As you’ve probably read by now, I’m writing a book — two, in fact! This means I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to, but I still make time for a little here and there. One of those books is Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 10, another terrifyingly terrific entry in this horror audiobook series from Renegade Arts Entertainment.
Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story is an interesting audiobook but I didn’t find it to be compelling. Rather than having me on the edge of my seat the entire time, it was merely something I listened to in the background while doing chores around the house. The sign of a great audiobook is the need to keep listening, regardless of what I’m doing. With this audiobook, I didn’t mind stopping at any point because it never felt like I was going to miss out on anything important. This isn’t a knock on Maurice. He sounds like he was an influential and important figure in professional wrestling. The way this book is written, it doesn’t live up to his legend, which is unfortunate. The narrator does a fine job and has a pleasant voice, and this made for an easy listening experience. Overall, Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story is only worth checking out if you’re a diehard fan of this era of wrestling or Mad Dog specifically. For everyone else, this audiobook is just OK.
Volume 9 of Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers is another tantalizing selection of classic horror literature for audiophiles to enjoy. And, once again, Jeffrey Combs, best known for his role in Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator, is back as a guest narrator.
One Fearful Yellow Eye, which is a strange title for a book, is about extortion. To be more specific, it’s about extorting $600,000 from a dying man. The victim of this extortion is the husband of Travis McGee’s ex-girlfriend. Set in Chicago, this mystery is a nice change of pace for the series.
The Junkyard Dog (JYD) is one of those wrestlers from the 1980s who I’m familiar with because he was part of the Rock ‘N’ Wrestling era, but not to a great degree. I was excited to check out The King of New Orleans, an Audible Original, for a couple reasons. First, I attended WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans — my first and only WrestleMania, so far — and it was a blast. And, second, because, in these racially charged times, now seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn about one of the most successful modern-day black wrestlers.
The seventh book in the Travis McGee series, Darker Than Amber is another solid, straight-forward mystery from John D. MacDonald. According to the description, “Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn’t so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders.” Published in 1966, this novel is still an enjoyable read, especially the Audible Original version.
Today, Amazon announced that Prime Day is October 13 and 14. If you’re an audiobook lover like me, you’ll be happy to hear that Audible is getting in on the action with a $50 discount on its annual membership!
I love Audible and audiobooks! Every day I’m listening to a new chapter in an audiobook using my Audible app, as it’s a great way to be productive while doing chores around the house. Audible also comes in handy while taking a walk, driving, or when you simply want to wind down at the end of the day. You can even get your morning off on the right foot by listening to a newspaper, such as The Wall Street Journal, with Audible. The options are endless, and with the newly launched Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus service Audible has gotten even better.
Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW is an excellent Audible Original. Writer Scott E. Williams has pored through records and conducted dozens of interviews with fans, company officials, business partners, and the wrestlers themselves to bring listeners the most thorough account possible of this bizarre company. As someone who has watched numerous documentaries about ECW, I learned a lot while listening to this audiobook. It provides an excellent, and sometimes detailed, overview of major events related to ECW and its various incarnations.