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Summary

Imagine a young ER doctor confronting a patient in the Lonely Pines Hospital emergency room in 1981 Ohio, where both of their lives might be turned upside down and spun in a completely different direction. 

This riveting medical sci-fi story will have you wondering if you’ve ever experienced a similar bizarre incident, and how time, space, and historical events may be more fluid than we ever thought possible. Beware; a strange visitor may already have your number. 

©2013 Robert Manolakas (P)2014 Robert Manolakas

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"Something about those eyes ..."

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January, 1981, and an emergency patient is admitted to the hospital at Lonely Pines, Ohio John Smith has severe chest pains and looks old, very old, possibly over one hundred years old. But he seems to know more about the doctor than he should ..

This delightful if predictable short story, well conceived and written, was a pleasure to hear and Kenneth Campbell's slow gentle delivery fitted the text in pace and style.. My thanks to the rights holder who gifted me a copy of Lonely Pines, via Audiobook Boom. Reminiscent of tales from The Twilight Zone, it was poignant and very enjoyable.

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Loved it, very medical.

I wish there was more fiction on this subject. The. medical 😷 terms and environment are quite correct. The story is lovely

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Engrossing short story

What made the experience of listening to Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past the most enjoyable?

I liked the underlying story idea, the two ages of man

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr.Hayley Gardner

What three words best describe Kenneth Campbell’s performance?

vocally evocative, would like to see him take on a longer book

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'the two ages of a man..........'

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This story seemed just the right length for its idea

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  • H.S.
  • 11-01-14

Great entertainment

Would you consider the audio edition of Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past to be better than the print version?

The audio is great. It feels more real than the printed version, because the voice of the reader is so rich and powerful. It is such a pleasure to listen to. I liked the printed version, but really enjoy the ease of an audiobook. It is so relaxing to listen, rather than read.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending. It is so uplifting. It also flows really well throughout the story.

What about Kenneth Campbell’s performance did you like?

His voice and attention to detail is superb.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found it very enjoyable. It was moving in some parts.

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I recommend it strongly. It is great.

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  • Claire
  • 18-10-17

Time travel anyone?

It's an interesting story, a bit strange to get your mind around. A man travels into the past to save his own life. It raises so many questions in my mind and I find myself thinking around and around in circles and not going anywhere and yet it's quite interesting. It's a bit of a chicken or the egg situation.

The narration was OK, a bit stilted in the scenes where the characters are showing strong emotions, but overall OK.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Jenniferk
  • 26-03-17

A really enjoyable short

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Wonderful narration and a gripping story are all packaged in a perfect length for maximum impact. I cannot believe how much I enjoyed this and I will listen again. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • ocdoug
  • 04-07-14

A Chilling Medical Story with a Bittersweet Ending

What made the experience of listening to Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past the most enjoyable?

It was super-imaginitive and made me wonder in the end how many people like the old patient are running around out there.

What did you like best about this story?

The intense drama and fast moving plot.

What does Kenneth Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A rich and versatile voice; his voice was perfect.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me awestruck.

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A short, entertaining listen--perfect for a horrendous commute.

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  • BuildItLikeBeal
  • 15-11-17

Interesting Premise

There was an interesting premise that dominated most of this short story and I thought it was entertaining. Not new per se, but entertaining.

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  • TU
  • 01-11-17

Very short but entertaining

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

I noticed another reviewer mentioned this, and, after listening to the story, I am inclined to agree with them. The title gives too much away. I think that is partially because it is so short. This was entertaining, though, so no big deal. It had a very Twilight Zone feel to it and I appreciated that. The narrator was decent as well.

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  • Catrina P
  • 31-10-17

When the future meets the present...

I really enjoyed this short story. The whole idea of time travel just blows my mind and intrigues me.

I was provided a free review copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Deedra
  • 30-10-17

Lonely Pines

A VERY good short story!Keneth Campbell was a fine narrator.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Dee
  • 30-10-17

More please!

This was one heck of a short listen and I loved it. It was predictable in that the doctor obviously survived, (I mean, how could he come back otherwise,) but I liked the whole 'Twilight Zone' feel this story had.

I didn't get to experience too much from the narrator but I liked what I did hear. All in all, it was a good listen and left me wanting more.

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  • Dominique
  • 29-10-17

Twilight Zone-like Story

This story could have been torn from the pages of Rod Serling's nicotine-stained notebook from 79 years ago. It had that great creepy vibe, that feeling where you want to believe, but you aren't sure if you're crazy...

If anything, my one small nitpick about this story is that the title gives too much away. As I was listening, I knew certain characters would be okay by virtue of the title, and that took away some of the suspense. But that small thing aside, the writing was great, the narration also excellent, and the story was right down my alley.

Highly recommended for people who like short stories, thrillers, and are fans of paranormal, sci-fan and the like.

I was provided with a copy of this book for an honest review.

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