Narrator: Gary Bennett
on 27 July 2018
Length: 1 hour and 52 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Narrator, Submitted
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In "Lost Horizons Travel Agency", greedy corporate executive Melvik Joay of the not-too-distant future schemes to alter the past to his advantage by jumping ship when his "historical recreation cruise" takes him back to Borneo in the "ancient" year 1959. In "Suckers", a modern day horror epic, a hurricane dredges escaped black ops nightmare creatures up from the depths to prey on those trapped in the storm, including hard luck second story man Shake Knightly, who may actually have to become a decent human being if he hopes to survive.
Styled like a classic drive-in double feature, this pair of tales strives to evoke that beloved era and its associated feelgood emotions while still thrilling and frightening those willing to take the rides. Both stories are family-style entertainment with little foul language and virtually no "adult situations" - in other words, sheer all-ages fun.
Super SF Double Feature-Lost Horizons Travel Agency and Suckers written by Kevin Candela. The narration for this audiobook is provided by Gary Bennett. Total running time is 1 hour and 52 minutes during that time the listener is taken back to a time when the drive-in theater was still a prime form of entertainment. The double feature would give a good combination of thrills of the moviegoers. That is what the authors have tried to do to with this pairing of short stories in this audiobook.
The first story is Lost Horizons Travel Agency. This is a lighter science fiction tale of greedy corporate executive Melvik Joay. Joay plots and schemes to alter the past while on his “historical recreation cruise”, that he is rich in the future is not for this man enough. He wants out in the past to change history using his knowledge and become the rich beyond his wildest dreams in 1959. This was a highly enjoyable story with an excellent Twilight Zone feeling to it. The story most definitely held the listener’s attention through the entire audiobook production.
The second story was Suckers. I was initially just dreading the second part of the Double Feature. Here is the Big Revealing shocker…I am old enough to have gone to the Drive-In Movie thing when the speakers hung on the windows of cars. And the second part of the Double Feature often was not the best but you were stuck there so…. Suckers was not what I was expecting from the publisher’s blurb. This was a well-written science fiction story with a 60’s monsters from the deep vibe but it was really saved by the characters, their interactions, and growth of the small group of the first three characters. This story managed to hold my attention really well once it got moving along and things began to develop at a faster pace.
The narration by Gary Bennett was just excellent. Mr. Bennett brought each character in both stories unique voices and that made that this double feature a truly enjoyable audio performance. The production quality of this audiobook is also the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance such as loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear. Fire Dragon Publishing delivered an excellent audiobook production.
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