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  • The Loop

  • By: Roberto Scarlato
  • Narrated by: Michael Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Just when you thought it was safe to take the train.... It was supposed to be an uneventful trip. A three-day visit to Chicago to attend a funeral. But Eugene Pharrell has just stumbled into a maddeningly treacherous journey back home. One that has pitfalls, phantoms, lost worlds and, possibly, no way out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Loop

  • By Deedra on 01-03-19

Interesting concept, kind of Twilight Zone-ish...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

The Loop by Roberto Scarlato was interesting. That being said, it wasn't really my cup of tea, but those that like the Twilight Zone type of stories will love this. The Loop is best described as Groundhog Day on a train, with a Twilight Zone type story happening throughout. There's more to it but that's the easiest way I can describe it. Poor Eugene can't get off this dang train that he's riding. He's introduced to some interesting characters and finally learns from his mother what exactly he needs to do to get out of this loop...or does he? Again, like I said, I think there are those that will love this short story. It just wasn't for me. That being said, it you like a good Twilight Zone type story, I would definitely recommend it. I don't think it's poorly written at all. Just not for me.

Michael Robbins did a good job narrating this twisting, crazy tale. He did a great job bringing Eugene and the others to life and read with the perfect amount of emotion for the characters. I'd listen to more book narrated by him in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Love Lorn

  • The Twisted Love Series, Book 1
  • By: Amy Manemann, Stacy Eaton
  • Narrated by: Tracey Rooney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face, Detective Evie Harper works hard and trains even harder to be the very best. Her first homicide case will put her skills to the test as she and her partner Detective Stephen Harris track a ruthless serial killer terrorizing the west end of town. The Lovelorn killer may be one step ahead of them, but they’re closing in fast - until an immoral decision is made that leaves their partnership hanging in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining introduction to Detective Evie Harper

  • By jstep on 12-17-18

Entertaining introduction to Detective Evie Harper

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Love Lorn, which is Book 1 and the first novella introducing readers and listeners to Detective Evie Harper, is written by Any Manemann. I really enjoyed this listen. Although it's just under three hours, Ms. Manemann does a great job at introducing Evie and the other various characters to us. I definitely didn't want the novella to end and am looking forward to listening to the first full length novel, Love Inked, which brings Evie and Kali (who is introduced in the next novella in the series in Love Torn), together as partners it sounds like. Both are strong women with the stereotypical penchant for sleeping around and falling for their male counterparts. This was an entertaining serial killer/getting to know your partner and proving your worth story though, and I'm listening to the next novella as we speak. So far so good, and I'd definitely recommend listening to these if they sound interesting to you!

Tracey Rooney did a good job narrating Love Lorn. She brought life to the characters and was enjoyable to listen to. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Chasing Love

  • Mountain Creek Drive, Book 3
  • By: Kayla Tirrell
  • Narrated by: Kaye Anderson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Professional wallflower Nicole Andrews can’t wait to get out of Marlowe Junction. With only one year to go, she is eager to become the best college applicant at Rosemark High. There’s only one problem: She still hasn’t found a niche to make her appear more well-rounded. When a chance encounter with hottie-extraordinaire Chase Saunders pushes her in the direction of cross-country, Nicole thinks she’s finally found her answer. If only she could focus on her race times and stop getting distracted by Chase.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super cute and enjoyable YA novel perfect 4 teens!

  • By jstep on 11-28-18

Super cute and enjoyable YA novel perfect 4 teens!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Chasing Love, Mountain Creek Drive Book 3 by Kayla Tirrell was an excellent YA novel dealing with 17 year old social outcast Nicole meeting the cute older boy and finding her own sudden popularity at school and in Cross Country, which she ends up joining at a friends recommendation. There's catty girls, jerky guys who act nice but have ulterior motives, the one perfect guy that she may or may not end up with, best friends, new friends, etc. Think She's All That. It's a cute, innocent, entertaining listen. Is this book one that I would seek out the entire series as a 39 year old woman? No. It's super cute but geared for the YA crowd. I'm perfectly happy to have read it though, as I can definitely recommend it to others, especially in the teen crowd.

Kaye Anderson did a great job narrating Chasing Love. Her voice was perfect for portraying an almost 18 year old girl in high school. I would definitely listen to more stories narrated by her. She handled both the male and female voices well and brought life and emotion to the characters. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Malefic

  • House of Souls, Book 2
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

The move into 889 Morgan Road was supposed to be a fresh start for Joseph Dubois and his family. What they got instead was a nightmare. At night, guttural noises issue from behind the walls, and the family reports seeing a terrifying figure wandering the premises. Desperately seeking someone with experience in supernatural matters, Joseph calls upon his uncle, Marcel. Retired surgeon Marcel Dubois has a special gift: The ability to communicate with his dead wife. Harnessing this gift allows him to plumb the depths of the afterlife and to confront the paranormal. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Buy the Cheap House in a Nice Neighborhood

  • By Spooky Mike on 11-13-18

Original, engaging and fun sequel to The HoLS

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Malefic, Book 2 in the House of Souls trilogy was a terrific sequel to the original House of Long Shadows book. I think I might actually say that I liked Malefic even more! If you haven't read/listened the first book, I would definitely recommend it prior to reading/listening to this one. The book definitely holds it's own as a standalone if you haven't listened to the first book, but knowing the first story adds to the listening enjoyment of Malefic. Joseph and his family are a hot mess. They're convinced that crazy things are happening in their house. Joseph call upon his elderly Uncle Marcel to come and check things out, as he knows that his uncle has a interest and a bit of experience in the supernatural. Marcel books a flight and makes his way to Detroit and that's when the fun starts...

I loved this book. Mr. Ibsen always, always comes up with new and unique twists with his novels and this one is no exception. Without giving away any spoilers, I'll say that I loved the addition of Constance and how things were tied in throughout the book with whatever or whoever was in the house. Just a really solid story and I didn't see the ending coming until the very end and then it all made sense. Oh, and the ending wasn't just some random ending that you couldn't look back upon to see the...writing on the wall...It was a well thought out and carefully planned ending that tied into this that had happened throughout the book. I'd recommend this series to anyone that lives a good supernatural thriller.

Joe Hempel did a great job narrating Malefic. He always surprises me with how versatile his narrations are. For example, in The House of Long Shadows, he played the main character with a voice of that of a younger man so well. Then in Malefic, he voiced Marcel, who is an older gentleman, perfectly as well. He handles the other characters, including female characters just a well and I never find his narrations distracting or taking away from the story. Just a solid, entertaining narrator that I know will do a great job. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,282
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,293

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Quick, decent free listen from Audible...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Lullaby by Jonathan Maberry was a decent, quick listen. This was one of the free choices for the month of October that Audible gifted their subscribers. The short story had promise, but unfortunately had a few flaws. For a free listen though, I was perfectly happy to listen and experience the story. As other reviews have noted, the ending was a bit of a letdown and the fact that the Matt and Gillian kept on taking Hope back to the house, even after having ended up in the hospital, well it was a bit unbelievable that a parent would do that. I'm not going into details because the story is only 37 minutes and I don't want to give away anything for those that will be listening. I don't know if Mr. Mayberry has any full length spooky novels (I think he does), but I would still definitely give one of those a try, as the imagery in the story was decent and I know he's won awards for his stories, so there must be some awesome in those stores somewhere!

I enjoyed Scott Brick's performance of Lullaby. He has a good spooky-ish voice and I thought he handed the characters and their emotions well. I would listen to other performances of his in the future.

  • Thin

  • Sharing Spaces, Book 3
  • By: Alicia Michaels
  • Narrated by: Rachel Jacobs
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Kinsley Simmons does not belong in an inpatient facility for people struggling with eating disorders. However, her doctor and therapist are of the opinion that she does, which is why she's missing out on her college graduation to participate in a recovery program for bulimia nervosa. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The raw emotion was palpable.

  • By Lynn 2 Girls and a Book on 04-26-18

Obvious trigger warning for eating disorders...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Thin, which is Sharing Spaces, Book 3 by Alicia Michaels was a good listen. If the categorization that Audible has this under, New Adult, is one step above YA, then this is an appropriate spot for this book to be put into. I would have said it's a bit more on the YA side, though the very serious topics of various eating disorders are discussed throughout the entire book. I think eating disorders often start earlier than the New Adult stage, so a book like this may be beneficial to someone at more of a YA level as well. Obviously this book is not meant to treat eating disorders, but I could definitely see where it might be beneficial to someone that is heading down that path. Ms. Michaels handles the story well, not coming across stern or preachy, but definitely giving her characters stories that are relatable to issues that very likely may be happening to others out in the real world.

This is the story of Kinsley. Kinsley has an eating disorder that has affected her health, her education and her relationships with others in her life. Kinsley's cheerleading coach tells her that she needs to lose a few more pounds from her already slim frame. That a her idiot boyfriend breaking up with her lead her to start on a dangerous path with losing weight and eating disorders. This leads her to a treatment/rehab center which is pretty much where the story starts off. This story is Kinsley's journey and the story of the other patients and those that coach and help them along the way.

Rachel Jacobs did a good job narrating this story. Her voice fit a high school aged Kinsley perfectly and she voiced the other characters really well also. She read with emotion when needed, which of course always leads to a better listening experience. My only issue with her narration is that there seemed to be weird pauses throughout, which kind of threw me off a bit while listening. It may be just me, but I found that a bit distracting, though I wouldn't let this keep you from listening. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Freebird: The Service

  • Freebird Series, Book 2
  • By: Vincent King
  • Narrated by: Samuel Deeter
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

This story follows Ethan Boothe, who is in the service of protecting the president of the United States. During a typical day at work, the White House comes under siege by a new organization that has yet to make its mark on the world. Surrounded by enemies, outmanned and outgunned, the two must fight their way to the bunker at all costs. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A step up

  • By Claire on 07-23-18

REALLY entertaining for such a short story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Okay, so here's the deal. Freebird: The Service, which is Book 2 in the Freebird series by Vincent King was unexpectedly pretty dang awesome! When you're looking at a short story with a running time of 37 minutes, you know that the story is a bit more likely to be mediocre at best, especially when you haven't listened to the author before. Well, I'm so happy to say this this short story was a pleasant surprise. It was fast paced, entertaining, had well-developed characters and left me wanting more!! I seriously want to hear more from Ethan Boone, I want to know what in the world is going on (at the end of the book, there is a bit of a cliffhanger that will definitely leave you wanting to listen to more right away), and well, I want a full length book, darnit!!

Samuel Deeter did an excellent job narrating this story and was, once again, a great fit for the characters and added just the right amount of emotion where it was needed. I will happily listen to more of his performances in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • All the Things We Lost

  • River Valley Lost & Found Series, Book 1
  • By: Kayla Tirrell
  • Narrated by: Katie Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

After her mother’s death, 18-year-old Katie finds herself in a town she never thought she'd see again. Lost in turmoil and sadness, a ray of hope shines brightly when she comes face to face with Julian for the first time in years. However, he isn’t the same boy she left behind. Reserved and covered in bruises, everyone in River Valley avoids him. Rumors of his activities run rampant. Despite his cold attitude toward her and her own sadness, Katie can’t keep her thoughts from straying to her childhood friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA novel dealing with loss at a young(er) age...

  • By jstep on 11-07-18

YA novel dealing with loss at a young(er) age...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

All the Things We Lost is Book 1 in the River Valley Lost & Found series by Kayla Tirrell. This book was easy to get into and it wasn't a bad listen at all. I just wanted a bit more depth from it. Both Julian and Katie have lost loved ones and both have gone through/are going through their own ways of dealing with it. Once childhood best friends, they've reconnected after Katie moves back to live with her father after her mom dies. They've both changed. Especially Julian, who initially treats Katie like a complete stranger. As their deal with their losses, initially on their own and then together, they grow closer and closer and what was once a deep friendship turns into a sweet romance.

I was kind of torn between 3 and 4 stars with this one. Though this is a YA novel, I felt that there was too little depth to it, even for a younger audience. Katie's mom passes away and she has issues with her father, though it felt as if that area was barely touched on and then at the end, resolved, or at least in the process of being resolved. Julian's issues with his father got a bit more resolution, but I felt as if the conflict with his brother wasn't really resolved either. I guess I would have just liked a bit more depth and a more complete story that gave me the feels. It was a good listen, though I didn't really care too much about any of the characters if that makes sense. I liked Gwen a lot as the main secondary character though. She definitely added to the story as a friend of both Katie and Julian.

Katie Brown did a good job with narrating this book, though I would have liked to have heard a bit more emotion and depth in her voice. I would try more of her narrations in the future though, as her cadence, pronunciation, etc. was good. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • What Doesn't Kill You

  • Twisted, Book 1
  • By: Jo Ho
  • Narrated by: Allyson Voller
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

When Marley moves into her dorm at Blackville University, the recent murder of a Tennerson student is the last thing on her mind. She has roommates to get to know, classes to sign up for, parties to attend, and an over-protective father to avoid, who, as luck would have it, has just been hired at BU as its newest history professor. After a childhood of being bullied due to a condition she can't help having, all Marley wants is to be normal. She hopes a new start in a new city will provide that. Unfortunately, life has other plans for her. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Mandy Buffington on 12-18-18

Great start to a promising new series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-18

What Doesn't Kill You is Book 1 of the Twisted series by Jo Ho. First off, it was a lot of fun and I can definitely tell that Jo Ho has written for the screen before. I can totally see this as a show on the CW or Freeform. This is the story of Marley, a girl who is starting college at Blackville U, which also happens to be the same school where her father is teaching. Anyways, she meets her roommate and a few other people and during one crazy night, she discovers that there's more to the group than they had ever expected! This book was written well and does a good job of introducing the main characters to the listener and really sets things up for the next book in the series. I didn't want it to end!! So just to note, this isn't a book with a cliffhanger, per se, but know that everything won't be all tied up with a shiny bow at the end of this book. It's meant to make you want to listen or read the next book in the series.

Allyson Voller did a good job narrating this first installment of the Twisted series and I think she would be a wise choice for the others to come as well. She does a great job of giving each character a unique voice and adds the perfect amount of emotion while narrating when it's called for. I'm looking forward to listening to her narrate the next books in the series! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • The Fix

  • By: Michael Balkind, Ryan Burr
  • Narrated by: Alex Perlman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Star college quarterback, Colt Walker, has it all: good looks, brains, one of the best arms in the game, not to mention potential for the Heisman and a first round NFL draft pick, until he puts it all on the line as he slides into the ugly world of sports gambling. College football referee, Frank Gastner, is a man stewing in his own misery, consumed by a drinking problem, heavy gambling debt, and heading into a nasty divorce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun, enjoyable, easy listen...

  • By jstep on 10-24-18

A fun, enjoyable, easy listen...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-18

The Fix by Michael Balkind and Ryan Burr is an easy listening story about Colt Walker, successful college quarterback, a Heisman front runner and general all around good guy. Life is good....except for the fact that he's broke. Focusing on his football career and (hopeful) draft into the NFL hasn't left much time for a job. So he breaks his own rules and starts gambling on games...

I enjoyed this book. If you're anticipating a football book, you're going to be sorely disappointed. This book more so revolves around gambling addiction, debt and one kids story of how easy it was to get into it and get hooked, as well as the repercussions that he faced when things didn't go so well. It was an entertaining, if not a tad bit predictable, listen. Regardless of whether I could see what was coming at the end for miles or not (I could), I still enjoyed the time that I spent listening and would recommend this book for someone who is intrigued by the summary, but again, understands that this ISN'T a football novel and is looking for a casual read that isn't going to make you think hard, just listen and enjoy.

Alex Perlman did a good job with the narration. I think his voice fit Colt's character well and he voiced well-developed, unique voices for the secondary character in the book as well. The book was read with a good amount of narration where appropriate and I would listen to more books narrated by Mr. Perlman in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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