Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Sadomasochism. Obsession. Death.
A whirlpool of darkness churns at the heart of a macabre ballet between two lonely young women in an internet chat room in the early 2000s - a darkness that threatens to forever transform them once they finally succumb to their most horrific desires.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 14 minutes|
|Narrator||Laurie Catherine Winkel|
|Audible.ca Release Date||July 08 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #18,281 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#42 in Epistolary Fiction
#78 in LGBTQ2S+ Literature & Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#685 in Horror Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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In this horrifically bleak and grizzly tale, LaRocca crafts what is likely to be the most celebrated novella of 2021. I have enjoyed observing this weirdly disturbing tale flourish like that of the life that grows in this story while cherishing every moment reading, unable to let it pass. This is a truly triumphant accomplishment for the #HorrorCommunity and I am grateful for having the opportunity to read it.
What have you done today to deserve your eyes?”
I was eager to read this as the synopsis intrigued me greatly. The early 00’s have been largely forgotten by media, and most stories involving the internet or chatrooms have only really blossomed since video chat was introduced (i.e. Unfriended, etc). I was really excited for a return to the early days of A/S/L type chatroom interactions.
What really brought this story together for me was the forum aspect of the chat. Having a more personalized reason for the initial interaction was a great style choice and one that I enjoyed immensely. I felt that this was a solid door opener for the rest of the story as opposed to just a random interaction.
I was not well-versed or even really aware of vore prior to reading this, and honestly this was a really good soft introduction to that topic. I’m aware other people had much more visceral reactions to it reading through some of the other reviews, but for myself personally it was a light introduction that I didn’t find over-the-top or just inserted for shock value. I was glad to see that it was a topic handled throughout the piece rather than just thrown in as an end-note.
My biggest critique would be that I wish there was more development of both characters throughout the piece, as their relationship and sense of selves was almost rushed. It was hard to connect with either of them on a base level as I felt I knew very little about either of them.
It’s giving blowfly girl realness but not as intense.
im on the fence on whether or not id reccomend it, its a decent short horror-ish read
Top reviews from other countries
The growing tension and creeping darkness kept me hooked, and I devoured this in one sitting with ease. A quick, but thought provoking study of sadomasochism, control and how quickly manipulation of a vulnerable mind can spiral out of control.
A beautiful read, the last few pages left me feeling anxious and upset in the way only the most effective horror can.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2021
This had the basics of being a gripping thrill ride but sadly fell completely short. Saying goes to many cooks spoil the broth with the passage on the child killing/ newt killing / red dress and the ending all in one! felt rushed nd to many ideas in one little book. You came with potato peeler that promises blood and gore to the readers and we got worms.