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Twisted

Narrated by: Heather Jane Hogan
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In this unique collection, discover diverse tales, laden with shades of mystery. Come into a dark, strange world, a hyper-reality where nearly everything is firmly rooted in the familiar-except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction. So prepare yourself: keep the lights on.

Inspired by the author's art and by literature, these tales come from different times and places, with characters that search for their identity and challenge their hellish fate. Yet all of them share one thing in common: an unusual mind, one that is twisted.

If you like to read a horror anthology in the strain of Edgar Allan Poe, or if you like to witness the battle between the devil and God, you will enjoy outwitting the devil in this book. Surprisingly, as befitting dark fantasy female protagonists, it is a woman--or rather, her ghost-who finds a way to outwit him.

©2013 Uvi Poznansky (P)2013 Uvi Poznansky

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Love creepy stories?

As a die hard horror fan the stories are creepy. I enjoyed all of them but my favourite was the last story the one who never leaves. very good read more literary spooky but no real "horror ". Narrator was very good. Highly recommend.

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not so good

I usually love Uni Pozananky's works and was really looking forward to this but somehow it failed me this time. She is a great writer but I feel that these short stories lack her usual vigor xxxxxxx

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  • Jason
  • 06-01-18

Excellent collection of unusual stories!!!

This is a collection of works of varying degrees and lengths. The longer pieces are complete stories with a linear narrative. The shorter pieces feel very much like poetry. All the stories are told from a first person narrative with the exception of one that is just prose back and fourth with the two characters and could easily be a song/duet for two singers.
My favorite story was about a woman who is becoming conscious as a sculptor slowly molds her body and head out of clay. It took an unusual inanimate object and breathed life into it. Great story and a great ending. Definitely original and I look forward to reading / listening to more from this author.

The narration was done very well, but way to slow. I generally listen to everything at 1.5 times speed. With this one, I bumped it up to 2 times speed and she still sounded like she was reading at the normal 1 times speed of most other audio books. This is not a bad thing, just an observation.

I requested review copy of this audio book and I am leaving this voluntary and honest review.

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  • Convoke
  • 26-07-14

Four women, four fates, one mystical tapestry

Where does Twisted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the audiobooks I've heard so far, Twisted ranks in my top twenty percent, primarily because of the melding of narrator and story, but also because I love Poznansky's forays into the mythos of the Old Testament.

What other book might you compare Twisted to and why?

I can compare Twisted only to Uvi Povnasky's other works about Biblical characters and times. The author is creating her own canon, bit by careful bit. I'd call this book magical realism, but it isn't quite that because the characters are not of this time: it's a passionate recasting of Biblical legend for womens' perspectives, with a helping of honesty thrown in for good measure. These four stories feature female protagonists so real you want to touch them, so bold that their unapologetic and unforgettable nature will haunt you long after the narrator finishes telling you each tale.

What does Heather Jane Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Heather Jane Hogan brings a finely wrought integrity to her readings, disappearing into each character in turn. Having these stories read to you allows the narrator to characterize each story differently; and different these feminine perspectives are, one form the other. Hogan breathes voice into each tale without ever overplaying her hand.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could, I'd have listened to each of the four stories straight through.

Any additional comments?

The narrated story "I Am What I Am" alone is worth the price of this quartet of tales. As the character searches for her identity in a word of symbol, myth, and metaphor, so do you. Job's wife has something to say to all women of every age, and does, and narrator Hogan makes sure you hear the message. Accompanied and enhanced by three other tales, I, Woman...The Hollow...and The One Who Never Leaves, this quartet transports you into a way of apprehending life that is different from your own, so that you see all through a rarefied artistic sensibility. Bravo, author and narrator!

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  • J. Shaw
  • 17-08-20

What to say about this book...

Not what I thought, it lead me where I didnt think it would go.. It could be a Psych experiment....or is it? Come... Read... You will enjoy...

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  • Patricia Terry
  • 12-08-20

Interesting

Definitely a unique perspective to these short stories. Extremely original. I received a free review copy of the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • TU
  • 02-08-18

Pretty good but has a slow speaking narrator

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. So, this is an interesting collection of shorts with a Twilight Zone style twist. My only complaint is the slow way the narrator read things. Her voices were fine, her tone is pleasant, but she just read so darn slow for the most part. I increased the speed to 1.5 and it was much more enjoyable.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 06-02-18

Surreal and thought-provoking!

A collection of short stories written in surreal prose. As a listened to I, Woman I envisioned Uvi's sculpture of "Can We Take Flight" and it helped me understand the story.

As a cat owner, I appreciated the cat's point of view in her story of the demanding but aloof cat.

Heather Jane Hogan, narrator, brought the characters to life.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Dee
  • 16-01-18

Loved the twists

This trilogy of short stories were a mesh of Twilight Zonish crazy that just made my day. The reveals were fun and unexpected. The narrator gave it that extra build-up to the 'aha.'

This listen is not for the unimaginative but if sci-fi fantasy is your thing, you will definitely enjoy it.

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  • Ken Stark
  • 19-11-17

Loved it!

Uvi Poznansky's talent as an author cannot be understated, and I can't imagine a better lyrical accompaniment for her tales than Heather Jane Hogan. I've listened to this book a half-dozen times, and it always feels as though I'm listening to a discussion on the dark depths of the human condition in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter's day, warm cup of tea in hand.

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  • Suzyplums
  • 07-07-15

Another treat book by Uvi.

I really enjoyed the story of Jobe's wife.

However; I found the slow reading Heather to be very off putting. At one point I thought of increasing the speed.

Saying yhat, that's just my opinion. Have a listen/read it is truly a great book.

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  • Aaron P. Lazar
  • 13-08-14

A Unique Collection of Alluring, Poetic Stories

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

This is not a book for James Patterson fans. It's for those who love poetry, love to think, love the power of words. To those types of readers, I would most definitely recommend TWISTED.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the imagery of Ms. Poznansky's writing. She is a dreamer and an artist, and the wild flights that her mind takes are fascinating.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene/story within this collection of four stories was the one told from a clay figure's point of view., FROM DUST. I loved how well Ms. Poznansky gets into the minds of even an "inanimate" object, bringing the statue to life with power and possibilities. Amazing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Four women - their loves, lives, and anguish.

Any additional comments?

Heather Jane Hogan (the narrator) is truly outstanding. I found the first story, however, to be spoken to ponderously, too slowly. I had to speed up my playback to 1.25, which felt about "right." I never had to do that before. All of the other stories felt perfectly timed. I think perhaps it was done purposefully because of the storyline, so it's understandable. Another note: it was quite shocking to realize we were hearing the innermost thoughts of a dead woman! ;o)

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