Automated Daydreaming

The Five Lives of Bricker Cablejuice

Narrated by Connor Brannigan
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Pub Date Feb 22 2022 | Archive Date Jan 31 2024

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This is a cycle.

Unalleviated, its components are connected by electricity and fed through the rage of lightning. Insect and road monsters scour the desert. Bodies morph into new constructions, only partially human and searching for conclusion. Tongues entwine in an embrace of benthos, while mermaids and jellyfish glow in tandem.

The moon is waiting. Dream.

This is a cycle.

Unalleviated, its components are connected by electricity and fed through the rage of lightning. Insect and road monsters scour the desert. Bodies morph into new constructions, only...

Available Editions

EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781667960920
PRICE $19.99 (USD)
DURATION 5 Hours, 53 Minutes

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Average rating from 29 members

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ARC audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review.

As always, the narration on this book by Connor Brannigan was fantastic! He can put on so many characters voices, you’d believe there were 6 different people talking! The story itself is true horror in its purest form. This author is an automatic read for me! I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys creepy stories and doesn’t have too many triggers.

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Immortality has been glamorized for ages. William Pauley III explores the dark side of immortality in his ambitious novel Automated Daydreaming: The Five Lives of Bricker Cablejuice.

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I have a very hard time reviewing bizarro/weird genres even though I enjoy reading them. I myself write surrealism, and the similarities sometimes make it hard for me to grasp the differences. Because this writing was so cyclical, the dissonance and disconnection in certain moments was distracting to me. But overall I enjoyed this book.

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This is my first time reading anything by William Pauley III, and it was incredible. This novel was incredibly surreal and immersive, and left me feeling extremely uncomfortable in a very good way.

Bricker being forced to experience these five different lives in a state of automated daydreaming is harrowing, creepy, and deeply unsettling. It was so vivid and detailed, but also confusing.

The way these different stories that Bricker is living through intertwine together was really different than most novels that I've been reading, and listening to it through audiobook made it all the more compelling and creepy.

This book truly shines in showing the dark and seedy side of immortality, and the moral gray areas that arise from chasing it.

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A twisted Vonnegutian tale of an individual unstuck in identities and time. ‘Automated Daydreaming’ feels like a bizarre cross of ‘Citizen Cane’, ‘City of Lost Children’, and ‘12 Monkeys’. Seemingly disjointed stories writhe and overlap with echoes of Pauley’s other works throughout but ultimately come full circle and leave one wanting to dive into the stories one more time. Full of quotable quotes and perfectly delivered by the narrator. Worth a listen, but not for the faint of heart. Strap in for a wild, fantastical ride.

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I really like this author, but this story let me confused, we had lots of dives into what happened that I actually got lost in the story. Actually to really enjoy a story by William Pauley III you need to be in the right space of your mind,like the same story in a different spirit may sound completely different. I still enjoyed the ride even if I got a bit lost.

But that being said, I loved that It was Connor Brannigan reading it, I’ve said it before and I will said it again, this man is really a one man band, he alone makes you believe several others are reading with him, and it really shows how he is enjoying his work reading it.

I am sorry that I took so long in giving a review for this tittle, but it kind of got lost in my netgalley app (I swear I feel so old when trying to understand how a new app works).

Thank you NetGalley and Doom Fiction Audio for the free AAC and this is my honest opinion.

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Listening to the life of Bricker Cablejuice, or should I say five multiverse life alternatives, you might think one at least would be fun filled. But for him all are experienced constantly cycling/re-cycling in a horror filled experience. Relief in death can’t come quick enough, yet death is not a possibility. Have I learned from this audio experience? Yes, the multiverse is not nearly as pleasant as the movies make out, and mermaids are more likely a reality than a positive outcome to the challenges life brings. Four stars - even William Pauley III doesn’t escape this nightmare. (But this audio is superbly written and produced horror!)Thank you to Doom Fiction and NetGalley for the audio ARC. The views expressed are all mine, freely given.

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I’m convinced that anything William Pauley III writes and Connor Brannigan narrates, I WILL read it or listen to it.
This book, much like the other I listened to, is so weird and exciting. This book was longer than the astronauts dream book, and it was packed full of strangeness. I love the descriptions given, I love that WPIII will take one weird detail and just run with it. There wasn’t anything about this book that I didn’t like. I can’t wait to enjoy more!
Thank you to NetGalley and William Pauley III for the opportunity to listen and review this story

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Automated Daydreaming was a truly excellent read, full of action, weirdness and excitement! As always the narration was phenomenal by Connor Brannigan, just like the story. William Pauley III is an absolutely incredible author so far this was my favorite by him!

I highly recommend reading this brilliant book and also all of Pauley’s works, every single book he writes is honestly just perfect!

Thank you @netgalley and @doomfiction for an AudioARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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4.5⭐️ rounded up to 5.
The story was creepy and surreal and uncomfortable. I couldn’t stop reading and it was extremely enjoyable. If you love complex storytelling, I highly recommend this book. The narrator for this audiobook was fantastic. Truly felt like i was listening to multiple people narrating the book.
Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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