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The wolf is roaming the city in this Bram Stoker Award-winning tale, and he must be stopped.
Grim Marie knows far too much about the wolves of the world, a world where little girls go missing. After all, she had married one before he showed his claws, and what that wolf did to her little girl was unforgiveable. Grim Marie isn't certain if she can ever forgive herself for putting her Little Aleta in harm's way.
When Grandmother becomes ill, Aleta offers to take the bus through the concrete forest to Grandmother's house to bring her some goodies. She knows the way. What could possibly go wrong?
In this modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf takes to the city streets to capture his prey, but the hunter is close behind him. With Grim Marie on the prowl, the hunter becomes the hunted. Wolves pad through the darkest kind of fairy tale - one that can come true.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing.
©2015 Crystal Lake Publishing (P)2016 Crystal Lake Publishing
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By Todd Keisling on 02-22-17

One of the darkest stories I've ever experienced.

Would you consider the audio edition of Little Dead Red to be better than the print version?

How one prefers to experience a story is entirely subjective. That said, I think Joe Hempel's delivery of the story really enhances the book in a lot of ways. He puts a lot of emotion into the dialogue, especially from Grim Marie's point of view, and that emotion goes a long way in adding an entirely new dimension to her character. So, if you're the sort who prefers audio editions, you can't go wrong with this one. It's top-notch all the way, and you'll feel the emotional impact in your bones.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the darkness of it. Like Yardley's other fiction, this story is disarming in its simplicity. It draws you in as a modern retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, with a mother grieving over the loss of her child, and then it takes you by the hand, around a corner, and into a dark place where it has its way with you. This story made me feel like I needed a shower. I felt dirty and hopeless from listening to it, and I mean that in the absolute best way I can. What I'm trying to say is that this story affected me deeply. Hours later, I'm still thinking about it. It's absolutely gutting.

Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

Definitely Grim Marie. His performance of this grieving mother hellbent on revenge was definitely a standout. I felt her sorrow and agony, I felt her rage, and I felt her complete hopelessness. He did an incredible job with the whole narrative, but Grim Marie definitely stood out.

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

The ending. My God, that ending. It was a complete sucker punch.

Any additional comments?

You can't go wrong with a story by Mercedes M. Yardley, and you can't go wrong with something narrated by Joe Hempel. This novella offers the best of both.

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By Simone K on 02-07-17


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It is a rare occasion when a horror book (or books in general, for that matter) successfully surprise me. "Little Dead Red" accomplished this difficult feat! Without spoiling any of the fun, I'll simply say, this is an astounding modern take on the Little Red Riding hood story, set squarely in the horror genre. I loved it. Would definitely read this again!!

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

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By Peter on 03-20-17

Dark and unsettling but very well done.

The descriptions and use of language are unique but very fitting with the tone of the story. Mercedes M. Yardley has crafted a well written this story it is an interesting listen you are never quite sure where the book is going until the very end.

Joe Hempel does a great job pulling the listener into the words making both the worlds and the characters seem real. I would happily listen to any books narrated by Joe Hempel.

Do not listen to this if you want to feel warm or happy. Evil and insanity can be found inside. Despite how short this book is It took me a long time to listen to as it is somewhat unsettling as it evokes emotion in the listener and it is a chilling believable tale of something that could happen.

If you listen to this (and it is very well done) have something happy and lighthearted on hand in case of needing a break.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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By Thomas Joyce on 03-05-17

Beautiful and horrific tale

What did you like most about Little Dead Red?

The language and the style of writing adopted by Yardley. Despite the harrowing subject matter, she delivers it in a compelling and entertaining way.

What did you like best about this story?

It is an emotionally charged story, expertly written by Yardley and narrated by Hempel to the maximum effect, drawing the listener in to the plight of the protagonist and her quest. The characters are fully realised. Yardley's prose is lyrical and beautiful while Hempel hits all the right emotive notes.

Have you listened to any of Joe Hempel’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Die Dog or Eat The Hatchet (written by Adam Howe) which I felt Hempel delivered very well. With Little Dead Red, he has shown that he can take on stories of very different subject matter and deliver an excellent narration no matter the story, style or protagonist.

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

Without giving too much away, when it is revealed that Marie has made a mistake about the identity of the wolf she is seeking. Harrowing.

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