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  • Friend Request

  • By: Laura Marshall
  • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria's sudden reappearance threatens it all and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone with whom she'd severed ties in order to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there's more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what's known to Maria - or whoever is pretending to be her - is known to all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Great Read!

  • By Elizabeth Whitaker on 11-10-17

Not exactly what I thought, but very good

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Okay, so this novel came out in September, right before the same time the movie Friend Request commercials for release in theaters. So I thought I'd lucked up on a super-cool purchase! I was thinking, "I've got the 1-up on people going to see it!"

Man, I was so freaking wrong! This Friend Request, by Laura Marshall <https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16610695.Laura_Marshall>, and the movie Friend Request were not the same friend request! I was so darn wrong, but was I disappointed by the book- that's the question, yeah? I am so happy to say, I was very pleased.

It's about Louise, a woman tormented by her high school, ignorance mistakes. The need to be adored and part of the In-Crowd placed her in a situation many readers could probably relate to. Sadly, Louise's ended with a tragedy...    So first, I loved their accents- it was so freaking British, and you know me! I couldn't find much on the author herself, but I really walked away from the book, satisfied.

Someone was done terribly wrong, and it was time for the offenders to receive their due. Don't you just love horrific, 'Get yer up-coming' endings? The way the antagonist lurks about is suspense-filled, but the story moved along in such a way, I near sped ahead to see what happened. Louise was a mess and took things to such an extent, I grew weary of her.

But the story isn't about a case of someone being trolled or pursuing an act of revenge. There was a deeper theme, concerning knowing those around you. Being involved in a person's life, in actual person. It was about keeping secrets and honesty and family. How your actions can come back and bite you in the behind and when to open your mouth and speak out. It was also about bullying and being a hypocrite. Yes, there was a great deal involved, and because of those issues, I was able to endure Louise's foolishness and insecurities.

Friend Request didn't connect with me when it came to the social ignorances of social media. It annoyed yet opened my eyes. I found appreciation for the story where it related to knowing the people you see each and every day. How fake people can be, as well as  how the smallest thing causes a complete 360 in personality and behavior.  The story was good, but not what I'd hoped. Mostly because I'd wanted it to be tied in to the horror movie which released September 22nd. Oh well. If you like stalkers, mysterious texts and Facebook trolls, then this is your dramatic story!

Cheers; I'm off to the next read!

Friend Request
Laura Marshall
Grand Central Publishing
Released September 5, 2017
384 pages

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  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,479
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,024

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

I can't believe I have to wait till March 2018!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

If you could sum up Hell Divers II: Ghosts in three words, what would they be?

It's Absolutely Fabulous!

What did you like best about this story?

There's too much to nit-pick. The entire story was amazing, from the characters to the creatures after them.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Bray's voice was great, but needed a bit more inflection from time to time. He's got a fantastic voice and it never bored me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When it was confirmed about something I can not state, due to offering up spoilers!

Any additional comments?

I'll be adding a full review to my website very soon. This book is action packed and never a dull moment! Hell Divers III: Deliverance releases in March 2018. I've got my pre-order!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,291

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Excellent Sci-Fi!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

I have a full review coming later, but I just had to say that this book was amazing. The story was salad the monsters were crazy cool and horrific, and lastly the hero was second to none.

  • A Shadow Bright and Burning

  • Kingdom on Fire, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Cluess
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when, instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers. Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • perfect for this time of year

  • By Roxanne on 10-07-16

A Mysterious and Magical Novel

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Where does A Shadow Bright and Burning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A Shadow Bright and Burning ranks in the definite Top, 5-star ratings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was, after Henrietta Howel of course, Magnus. I thought he'd be the one to betray her, but he was so darned likable and funny.

What does Fiona Hardingham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Other than her lovely accent, she brought the characters to life. She didn't just read the story, she gave each character personality and realism. Not many readers do that.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I absolutely could have listened to this novel in one sitting. Sadly, I am a homeschool teacher and housewife, so I listen when I'm doing chores, or in between lessons.

Any additional comments?

Cluess wrote with a sort of webbing, where I saw nothing coming. What I thought was to happen didn't, but something greater occurred that blew me away. She wrote with a descriptive style that was truly Victorian and English and fabulous. I don't know anyone who could pick this book up and not find themselves captivated. A Shadow Bright and Burning is also book one of the Kingdom of Fire series. Book two, A Poison Dark and Drowning released September of this year. I'll be sure to read that one as well and share

  • Red Sands

  • An Orbs Prequel
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Jeff and his little brother, David, are alone. Their parents have disappeared along with the rest of the world, replaced by glowing blue orbs and a terrifying army of aliens. But the boys are survivors. Living in the tunnels beneath the White Sands military base, escaping from hungry aliens, and searching for supplies, they hatch a plan. The boys will fight back, and before they're through the white sands will run red with blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Addition!

  • By Alyssa on 06-05-17

Perfect Addition!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

What did you love best about Red Sands?

The story itself is amazing. Short stories like this just made the series more enjoyable.

What other book might you compare Red Sands to and why?

None. It was an original tale.

What about James Fouhey’s performance did you like?

His voice was fine and easy to listen to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't know, honestly.

Any additional comments?

Orbs is a science fiction thriller that keeps you cringing and worrying about what's out there and what could happen if it came here! Set in the far future, earth is in trouble- we've abused natural resources and now, what's left is wanted by another more ominous, vicious being. Can humanity be saved? The Orbs series, written by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, is one of the best sci-fi tales I've read this year so far!

Red Sands is the fantastic story of Jeff and David, as well as a few others during the alien apocalypse. The story is so much stronger with this short story, and honestly, it tells more than I imagined. To me, it's very necessary, strengthening the saga instead of just filling in.

This installment also tells of the intended plan for the hidden settlements, and you begin to understand the monsters. The purpose of the spiders and a little something about who's controlling them. Read It!

The full Orbs series review:
http://www.areneehunt.com/the-reviews/the-orbs-series-by-nicholas-sansbury-smith

Orbs Series
Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Simon & Shuster/Simon

  • Black Beauty

  • Everleaf Series, Book 0
  • By: Constance Burris
  • Narrated by: Kila Kitu
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

At Vista Apartment Complex, life drastically changes for four of its residents when they decide to do business with Crazy Jade, the supposed voodoo witch who can grant your wish - for a price. Shemeya wants the confidence to stand up to the girls bullying her at school, but she soon has to choose between keeping her dreadlocks and living a normal life. After catching her boyfriend cheating, Latreece just wants to have the same curves as all the other girls. Ashley will do whatever she can to have "white girl flow" but takes her pursuit too far when she steals from Crazy Jade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horror for the new generation

  • By Audiobookhoe on 06-26-16

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Though written in very proper English, taking from the realism of young adults today, Black Beauty is an exceptional read. The story was of great imagination and the characters were both likable and enjoyable. Since it's a series, I'm hoping the ominous, thrill of the unimaginable reigns enough for me to read more by Burris.

  • Evil Rises

  • Origins of a Psychopath
  • By: Wesley Robert Lowe
  • Narrated by: Wesley Robert Lowe
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

With cold, unblinking precision, Evil Rises takes you all the way inside the beginnings of this icy criminal empire. This prequel novella sets the stage for the Noah Reid series, packed with breath-taking thrills and international adventures from secret monasteries in China to the vibrancy of New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Cool Beginning

  • By Alyssa on 04-05-17

Pretty Cool Beginning

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this to my friends who love movies like Kill Bill, and the tv show Into The Badlands. There was a lot of action, coming from the Mob Boss perspective.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I wasn't really able to form a relationship to the characters to develop a favorite. Not because it wasn't a good story, but because it was a short story. There really wasn't time, with three lead characters to keep up with.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was the only issue I had. His voice didn't do the story much justice. Someone else needs to read it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I listened to this story all in one sitting. I was on a short, road trip and it fit near perfectly.

  • High Moor 3: Blood Moon

  • By: Graeme Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

The war has begun...As the humans make their move against the werewolf threat in their midst, and civil war threatens to break the pack apart, John and Marie struggle to free the only person who can unite the werewolf factions against their common enemy: Marie's brother, Michael. However, their efforts may be for nothing. As tensions mount, the Moonborn prepare to combat the human aggression with an assault of their own; an attack that could spell doom for both man and werewolf alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Werewolf Series. Period.

  • By Dawnzilla on 12-18-15

A Blood Bath!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of High Moor 3: Blood Moon to be better than the print version?

Since I haven't touched the print version, I can not say.

What was one of the most memorable moments of High Moor 3: Blood Moon?

The huge battle at the end. I love action like that The way those I liked, as well as disliked died - with a few living and passing on a serious message to the humans, it was the best!

Which scene was your favorite?

As previously mentioned, the battle at the end half my favorite scene. I won't give details, but a military leader got what was coming to him.

If you could rename High Moor 3: Blood Moon, what would you call it?

Nope- I wouldn't change a thing with the title. it fit perfectly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paris Apartment for Rent

  • By: Peggy Kopman-Owens
  • Narrated by: Steve Ember
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Paris was a property owner's paradise, a place where renters far exceeded the inventory of apartments. So why had the beautiful young French woman been so willing to offer a perfect stranger, an American, her apartment and one month free rent? Yes, there were less expensive places in the world to live, but Zack's heart was set on a place of his own in the 6th Arrondissement. And yes, it did matter that it was in this particular neighborhood, where Gertrude Stein had lived and Hemingway had walked.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • slice of life

  • By Anonymous User on 02-28-18

A Dive Into French Culture and A Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

What did you love best about Paris Apartment for Rent?

I found great appreciation for the experience of becoming an expat with Zack. The details and explanations of culture made the story real.

What other book might you compare Paris Apartment for Rent to and why?

I honestly do not have one to compare it to. It was different and original.

Which character – as performed by Steve Ember – was your favorite?

Each character was quirky and carried personalities all their own. I believe Dimitri was the one I was impressed with most. He was the sort of guy I'd have loved to hang out with- except when drinking and sleeping with his feet in my face!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I never listen to a book in one sitting. I'm a homeschool wife and author myself. It always takes me two to three days for an audiobook.

Any additional comments?

The story was very amusing and interesting, but I feel a bit too long. There was too much information on the other characters- though it all worked out. I'll definitely be sharing it with others!

  • High Moor 2: Moonstruck

  • By: Graeme Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

The people of High Moor are united in horror at the latest tragedy to befall their small town. As dawn breaks, the town is left to count the cost and mourn its dead, while breathing a collective sigh of relief. John Simpson, the apparent perpetrator of the horrific murders, is in police custody. The nightmare is over. Isn't it? Detective Inspector Phil Fletcher and his partner, Constable Olivia Garner, have started to uncover some unsettling evidence during their investigations of John Simpson's past - evidence that supports his impossible claims: that he is a werewolf....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moral of the story- Don't piss off a werewolf.

  • By jami on 12-22-14

Stuck by Moonstruck!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

I didn't think the story would improve, but I was wrong. Book two in the High Moor series was pretty good. Though it still ran at an über-fast pace, there were a few bits that weren't necessary. I'm mostly speaking of the sexual tension between characters (no spoilers). I enjoyed it and am moving on to book three!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful