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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 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

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

Fantastic narrator!!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

There were a few short stories that made me laugh entirely too long. Like “Junk” featuring Nick, who likes to flash his stuff and gets his own facial from someone upping the ante on flashing genitals. That was quite an interesting story! It ending up… well bloody! My delicious need for revenge was definitely satisfied! Some were creppily scary, some not so much, some… ok, a lot, were really gory and a bit gross! I seriously LOVED it!

The narrator, Angel Leigh McCoy, had an amazing voice. She narrated the entire 15 hours. I was captivated by her voice. It was fascinating… her voice could give me chills but it also could confuse me and give me this false sense of ease. Ms. McCoy was really able to channel all the various characters… and there were a lot. She did a young ladies voice… an old ladies voice. She was a fantastic narrator, really could be a top favorite!

  • A Killer's Mind

  • Zoe Bentley Mystery
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, the FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked me from the beginning...

  • By shelley on 08-05-18

Fantastic, fantastic, story!!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I got this originally as a Kindle First book and then upgraded to the Audio version for $1.99 (only). I've never read or listened to this author before so I was happy to get the deal. But, it really wasn't needed. This is a fantastic story! The characters are great. The storyline was seriously amazing. Of course, I'm really into the psychological stories... and this one was fabulous! Marvin was where the down time was at! He was a riot!

The narrator was perfect too! Brittany Pressley was expressive and upbeat.

  • Fatal Agreements

  • By: Ashley Fontainne
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Whispered rumors tickled the ears of the residents of an entire town for decades about the disturbing secrets of the old Halstead House, dating all the way back to the early 1920s. Most people didn't believe them. Several people will soon discover they should have listened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fatal indeed!

  • By Darc on 10-16-18

Love the southern feel to this!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Like the headline says, I just love the southern feel to this story. It took a bit to get into the story. It needed to build the background. But once everything opened... it was like an avalanche or suspense and, oh, the twists were great! I got this thinking it would be fun for a Halloween type of story... a little bit of scary... it worked! I didn't see it coming with that southern voice!

The accent the narrator whipped out was great! That southern accent just works for me so well! I thought that with so many female characters that I wouldn't be able to figure out who was who but I was. My only problem with the narration was that it seemed like the volume would sporadically turn up, then go back to its normal volume.

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  • Love Online

  • By: Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

We met in the least likely of places. It started out innocently enough. I was “ScreenGod”, and she was “Montana”, but of course those weren’t our actual names, just the virtual cloaks we hid behind. Logging in at night and talking to her was my escape - my sanctuary. Her real name was Eden, I’d soon come to find out. From the first time we connected online, I found myself transfixed. She was an addiction. At first, we knew nothing about each other’s real identities...and she was adamant that we keep things that way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SWEET.. WITH A TWIST OF ANGST

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-02-18

Narration made up for a lacking story!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

This was ok. I wanted a bit more from the dating on the Internet storyline. Ryder was sweet and kind. I had a hard time with his personality and him being in the entertainment industry. I really wanted to love this story but it was just ok. It could have been amazing. The writing was great, as you’d expect from Penelope Ward.

The narrators Andi Arndt and Sebastian York were fantastic. Ms. Arndt is one of my favorite female narrators. Her voice is so silky smooth and soft. Sebastian York is as sweet honey, but he’s strong and controls his scenes.

  • Dare to Dream

  • Carolina Beach Series, Book 1
  • By: C.A. Harms
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

After the sudden death of his wife two years ago, Darren Griffin has finally found peace. He has a good life, good job, two daughters he’d do anything for, and a beautiful home on the beach. Greer Monroe is grieving the loss of her father. It’s the final rung on the broken ladder that’s become her life - crappy job, no friends, and a cheating ex-boyfriend. At the insistence of her aunt, Greer decides to spend some time at her family’s beach house. When the glee-filled sound of children’s laughter dances through the breeze, Greer finds herself smiling again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Jan M on 08-23-18

Sweet and swoonable!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Dare to Dream is one of the swooniest and sweetest books ever! I mean, Darren with his two little girls is completely swoonable. Hearing him with those two little girls is the sweetest thing. Greer did not stand a chance where Darren was concerned! Darren has had such a hard past few years. Love was not on his agenda but you know what they say about the best laid plans and all! Greer’s story also pulled at your heart but it really wasn’t as devastating as Darren’s but this isn’t a race. No matter how you look at it, this story will tug at your heart and keep you listening on and on hoping for more… for everything.

I haven’t heard Lillian Yves in narration before. I really enjoyed her narration. I usually prefer to have two narrators when the book is a dual POV. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the way she read the story to her listeners. I really feel like she did an excellent job giving us two characters of an opposite sex.

  • Niccolaio Andretti: A Mafia Romance Novel

  • The Five Syndicates, Book 2
  • By: Parker S. Huntington
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel, D. C. Cole
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Minka Reynolds has never been liked, but she doesn't care. Struggling to earn custody of her little sister, she is on a mission to gain the only things that will get her there - money, a home, and a stable career. Unfortunately, she has none of those three, but she's close. It's just within reach...until she meets Niccolaio Andretti, the former heir to the Andretti mafia family, and everything she thinks is right becomes wrong. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🎧AudiobookObsession

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 08-13-18

Yes... keep all this mafia love comin!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I'm always scared when I fall way head over heels for a debut author... what if they never release another book? How can they allow me to love them and then leave me? Thank you Ms. Parker S. Huntington for not being a 1 hit wonder! Hit me one more time baby! LOL Ok, I'll stop now... but really I am so thankful for Niccolaio Andretti. This book was just as good as Asher Black! Woop!! Woop! I devoured, like inhaled this story! I am starting to think Ms. Huntington has super powers, I mean, how else can she make you love the most unlovable characters? Niccolaio and Minka are a bit rough to love. But that is only the exterior... the interior is soft and sweet and really just wants what we all want... love and family.

Lacy Laurel has this incredibly smooth and sexy voice. Seriously... it's hypnotic! It's like silk being poured into your ears... leave me alone... I'm no writer! Then you mix Ms. Laurel's voice with DC Cole's strong and hard voice. Mr. Cole has such a strong manly voice. It's a nice contrast with Lacy's.

  • Keeping Hope Alive

  • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Volume 4
  • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

A young couple taking a leisurely walk through the woods is shocked when the quiet, peaceful stroll ends as they come across what is without question a human skull. Two more bodies are uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims have just met their demise. While detectives Jean and Marty search for answers, Marty’s fiancée, psychiatrist Dr. Hope Rubin, disappears, and her patient Brad claims he knows what happened. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeping Hope Alive

  • By Donna Reynolds on 08-30-18

Narration on point, story was a bit off

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I'm honestly not sure if the story failed a bit for me because I feel like I waited for it for so long. The previous three books really worked me up to total excitement and once it was here and I pounced on it like a starved leopard... I was a bit let down. Now, the story is still good... the bones is there. However, some of the storyline seems oddly timed and out of order. I had to rewind a few times and relisten because I got confused. But put aside these things and it had the makings of an amazing story! I was thrilled to meet back up with detectives Jean and Marty. Plus catching up with the family and watching Hope plan the wedding to Marty.

Amy Deuchler does a great job telling the story. She can amp up the suspense and let you know something is about to happen with just her voice building up. I'll be honest that I prefer dual POV books to offer both sex narration but that doesn't happen here. I do miss the male voice. They tend to bring a bit... just something different to the audio.

  • Cold Blooded

  • By: Toni Anderson
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Disgraced investigative journalist Pip West is devastated when she discovers her best friend’s body facedown in a tranquil lake. When cops and federal agents determine her friend overdosed and then drowned, Pip knows they’re mistaken and intends to prove it. Pip is thrown off her game by grief and her unexpected attraction to the handsome federal agent on the case. The more Pip digs, the closer she gets to both the sexy FBI agent and to a bioweapons terrorist who’s more than capable of cold-bloodedly sacrificing anyone who gets in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The series keeps on rolling!

  • By JohnFern0813 on 07-29-18

Good romance turned thrillerish...

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is the 1oth audio of this story and I must enjoy them to keep devoting so much time to this story! I have to say that I've found myself a bit attached to the characters. I really enjoyed the symbolism and meaning behind the story. It did drag a bit here and there for me... I would have loved a bit more suspense... but that could just be me.

Eric G Dove is a great narrator. He brings his characters to life. I'll admit that he's a bit... over the top for me. But not so much that I'm turned off the series or even enough to adversely affect my thoughts. Perhaps just tone it down a bit for the next one :)

  • Flirting with Forever

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

My best friend, Natalie, has been by my side through everything. Leaning on my shoulder, borrowing my sweatshirts…and making my pants too tight when she flashes me that sassy smile that drives me crazy. But she has no idea about that last part. She doesn't have a clue I've felt this way about her for years. Until one night after too many cocktails, we fall into bed together. I'm flirting with my forever…she just doesn't know it yet. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Would not use a credit or pay the price for 4 hours.

  • By Dawn Linville on 09-05-18

Loved this sweet, friends to lovers story!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This audiobook could not have been any sweeter. This trio of friends… Jack, Cam, and Natalie have a deep friendship built in years of memories and trust. But can this friendship-trio survive a duo falling in bed… perhaps falling in love? Kendall Ryan is the queen of these little short books that pack a ton of sweetness, a ton of heart, and two-tons of heat! It isn’t a deeply layered story but more a bit on the surface and I’m fine with such a delightful listen.

The narrators, Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt are pure perfection. I think I’ve said this previously but Ms. Arndt has to be my favorite female narrator. I love her voice and the way she enunciates… her tone and the humor she portrays through speaking. Mr. Webber is also a joy to listen too. He’s strong in voice and his portrayer is fun and flirty! He’s the perfect Cam!

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  • Ugly

  • By: Margaret McHeyzer
  • Narrated by: Becca Ballenger
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to see. If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to feel. If I were dead, he'd never raise his hand to me again. If I were dead, his words wouldn't cut as deep as they do. If I were dead, I'd be beautiful and I wouldn't be so...ugly. I'm not dead...but I wish I was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, and real tear jerker.

  • By weekly reader on 08-16-18

Woah...

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This story has broken my heart before I was even 5 minutes into it. Plus, that cover! I mean, you just know it’s going to be emotional. I know some people have triggers and if you have a problem with mental and physical abuse I’d walk gently here.

The story is gripping and told beautifully by the narrator Becca Ballenger. This is a story you will feel with every mean taunt and every hard kick. Ms. Ballenger gives this heartbreaking story life. This audio is in the top 5 emotionally-thought-provoking audiobooks of the year for me, if not the top 1.

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