I WAS an avid fan of Laurell K. Hamilton until about 3 books ago. Then I don't know what happened, but the Anita Blake books just aren't cuttin' it anymore. Too much repetetion of what's gone before (and I don't mean to bring a new reader up to speed). To much just boring sex - seems like it's to fill pages - and not a whole lot of focus or plot that is interesting. Sorry, but this may be the last book of hers I read.
Kimberly Alexis on the otherhand does a superior job as usual. I don't think I could have made it through the whole book if she hadn't been reading. She's perfect for Anita and all her groupies.
I can't without a spoiler...
Edward, cause he's always been my favorite.
I have not.
Oh yeah! I found myself coming up with all kinds of activities I could do so I wouldn't have to turn it off! I listened to it in the car, while making dinner, doing the dishes, Heck I even took a bath so I could listen!
I had downloaded an audiobook for Wuthering Heights previously (from another website) and hated it, it was boring and I just kept losing focus and forgetting what I had heard. But this book was so great! I was facinated! I couldn't turn it off! I've even listened to it again! I'm now hooked on audiobooks. If you love Laurell K Hamilton, this is a great way to
Another winner from Laurell K. Hamilton, excellent series. Prefer Kimbery Alesis narration for these books and she never disappoints us indluding athentic French accent and attention to details.
The first time I listened to the book, I was unthrilled by the plot line. In a lot of ways, it felt like this book was a passive plot line to link together sex scenes with none of my favorite characters from the rest of the series. It left me thinking "when does Jaun Claude get Anita again and what about the new and improved Richard and can we get rid of Asher yet." The reading was enjoyable, but the plot wasn't what I wanted.
Of course, then I had to go back and listen to the whole series from book 1 onward and realized that the book fits with the series. If you are looking for violence, sex, and violent sex the series is great, and this book continues the tradition. It brings in characters the come and go throughout other books without the shadow of the more central men. It continues to work toward developing the arcing conflict. It ties in some of the theories from the previous book. And while it will probably never be my favorite in the series, it was a good book as one installment in a great series.
That being said, I would said this is my number one series to recommend except the lack of an unabridged book 10. If you don't mind stopping half way through the series to read a paper book, get the whole series.
Kimberly does an excellent job again. I can tell each character without their name being spoken. I'm not quite sure about the music though, it takes away from the suspense I think. Mrs. Hamilton you are a talented and wonderful writer. This book does an excellent job of showing where Anita has been while tellimg the current story and paving many avenues for future books. I just can't wait. Is it June 2012 yet?
Yes, I would listen again when my girlfriend catches up on the series.
Without a spoiler alert - The ending.
Anita.. as always. Kimberly is brilliant. As I am listening, I feel that I am listening to the characters themselves. I forget that it is one woman playing all the parts.
Kimberly has been increasing her use of sound effects to add ambiance to the listening experience and I feel she hit the mark on this book.
Story moved smoothly
Anita, controlled percision leathality like a fine weapon
The voice change with the different Characters added flavor to the story
There were funny parts as well as touching
Another Hit Laurell.
I was looking forward to the next book in this series and was not disappointed. Now I cannot wait for the next one.
I'm a big fan of this series and I have read all of the previous books in the traditional book format. I was a little worried about listening to the audio version. I've imagined these characters for years, and I was afraid the narrator would oppose my imagination -- like seeing the movie version of a book you loved. But I can honestly say that the narrator only increased my enjoyment of this novel. Unfortunately, the story itself disappointed me for all of the reasons other reviewers gave. The plot had serious issues. But the audio itself, including the light sound effects and the narrator's interpretation of the text, were superb and I think it enhanced, rather than detracted, from the novel.
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
I like the books with Edward in them. Almost half of the book was over before the sex scene. ( whats NOT to love about the sex lol) The narrator did a great job. And you know, I even liked the music! I can't wait for the next one. Not sure why all the compliants, its really easy to solve the problem. Don't buy any more of her books.