Occupational Hazards: The Blue-Collar Omnibus by Geoff Sturtevant and narrated by various folks, is a variety of short stories for those of us with dark minds, no filter, and are not easily offended...recommend if you fit these or are wanting to branch out into a dark comedy/horror. Full review below...
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Some will have you thinking what if, while some will have you chortling out loud, and some will have you saying wtf is this author on...I guarantee you will enjoy these stories if you like odd and offbeat fiction that have a hint of real life to them. The introduction talks about forbidden thinking and no filter- heed the warning in the summary that states not for the faint of heart or easily offended- all of this is true. Some of the stories even had my s.o. laughing when he came into the room I was listening in (do you know how impressive that is, especially for an audiobook?).
Repeat themes throughout are: death, work, and the extremes people are willing to go to. I’m sure there’s plenty more, but these are what stuck out to me. Some have added sound effects, such as a phone ringing. The stories are separated by music with the title and you should have no difficulty knowing when a new one begins.
~A brief description of the stories~
1) Jar Baby- Be careful what you wish for. Approximately 1 hour 34 minutes.
2) The Relativist- The secrets of Chinese cooking and then some. Approximately 1 hour 19 minutes.
3) Anything For My Bubala- What some mothers will do for their child (mafia themed). Approximately 1 hour 21 minutes.
4) The Organization- What happens when you combine the elderly, former presidents, and the government. Approximately 1 hour 25 minutes.
5) Anchors Away- A sailor and his anchor...and barnacle balls. Approximately 9 minutes.
6) The Technicians- Two guys, their job, and how it affects their home life. Approximately 1 hour 36 minutes.
7) Night Fright- An elderly Roddy McDowall reprises his role as Peter Vincent...kind of. Approximately 1 hour 33 minutes.
8) My Best Customer- A delivery man who gets more than he bargained for at Christmas. Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
9) Return to the Dirt- Being an adult and working in the food industry at Flurf. Yes, Flurf. Approximately 1 hour 5 minutes.
Acknowledgments- Approximately 20 minutes.
The only story I didn’t care for was The Relativist and it was likely due to the narrator- the voices didn’t jibe for me. Otherwise, the narrators all did a great job, some really hit the mark.
*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!
Where to find the author: Geoff Sturtevant
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