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Publisher's Summary

Laid out upon these frail leaves is a banquet of delectable misfortunes and savory tragedies. Partake of these melancholy morsels of bile and brine, of wrath and regret. Sample vintages of fermented tears and distilled blood. Lick the sharp edges of cursed blades, and nibble frail hopes set on platters of tarnished silver. Strange sorrows warp the palette of perception and bring about subtle ruin and uncanny vigor. Indulge in the filling robustness of Tainted Steel.

©2016 Aaron Hollingsworth (P)2017 Aaron Hollingsworth

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I've got tainted love for these tainted tales

Tainted Steel: Tales of the Weird and Woeful is a collection of short stories, just under 20 in total, that lives up to its name. The writing is great, and the stories most definitely entertain and captivate the listener. The stories are short, and this is a good thing. They come in, pack a punch, and move on so that you are ready for the next gut punch or ear twist. The writing style is sublime, and some of these stories feel like they have been around for hundreds of years, and yet they do not seem stale or as if they don't belong in the present day. Each one clocks in under 20 minutes for the most part.

Montooth is amazing. Audiobooks live and die by their narrators, and he gives this book a real flavor that plain text cannot convey. He is a fantastic reader, and his talent for weaving words that act like earworms burrowing into your mind is just plain scary. He does a phenomenal job keeping you listening.

5 Stars all around.

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Intriguing collection

A well thought out collection of shorts, that encompass a wide variety of subjects and styles.

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Just What the Subtitle Implies

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

These are strange short tales indeed, some gruesome, some fantastical, others a little bizarre. The writing is very pleasant, at times even lyrical. I could get into some of the stories better than in others, but overall a quick listening experience easy to follow even when there are many interruptions in your daily life.
The narration was also well executed, though in one instance the tone dropped so much that it came out a little mumbled. Other than that, however, it was a very pleasant interpretation.
If you like short stories and the unusual, this collection is for you.

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Tainted Steel

I loved a few and some not so much.Narration by Danny Mantooth was good.Sharkey the Carkey is a tearjerker.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Good Collection of Short Stories

Good Collection of Short Stories for quick listening enjoyment. Well done, well narrated. Great short listen.

This book was provided at no cost for a fair and honest review.

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Perfectly Re-readable

The stories told within the confines of this book vary in the effect they have on the reader. The narrator was a perfect choice for this reading. Both the author and narrator make me want to experience these stories over and over. I was asked if I have a favorite story amongst them; I cannot decide. They are all entertaining and, in most cases, surprising. If it were possible to wear out the audio track, I am most certain that I would be the one to do it.

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Short dark fantasy stories

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

This was definitely weird and oddly intriguing. A short collection of dark fairy tales. It's short, but entertaining.

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Weird and twisted tales

Take many a story you thought you
Knew and be ready for some heavy duty twists. There are also a number of originals. They all showcase the talents
Of the author and narrator. The story of the the golden apple will take you to new places and depths one would never now otherwise while weaving into multiple other tales as well. Fantastic collection. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Twisted Tales

I wasn't sure what to expect when I requested to review this audiobook, but the description intrigued me. The audiobook is true to the description. These tales are definitely wicked and woeful, twisted and tormented, sometimes deliciously so. If you like off-beat, dark fairy tales, this audiobook is for you. I enjoyed these tales, and the narration suited the content. The delivery was well-paced and the voices matched the atmosphere of the stories.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Set of Very Short Stories

I got this ARC via audiobook boom. This is a set of very short stories about people with swords. At times I thought they were poems but then there was no rhyme with them. The narration was the only thing I was sure of. and it was good. They were indeed weird just as the title implied.

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