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A Life to Waste

A Novel of Violence and Horror
Narrated by: Steve White
Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Dave liked nothing more than to sit and waste his life away - until one night his world was turned upside down and his life ripped apart, throwing him into a must-win battle with an unknown enemy. With time running out and the odds against him, can he stop this "thing" or is it too late?

©2013 Andrew Lennon (P)2016 Andrew Lennon

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A good story

This is a good story with strong characters. After your life falls apart can you really do good to bring everything back on track?. Can you help the people that need it most.

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Listen to this book

This audiobook is a first class story of redemption once I started listening had finish in one go. Reminds me a bit like Ramsey Campbell, will definitely read more by this author

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an engaging horror story

Dave is a nasty piece of work, stealing and forcing his mother to be his slave.
He could have gone places but decided drinking, smoking and playing video games all day are better than working.
He continues his half life till his mum disappears and his free ride is ended. He decides to try to find her and instead finds a house of horrors.

Well written and engaging.

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couldn't stop listening.

really loved this book. it got me hooked right from the beginning. truly recommend.

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Meh..

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I want to like this book, I do, and the story is not bad. However..The title of the book is immediately followed by “A novel of violence and horror”.. I really didn’t find it particularly violent..I mean. There is violence in it, but I wouldn’t call it a novel of violence. It’s hard to explain without giving away the whole thing and once it gets going it has a really dark section to it, but it didn’t shock me or horrify me.I think the book would stand up a lot better if it didn’t come with the tag line. If you want to shock your audience, don’t market it as a violent book.I’ll try to explain myself without giving too much away. There’s a lot of back story about our main character, Dave. We find out about who he’s become, how he started out and the events that led to present day Dave. It’s actually quite a way through the story when it picks up the pace and by that time I didn’t really care about his welfare.It passed on some time, but I think it could have done with a bit of a polish. If the author really wanted it to be a violent book then it needs more, but if it was to simply be a horror/thriller all he’d have to do is tie up some loose ends. It’s ok to not explain everything, but it doesn’t really feel like it explains anything.The narration was good, but sometimes during the voices Mr White goes a bit posh for no apparent reason. If you can’t keep a consistent voice I’d say it’s fair not to do voices.

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  • Melvin Liff
  • 07-10-19

Great Story

This is a really good audiobook. highly recommended, great story and overall. narration fit this story great.

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  • Erienne
  • 05-10-19

Andrew Lennon is hardcore!!

I had read a few of Andrew's writings before this story and loved them all. This story is no different. Dave is a going nowhere moocher in his thirties who lives off his mother. As we learn about his tragic past we begin to understand the reasons.
One night a new terror invades his neighborhood. Dave must "man up" to save his own mother.
This was a great story reminiscent of Richard Laymon's Beasthouse series or Dean Koontz Intensity. I would highly recommend it for any who asked. Awesome job Mr. Lennon!!

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  • James Glover
  • 21-09-19

Sneaks up on you

At first when I started listening to this I was like wow this is a great story but where is the horror. I mean it started off just super sad as you find out about this man and his life just going through a downward spiral. And I am a fan of Andrew Lennon and was still wondering where is the horror that’s what he is known for, and the. Boom like a slap in the face the horror comes out of nowhere. The build up was so worth it. A fantastic story loved it. It seems like I’m never disappointed when it comes to this author!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-09-19

Great story

Loved A Life to Waste... It has an amped up urbanized Jeepers Creepers kinda' vibe to it. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Jeanne25
  • 18-09-19

Good moments and bad

First, thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

First third of the story was a bit flat for my taste. There is a lot of background building to explain why Dave is Dave. He is portrayed as a real jerk – at best. I need someone to root for in a story. I loved flawed characters but they need some redeeming quality. Dave didn't have any. I understand why he is as he is. I don’t believe in second chances for the most part so his excuse for his decline doesn’t elicit any sympathy from me. There just wasn’t anything in the character development to cause me to think “poor guy”. Life's tough. Deal with it. I also didn't feel the circumstances that brought about the change in Dave were plausible. I need a center core of goodness (not there) to make that leap of faith. Dave needs more variety in his vocabulary. About everything he says seems to start with “Oh shit!” or “Holy shit!” Dave is also inconsistent. When he hears noises in his home he flip flops from scared to annoyed and back. If you really think you are going to be butchered, I think you will hit fear mode and stay there. There are a lot of holes in the story that are never answered.

The positives... the narrator did a good job. The premise of the story was good. If you can suspend belief, ignore the questions, and just accept it as is - it's a decently entertaining few hours.

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  • joshua macmillan
  • 18-09-19

A fun, short read.

I enjoyed A Life to Waste. This is the work of Lennon’s I have had the pleasure of reading but I definitely look forwards to checking out more of his writing. He definitely had me invested and hooked, hating this main character but ultimately ending up loving the turn around.
I will say, the audio performance was a bit off for me. It is good but I feel like I would have enjoyed this story more if I were reading the book myself. Either way, I highly recommend this story!

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  • Mdmmckenna
  • 18-09-19

Worth every minute.

1st. the narrator was good. solid performance.
2nd : character creation is perfect, having a rollercoaster of emotions about the characters is a must for me, and even now thinking about the plot and characters has unnerved me.
3: creep factor is 100 on this and truly I wish this story was longer, it leaves you wanting to know more about the characters!

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  • RipperX
  • 17-09-19

UGH

The first thing that you learn in any class, in any book, in any YouTube video on writing is to show the reader... Not tell them.

This "novel" is an exercise in exposition. The narrator never shuts up while the cardboard cutouts passing for characters sometimes have interactions... Then more exposition. The timeline is limp and said exposition doesn't give a good idea of when we are in the lives of these flat people.

A great example of this exposition is chapter 4. Talking about how depressed the mother is... Show me what that looks like.

There's a rule, as well, about reminding your audience about better works than your own this guy does so many horror movie titles in the first hour that I wanted to watch one of those instead of listen to this.

This book clocks in at just over 3 hours, but if you cut the repetition and pointless narration, you could likely fit it happily into a midi file.

In short, it's short, poorly written and absolutely uninteresting.