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That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies | [TW Brown]

That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies

Ava Birch killed herself and woke up a ghoul with an attitude and a hunger for the dead. With no manual and very little help coming from the supernatural community, Ava offers her services to the regional psychic. Her newest job? Apparently zombies have been spotted in a small town nearby. Ava wades in thinking that this job will be a piece of cake...or at least as tasty. Navigating meddling vampires, bothersome witches, and a peculiar case of memory loss...
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Ava Birch killed herself and woke up a ghoul with an attitude and a hunger for the dead. With no manual and very little help coming from the supernatural community, Ava offers her services to the regional psychic. Her newest job? Apparently zombies have been spotted in a small town nearby. Ava wades in thinking that this job will be a piece of cake...or at least as tasty. Navigating meddling vampires, bothersome witches, and a peculiar case of memory loss...and now her best friend and human companion has up and walked out. Things go from bad to worse when Ava discovers that there is a force behind these recent zombie sightings that may date back to the time of the Black Plague. Sometimes a ghoul would just rather stay in bed...or at least her sound proof basement where nobody can hear you scream.

©2013 TW Brown (P)2013 TW Brown

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    Caroline WINSLOW, AR, United States 08-03-14
    Caroline WINSLOW, AR, United States 08-03-14
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    "You'll suddenly see ghouls and zombies differently"
    Would you consider the audio edition of That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies to be better than the print version?

    I loved both the audio and the printed versions of this book.


    What other book might you compare That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies to and why?

    Ava's humor reminds me of a mix of Katie MacAlister heroines and a shot of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Ava freaked out the Queen of the Zombies by pulling hunks of her flesh off and eating it like it was candy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself laughing out loud more often then not. I had more than my fair share of people looking at me like I had went loco.


    Any additional comments?

    Love, love, love this series! I am so keeping my fingers crossed that it becomes a tv series or a movie!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristoffer 07-21-14
    Kristoffer 07-21-14
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    "Great Time Killer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure I has its moments of hilarity and most of my friends share Ava's sarcastic way of speaking.. So I'm sure they would like this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ava has to be the fav character person in this book.. her story about the music in the car and her mom was humorous and so thats why Imma give that title to her in this one..


    Which character – as performed by Pamela Lorence – was your favorite?

    Ava has to be the fav character person in this book.. her story about the music in the car and her mom was humorous and so thats why Imma give that title to her in this one..


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It had its moments of Hilarity so I guess the reaction I had for this book was Laughter.. :)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kim 06-25-14
    kim 06-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies"
    Where does That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ava is one of my favorite characters she's so full life but yet so dead ! i enjoyed her whimsical side and her true loyalty to her friends and other people around her and she made me laugh a lot


    Any additional comments?

    T.w brown is on of my favorite writer. I would read or listen to anything he writes. TW Brown has a way with words the most writers don't have. I'm always left wanting more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa Austin USA 06-23-14
    Leesa Austin USA 06-23-14

    laustin

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    "A Fun Read"
    What did you love best about That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies?

    I love the main character Ava and how she never seems to care who she talks to, she will say things that might get her in trouble. I also love how she gets sidetracked and misses important information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a simple story line but it was fun to read. I had not been expecting the ending and even thought it was not what I expected I really enjoyed it.


    Have you listened to any of Pamela Lorence’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and this one was just as good as the first one. She gives the character personality and life.


    Who was the most memorable character of That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies and why?

    It would probably have to be ava because I can understand her. The things she says, does, and thinks make me laugh all the time. But more then just her the way she intereacts with other characters is great.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R martine 09-11-14
    R martine 09-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome Novels!!"
    What did you love best about That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies?

    It's even better then the first one!! TW Brown is really catching my attention with this series & this character! she fumbles a bit, stumbles a bit but still manages to do the job & kicks some supernatural booty at the same time. Totally enjoying the series!!


    Which character – as performed by Pamela Lorence – was your favorite?

    Oh she does Ava justice!! I love her take on the books!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Series just getting better and better!! can't wait for more!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D.R. Johnson Texas 08-12-14
    D.R. Johnson Texas 08-12-14
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    "Great sequel!"
    What made the experience of listening to That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies the most enjoyable?

    This is a wonderful 2nd installment. Ava's personality really came out, and was consistent throughout the book. I found her wandering thoughts amusing. The new characters introduced were interesting, and I'm always a sucker for discovering the mythology of a supernatural world I'm not familiar with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ava, of course. I think she's hard to beat. That part with the 'zombie arm' actually made me laugh out loud.


    What about Pamela Lorence’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed Pamela's reading. I think she does a good job with all the different voices, and her portrayal of Ava is spot on.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well, one part did make me jump. When the Queen of the Zombies got angry and busted out her mega voice, I LITERALLY leaned back in my chair and went 'woah.' It caught me off guard, and I enjoyed that the reader was able to do that to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Great follow up to the introductory story! If you liked the first one, you'll enjoy this one just as much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gaele Atlanta, GA 06-30-15
    Gaele Atlanta, GA 06-30-15

    We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis

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    "truly enjoying the writing in this story"

    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 3 Narration 3 Story 4


    A switch in narrator changes the feel of Ava a tiny bit in this story, still toting her teenaged human friend Lisa about. Even as Ava’s narrative is laden with her own particular mix of pop culture, odd correlations and sidetracks, the story moved nicely from the first two.

    Here the story moves in to encompass a whole new boatload of supernatural creatures, expanding on the creation stories for vamps and ghouls, and some ongoing antagonism between Ava and Belinda. I also love the insets of Ava’s ‘insider knowledge’, teasing readers with hints that other favored titles we believe fiction are real. I’m truly enjoying the writing in this story: a bit of dark humor, a narrative voice that has a mind of its own with asides, pop culture references and more than a few hints that Ava is not the sharpest tool in the shed. With her ‘word a day’ tasks, her actual Ghost writer, and the solid writing that puts Ava on the sofa next to you, sharing her story.

    Pamela Lorence is narrating this second installment, and the voice carries a bit of snarky Barbie doll – you have to hear it to understand. Her inflections, pauses, emotional insets and even her ‘eyerolls are clearly presented and we feel the story as Ava retells it. A touch darker than the first, with a bit more information and background on the world she is learning about, this was a fun listen.

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Virgina, USA 06-05-15
    Amazon Customer Virgina, USA 06-05-15

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    "Totally Unique and Engaging!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This review is a long time coming and I've several more reviews to write for the Ava series; Bad me, but life's been busy.

    Let me just say that the story combined with the narrator delivery makes it VERY hard to stop listening and get on with daily life. At times, I wished I was back working nights in a lab so I could listen for 8 hours straight while working.

    Ava is both likeable and grating; her personality is super realistic and reminds me of my best college gal pal. That's not to say she won't appeal to the male listener; I think she certainly will. The way she addresses counterpart characters is very strong-willed and sometimes overly confrontational, but that goes along with her stubborn and snarky personality.

    I've honestly never read or listened to a story quite like this one and I was ready to dive in to more as soon as I finished this installment. I mean, how can you go wrong with zombie queens & donuts, both glazed in paranormal chic-lit written by a dude? It could have been a terrible combo, actually. A guy writing a girl- in 1st person no less! BUT, TW does it beautifully. I'd happily give the man my bra and PMS meds since he just seems to 'get' us gals.

    Anyways- read the Ava books. You'll find that they're nothing like anything else you've ever read. And don't get too mad when they end; I've a feeling TW will keep writing them, each one with an ending that makes you crave the next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hmm. That's hard to pinpoint- I was a huge fan of the first meeting with the Zombie Queen, a lot of dynamics there.


    If you could rename That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it. The way TW titles reminds me of the Archie comics for some reason. Haha.


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    Book Lover Utah 01-19-15
    Book Lover Utah 01-19-15
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    "Ava continues to be an entertaining character"

    First, let me say that the new narrator is tons better than the first one. Pamela is really great at showing the humor that Ava seems to be thinking. She gets a particular lilt to her voice that just seems to personify Ava. Plus, she does accents well and also manages to pause in the right places so the reader can be sure to know there is a break in the action.

    Now, the story. I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction. The supernatural really isn't my cup of tea necessarily. Sure, I get zombies aren't likely to happen, but they seem more plausible to me than witches, ghouls, and fairies. I say this because I think if I were a fan of this particular genre, I would have given it five stars because it would have been more enthralling. As it is, I like the author's writing style, his humor, and the characters he's created but I don't feel like I'm completely a part of Ava's world. Maybe it's because I'm listening rather than reading, but regardless, I really liked the story, I just didn't love it.

    I had a serious laugh out loud moment when the story got to the part about f*ing virgins, which I think was around the time of a tangent about Fully House and the phrase "How rude!" that one of the characters used to always say. Ava gets sidetracked a lot in her thinking, which means she misses a lot of important info that other people are saying to her. That gets a bit irritating since it happens in nearly every conversation, but often the sidetrack tangents are incredibly amusing.

    The end of the book was rather anticlimactic. Ironically, I was in the midst of the big finale scene and was literally just thinking that the way it was concluding was rather anticlimactic when Ava herself mentioned the fact that it was anticlimactic and that really, do all stories need to end in violence. She asked if the reader always has their problems resolve in violence in the real world, which was a valid point that I hadn't considered. Her little tangent about the anticlimactic ending made the ending that much easier to swallow. I'm glad the author is pretty in tune with his audience. If he hadn't mentioned that he realized it was anticlimactic, I think I would have walked away disappointed, thinking it was just me thinking that.

    A final note about Ava: she has a bit of a potty mouth. Personally, I think it's funny and I applaud the lack of PC terms. I found a bunch of the things she said really funny simply because of the way she described them. She loves to talk about everyone's boobs a little more than I think most women actually think about other people's boobs, but the author is a guy so that probably explains it. My point is, Ava is not for the feint of heart. Be prepared for graphic descriptions of the human body and all sorts of interesting sexual situations. They are funny as heck, though, so if you're at all like me, you'll get a kick out of them.

    One final, final note: Ava likes very specific types of music that I can't help wondering if the bands and singers she mentions are really ones she would like as a 32-year-old. I am only four years older than her and yet the music she refers to seems to be before my time even. Maybe not, and I'm too lazy to look it up, but it was something that took me out of the story whenever it was mentioned simply because I kept thinking about that.

    I'm off to listen to the next Ava story. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brooklin 01-11-15
    Brooklin 01-11-15
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    "Love Adrianna--"
    If you could sum up That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies in three words, what would they be?

    Witty dark comedy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies?

    dang there were so many; i loved that Adrianna was nicer to Ava than Morgan. The part w/Betty was hilarious.


    Which character – as performed by Pamela Lorence – was your favorite?

    Adrianna


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

    Ava meets Betty


    Any additional comments?

    i thought this was going to be such a hokie series; But i love Ava as much as any comedy on tv; Her character is brilliant; i myself have a wondering mind and it gets me in trouble all the time... Ava is hilarious.

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    7/10/14
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    "An entertaining ghoulish tale"
    Where does That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the second book in this series I've listened two and can't wait to start the third. The second one in the series has been my favourite.


    What other book might you compare That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies to, and why?

    Nothing compares to the Ghoul Ava, she is refreshing tale of the supernatural


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When she tried to get Jeremy into bed. Witty without going into the gory details


    Any additional comments?

    The first book in the series I didn't really like the narrator, this is a different narrator and she bring Ava more to life for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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