Tuesday, December 29, 2020

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Untold Mayhem: An Assortment of Violence By: Mark Tullius


Untold Mayhem: An Assortment of Violence
By: Mark Tullius
Narrated by: Stacy Gonzalez, Michael David Axtell, Amadeo Fusca, Angelo Di Loreto, Jennifer O'Donnell, Chris Andrew Ciulla, Vivienne Leheny, Landon Woodson, Jay Ben Markson

Twenty-four tales of madmen, monsters, and misery.

A tantalizing blend of horror, suspense, and crime stories; each unique but all dark, disturbing, and violent.

In the audiobook lurk:

  • A tarot card reader who makes house calls.
  • A disabled man in a miserable marriage who is regaining the use of his arms.
  • An ex-con who can’t resist carrying out one last home invasion.
  • Bickering business partners that resort to unconventional mediation to solve their problems.
  • An alcoholic pedophile forced to spend time in the desert.
  • A troubled university student who goes on a bloody rampage.
  • An alert detective who makes an unorthodox decision when he finds himself in the middle of an armed robbery.
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Momma Says: 2 stars⭐⭐

I'm usually all for anthologies. They typically offer a good variety of stories, and if you run across one you don't care for, you can always move on to the next. At least, that's the way it works for me more often than not - and on those off times, I run into one like this one, one that disappoints me more than I care for. There were a few stories that I liked better than others, like the story of the tarot card reader or the one about what comes through a strange hole in the wall, but some took the obvious and easy way to conclusion, one or two that went beyond violent or creepy and were just disgusting, and several were repetitive. There were also some that felt like I'd heard them before. Maybe it was just similarities to something else, but some of these stories seemed awfully familiar.
The bright spot of this anthology was the variety of voices. The different narrators worked well for the various characters as well as the fact that the stories were all independent of each other. Many times, I'm turned off by a reading style or particular voice, but with Untold Mayhem, the opposite was true. The voices kept me listening when I would've otherwise given up. 
So, while this book didn't really work for me, I do believe it has its place and would probably appeal to many. Some of the stories are creative and have a little bit of a Ray Bradbury vibe that many would enjoy.                                                                                                                    
✽✽Review copy provided by NetGalley and Vincere Press

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