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A Cabin Tale

Narrated by: George Ridgeway
Length: 38 mins
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On a windy night, a branch scrapes a window. A young boy stares on. Creatures stir outside, trying to break in. The boy is alone with his grandpa. Soon their lives are on the line, and his grandpa soothes the boy with a story about evil...

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Interesting short story

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The Book

The story is quite good with a good sense of apprehension about the bears from the boys perspective as his grandpa weaves his tale, the relationship between the boy and his grandpa is a bit odd at times and when the father arrives things turn even odder as they discuss the bears and the spirit stones. It's an interesting short listen but not the horror the summary makes it out to be. The description on goodreads is a lot more accurate.

The Production

The narrator is a good 'grandpa' voice and the quality is good. The downside is there's some background noise when he speaks, not sure if its lip smacking or just general rustling but it can be distracting at times. The reading at times seems a little fast so this is not one for listening to in the background when you do something else unless you're used to higher speed reading.

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  • Kingsley
  • 30-04-19

Almost feels like two stories

A Cabin Tale tells the story from the point of view of a boy who is in a hunting cabin with his grandfather. The boy is scared, worried about his dad who has gone out in the night. The story here focuses on the boy's fear and the grandfather trying to comfort him. It then goes into a story that the grandfather tells the boy, about ancient mythology and beliefs of the supernatural. The story within a story, told by the grandfather, just seems strange and the whole thing doesn't really go anywhere.

The writing captures the scared feeling of the boy really well. For that it is written really well. The story itself isn't overly engaging - I really enjoyed the first half, showcasing the relationship between the boy and grandfather, but the grandfather's story was less interesting.

Narration by George Ridgeway is good. He is well paced and engaging. He differentiates the voices only a little bit, not really creating characters with his voice. He suits the grandfather well, having the right tone for that. He works reasonably as the boy, conveying the fear he is feeling.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 15-04-19

A lot for such a little story

Short stories work best when they limit their scope to 1 or 2 focused ideas. For such a short story, A Cabin Tale manages to contain about twice this many themes and, impressively enough, it still works. I was fully invested throughout. I look forward to hearing more short stories from this author in the future.

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  • John C
  • 19-01-19

Excellent!

Fantastic writing from Nelson Lowhim and great narration from George Ridgeway! This is the second book I've heard by Nelson Lowhim and he's a very talents writer. Give his works a chance! As for this short story, I wholly recommend it!

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  • Porfirio Ortiz
  • 31-01-17

Intrasting

Would you consider the audio edition of A Cabin Tale to be better than the print version?

Yes

Which character – as performed by George Ridgeway – was your favorite?

The grandpa

Any additional comments?

Intrasting like the grandpa I in joyed the suspense really like the story

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