Anita is a great character. I love bringing vampires and were-animals into the 21st century and treating them as members of society. Not deep dark secrets that hide in the shadows. New laws and civil rights for vampires is a great concept.
Anita is ruthless, caring and funny.
Best narrator that I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. She has a great range in her voice and within minutes I felt like I was listening to several individuals not just one.
I chuckle often and frequently throughout the entire book - Anita is funny. Not comedienne funny but because she is real.
I had a difficult time listening to this book. I love the series (at least the beginning, as it is for many Laurell K Hamilton fans), but was completely turned off with Jean Claude's accent. I think it was overdone. I also do not like the tones of Anita's voice at times. But, I stuck with it. While I'm still not completely happy with how it was performed, I did enjoy the audio.
I read all the Anita Blake series before listening to the audio books. I disagree with all the previous posts where people are unhappy with the narrator. Kimberly Alexis IS Anita Blake. I have all the unabridged books for this series that she had done to date and I am so happy with all of her narration. I am anxiously awaiting Narcissus in Chains and the remainder of the books that she has yet to do. I simply cannot tolerate listening to Cynthia Holloway reading the series. Kimberly portrays Anita as she is meant to--A strong, independent woman. Any other narrator falls way short of Kimberly's amazing performance.
As for the book itself, this is one of my least favorite out of the series, and only because Anita is so against Jean Claude. (four stars for a least favorite will give you some clue as to how incredibly awesome this series is) The story is wonderful and inventive and I am a huge LKH fan!
I really wanted to like this book. Looking for something new after the audiobooks of The Dresden Files were all downloaded. The author is usually good. The audio book SUCKED. First, every single time a dramatic moment happens they play nerve-jarring music. Top that with the narration itself... I stopped listening after less than 20 chapters and deleted it. Flush that credit.
Seek something else, trust me.
This book had absolutely no romance (oh yeah there was a kiss then a bite), I'm not sure why the genre labeled it as such. Other than that it was okay I guess.
Since my reading is further along in the series, my first audiobook was the ninth in the series, and it was fantastic - kept me going on my long runs on the treadmill; so I moved on to the next, Narcissus in Chains. God awful. I had noticed it was a different narrator from my previous selection, but I was willing to give it a shot...but I just don't get what all the Cynthia Holloway fans enjoy about her. She sounds so whiney! So I started back in the beginning cuz I saw Kimberly Alexis did the narration for the first few books. Kimberly's my girl. She does a really strong Anita, smart, confident, still with right amount of sarcasm and snark. I saw one review that said she made Anita sound too strong, which struck me as odd. If you like an Anita who can handle herself, stick with Kimberly; if you want a whiney, obnoxious Anita, go with Cynthia-narrated audiobooks.
NOT the book. I love this book. I've read my paper copy a handful of times, and recommend it to anyone.
The narrator DESTROYED it. First off, did someone tell her "pretend Anita is a robot"? Then, apparently, she missed the part about Jean-Claude being a super sexy French vampire and instead made him sound pathetic. Add in Ronnie as "NY attitude girl" and the secretary as "yes, I'm from the backwoods of Alaska, why?"
Don't waste your time. Go buy the "dead tree" version of this book and enjoy it.
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.
The early Anita Blake books are great (the later ones are sadly nothing but porn).
However, this audiobook is one of the worst I've listened to from Audible. There are highly annoying music/sound effects (more like noise) randomly placed behind the narration. The narrator's accents change for the same character throughout the book (sometimes subtly and sometimes egregiously (ex Ronnie starts out with a thick brogue-ish accent (wrong for the character) and later loses it)).
This is the beginning of a very modern, tough, and slightly female Vampire Hunter. The series has violence and a very dry, sarchastic humor that combine to form a fabulously jaded outlook on life. We follow Anita's character through twisted developments in a first person format that allows us to understand what she fears and values and see how she copes with the stress that has become her life. I love the story and the narrator leands a sense of realism with her voice, inflection, and accents. I recomend this series to every modern tough girl out there.