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Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past Audiobook

Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past

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Publisher's Summary

What would you think if you were confronted by a very old man who told you that he was you-only sixty years in the future? What would you do if he said he had traveled back in the past to warn you-that you were in great danger-and unless you did exactly as he instructed you, you would soon die in a horrible accident?

This is the spine of this new short story Lonely Pines, a suspenseful science fiction tale set in a an emergency room in Lonely Pines Hospital in Ohio, circa January 1981. The engaging, dedicated Dr. Hayley Gardner spars with his tempestuous, geriatric self-a patient-turning his life upside down for one grueling evening, with only his romantic interest Nancy-an attractive, smart, and caring young charge nurse-to share his ordeal with.

This conveniently short and engrossing drama will leave you with a sense of wonder and warm satisfaction.

©2013 Robert Manolakas (P)2014 Robert Manolakas

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    Norma Miles 02/03/2017
    Norma Miles 02/03/2017
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Azores Ilha Terceira 27/03/2015 Member Since 2017
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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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    mezzaninedoor GREAT YARMOUTH, United Kingdom 18/07/2014
    mezzaninedoor GREAT YARMOUTH, United Kingdom 18/07/2014 Member Since 2017
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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..........'


    Any additional comments?

    This story seemed just the right length for its idea

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • H.S.
    Irvine, CA, United States
    11/01/14
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    "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.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it strongly. It is great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jenniferk
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    26/03/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cps
    Texas
    03/03/17
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    "Twilight Zone meets Time Travel"
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    This was a very entertaining short story. It is very well told and manages to tell the whole story in a very short 30 minutes. Someday someway this will come to the world and the sooner the better. This story would be a great starting point for a full novel and I would absolutely recommend it!

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    United States
    03/03/17
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    "A Great Spirited Sci Fi Short Story"

    Lonely Pines was a very cleverly written sci fi short story. R. Manolakas is a new author for me and I hope he continues writing more stories like this one. The story begins in a hospital setting then takes a chilling plot twist. The blurb gives the listener some details but for being only about a half hour in length, this story was well fleshed out. I love science fiction in small doses and this was right on. Some of the best sci fi ever written was in short stories.

    Kenneth Campbell's narration was brilliant. He was the perfect reader for this story. He had an excellent approach with spot on voice inflections. I hope these two do more audiobooks together. An overall great listen.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ocdoug
    04/07/14
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    "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.


    Any additional comments?

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gregg
    St. Joseph, MI, United States
    28/01/14
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    "Great story! Well written"
    What made the experience of listening to Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past the most enjoyable?

    This is a medical mystery with fun twists and turns to it. Well-written and well-narrated.


    What other book might you compare Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past to and why?

    This is similar to Rod Serling's "Twlight Zone" of which I am a big fan.


    Which character – as performed by Kenneth Campbell – was your favorite?

    Kenneth did a great job of expression and story-telling. Good production!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nomi
    24/10/17
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    "👍🏻"

    Awesome little short story. Loved the whole thing. A well written story that flowed well. Easy to listen to. The narrator made it even better. Wonderful performance. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Nampa, ID
    20/10/17
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    "Short story with a real punch"

    I really enjoy long fleshed out stories. This is not one. However it sounded interesting so I asked for a review copy. I am glad I did. This is a fast paced short that is just long enough to tell the story and make you think about the possible reality of the situation. And it sounded real enough to me.
    Narration was excellent as well.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    America
    18/10/17
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    "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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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. MCRACKAN
    Raleigh, NC
    05/10/17
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    "A rare small scope time travel tale"

    An old man from the future comes to the ER to warn his former self about a tragedy.

    This simple idea worked well for a short story. I was worried that it wasn't enough time for a decent time travel story. However, it's just the right length since Lonely Pines stays focused and didn't feel the need to meander into tons of pseudo science exposition.

    Also: geat narration with very good pacing and voices.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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