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Romantic, mysterious with a life of true crime.

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  • Obsidian Butterfly: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (353)

    There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered - something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone.

    Kari says: "Hmm"
    "I love a strong leading woman!"
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    What did you love best about Obsidian Butterfly?

    This story of Anita was a welcome change from the increasingly familiar story line the past few books had starting dredging into. Finally, the readers to get to learn more about Edward and to experience a side of Anita that isn't as plagued by romantic woes. I enjoyed it very much!


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite thing about this series continues to be watching Anita progress as a woman and a embrace her true self. I too am a woman who has worked in a very male dominated, potentially violent profession and wondered how much I scarified, how much I'd changed and how much of the old me would I ever be able to get back. Laurell Hamilton captures these very intense emotions wonderfully when she narrates Anita’s internal struggle throughout this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene when the dynamic between Anita and Edward had a chance to get interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no, only because I like to savor my Anita Books. Like hanging out with a great friend, the books go by so quickly and once they're over I can't wait until I get to see her again.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm dressing up as Anita Blake for Halloween this year, think anyone will get it? I swear, if someone asks if I'm Laura Croft I should have carte blanche to kick them. I think Anita Blake would approve!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3437)
    Performance
    (2786)
    Story
    (2774)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Charley Davidson is a badass!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of First Grave on the Right to be better than the print version?

    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!


    What other book might you compare First Grave on the Right to and why?

    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).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

    It would have to be a book I reallly liked in order to endure that mess again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't fear death, fear her crazy stepmother!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fixer Upper

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (224)

    After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

    Karen M. McGrady says: "Enjoyable Listening"
    "Is Dempsey the doormat for the remodeled home?"
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    What did you love best about The Fixer Upper?

    The lead character is very cute and friendly but it quickly turns into being cute to the extent of blind innocence. I loved the details of the remodel but I could have done without the predictable romantic plot. I enjoy Mary Kay Andrews ability to make a person fall in love with the town and people in her book. Ella Kate was just unlikeable enough to keep her from becoming a cliché.


    What other book might you compare The Fixer Upper to and why?

    This book is similar to Hissy Fit, also by Mary Kay Andrews, in that it's renovation with personal drama and love.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Isabel Keating?

    Pretty much any narrator would have been better, but I love Moira Driscoll with these southern tales! Isabel Keating makes the surrounding characters sound like bumbling idiots instead of the likeable people you can tell the author intended to paint them as. Her voice works well for the main character but always falls very short where supporting cast is concerned. Isabel Keating has a tendency to sound blunt, rude or angry. Not my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you thought the politics in DC were bad, clearly you've never lived in small town!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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