At 35 years of age, Drew McIntyre is one of the most inspirational and successful professional wrestlers in the world. His life hasn’t been an easy one, both in and out of the ring, and all of this, and more, is chronicled in his newly released autobiography: A Chosen Destiny.
This week it was announced that Daniel Bryan — real name, Bryan Danielson — is a free agent who is no longer with WWE, after letting his contract with the company expire. I was in attendance at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, which is inarguably the pinnacle of his amazing career. Now that Bryan is no longer with WWE, I figured now was as good a time as any to review the audiobook version of his autobiography, Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of Wrestlemania.
I grew up with the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, so I have a soft spot for Nintendo. I’m still a big-time gamer and play my Nintendo Switch on a regular basis. I even run Nintendo Philly Meetup, a local group of gamers in Philadelphia who meet up (right now, virtually) to play Nintendo Switch together. So, I was interested in checking out the audiobook Super Mario by Jeff Ryan.
The best video games excel at worldbuilding, which means they create an environment for the play that is consistent, rich, and unified. The Elder Scrolls, The Witcher, Resident Evil, and Super Mario Bros. are perfect examples of this. The video game franchises that take this a step further do so by allowing that world to exist in multiple mediums, such as books. One that has explored the literary space exceptionally well is Hello Neighbor, and I recently finished the second book in this popular young adult novel series entitled Waking Nightmare.
I grew up watching and loving Ghostbusters. I watched both movies countless times, enamored by the spectacle of both feature films — replete with stunning visuals, quirky humor, and panache. This led to me also watching the animated cartoon and playing the Ghostbusters video games on my Nintendo Entertainment System, which were, admittedly, horrible and insanely difficult, but when you’re a kid you don’t know any better and appreciate things for what they are, not what they aren’t.
So far, I’ve reviewed 10 volumes in the Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers series. All of them have been highly enjoyable in their own way. Today, I’m going to take a look at Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 11. Clocking in at two hours and fifty-one minutes, this is yet another short and sweet collection of classic horror literature lovingly presented in a way that is a feast for the ears.
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.
In need of an audiobook to listen to? Fire up Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 8! Like Volume 6, this entry features guest narrators. Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger, is back, and Jeffrey Combs, from Re-Animator, lends his unmistakable voice to this collection.