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.
Was a good book, enjoy the series. Parts of it are started to get old, it seems most of the conversations with the police are exactly the same as other books. Whoever wrote the book summary apparently didn't actually read the book, had absolutely nothing to do with the book. None of the action involved her home town, and hit men never went for her main lovers. There were a few love scenes, but I was relieved to see that she is steering away from being a romance book. Sex is just fine, but I was getting tired of listening to her whine about her lovers. Good detective story.
First about the book. I really enjoyed the book. We had some old characters, Alex (tiger), Edward, Bernardo, Olaf (the psycho). We met some new characters I'm hoping to see more of in the future. In Bullet we learned that the Harlequin had broken up, it seemed to me like it was two groups: backing the Mother of all Darkness or backing Jean-Claude if they thought he could hold things together. This was about tracking the Harlequin on the Mother's team. I didn't think that it reflected a year's worth of work, but maybe LKH is taking time to smell the roses and not writing 24/7. So, it's not so much my business how much she wants to work as it is whether I enjoy the book when I get it. I enjoyed this very much. True, not as much sex, and that was good, some cool plot twists which I won't go into.
About the title of the review? I'm tired of hearing people say "I hated the last eight books and I just bought this to see if I still hate them" and variations on that theme. If you still enjoy Anita Blake you'll probably enjoy this (except for the annoying sound effects). Some of you who enjoyed the early works about tracking and outwitting supernatural bad guys will enjoy this. I thought that was a given but someone on Amazon corrected me to say that this book still wasn't worth the time or money. I thought that it was.
I am so happy that Hamilton moved away from her usual "nothing but sex" writing. Overall, the story was good and the performance was pretty spot on. Thank goodness Edward and Olaf are in this book!
first, all the people complaining about the books if you don't like them stop listening to them don't kedp buying them and hate on them. i love that LKH brings in Edward and Olaf back for the book.they always make the story funnier and interesting. i do wish it was longer but it was still good, with action in it, even though we know who the killers are from the beginning. i can't wait to see what happens in the next book for the other characters.
I have always like the Ted character and Laurell has done the readers a favor by making him a main character. The team of Anita and Ted (Edward) has always been written as a small part in the previous books but teaming them up the fight the Harlequin and defeat the Queen of Darkness makes for some interesting in the near future. This book is exciting, suspenseful and edge of the seat thrilling from front to back.
Ms Hamilton has given evidence that she can deliver a gripping story- but the Blake series is getting to be the same thing over and over- even her descriptions are getting repetitious. I, personally, would like to see a return to the original story-line about Anita and Jean-Claude, or perhaps a filling out her relationship with Asher or with Truth and Wicked. Edward is a wonderful character, I enjoy him, but kill off Olaf, already. I'm glad to hear that she is coming out with another Merry book, perhaps the break from writing Anita Blake will give her fresh eyes. My inner book addict is grateful for her prolific writing, but like a dark chocolate lover as compared to a milk chocolate eater-would rather see fewer books and better story lines.