The old man hears them before he sees them, the three boys coming over the hill, disturbing the peace by the river where he's fishing. He smells the gun oil too, too much oil on a brand-new shotgun. These aren't hunters, they're rich kids who don't care about the river and the fish and the old man. Or his dog. Red is the name of the old man's dog, his best friend in the world. And when the boys shoot the dog-for nothing, for simple spite-he sees red, like a mist before his eyes. And before the whole thing is done there'll be more red. Red for blood...
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"GUNS DIDN'T GIVE A DAMN, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER"
I enjoyed the story Red. It is a character driven story, starring an older man for once. Some kid shoots his old dog's head off and the old man wants an apology. The story starts with a bang and builds from there. The old man is dogged in getting his apology which leads to more trouble then one would suspect. He is also worried about everybody's weight. As a dog lover, I was for the old man all the way.
The second story Passenger, is not as good, but it is different. I liked it, but not as much as Red. The plot was pretty thin. It has an interesting look at the difference between the popular girl at school and the biggest slut at school.
The narrator is excellent and makes the whole experience better. He does have a voice that sounds like it is made for westerns and neither story here is a western.
"two adequate short stories"
If you're thinking about Clancy's 'No Remorse', think again. 1st of all, it's actually two short stories, second the stories are more a-kin to stories by Abe (GrandPa) Simpson. Some of the plot twists are unbelievable. Even so, I found myself waiting for GradPa to finish before I drove him back to the home.
"Insight into Man's Inhumanity to Man"
Absolutely! Jack Ketchum has such great insight into the human condition and his astute observations are very worthy of being shared.
Character motivation. What the main character does and why he does it are what makes Red a great read. I won't give any spoilers (too many reviewers thoughtlessly do so) but it's enough to say the protaganist is a good man who deals with horrible circumstances in a way that I, as a reader, could really relate to.As an animal lover, this book spoke to me in ways few works of art ever do. Unlike pabulum like Marley and Me, Red shows what it is really like to have a strong and lasting relationship with a canine.
Kohler does a great job reading with varying levels of intensity. He speeds up and slows down at all the right moments and as such he makes the reader feel a part of the story.
I did. I couldn't put it down.
As with most of Jack Ketchum's books, Red is a look into the human condition and the things that drive us all. Whether it be horrorific circumstance or the love if one being for another, the themes of his works are true.
"Two Short Stories, "Red" and "Passenger""
"Red" was a rather aimless little tale about a man seeking revenge upon some local rednecks who'd shot his dog. There really wasn't much mystery or story arch to this piece, but the character development of the protagonist was well-done. The second of the stories, "Passenger," was similarly unsure of its own plot, but it had some cleverly dark vignettes and scenes that I found enjoyable.
"KETCHUM'S "RED" : A HIDDEN TREASURE FOR SURE!"
Surprisingly, after finishing "RED" , I couldn't stop thinking about the story. It was an unexpected delight. JACK KETCHUM, in my humble opinion, developed one of the best characters I have ever come across. The story at times tears at your heart, especially at the beginning. Something horrible happens, but despite that, Ketchum's writing locks you in. You simply need to find out how his main character will continue on after such a personal tragedy. This audiobook is unforgettable and ranks high on my list, mainly because one character, an old man, shows unforgettable fortitude. A level of personal strength the best of us could only hope we have somewhere deep inside.
There are, for me, 2 unforgettable moments in "RED". So not to spoil the story I'll only say that the memorable moments take place in the first paragraph and the last paragraph.
GARY KOHLER'S narration of "RED" is truly one of, if not the best, audiobook performances I've ever listened to. It is a true artistic performance. His range is incredible and his ability to delicately convey the main characters state of mind is engaging and unforgettable. Listening to this audiobook, rather than reading it, is an absolute must. KOHLER'S NARRATION IS A PURE PREFORMANCE! DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!
Ketchum's character development is deep both physically and emotionally. As you listen, and it is mandatory with this book's excellent narrator that you do, you truly become wrapped up emotionally with one old man. A character that we see in any member of our own family. You absolutely listen to this audiobook in one sitting. There is simply nothing else you can do. You need to find out how one old man's story ends. There will be tears, laughter, anger, and probably more tears. As "RED" continues the emotional roller coaster also continues. You will cheer as you wipe away your tears. And you will never forget the book "RED" .
I cannot emphasize enough that the book "RED" must be listened too. It's narrator is superb. One of the best I heard in a very long while.
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