I was really worried when I decided to download these books. First off, I love the Stephanie Plum books and this series is directly compared with the Plum books everywhere I look. On top of that, they're narrated by Lorelei King (the same lady who narrates the Stephanie Plum books). Recently, I'd had issues with listening to the latest Eragon book because Gerard Doyle narrates both them and the Septimus Heap books and I couldn't get the Septimus Heap books out of my head when I was listening to the last book. So, this audiobook had a lot of strikes against it before I even started. But I shouldn't have worried. Lorelei King is an amazing narrator and she amazing here. Yes, I did hear some of the same voices from the Stephanie Plum books but it wasn't distracting and not once did I find myself getting the series mixed. So kudos to King and if you're considering listening to a book narrated by her - have no fear. She's amazing.
Now onto First Grave on the Right. I loved it. It was fun, light-hearted, sexy and fast-paced. The dialogue is witty and sarcastic and Charley is a wonderful main character. It's so much fun listening to her dealing with the ghosts that pop in and out of her daily life. There's so much potential with Garret and Reyes as main characters. Yes, the story was a bit cliched at times but when I was laughing out loud at the book, I can handle the cliches. Hmmm, should I listen to the second book in this series or the next Night Huntress book first? Decisions, decisions.
It was hard for me to keep an interest in the story. After a few tries, I put it down. I'm reading the reviews of others for the next books in the series. I'll try one more to see if the series improves. If not, I won't get any more. fingers crossed.
the characters are fleshed out and plots just out of normal range.
dare i say ALL of janet evanovich's books????
lorelei king has a wonderful voice and uses it to best advantage in all she does.
Similar style to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. The main character is a strong woman with tongue-in-cheek humor. For instance, she has an oriental man (ghost, spector, spirit?) floating in the corner of her living room, facing the wall. She greets him every morning with, "Hello My Chan" (or whatever she calls him). The man never moves, speaks or pays any attention to her yet she greets him every morning and says hello every evening. No one else can see this guy, btw. This is definitely a easy read, quick witted and entertaining. I'll be watching for more books by this author.
Memorable? Its an entertaining book w/many quick-witted quips. No one "moment" was more memorable than the next. This is not an "Ah Ha" book but light, entertainment.
I love the attitude and the voice of Charley Davidson. She's bright, witty and the kind of person you want to, well, just hang out with. Daryna Jones has a light narrative style that makes my long daily commute almost a pleasure.
Charley is a really interesting character, but it's Lorelei King's incredible ability to tell a story that made this audiobook for me. Lorelei King is my favorite character, I think, but doesn't that also make Charley my fav? Why is life so hard!
Yes. I'm obviously a fan. I decided to try this book/series because of her and because of the subject matter. I knew Lorelei King would infuse interest and life into any book.
I have already started the next one. I seem to get hooked on series...and I am definitely hooked on Charley Davidson, Lorelei King, and Darynda Jones.
Romantic, mysterious with a life of true crime.
Charley was never meant to have this scmoozey voice! I tried to play the audio book for a friend while we were painting, she's never read the grave series, and I love the character Charley and Daryndas Jones' supernaturally awesome series! However, Lorelei King was so over the top my friend couldn't even listen to it. As an avid audio book listener I've gotten used to enduring bad narrators, and classify Lorelei King's overdone performances as a part of the worst!
The authors style and the kick-butt leading lady are very much like the number series from Janet Evanovich (not that horrible movie they made, but the first few books before things got weird).
It would have to be a book I reallly liked in order to endure that mess again.
Don't fear death, fear her crazy stepmother!
An interesting and entertaining story, unique premise and characters. And Charly kept me chuckling: she's sassy, checky, and wry even when the story got heavy as it did. And Lorelei King is the PERFECT narrator for this story. Listened to the first and second books, ready for the third!
If you are looking for a change of pace in what you have been listening to or just waiting for the next book in you favorite series to come out (like I am...lol), then this is the book for you. It is action packed, fast paced with a good story line, and just enough twists and turns to make it worth the listening. Darynda Jones is a new author to me, but has done a very good job of developing people and situations in this work. I have just gotten the next two books because I want to see what is going to happen next. Have fun listening and I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
This book is mystery, meets romance, meets the paranormal. All in one book. It's very entertaining and alive, and was a great listen. Getting the next two books right away!
She gives life to Charley the best.
The mix of a twist to the supernatural that I have not yet stumbled upon, with a strong storyline is a good listen. Toss in the perfect amount of sexual tension without the overload that is popular right now, and add the funniest, sarcastic, light-hearted banter winding its way between well developed characters and within the main character's internal dialogue and you have a super fun book! Ms. Jones takes you to dark places, sexy places, and unexpectedly pitches humor at you that made me laugh right out loud several times throughout the series.
I just loved this series! I started when there were 3, hoping it was a trilogy with closure. No such luck. There is no end in sight and Ms Jones simply cannot write fast enough to make me happy! More, MORE!
This series makes me want to meet the writer very badly. She must be a riot! I hope she has written something else to charm me:)