“The Man Who Murdered His Mother-in-Law”
by Jeffrey Hatcher
Performed by Steve Hendrickson
Produced by Audio-Visceral Productions
35 minutes 21 seconds.

Well first let me start out by saying I may have found a new audiobook go-to source. Audio-Visceral Productions, at least if this story is a true representation of their work, does what is needed to keep an audiobook fun to hear.

I was intrigued by the name of the company, it sounds almost creepy. Then when I found out this production was only about half an hour in length, I thought that would be a nice introduction. I’m really glad I gave it a chance. This production not only had an intriguing story but the production behind this audio short-story kept the story flowing and even made it easy to get lost in the story. The sound effects used in the story were subtle enough to not overpower the story but made it sound as if I were right in the middle of the story walking along with the characters and taking part of the story. But what made this even more interesting was the performance of Steve Hendrickson.

Steve Hendrickson read the audiobook, but wait, he did more than that. Hendrickson actually performed the story, providing different voices for each character and even acted out the parts with all the emotion and nuances of a full cast performance. At times he was able to change his voice enough that I was fooled into thinking another actor was voicing some minor parts.

The combination of Steve Hendrickson’s excellent voicework and the perfect production make this short story well worth the purchase price of 99 cents. Through the audio-visceral website you can link to the cdbaby website and purchase this for that price. I would probably pay more for this nice of a production, but they are committed to keeping their stories affordable. You go, Audio-Visceral.

As for the story itself, it is very simple in nature, but with a few twists and turns that keep you wondering until the very end. With the title being “The Man who Murdered his Mother-in-law,” you pretty much know what’s going to happen, but I’ll warn you…not quite.

The main idea of the story is that of a man and woman dating and when the woman’s extremely rich mother finds out she is about to die, they all visit the family’s attorney who tells them the problem with such a large amount of money tied up in assets and after the government gets their cut the family would not have much of an inheritance. There is a loophole in which the woman could give leave the estate to her husband and no taxes would cut into the money. This is where the man and the “mother-in-law” decide to get married and that way the man and the woman’s daughter could live happily ever after. However, once the newlywed May/December couple weds, the man finds that the tests were wrong and he is forced to seek out an alternative method.

The end of the story is full of twists and turns that even down to the last second of the story you will be wondering what happens next. Great mystery, great storytelling and excellent production work together to make this a must hear audiobook.

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