by William Pauley III
Narrated by Connor Brannigan
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Pub Date 21 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 24 Mar 2023
Something is happening to the residents of Eighth Block Tower....
There's radiation in the walls. Salt covers the hallways. The food and water are poisonous. The residents are trapped and losing their minds.
Sanity is a myth. Sickness is life.
|DURATION||2 Hours, 23 Minutes|
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Average rating from 36 members
I listened to a copy of the audiobook for this book, and I must say that I liked it, the person reading it did a great job narrating the story and even doing some nuances in the voice to introduce other characters.
The story is disturbing, but I did like it, the stories contained in this book kind of come together as one big story, but in general something is very wrong in eight block tower (the place where everything takes place), and if I tell you more it will spoil the story, anyway it is a short book but it is weird and amusing, everything you listen/read, take it with a grain of salt, no one is sane in this book hahah. I will definitely look for more of this author work.
Thank you NetGalley and Doom Fiction for the free AAC and this is my honest opinion.
My thanks to NetGalley for providing me with the audiobook of the Tower. The Tower is a collection of horror short stories about a weird building in Chicago and it’s insane inhabitants. The residents of the building are outcast by society and they all feel trapped in the building. Some of them think that there is radiation in the building that affects their sanity and some think it is some kind of green mucus-like substance. As we read we discover that all residents have mental illness and they live inside their heads. They imagine conspiracies, murders and monsters. It is a weird book but highly entertaining.
Eighth Block in Chicago is a place that the cops don’t even like to go. The residents are lulled by the hum the from building and everyone does and doesn’t have a job. Are the residents being affected by the radiation in the walls, the green brain on the roof, the dark matter in the vacuum, or the mysterious meat that shows up in a cardboard box in the basement. Residents Buzz, Norm, Samantha, and Crater have differing experiences, some of which are deadly.
I decided to listen to this on a whim. I let the story overcome me and didn’t try and analyze it with literary devices or terms. I’m not listening to this to get a grade or examine it with a critique lens. I was surprised how much I did enjoy this. There were a few parts I laughed one was were the game “Destroy All Humans” was being played, I just played it a couple of days ago. Another one was when one of the residents said “what’s a lake monster doing with a set of wings.” I was imaging the person who said it with a rolled eye look.
I listened to the first part of the book at normal speed. The narrator has a nice rich deeper voice. The kind of voice where a grocery list would sound interesting. I eventually sped It up to 1.5 because I was listening to the voice and not the words.
I would recommend this audio to everyone who likes a nice soothing voice and a good story to go with it.
Hallucinations, hidden mics, a killer on the loose, brain matter, and fever dreams. AHHH it's so bizarre and confusing, yet funny and creepy at the same time! I love the writing and the narrator did a really great job on this! Definitely gonna be reading more from this author
• audiobook ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher •
ARC audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this short story! The narration is fantastic and the story made me literally laugh out loud at times! My favorite part was where they thought God was yelling at them for shooting a bird at him in heaven! It was all so unbelievably delicious and I really wished there was more when I came to the end! I’m sure this type of book isn’t for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m sure others that like quirky horror will too.
Strap in for a mind-warping ride through three different storylines that at first seem disconnected, but fuse together perfectly. Mr Pauley’s writing is poetic and gritty. It’s how I imagine Edgar Allan Poe would have written the manghwa ‘Sweet Home’. Original story line and true to the “bedlam” in the name Bedlam Bible series. This psychological horror thriller will have you questioning the characters’ realities. Narrator does an excellent job of breathing life into the different characters in this reading. I’m hooked on this series.
The people that live in the eighth tower things are the same but different people called the mutants due to the radiation affects they’ve been living with all their life. Generation after generation have raise their kids in the building they’re happy to call home. There’s the two guys who worship and air mattress the girl who stabbed quote her friend“ because she thought he was the building serial killer but when she found him he had no stabb wounds and had just woken up. The third story is the craziest one was about the guy and the café that is all I’m going to say this was a weird and creepy tail that also made me laugh although it is only two hours long this book is so worth listening to absolutely couldn’t stop listening in Winston head been longer I enjoyed this book so much right after I read it I went and got two more books by the author. I highly recommend this creepy tale for those who love the weird and different I listen to the audiobook and thought the narrator was so good his name is Connor Branigan and I thought he did a superb job and would definitely listen to another book narrated by him. This book was written by William Pauley three and I’ve never heard him but I’m so glad I have now this is the first book in The Bedlam Bible series and I would definitely be down to read the next one. I received it from NetGalley and doomsday press but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.
The Tower is a short story that has three short stories in it. All three stories take place in the building of Eight Block Tower. For a horror book, The Tower was never scary or even creepy but parts of it were definitely unsettling. The second short story called In Invalids was the most unsettling of the three. In this story, women in the building are being killed and who the killer is and how it all plays out was really well done. The other two stories were not as strong as this one but were still enjoyable. This is the first book in a series of short stories and this was done well enough that I will be checking out the next book in the series.
Wow! This was a weird, wild ride. So creepy. This book is the first of a series called the Bedlam Bible and I can’t wait to read more. Radiation and crazy people in an apartment is just and cool as it sounds. While this is a short book, there is so much going on.
I think it takes a special writer to get me to vibe with them when it comes to stories like the ones in here. For those who do not know, this is actually another multiple story book with an overarching theme and this may be my favorite one so far.
I just happened to see this on netgalley and jumped on the chance to listen to it.
So in here we have the star of the stories, The Tower. To be honest, I am not absolutely sure what the tower actually is. Is it a place controlled by other people? aliens? demons? or is it just filled with people who need a lot of help?
Regardless, this is a place one does not want to live in, but everyone needs to remember that poor people are people too, even when it comes to living there.
Conner's narration was superb. I loved the way they narrate and will happily listen to anything they want to read.
Wow this was such a great book! It was fun, weird and creepy at times. A lot of crazy things going on in the Eight Block Tower and I’m so excited to dive right into book two.
Highly recommend this fun little book!
Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for an AudioARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
TW: Murder, use of c-word, sexual harassment, animal death, gory scenes, domestic violence, language, bullying
About the book:Something is happening to the residents of Eighth Block Tower... There's radiation in the walls. Salt covers the hallways. The food and water are poisonous. A giant green brain pulsates under the roof, pumping electric venom throughout the apartment building. The residents are trapped and losing their minds. Sanity is a myth. Sickness is life.
Release Date: January 9th, 2022
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
What I Liked:
1. The plot sounds ridiculously weird and creepy
2. Loved the narrators voice
3. Loved that once Norm dies we switch to Samantha's pov
What I Didn't Like:
1. Radiation said way too many times for such a short book
Dude I loved this short novella. I got the book from Netgalley and listened to the audiobook - the narrator had such a wonderful voice. I loved this book was absolutely absorbed by the story. I loved all the different pov's from the people in the tower. I am simply obsessed to start the next book and see where we go from what I just learned.
I thought the story reminded me a lot of Welcome to Nightvale in that "creepy things are happening but you don't know" kinda way. I will definitely continue reading what the author has to write.
Like I said I listened to the audiobook and it was wonderful. The sounds change and there's creepy voices. Just a magical moment.
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Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this advanced copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is my first time reading this authors work. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was comically strange, but not so much that it was corny or incomprehensible. A nice blend of bizarre and an actual story line.
There were a few overly gory scenes, which isn't my usual cup of tea when it comes to horror, but they were fairly brief.
I really enjoyed the dynamics between the female and male characters. The author did a good job portraying the creepy way that we can often be in relationship with women we are attracted to, while not having the female characters ignore it and fall for the man in the end.
There is a good chance that I will check out the rest of the Bedlam Bible series after reading this.
A great horror novella.
Loved this tale of chills, fear and delightfully creepy terror.
It could be futuristic or it could be happening right now!
Lock your doors, turn on the lamp and settle down for a fantastic fright.
The audio version is superbly narrated if you choose to be listening in the dark.
The Tower by William Pauley III is BRILLIANT! With superb and frightening plot points, I was so surprised to read very well-developed characters for a short story, From the first page, I fell in love with Pauley's storytelling and writing style. This novella blew my hair back and all I want to do is read this author's back list.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
This author writes some of the weirdest stiff i have ever read, yet I am totally into it. I love that they're nice and short, and quick to get through. If they were full 350+ page books, I would probably feel a little lost, but since they're short ( and not so sweet), I find it easier to suspend disbelief and just go with the flow. Rating 3.5/5
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
The was just so trippy. It was a wild ride from beginning to end. It was like a hallucination dream. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. If you are a fan of the weird and horror, check this one out. I will be picking up the next one. Thank you to NetGalley and Doom Fiction for the audio arc in exchange for my honest review.
This was a strange book, the first in what is a very strange series.
The Tower in question is Eighth Block, filled with mad people and madder things happening (think Clive Barker writing an episode of Coronation Street but set in a tower block). We have two people insisting dark matter needs to be vaccuumed out of the sky and that the radiation in the block's walls is turning them mad. We then meet a paranoid pair of friends, who find cameras in their homes and their attempts to trace them back to source leads to bloodshed. All in all, a strange but very well written short book.
i received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Thank you to NetGalley and Doom Fiction for an audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book is labelled Bizarro Fiction on Goodreads and I am in complete agreement.
Filled with multiple stories all relating to the Tower this was a well written , if not bizarre, story of different people and their relation to the tower. A bit disturbing but so weird that knowing the grossness is unreal makes it tolerable to listen to. I think I would have enjoyed this more as a teenager.
Recommended for those people who can stretch their minds.
This was a quick and enjoyable read. It read like a series of interlinked short stories and I really liked that. I think that format freed each part to be as weird as it wanted to be without having to commit to an overarching theme and left the reader to just go along with it. I like this kind of kooky horror that is moody but not gory. I looks like this is a series and I'm glad because I would like to read more about this world.
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