• Shell Game

  • Getaway Collection
  • By: Rumaan Alam
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 53 mins
  • 2.6 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Shell Game

By: Rumaan Alam
Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
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Publisher's Summary

An extended family’s Cape Cod vacation reveals uncomfortable truths that threaten one man’s illusion of happiness in this incisive short story by the New York Times bestselling author of Leave the World Behind.

Mark has a wife and two kids, a sense of purpose, financial security, and a fragile contentment. However wistful his visions of the future, Mark knows who he is. But a summer trip with his abrasive brother-in-law and unhappy sister-in-law leave Mark questioning everything he thinks he knows about his family—and himself.

Shell Game by Rumaan Alam is part of Getaway, a collection of six stories about dream escapes that take unimaginable, even sinister, turns. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

©2022 Rumaan Alam. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Difficult to rate

I struggled at my feelings with rating this book. It was definitely nothing remarkable, likely one I will forget in the not too far future other than the title I found extremely appropriate, but yet- it certainly had me focused on the characters, their lives, the events, and making comparisons to real life.

It was this last part, how this book could have been the typical life of any neighbor's life story, that is what intrigued me most. It's fascinating how we go through our daily routine and without ever really knowing the people neighbors, relatives, often those that live with us, and even there are times we don't fully know our own self.

This book brings all this out in a strange family dynamic that could exist in any family.

Best description is thought provoking.

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confused

This was an odd story. My mind was thinking of all the directions the story could go as I was listening, but I felt as if there was no point to this story at all. How did this vacation make him rethink everything he thought he knew? A sudden attraction to a lifeguard? All this story do was leave me utterly baffled & confused. This was the only story of the GETAWAY series I didn't like

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I enjoyed all of the Getaway series short stories except this one. I did not care for the style of writing and the story made absolutely no sense to me.

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Felt pointless and weird

This story felt a little pointless. It also felt like it was trying to be smart but all that did was making everything confusing. The way the boys were described made me feel uncomfortable. The characters had no depth and the story literally went nowhere this was my least favorite book of the series.

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Waste of Time!!!

Shell Game by Rumaan Alam
28 pages Kindle story starts on 3
53m narrated by Fajer Al-Kaisi
Getaway Collection #6

Genre: Short Stories

Featuring: Cape Cod, Twins, Family Vacation

Rating as a movie: R

My rating: ⭐️¾

My thoughts: There was no point to this story and no reason for its ending directionless plot. This is the weakest of the collection and the only one written by a man, that's not how you end a short story collection. It's not even literary fiction because the characters lacked depth.

Recommend to others?: No. This was a waste of a good setting.