That Ghoul Ava: Her First Adventures gives you two entertainingly funny Ava tales. Relive the day she first joined the supernatural community and discover how her bond with the human Lisa Jenkins first began. Also meet regional Psychic, Morgan and the vampire that would get under Ava's skin from their first encounter in a 24 hour super market. Then, In Ava versus the Rogue Vampire, follow Ava and Lisa on their first real "assignment" on behalf of Morgan when a rogue vampire slips into Vampire Queen Belinda's territory and starts killing indiscriminately. Just don't expect Ava and Belinda to share a hug when it is done...
©2011 T W Brown (P)2013 May December Publications, LLC
really enjoyed the story!!! the narrator does a good job of making the book come alive.
The first time she eats her first body & her reactions. priceless.
she does ok
Oh Ava of course!!! She kicks booty! she's snarky and caring!!
Love That Ghoul Ava!!! My current favorite book character!!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes supernatural stories. Although I don't mind reading another zombie/vampire/werewolf book, this story has a fresh and new perspective that opens up the door for unexplored possibilities. The best thing about it is that it's FUN. I immediately loved Ava, and her quirky personality.
Well, not to any of the other T.W. Brown books I've read. The one thing it keeps reminding me of for some reason is the show Lost Girl...
So many scenes stand out in such a short book, but I really liked when Ava first woke up to her new... condition...
I did listen to this book all in one sitting!
This book is pretty light on the gore, although does deal with adult situations and themes. The only reason this book got knocked one star for the performance was something that happened early on. The reader didn't differentiate the characters voices hardly at all, and a spot of dialogue was really confusing to follow who was speaking. This flaw seemed to disappear by the end of the book.
I think it is at least in the top 10.
I really enjoyed the part where she accidently made the vampire have to go back outside.
I can not choose a favorite.
Ava, one cool ghoul?
This book was fun to listen to and had some funny moments. Cant wait to hear the next ones.
Funny, awesome and entertaining.
Glitter dust LOL!! After the Twilight comment in the beginning :)
This is my first e-book.
Ava, She can't always 'get' the word she wants to say, how often has that happened to you and me? She's a regular gal with the same problems we have she's just dead now. Her attitude is priceless!
I really enjoyed this book. I love the whole zombie, vampire genre and now I have another thing to add to it. This is a short book at 2 hours, you can listen to it while cleaning house, I did, and it made the time fly. Thank you for a great story!
I like the humor of the storyline.
It has kinda the same since of sarcasm as "Ghost Girl" Written by "Tonya Hurley"
Ava saving the baby from the trash can..
Have you ever came across a story with a ghoul in it? My guess is that you have. That's good, except you need to scratch everything you've learned about ghouls out and start over. Ava is NOT your average ghoul. For one, this ghoul rocks.After the first scene of Ava's nails becoming claws and her climbing her walls to get away from the sun, I was hooked!
Ava, of course!! Lisa is funny too.
Celia adds the extra snarky sounds that aren't fully portrayed in the written version. Like when Ava is talking about her ex-husband and his new wife.
I laughed my ass off at different times. I loved the scene when Ava made the store clerk 'dirty' his pants and pass out. Also the scene where Ava had to go to the car wash on the hood to get the vampire dust off.
Oddly enough, I was eating chocolate when Ava mentioned dead or dying children smell like chocolate. Ever have an inner struggle? I did then! Yes, I went ahead and finished my chocolate. It's chocolate after all! Besides, it just made the story that much sweeter.
Well pretty high considering it's the first one I've listened to. It was a little hard to get into at first because Celia stuttered through the beginning, but you could tell when she truly got into the Ava character and owned it. It went from sounding like she was reading a report/instructions to actually being Ava and taking on the full character. I love her voice. It's what I would call a smooth honey whiskey...it's smooth and attractive with just that roughness to give it character.
There were several moments that were memorable. It's hard for me to remember it all since I didn't actually have to focus completely like when you do to read a book, so I got distracted easily, but the parts in the beginning when she was talking about Sammy Hagar I believe being stringy had me laughing. Any scene with Belinda, loved her character.
Ava hands down. She owned that character after she found her flow. I loved how she kept up with Ava's internal ramblings and drifting off into space mid story telling. Belinda was my 2nd fave. I loved how she was able to switch back and forth when they were having dialogue with no prob whatsoever. How she went from having so much emotion to none with the snap of her fingers and back again was great. She made me forget at times that only 1 person was reading this story.
Yes it was. The story flowed great and the writing style was intriguing. Loved TW Brown's play on words.
The one thing that scraped at my nerves, especially with this being a novella, was the repetitiveness of Ava describing what she looks like in ghoul form...especially her rows of razor sharp teeth and widening jaw that make it impossible for her to talk. It wouldn't be so bad that it's mentioned if it weren't described like the first time every time during the story like we didn't know what was happening. And I was excited when Celia talked in the accent for the male vamp, but she would lost it mid sentence. I know accents can be hard, just wish she could've held it through all the dialogue. Other than that I really enjoyed the story and wouldn't mind picking up the book so I can really dig deep into this story.
Yes, it is a fun romp through the afterlife of the ghoul Ava and her adventures in monster land.
Ava, hands down is the stand out in this series.
No, but at times the performance was a bit staccato in the beginning but smoothed out as time went on, as if the narrator was initially uncomfortable with the material and was reading it more like instructions rather than a story. Her voice is soft and silky and I can definitely put my vote for her as Ava going forward.
I can see myself being one of Belinda's "dinner" companions...
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
AudioBook Review: Stars 3 Narration 4 Story 3
Honestly, I grabbed this series of titles purely on the title and cover, thinking they were YA / Teen titles. The covers (and I rarely comment on these) are juvenile and feel amateurish/ cartoony, not quite up to depicting what is between the pages. No, Ava is 32, newly ‘changed’ to a ghoul, and her life, story and experiences depict just that.
Ava is a failed suicide, only to wake as a ghoul, as if her life could be worse. She’s also one of the window-lickers on the short bus, but this leads to some gloriously funny and often completely unrelated diversions as she sees something shiny and is consumed by it. Worrying about a dead end job, a cheating boyfriend and a lack of anyone caring when she’s been missing for days, Ava has to learn this ghoul thing all by herself. Well, she does catch up with some ‘friends’ that soon have her wanting to stake a couple of them.
Filled with diversionary thought patterns, humor and pop culture references, this is a funny set of tales with a heroine that isn’t particularly heroic, but charms you with her near total inability to function normally.
Narration in this story is provided by Celia Aurora de Blas, and she has that balance of ennui and careless toss off of words that suit Ava perfectly well. The asides that she shares are perfectly presented as “filler” info, and her sidetracks into moments that only she can connect until they are explained are wonderfully presented, with her quiet corrections / apologies for bad words that let listeners know that she is presenting HER story to you.
Solidly presented and written with insets of humor and a bit of ‘ghoul rules’, this is a good start for a quick and unique series
I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I haven't listened to a lot of audiobooks but out of the few that I have heard, this was near the top in terms of the story. I really didn't much care for the narrator's voice. She didn't seem to catch the right tone for the main character. Instead of sounding like an immature 32-year-old, she sounded like a dumb blonde teenager and I don't think that is what the author probably intended.
The imagery presented when Ava was all naked under the self-serve car wash lights, being hosed down by a giggling seventeen-year-old all because she got splattered with vampire glitter dust. It actually made me laugh out loud it was so absurd, which was awesome. Oh, and dead children smelling like candy. Seriously, where does the author come up with this stuff?
I don't know that it did. The tense moments didn't seem all that tense the way the narrator read it. She just didn't resonate with the character. I think if I had read this book rather than listened to it, I would have had a more favorable opinion. There were also a couple parts where I imagine there was a break in the text to signify a new section was starting but when the narrator read it, those pauses weren't significant enough to instantly realize a new scene was starting so I had to consciously stop to think about what was happening, which then made me lose track of what I was listening to, and I had to go back thirty seconds just to listen to it again.
I did actually chuckle out loud a couple of times. Some of the things the author wrote (knowing he's a male writing a female main character) were humorous. I think the parts about Ava seeing her female anatomy on video and how she at one point crossed her arms in order to push her best attributes forward were pretty much right on the money as far as seeming like they came from a female perspective. I also liked Lisa's character, although sometimes she seemed to be the far more adult of the two even though she was a solid fifteen years younger.
I didn't realize at first that this was two separate stories in one so it was a little weird how in the middle (or what I thought was the middle but was actually the next story) the main character kept referencing stuff that had just happened (but really was from the first story). Now that I see that it was two separate stories, it makes a lot more sense. So just a word of caution to anyone else reading this before they listen to the story, it's not just unnecessary repetition, it's simply the back-story for those who hadn't heard the first story. I am really looking forward to listening to the next installment of Ava's story.
"Witty, sassy and a little gruesome."
It was different from all the other books I've read. None of the clichés and great one liners from the lead character. I loved the lead character and her outlook on life, I've now bought the book as well and can't wait to start on the rest of the series.
Without giving away any spoilers when she first woke up in the bathroom.
It took me until chapter 2 to start to like Celia Aurora De Blas's performance. I felt she could have breathed a little more life into such and unusual character. I also found it confusing that she couldn't give the characters different voices. It was all read in the one tone and the Irish accent was awful.
No, I listened over a few days whilst out walking.
Definitely buying the rest of the series, I far prefer the different narrator in the other books.
"A great book well worth a listen"
I may re listen to this but only after I have listened to the whole series. I am looking forward to the next instalment.
The part if the story line where Ava finds the baby and saves it sticks in my mind.
The anger she feels towards the people who did this and how she doesn't second guess what the outcome will be. The way she doesn't doubt herself while committing the self appointed revenge and not feeling any guilt for committing her first 'murder'.
I have not heard any of her other performances but I think that with her distinct vocals I would recognise her story telling.
Although I was able to empathise with the main character I didn't cry at her sad backstory. I did have a giggle at some of her antics.
This is the first instalment of Ava and I am looking forward to getting to know her better.
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