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Summer has just begun, and fear is in season.

School’s out, and the faculty at Fairington Elementary School are free for the summer. Emily Young can’t deny her attraction to Aaron Jackson, the ed tech from her classroom, but she’s afraid of being hurt again. Meanwhile, Aaron is determined not to let his phobia of drowning prevent him from enjoying the sun and the sand of Maine’s best beach town.

But they’re about to learn real fear. Fairington is home to a monster. Phys ed teacher Matt Holmes has more to offer the ladies than a perfect smile. He’s a killer, and he’s got his sights set on Emily. Who at Fairington will conquer their fears? And who will fall to a psychopath’s hellbent rage?

©2017 Glenn Rolfe (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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I was afraid

Short but face paced story. Starts out moving and keeps on going until the end. Really enjoyed the story and would absolutely be willing to listen to this as a full novel. Can't say that anything was missing from this story but it could easily become a much more tense thriller if it were longer and allowed to develop more. Really I would only change one thing in the story that kinda came quick and didn't fit the way I wanted the story to go. Absolutely need to keep an eye on this author.

Honestly I got this book just because it was narrated by Joe Hempel. For the most part if he narrates it I'm interested. Joe hasn't let me down yet. Did I hear that there was a teacher named Hempel or did I mishear that?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 03-16-18

Well defined character study about fears!!!

Things We Fear was a great short story about the things we must face to be free of fear.
The characters were incredibly well developed for such a short story and the Narcissistic character was spot on for someone that has the narcissistic personality disorder.
Looking forward to more from Glenn Rolfe.

Joe Hempel did an excellent job, as usual. Always a pleasure to listen to a well narrated story.

I requested a free review copy of this audio book and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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Bravo!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. This is a very well written story with excellent narration that you are sure to enjoy.

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100% Brilliant

Joe Hempel is an Audible powerhouse! I've listened to so many stories narrated by him and he never, ever disappoints. In fact, I think he added even an additional something special to 'Things We Fear." For me, there is something very satisfying about a shorter story - the immediate gratification that this story lends to the reader will satisfy even those who are dedicated to being dissatisfied! Glenn Rolfe spins a tale that isn't to be missed by any horror/thriller lovers. It's hard to say much about the plot without spoilers, so instead I'll simply say: this is definitely one to listen to.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Tatiana
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • 04-03-18

Immediate gratification

Sometimes the immediacy of the novella format is exactly what I'm looking for. You get the same story structure as a full length novel, but all the plot points and excitement are compressed into a smaller time frame. If the characters are good and the plot is interesting, it's basically immediate gratification. This story totally delivers that.

This was a great story that pulled me right in and kept my attention throughout. From the summary I expected a suspenseful novella about teachers going about their summer break while a serial killer creates drama on the sidelines, and that is exactly what I got. On top of that, there was also a bit of a psychological, scary creature type theme that I didn't expect. It added a lot to the plot and was well done.

There are just a couple of story lines here, and by the end they neatly coalesce into a dramatic climax with no loose ends. The only thing I didn't love about it was that there is a pretty big focus on romance and attraction throughout, but given the description, I guess that was implied from the start. Just be prepared to hear about physical attraction every paragraph or so. It's all pretty mild though, and there is nothing explicit.

In any case, the story itself more than made up for this, and I absolutely recommend it. Joe Hempel did a fantastic job narrating, as always. He was the best narrator for the job, hands down.

I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Stalking Story

Where does Things We Fear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is about average compared to others like them. I received the book free for and honest review.

Would you recommend Things We Fear to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend to those who are into suspense type stories.

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Good Novella

First this is not a true horror book but a short suspenseful thriller with a sadistic stalker/killer and an old childhood fear and I enjoyed it. Loved the characters of Aaron (fears body of waters) and Emily who develops a relationship and feel Matt got what he deserved. I felt the story could have been longer with more development but still enjoyed it with great narration. Recommend author’s books The Haunted Halls and Slush (short stories). I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank You!

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Awesome!

Not overly scary story but still very good. Short but has everything a novel would have.

Joe Hempel is one of my favorite narrators. His voice is smooth and expressive.

I received this audible free and am thrilled to give my honest unbiased opinion.

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Things We Fear

As always (with Joe Hempel), the narration was top notch. The story itself is not for the squeamish.

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  • Sara
  • Vermont
  • 03-09-18

Story wasn't there, narration was great though!

“Things We Fear” by Glenn Rolfe had all the makings of a really good book but it just wasn’t there for me. The best part of the entire book was having Joe Hempel read to me, otherwise, I am sure this would have been a DNF (did not finish) for me. I feel like the author took two separate ideas and forced them together. If he were to separate the crazy, rapist Matt from water-fearing Aaron, I think he could produce two top notch stories. I also feel like the title only worked with Aaron’s part of the story and he was a very small section of the story. It was just scattered and there was way too many characters for me.

Honestly, the best part of the entire story was Mr. Hempel. There were areas where he was talking for Aaron and his voice turned slightly dreamy and romantic sounding… it was just total swoon worthy. I think Mr. Hempel did his best with what he was given and he was given a very loose storyline and way too many characters.

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