Narrator: Allen R. Brady
Published by Self Published / Indie on 2013
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction
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That thing on the porch won't go away.
I called the police, but I don't think they're coming. They've got their hands full with the Manhattan quarantine, so they can't waste their time on a nothing little town like Otterkill.
That means it's up to me and the neighbors, and there are fewer of us every day. Fewer of us, and more of them. Every person we lose is one more monster to deal with. The Spiller family, the folks from the Retirement Center, even the Mathises' Rottweiler are now stalking the streets, waiting for someone to get too close. A single touch is all it takes.
I don't know which of my neighbors became the thing on the porch, and I suppose it doesn't matter. I've got to get out of here, but the Tarbabies are already showing up in Albany, and Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. There's nowhere left to run, and there's no point in hiding. Not when the shadows themselves are after you.
©2013 Allen R. Brady (P)2013 Spore Press LLC
Even before this audiobook was submitted to me by The Bookie Monster, I had placed it in my wishlist at Audible and Goodreads. Only because it seems like a unique take on the zombie apocalypse scenario style. True there is no mention of zombies or an apocalypse scenario or the undead of any kind but the mention of monsters where each person lost is another monster to deal with certainly peaked my interest. As you know I’m always on the lookout for unique zombie stories and I’m hoping that our babies will fulfill my hopes and dreams.
The tarbabies, while it wasn’t disclosed how they were created, where these shambling slow creatures that hide in the shadows during the day and come out only at night. Here’s the interesting part, if you even so much as brush up against a tarbaby, suddenly all pain will leave you and a euphoric hilarity will overcome you, all while the sticky black tar consumes your body and you become on of them, living only to transform the next victim. With stories that boast themselves as a horror novel I really want or look forward to something that I can really sink my teeth into, I want edge of my seat tension, maybe some gory action scenes, a scary or evil villain or a freakishly horrifying monster. Sadly, for me, Allen R. Brady didn’t deliver a horror story that I was expecting. However, he created a very interesting science fiction thriller story. I just didn’t get sucked in as I have in other horror stories very minimal tense moments. There was one particularly violent action scene that made me want more and there was little else in the department. If you are looking for an easy listening, low stress and violence, sci-fi monster story you will like Tarbabies very much. I am looking forward to more from Bradey as he has a great imagination and a very easy going writing style that I could see creating something really great.
There were few small issues on the audio production side of things but nothing all that drastic. It sounds like Allen R. Brady used a lower quality recording setup that added a particular tinniness to the overall story. That I could have gotten over completely, then between half way and three quarters through the movie style sound effects started not really sure why they were added, for me they didn’t add anything to the story, the squish squash of the tarbabies chasing behind them, or the rain pounding down, the rain getting louder when a car doors open, stuff like that. Then the narration itself was ok, not great and not horrible at all, just not polished as many audiobooks are these days. Brady’s voice didn’t quite lend itself to the spookiness that I think he was shooting for with the story, it just sounded a little boyish and just didn’t fill in with any added tension that a really good narrator is able to achieve.
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