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Blue World: The Complete Collection

Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Summary

A novella and 12 stories from a master of supernatural horror.

Father John has lived his whole life without knowing a woman's touch. Hard at first, his self-denial grew easier over time, as he learned to master his urges with a regimen of prayer, cold showers, and jigsaw puzzles. That changed the day that Debra Rocks entered his confessional. A rough-talking adult film actress, she has come to ask him to pray for a murdered costar. Her cinnamon perfume infects Father John, and after she departs he becomes obsessed. Around the corner from his church is a neon-lit alley of sin. He goes there hoping to save her life before he damns himself.

That is Blue World, the novella that anchors this collection of chilling stories by Robert R. McCammon. Although monsters, demons, and murderers fill this audio, in McCammon's world the most terrifying landscape of all is the barren wasteland of a lost man's soul.

©1990, 2015 The McCammon Corporation (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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The Kids are the Worst

A great selection of short stories, the ones with evil children were especially creepy. The story of the priest was good too.

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  • Matthew
  • Thornton, United Kingdom
  • 11-01-16

McCammon never disappoints

Where does Blue World: The Complete Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

When I'm listening to short story collections I'm always prepared for a couple of filler stories. But I can say in all honestly that I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of these.

What did you like best about this story?

There were lots of stories, but one that really stood out was the one where it opens with a family playing scrabble in their living room. It was a real chiller.

Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot and Kevin T. Collins ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I thought the narrators did a sterling job.

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  • BranP
  • 09-04-16

50/50 on the readers

I enjoyed the stories and thought Bronson Pinchot did a great job but every story Kevin T. Collins read annoyed me so much I was dreading listening to them. I really liked the idea of different stories read by different voices just not that particular voice.

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  • Mal
  • 28-11-15

Delicious!

This collection of stories were so fresh and imaginative, some stories were dark and some as joyful as a spring morning but they were all told with such descriptive magic they drew you in to the tale. Full of human nature, magic, fright, suspense and triumph they
held me spellbound. and I truly enjoyed this book. The writing was superb and the narrators talented and well suited to the stories they narrated. Bravo! Well done!

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  • George McCormick
  • 02-12-19

My First RMc Book

I actually bought this when I was younger as a paperback book. Here's the thing... I could not put it down !!! I loved it so much, that these many years later, I was thinking about it and I bought it on Audible. Awesome purchase, and even better now that I can just relax, sit down and listen.

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  • Michael OBrien
  • 31-03-19

Blue world

The novella blue world was extremely good. The rest were hitter mess. Some stand the test of time and some did not. Still would recommend this book highly.

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  • Cartec
  • 27-05-18

One too many narrators

I looked forward to listening to this book because there were so many short stories of Mr. McCammon's that I had not read or listened to. I wasn't disappointed although a couple of the stories made no sense and one or two were real downers. The remainder were outstanding and I would have given the work five stars if the above-mentioned stories had not been included.
The other reason was the narrators. One, and I can't for the world of me tell you which one, was great. He had a voice that you could listen to for hours and I did. At times I wasn't even aware that he was talking. I was so involved in the story. Thank heaven he read the main story "Blue World". The other narrator was horrible. He ruined each of the stories he read and I found myself anxiously waiting for the end. It was bad because some of the stories he read were McCammon at his best.
I won't tell you not to get this book, it's well worth your time, just be aware that the narrator is not top notch.

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  • Amy Johnson
  • 15-11-17

On second thought

i read Blue World years ago and thought I remembered liking it quite a bit. Nope! This is definitely not Robert McCammon at his best. The narrators did little to help the cause. One read like he was a second grade English. teacher on crank. The other gave everyone a rather vapid tone not unlike Steven Wright.

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  • Melinda adams
  • 02-08-17

Interesting stories but performance is average.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you are a fan of old school fantasy/horror in the genre of E.C. Comics and the Twilight Zone this is definitely a collection of stories you should listen to or read. McCammon hates being portrayed as the poor man's Stephen King, but it's hard not to since he is every bit as good (and I would argue better) a writer, but he is not as well known by the general public.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Yellachile's Cage is probably my favorite in the Audible format because the reader here seems more engaged than in most of the other stories.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Bronson Pinchot and Kevin T. Collins ?

I am unsure who narrated which stories, but overall (except for a few readings) the performance seemed lackluster and did not do the stories justice. Maybe it was just my mood at the time, but my mind tended to wonder during Yellow Jacket Summer as well as several other stories. Normally I can stay well focused on audio books, but even though the readings weren't necessarily bad, the narration didn't grab me.

Any additional comments?

This is pure vintage McCammon at his best and if you enjoy his early works you should definitely give these short stories a try.