Curiosity killed the cat…
For my first ever audio book review I was excited to listen to ‘P∃T Shop’ by Gary Buller, not knowing much about this book I was intrigued to see what it had in store for me! This book was quite short which I was slightly apprehensive about (30 minutes long listening time) however as the story progressed I kept wishing that it would be longer and never end!
Firstly I was very impressed with the way the audio book was as a whole, using music to enhance the experience was new for me (I’ve listened to a few audio books and all of them have been just the narrator telling the story). The way the music blended in the background helped set the scenes and really brought the story to life! I was worried that it would distract me from the actual story but it took it to a whole new level and made me feel so much more connected with the story.
The story itself is dark and mysterious, making the reader really feel as if you are with Brandon as he enters the ‘pet shop’ – the level of description is highly impressive, making it so easy to imagine how the shop would look, feel and smell. It’s safe to say this isn’t your ordinary pet shop! The character selection is small, two main characters Brandon and Horace and a few mentions of Brandon’s family – however you do find yourself able to relate to the characters and needless to say two main characters is more than enough.
Now on to the ‘pets’ – these creatures are not like any household pets, nor are they ones you would wish to bring home to live with you! The many varieties of creatures that lurk in the shop brings mystery and myth to a whole new level. Creatures such as mermaids and fairies can be seen to make an appearance yet they are not how us humans would imagine them! There are many darker and dangerous creatures that can be found in the shop, unfortunately Brandon’s curiosity gets the better of him and could take him down a dark path.
The creature creation really pleased me, giving the typical mythical creatures an unexpected twist. It gave the reader a chance to delve deeper into the creature’s background (like where Horace found them) and make the reader more curious to what else could be shown next…
The twist at the end was most enjoyable, in all honestly I wasn’t expecting it which frankly was what made it so perfect! I kept wishing that the story would continue as I did get so engrossed with it and wanted to learn more about the pet shop – having so many questions that were unanswered I am hoping that there could be another story to follow on from this.
Until next time…
If you want to listen to ‘P∃T Shop’ by Gary Buller yourself then you can directly download it from the ‘Gallery of Curiosity’ website here.
Bio: Gary Buller
Gary Buller is an author from Manchester, England where he lives with his long suffering partner Lisa, his daughter Holly, and dog Chico. He grew up in the Peak District where the hauntingly beautiful landscapes inspired him to write. He is a huge fan of all things macabre, and loves a tale with a twist.