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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roy Freirich Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winged Creatures is the startling story of six survivors of a gun massacre at a fast-food restaurant along a Michigan highway.

Teenagers Anne and Jimmy watch the gunman indiscriminately murder Anne’s father and others, then himself. Struggling to understand her father’s death, Anne experiences a virulent religious conversion, while Jimmy becomes mute, not speaking at all. Charlie, a barely-wounded teacher, attempts to make his luck work for him at the casino. Carla, the restaurant cashier, loses her ability to take care of herself and her infant son. Ron Abler, a psychologist, tries to help the survivors but gets little response. Dr. Laraby, an ER physician who failed to save two of the victims, turns to his wife as someone to “save.” Driven by secret torments, each struggles to regain trust in the ordinary world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting debut novel about the aftermath of a mass shooting in a fast food restaurant.  The author achieves the amazing feat of following an utterly disparate cast of dramatis personae through the vicissitudes of their lives as they are irrevocably scarred and changed forever. A sure-fire page-turner.”

    Rex Pickett, author of Sideways

  • “A stark, impressive debut…While emotionally charged, the narrative isn’t weighed down with sentiment as the characters search for, but don’t necessarily find, closure.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This well-crafted debut packs a wallop.”


  • “[A]n intriguing look at unique yet interrelated patterns of trauma and recovery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Graham’s voice is rich, smooth, and full, and his narration ably captures the range of personalities in the story. He easily switches emotional tone to fit the perspective of each character…Graham gives continuity to the emotional essence while individualizing the stories. His narration is arresting, as unsentimental and insightful as the author’s prose.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Leylan | 2/7/2014

    " It started off well and it had such potential but along the way the reader gets lost. I began to skip parts and jump to where I could follow the storyline. The character development was not forthright and lacked correlation at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 12/29/2013

    " Loved this book. So interesting, different and thought provoking. I really like his writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 12/20/2013

    " Great book. Reminded me a lot of "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Spinster | 12/8/2013

    " I was only going to give it a 1 or 2 star rating, but I find myself thinking about it days after I finished it so a 3 star seemed fair. I couldnt tell if the mother was in jail or had her baby taken from her. If anyone needed to go to jail it was the Dr! "

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About the Author
Author Roy Freirich

Roy Freirich is a screenwriter and songwriter living in Malibu, California. Winged Creatures is his first novel.