Based on other reviews, I thought I would enjoy this book. I am a fan of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, both funny and more serious. Jones' intent with this book seems to be a mostly light-hearted take on the grim reaper. While some reviewers said the book was laugh out loud funny, I found it not to be the case. A good book/reader compels me to keep listening even when I should be doing other things. It took me a while to get through this book and I even put it on hold to listen to the entirety of Patricia Briggs' Fair Game before I finished listening to it.
Charley Davidson was just neither substantive, compelling or funny enough to keep me engaged. The plot was fine though a bit scattered because there were really two separate story lines. The jokes were meh... and Charley's feelings for her romantic interest don't seem very fleshed out. I really enjoy Lorelei King when she reads Patricia Briggs Mercy series, but I was left feeling unsatisfied.
I think one of the issues for me was that on the one hand, the story is attempting to be snarky, funny and non-chalant about Charley's abilities but on the other hand she is somewhat tortured about a mysterious character who overshadows her life. The ending starts to get really into the mysterious connections in her life, but it ends up feeling sort of shallow and like something you'd get from a second rate fortune teller.
I definitely will not be listening to the rest of the series. If you are looking for a good paranormal books that truly will make you laugh out loud even when the character is heartbroken, check out Molly Harper's books - Jane Jameson and the Werewolf books.
Love to listen to historical fiction, paranormal, romance, and general fiction while commuting. Audiobooks help make the drive bearable!
This book was a pretty good start to the series - I liked it enough that I bought the second book! It's not the best audiobook I've heard, but the narrator generally does a nice job conveying Charlie's sarcasm and attitude. Overall, I would recommend this book (in fact, I got my mother to read it too).
My favorite character is probably Charlie - I enjoyed her snarkiness.
It's hard to say without spoiling the story, but it involves the little girl ghost.
Yes, it involved the little girl ghost (don't want to spoil the scene).
Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!
Fun, Flirty, and Fabulous.I love this series, and you can't beat Lorelie King, but at this point a real portion of the narrative feels as if it is filling you in on backstory instead of moving the current plot-line forward. Honestly, by the time a new one comes out, I'd rather take the time to enjoy re-listening to the previous installment, than to wade the the predictable formula of the editors catching us up on the timeline.Next to Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, and Bowen's Lady Georgiana, though, this is my fave "time for something lighthearted" series.
Evanovich's Stephanie Plum - Bad-Ass girl, putting herself out there for the greater good.
Bowen's Lady Georgiana - A real Lady, teaching herself to be a bad-ass girl of her era.
Charley Davidson is one funny, witty, pain-in-the-butt Albuquerque PI. She used to be a consultant to her police detective dad, and is now a consultant to her police detective uncle. But there’s more the Charley than “Danger” and “Will Robinson” – her tits. She’s also a grim reaper. Not the Dead Like Me type either, but the kind chosen from birth, can speak every language known to man, see the dead and let them pass through her, and remember everything from birth kind. That’s a hard burden for a girl who’s just trying to make rent and avoid getting killed while doing it.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room – or rather on the cover. The cover art screams silly chick lit, but as the old adage goes, don’t judge this audiobook by the paint on the model’s toes. This book is so much more. The beginning is quirky, fun, and entertaining, and because of that humor, the story builds on you without you realizing it. The listener’s sense of Charley’s complicated relationship with her family, especially her evil step-mother, starts out light and fluffy and ends with shocking depth. Her interest in Reyes starts out seeming superficial before becoming a desperate need. Somewhere between the laughs, the serious themes of child abuse, domestic violence, etc., sneak up on you. An overall great listen.
I’m not going to lie. The only two reasons I purchased the Charley Davidson series were because: (1) it fit the paranormal/urban fantasy mystery genre; and (2) Lorelei King narrated it. As usual, she doesn’t disappoint. If you’re familiar with Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you know how well Ms. King pulls of snarky, and there’s plenty of snark in these books. She gives great cop voice, and there are a ton of cops in this book. Lorelei King even does a good biker gang…wait, that sounded wrong. You know what I mean. In one of the books, she even clucks like a chicken. The things a narrator does for her art.
Yeah I would recommend this book. It didn't match my taste but it was a nice story to listen to. I wasn't disappointed
How it dragged. The many times she explained about herself.
she was good
All but one of the origin explanations
Just seemed to drag and jump all over the place time wise. I dont listen to a book all at once and often I couldnt remember what period of time the story was at.
Funny, entertaining, amazing narration!
I am now a fan of this series! Loved all of them. And, of course, you can't beat Lorelei King for a narrator! A lot like the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich but with it's own twist! Highly recommend this series!
Retired and living in Spain, I am an avid reader. Audible has added a new dimension as I can experience excellent readers/actors too.
Darynda Jones is new to me as is her heroine Charley, but I immediately became a fan especially as there is a strong resemblance to another pair of favourites of mine, Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Plum. To add gold to the mixture the stupendous Lorelei King reads the story with her usual skills at personifying the characters and making them come alive. So good writing and reading make a unbeatable combination. I look forward to more.
While I see the resemblance Stephanie Plum is a fraction of Charley Davidson and no where near as funny. This book made me laugh out loud and the characters were all well developed and well written. It's a great story and Lorelei King is a great narrator. I mean g.r.e.a.t. narrator.
Loved the humor and sass the heroine provides in this fun story. Who knew the Grim Reaper had such a dead-pan sense of humor.If you like character development, this series is for you. My favorite character so far is Angel - he has the best lines. The narrator is terrific in her delivery and identifying of each character. Well done...