I really don't know what to say about this book. My biggest compliment would be that the narrator does a decent job. Aside from the fact that I don't like the way she delivers words that are supposed to be screamed or exclaimed , I have nothing to complain about her.
but the book itself is abominable. the story is badly organized with events happening one on top of the other seemingly at random. This is supposed to be a murder mystery but it is sold not buy the collection of clues or the careful plotting of logical points but by the main character having a sudden bizarre Epiphany that is never explained.
if this were the 7th or 8th book in a series I might be able to forgive the massive amount of things that are not clearly specified. But for a first book it leaves a whole lot of Vital Information out.
I just really didn't enjoy it. The vampires don't even seem like vampires. They seem more like slightly malicious fairies with a penchant for dressing up and playing mind tricks.
First off I have the reader's voice didn't fit Anita Blake. ..shes a bad ass and tough. Second what is with the stupid music? Really bad idea. The only I ever heard music with a book was when it was a read a long as a child so you know when to change the page. The music was a bad idea. I read this as a book years ago and it was hardcore and intense so I thought I would love to listen to it. But no highly disappointed. :-(
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The book itself I like... the audio version has some issues. First and foremost is the music. For some reason RANDOM music starts playing during book. The narrator keeps going and the music just stops and comes back at another weird time during the book. And I mean RANDOM MUSIC. Its not like it has some significance to the story. I could see if she says "The door squeaks open" and then you hear a door squeak. No no no... it more like: The Narrator says "...and the door slams shut!" But instead of a door slamming, we hear somebody whistling a tune to the Brady Bunch. Its pretty distracting. Please dont let the second book have this "added feature". Now I have heard complaints about the narrator. Give the lady a break. She actually sounds like I think Anita would sound. Now her other voices arent as strong as Lorelei King or the lady who does the Merry Gentry series... but she isnt awful. Jean Claude does sound kinda girly and she seems to always be whispering when she does his voice. Now about the actual material. Anita is 24 years old and with an awesome talent for raising the dead. All the supernatural creatures are out in the open. I love this idea in the book. The fact that its unrealistic to think you can hide these types of things ( Vampires, werewolves, zombies) from the public, makes bringing them out into the open a very smart idea. Hamilton actually goes as far to think of how politicians would handle legislation about the undead or wereanimals. Also, the fact that the big bad master Vampire is a little girl makes it so much scarier... I only wish the big fight in the end was not so short. When you're fighting a 1000 year old vampire I think it should be hard and take some real time. It was almost like Hamilton was tired and just said "Oh its time for dinner.She wins. The End". For those who havent read the books the audio will be just fine (except for random music) but if you read the books you may feel alittle cheated when it comes to the famous voice of Jean Claude. In the books his voice can make a women "happy" but in the audio it just makes you smirk.
I have owned a hard copy of this book for ages, but it had been gatherng dust forever. My TBD (to be one) list is only consulted if I don't have something exciting, Sooooo Anita finally came to the top of the list.
I loved it!.
Anita Blake is both cynical and moral. Told in first person, Anita's sense of humor keeps the horror under control. The romance is light in the first book but it becomes more physical in later books. Kmberly Alexis, the narrator,is clear and consistent.
Fast paced action, well defined characters and intriguing definitions of the preternatural world combned to set me to reading, How much, you ask? I just fnished the first 11 n 13 days. Only 10 more to go!
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I love to read. I just don't always have time. Thank God for Audibles, aye? Who knew daily chores could so much fun now?
I really like the Anita Blake character. She cracks me up with her random thoughts of sarcasm. I can not wait to listen to the next book.
Kimberly Alexis is wonderful and I would recommend any book read by her. However to explain my low rating for performance; There are these weird back ground sound effects that piped in periodiclly. I am not sure they add anything to the story but the sure did take away from my experience. Whatever their purpose, it failed. This would be my only complaint and I know I wouldn't have experienced them if I had read it myself.
I would recommend this series.
I enjoy this genre: - modern, dark, fantasy detective stories with a film noir edge, including: Dresden Files (Jim Butcher), Mercy Thompson books (Patricia Briggs), True Blood books (Charlene Harris), Blood Ties series (Tanya Huff), plus these and similar TV series and movies, but I found this book, my first foray into Laurell Hamilton, hugely disappointing.
Firstly, the book is so overwritten, stuffed with adjective after adjective - describing the darkness of the room (just an apartment building, not even of a crypt) about four times. Secondly, its just not as fun as the other titles, it feels cliched and tired. I'm half way through, and don't think I'll finish it - I suggest you choose one of the other authors recommended above instead.
I originally began listening to the Anita Blake series with Cerulean Sins. I LOVED the narrator, Cynthia Halloway. Her voice was incredible, feminine and embodied everything that I envisioned in Anita. I actually think her voice made the books better. The narrator of this book (and a few others) does an adequate job, but it's just not the same Anita that originally compelled me further into the series. Her essence is not the same. One thing I do like...it's nice to hear Jean-Claude with a French accent. Overall, the book itself is pretty good. I really enjoy knowing how the characters began to interact. It's refreshing.
I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.
Although this book had potential, I kept getting annoyed by the sarcasm.
"How are you?" answer: "Just peachy..." then statements like these: "Bully for me..., Point for me..., Point for him..."
These statements were a little repetitive and frankly I was contemplating deleting it from my ipod before I finished. Fortunately or unfortunately, however you choose to look at it, I was stuck in traffic and ended up finishing it.
Now I wonder, does the first book in the series lay the foundation for some good reading in the rest of the series? I am afraid to buy one and find out. So many people raved about this book and Amanda Blake. She seemed too macho for a woman and came across a little bit unconvincing.
As a side note there were a couple moments in the story when I did actually laugh out loud at something funny that happened. However, I wouldn't recommend this book.