- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 42 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Strange Violin Editions
- Audible.com Release Date: June 6, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0089G9YN6
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A Short Stay in Hell Audible – Unabridged
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I am not disappointed. A Short Stay in Hell is a mind-game. You may begin it with the thought that you're getting a wry, darkly amusing anecdote about how things seldom turn out the way we expect, but then the story takes a turn toward looking at human nature, society, religion, love, cruelty...all while the narrator keeps a streak of dark, dry humor and a touch of carefully cultivated detachment and jadedness that don't quite sit as comfortably on the narrator as he'd like us to believe. The guy's in Hell, both literally and figuratively, and it's not just that he didn't think HE would ever be there, but it's not anything like WHAT he had ever imagined. And hell lingers. In this case, it lingers in your own mind as you find yourself pondering the story days and weeks later.
It's the most engaging -- and bizarre -- story I've read lately, and I look forward to more work from this author. That it was only $2.99 for the e-book factored in my decision to buy it, but the author is underselling himself. It's well worth the regular Kindle edition price.
If you're a fan of Night Gallery, Hitchcock, or The Twilight Zone, you probably will enjoy this novella.
It's not an easy one to classify. It's fiction, sure, but there's a bit of satire, a bit of philosophy, a bit of horror, a bit of everything, really. The writing is sparse and careful, setting the mood as well as the descriptions do. For me, it was a pretty claustrophobic read. Since the book takes place only in this version of hell that the author has created for us, with unending stacks of books and almost infinite corridors and floors, there is an oppressive atmosphere to the story. The reader begins to feel trapped. Quite scary and therefore, effectively done.
The book will provoke you to ask yourself questions about life, about theology and what it means to believe in our heavens and hells, so this is not a light read, although it is a short novel. I can recommend this easily, since I enjoyed it very much. Once you start it, it's a tough one to put down.
How much of what we do here is selfish? How much time do we waste, searching for meaning in gibberish? Why do we treat loved ones so casually? And what is time, anyway? (Symborska's line - "Life, however long, is short/Too short for anything to be added" - ran through my head as I considered the academicians in Hell, pouring over meaningless texts, holding convocations and giving one another awards, for centuries and centuries and centuries.)
It was curious to zing the reader with the Idea that- since they are likely an avid reader- this would be the hell chosen for them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is short and priced right. I bought it and read it entirely the same day and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kaktovik
Very interesting premise. Glad I bought this book because I thought about many things while reading it and I learned one new word. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carol Mello
Gripping and so fascinating - it can open your mind in unexpected ways, especially the concept of eternity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by HollybyGolly
It really sticks with you! Funny ideas, tragic circumstance, great story. I keep going back to it, and I wouldn't be surprised to see this in the canon of existential literature... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bryan L. Bridges
This is the most disturbing book I have ever read, relentless in its probing of the mind numbing monotony of infinite existence. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephen H. Webb
This was a very intriguing book. What amazed me most was how deftly Peck was able to draw out very deep, complex emotions in me, the reader, in only 102 pages. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Steven L Peck's "A Short Stay in Hell" is in that "just right" area of being insightful and in-depth such that I don't feel I am reading fluff, but not so dense and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Belinda
I will go ahead and start with the truth: this is easily one of the bleakest books I’ve ever read. However, it is also exceptionally interesting, very well-written, and not... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer