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  • Year's Best Hardcore Horror, Volume 3

  • By: Scott Smith, Nathan Ballingrud, Brian Hodge, and others
  • Narrated by: Angel Leigh McCoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

It was a killer year for horror fiction of the harder kind. Authors, editors, and publishers presented readers with some startling works of horrific imagination, stories graphic in the extreme yet with subtleties suggesting larger meanings, tales that explore humanity by plumbing depths of soulless inhumanity and, in some cases, outright depravity. The stories here represent the best of them, disturbing tales that dig deep and take you into the dark heart of horror itself, unrelenting and unapologetic.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT ASSORTMENT!

  • By G C on 09-25-18

Nasty but Great Collection!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I’m always looking for new horror authors to listen to and this collection of stories have turned me on to a few more. The collection is bold and daring! Some of the stories have kind of a morbid moral to their story, which I found quite satisfying. All the them are especially gruesome and extremely gory, so they are definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Some of the tales are just a few minutes, where others go on for more than 30 minutes so no matter what, you have time for a quick listen or two. I personally enjoyed listening to one or two stories a night before bed.

If you love stories that make you cringe yet compel you to continue listening, I highly recommend this audio book. There is something in there for anyone that loves truly disturbing horror. There are a large variety of narrators too and over 15 hours of listening entertainment. For those reasons alone, I believe it’s worth a credit.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Cross Her Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Lisa, a single mother, devotes herself to raising her 16-year-old daughter, Ava. She doesn’t speak of her past or Ava’s absent father. Ava is getting tired of her overprotective mother. She wants to live like a normal teenager. As her life begins to unravel, Lisa knows that the only way she can protect herself and her daughter is to face her fears. Yet courage won’t be enough. She’ll need help from the only person she can trust - her best friend, Marilyn. Between them, they have to save Ava, and to do that, they have to be honest with each other. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT LIKE BEHIND HER EYES

  • By pinkpolka13 on 10-24-18

Unfortunately Forgettable

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

NO SPOILERS REVIEW! I loved Sarah's first book, Behind Her Eyes but Cross Her Heart was not so great. Her first book was so unique and considered a psychological thriller even though the plot was very much paranormal. I guess I expected this one to also have paranormal elements, but that’s not the case and not why I didn’t love it. I hadn’t expected the paranormal aspects with Behind Her Eyes yet there it was, which is why I loved it.

This book is a straight up mystery and a straight up psychological drama thriller. There are some mysteries to be unfolded but the story is just ok. It's been only 3 days since I finished it and I'm already having a hard time remembering the story so with that in mind, it just didn't stand out.

If you like stories about complex relationships this would be a good one. Some may have difficulty listening to the parts involving child abuse. It should have been placed with the psychological thrillers instead of suspense.

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  • Rubbernecker

  • By: Belinda Bauer
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

The dead can't speak to us, Professor Madoc had said. But that was a lie. The body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. But no one hears what he does, and no one understands when he tries to tell them. Life is already strange enough for Patrick - being a medical student with Asperger's Syndrome doesn't come without its challenges. And that's before he is faced with solving a possible murder, especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different

  • By Leigh on 08-17-16

Unique, But Hardly a Thriller Until The Last Hour

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

NO SPOILERS REVIEW! It's more of a drama mystery than suspense, but it is unique. The story had a good plot, but it really carried on and on. I was more than halfway through the book before I even saw the plot starting to reveal itself. Other reviewers said it has a little bit of paranormal, but there is actually nothing in it that is paranormal. This is basically a detective story told by a young man with Aspergers, a form of Autism.

The ending was tied up too quickly and a little bit unbelievably for my taste. Some of the sub plots needed more time for me to feel satisfied.

I will say the main character Patrick was enjoyable and so was the narrator.


I would say this one is 40% mystery, 55% drama, and 5 % suspense.

  • With You Always

  • By: Rena Olsen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

In the wake of a painful breakup and struggling to prove herself at work, Julia feels adrift. When Bryce blows into her life, he seems like the perfect anchor. Handsome, charming, secure, and confident, Bryce brings out the best in Julia, sweeping her off her feet with attention and affection while grounding her with his certainty and faith. But this is no fairy tale. Step by step, one small concession leading to another, Julia is slowly isolated from her job, her friends, and her family, until she comes to find that her dream come true is a cage. Then one day everything changes....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Holy Roller for Me

  • By JenniferLOVESThrillers on 08-21-18

Too Holy Roller for Me

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

The main character is so weak in this story and its very heavy with religion. I guess it gives insight into how one may come under control of another. I did not enjoy the story here. I found the main character to be quite stupid to the point that I didn't care what happened to her.

Not alot of suspense here and the end did not satisfy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Drama Teacher

  • By: Koren Zailckas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Gracie Mueller is a proud mother of two and devoted wife, living with her husband Randy in upstate New York. Her life is complicated by the usual tedium and stressors and she’s settled down comfortably enough. But when Randy’s failing career as a real estate agent makes finances tight, their home goes into foreclosure, and Gracie feels she has no choice but to return to the creatively illegal and high-stakes lifestyle of her past in order to keep all that she’s worked so hard to have. Gracie has a lot to hide about where she’s from, who she is, and who she’s been.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unlikable Characters, Annoying Narrator

  • By JenniferLOVESThrillers on 08-21-18

Unlikable Characters, Annoying Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This story was extremely slow to develop and seemed to have no plot. None of the characters were likeable and the ending left me feeling unsatisfied. The narrators voice was whispery throughout and it really grated my nerves. This book had literally no suspense.

Don't waste you time on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Her Pretty Face

  • By: Robyn Harding
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat. A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before. Until she meets Kate Randolph.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Realistic insight into sociopaths

  • By Colorado-reader on 07-22-18

Just a Drama with Unlikable Characters

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I enjoyed “the party” but this book was dull. There were no mysteries or suspense. Francis and Kate were unlikable, and I found myself disliking Francis even more. What a superficial character! I don’t think the story went deep enough and there wasn’t a big climax. The only thing good was the narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Rapture: A Disturbing Psychological Thriller

  • By: Logan Fox
  • Narrated by: Kaiya Cyr
  • Length: 30 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

When Pearl accepts a $100,000 paycheck to work as a Fox at a members-only gentleman's club, she's excited to start. In 30 days, she'd be debt free with enough money to begin a new life. But on arrival, her possessions and identity are unexpectedly stripped and she's denied contact with the outside world. Pearl discovers that Foxes often disappear once their contracts have expired. The arrival of an undercover cop only serves to prove that nothing is as it seems at the Fox pit. Can Pearl escape the treacherous manor in time, or has this evil ground already claimed its next victim? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5* - mis-categorized on Amazon

  • By Christine Newton on 08-07-18

Good Erotica First Half, But The Rest Not So Much

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

This story is mostly erotica with some mystery and some paranormal. The story had a good flow for the first half and then went totally off the rails. The book dragged on as if the author wasn't sure where they were headed in the plot and then the last 10 hours of the book was bizarre. I had a hard time keeping up with all the changes in the character’s name and what was real or not real. It really should be split into three books.

I also found the ending to be totally ridiculous and it really minimized the trauma that Pearl endured. I think the author played it too safe with the ending. Seriously, I doubt a sex slave would be all ready to jump back in the sack after what she went through.

I really think the author needs to decide who their audience is. If its women, then he should learn what turns women on with erotica. All of the "liquidy" descriptions were cringy and geared for men. On a somewhat positive there were some hot sex scenes minus all the “liquidy” descriptions.

The narrator was ok but slurring in some parts and not when the character was intoxicated. The only voice male voice I liked was Tanner.

Overall, it was too long and too confusing. If you like erotica, you will probably enjoy the first half of the book before it goes off into crazy town.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Thinnest Air

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Brittany Wilkerson, Emily Cauldwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears. Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot - purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "The Thinnest Air" = Heavy Suspense!

  • By MA Reviewer on 07-02-18

Really Tried to be another "Gone Girl" and Failed

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I liked her other books but this one showed a real lack of creativity. The characters were cliché, and the plot is nothing new. I love mystery thrillers, but this was more like a soap opera. I didn't really like any of the characters and the story really made no sense. Overall, not her best and quite forgettable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicki Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab, and soon, you'll be matched with your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. That's the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: Test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance, and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • nope

  • By ASCH16 on 02-21-18

Meh, Cliché Characters & a Bit of a Soap Opera

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

NO SPOILERS! This book has a great premise and I wanted to love it like other John Marrs stories. I did not enjoy the layout of the story, it took too much concentration to keep up with all of the plot lines- I believe there were four separate plots. I enjoyed some stories more than others, which almost tempted me to skip chapters and just listen to the characters I liked.

The story started off with a smart storyline, but the characters became more and more cliché. It seemed like he created conflict just for the sake of creating it.

I recommend this if you like soap operas and medical mysteries. As for me, just not enough thrills.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Kind of Cruelty

  • A Novel
  • By: Araminta Hall
  • Narrated by: Nick Hendrix, Eleanor Matsuura
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 223

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet if lonely life - before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job; he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together. It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls. It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus. It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance, but lackluster story

  • By Angel on 05-10-18

Sociopath? Misunderstood? We Will Never Know!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

NO SPOILERS! If you like your stories to have answers by the end of the book you may not enjoy this book. The story is about a guy who is obsessed with his ex-girlfriend and its only written from his perspective. It leaves the listener to wonder whether or not his undying love is just a figment of his imagination or the real deal.

Overall, it was hard to care about this character because it was never clear as to whether or not he was a sociopath, a narcissist, or just totally misunderstood. There are hints of psychopathy throughout the story but just hints. One thing for certain is this character is utterly alone because his heart is only big enough to care about his ex-girlfriend, V.

I spent the whole book waiting for the truth to be revealed and it never happened. This book had a lot of potential, but I don't think it took enough risks and the lack of definition with its characters made it, forgettable.

For anyone who wants to listen to a good thriller about an obsessive boyfriend I highly recommend "You" by Caroline Kepnes.







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