oates book a try, because Daddy Love was an absolute hit for me, so I can't wait to experience that all over again!
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