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
Before I review the story I just want to say that the narration really hurt this whole story for me. I'm gonna try and review the actual writing, but it's gonna be hard to separate the two, I really wish I had read this book instead of listening to this version.
I guess I can start by saying this is more of a short story...actually it's two short stories combined into a 2 hour novella, which actually kinda hurts the whole thing. The first hour is short story number one. It introduces you to Ava and her world of the supernatural which basically translates into an info dump with very little happening.
The second short story is Ava's first adventure as a ghoul. A lot of the same information is repeated in the second half of the story so within 2 hours you hear the same thing a couple of times. It's all just a matter of too much being packed into a story that really should have been much longer.
As I was listening to this book I was reminded of the movie Clueless, Ava sounded a lot like Alicia Silverstone's character. There's only one problem with that....Silverstone's character was like 17 years old and Ava is suppose to be 32. Over all the characters are interesting and I'm kind of interested in what a full on Ava book will be like. The Brown has proven himself as a good storyteller with his Dead Series, so I'm confident that Ava will spring to life in a book that gives her some room.
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...
"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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