I really like reading all of the Vampire novels over the past 5 years. I have a long commute to work and so I thought I would listen to books as I drive. I happen on Molly Harper's series of books and started listening. It was fun and easy to follow. I have the next one queued up on my iPhone to listen to.
I grew up in the area that the book takes place, Kentucky-Indiana, and so I had a great time relating to Jane's mother and imposing good manners with other people. I totally related!!
When Jane could finally she her dead Aunt's ghost.
After Jane found out she had been turned into a Vampire and wanted to protect her parents.
For anyone that loves Vampire novels, enjoys family time, and plain good fun, this is a great book to listen to on Audible.
Avid reader and audiobook listener; I love paranormal lit, mysteries, historical fiction, romance, Brit-crime novels and thrillers.
While the "Nice Girls" vampire series is very good, I prefer Harper's "Naked Werewolf" stories. Though both of the series are on the "lighter" side of the paranormal genre, they aren't lightweight on story or action. They're very cleverly written with humor liberally sprinkled throughout. It's obvious to me that Molly Harper has a great sense of humor because all of her books are hilarious, some more so than others. Most of her comedic scenes are quite deadpan (no pun intended) and snarky, which most intelligent readers can appreciate. They are often delivered in a quick succession of one-liners so a listener to the audio version should pay close attention.
In this, the first book of the "Nice Girls" vampire series, Jane, the main character, is one of those poor souls whom bad things just seem to happen to. Gabriel, the male protagonist, is a vampire. There is a dilemma between them from the beginning because he is her reluctant vampire sire, "turning her" only because he couldn't let her die. The attraction between them is undeniable creating an awkward but interesting father/boyfriend dichotomy. The supporting characters are quirky and fun. In true Harper fashion, Jane's family is semi-dysfunctional and she has "issues" with most of her female relatives. Harper weaves commonplace problems that readers can relate to into her stories as well as any author I have read (not that one can relate to being "undead", but the fact that Jane's family problems don't go away even after her "death" is ironic). She places her characters into dilemmas that many of us face and we become invested in the their lives. Almost by default, since humans are such naturally curious creatures, we want to know what will happen next; how they are going to get out of a predicament or solve a problem. To me, this is very characteristic of a great storyteller.
Amanda Ronconi's voice is perfect for Harper's stories and I'm glad she is the narrator for all of them so far. She differentiates between characters well so I was never confused about who was speaking. I greatly enjoy Ms. Ronconi's style of performing the books, not just reading them.
Besides this series and the hilarious "Naked Werewolf" series, I recommend two more stand-alone books by Molly Harper that are available on Audible: "Driving Mr. Dead" (which is a spin-off of the "Nice Girls" vamp series) and "And One Last Thing...." (which is not in the paranormal genre). If you enjoy comical paranormal romance/fiction with a little mystery thrown in just to make it interesting, you should really like all of these excellent books.
Having recently listened to Molly Harper''s 'Naked Werewolf' series, I thought I'd give the Jane Jameson books a try. I'm glad I did. There are already plenty of reviews for this book/series, so I'll keep it short (well, for me, anyway).
The story: 3 stars --- There isn't much of a plot; Girl is about to die (one of the funniest deaths ever & totally NOT expected) & is turned into a vampire to save her life. The rest of the story is her coming to grips with her new "undead" status. There is No great mystery (what little there is, is easily figured out); There is no great romance; and there is no intricate, unique world-building /mythology that draws you into this world that Jane & her family & friends reside . What there IS, however, is a lot of laughs.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a light, fun read (or listen). Also, I would warn that the humor in this book is of the 'snarky banter/quips' variety. If this brand of humor is not your cup of tea, then I would pass on this. Think Christopher Moore's Blood Sucking Fiends series... the nearly non-stop humor and sometimes absurd situations/characters reminded me a little of that. (The humor is like what you find in Harper's 'Naked Werewolf' series though amped up considerably and as stated before, with less story/plot.)
Narration --- 4 stars
Overall --- 3.5 to 4 stars.
(I'll likely purchase the next 2 books in the series.)
Yes, it's a humorous and quick moving story with vampires, werewolves, humans, etc trying to survive love, murder, betrayal and all the other stuff that makes life worthwhile.
It doesn't get you wound around the supernatural axle and presents characters that could just be real (if there really was vampires and werewolves) and the narrator makes the funny even funnier.
Her interpretation of the voices is fantastic, I love her Dick Cheney. Her Jane Jameson voice is even better than I imagined Jane when I read the book in paperback.
Great voice actor, narrator or whatever you call the reader.
This book, is hilarious. The author twines the ordinary life style of a small town with vampires who are trying very hard to fit in. This is a laugh out loud book as our newly
I downloaded this book based on all the other positive recommendations, and I was not disappointed! Just plain fun. Very well-written and narrated.
(Spoiler alert!) Unlike many others, I am truly struck by how much Jane is like Sookie Stackhouse! They both live in the south in big, old, historic homes just outside of town that they inherited from beloved, older, women relatives. Neither of them have dated in a long time before they are both pursued by a couple of different vampires—one bad, and one good (and the good one is from the Civil War area). Jane and Sookie are both good friends with men who are seriously dating women werewolves. Both books mention Elvis sightings. Even the name “Hadley” comes up in both series.
I disagree that it was funnier than other books I've read like the “Sookie Stackhouse" series. That said, Jane’s sense of humor is definitely more *sarcastic* than Sookie’s. To me, wit and sarcasm are not synonymous. As someone who laughs a LOT and laughs louder than is probably appropriate in many situations (hehe!), I had expected to laugh at this book. If dry sarcasm is your sense of humor, you may love this book. Since it is very much not mine, I didn’t laugh at all.
Overall, I was a little bored reading this. I felt like I kind of just went through the motions to get to the end.
This author confuses me, although I keep coming back to her books and the reader. They are light listening that I always think, “ugh”. Then I think about them, enjoy the thoughts, and buy another book. I guess that I am just learning to appreciate this type of comedy. I LIKE her books!
Reminiscent of True Blood. Easy to get in to and just enough action to keep me interested.
Enjoyed the main character, her name escapes me. She was just ignorant and sweet enough to be funny.
If she's the narrator, she adds humor :)