I love short stories so it was no hardship or question that I would gravitate toward this title. And St. James has made a lovely collection here with stories that are skillfully written to bring situation, character and action clearly to the reader without great struggle. Each word is carefully placed and chosen to present the correct tone, definition and connotation to the story, creating subtext that clearly enhances each story’s voice. A mix of focus in this collection, this gives a solid feel for the author’s intent: from simple-appearing moment in the life stories to gentle tales with a romance leaning, they work together or stand alone without issue: always fresh, presenting clear imagery and voice.
Narration in this story was presented by Denise van Venrooy and was a bit inconsistent for me. Not exactly right or wrong, her narration was consistent across all of the stories in this volume -a choice that did not allow for the variation in tone of each story’s voice that would have brought this narration from a simple reading into the arena of performance.
While the stories are wonderfully adept pieces of writing that present the best of what this genre can be, I believe I will find the written version far more enjoyable.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 5
Title: The Mafia Funeral and Other Short Stories
Author: Morgan St. James
Narrator: Denise van Venrooy
Published by: Self-Produced
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 3 Hours: 18 minutes
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Award-Winning author Morgan St. James presents a short story collection including mystery, humor, a bit of romance and more. Some of the stories are inspired by true events, others are pure fiction. The title story finds Sue at a Mafia funeral and wake, mistaken for the daughter of a Mafia mobster. Funny and mostly true.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.