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The Living Blood | [Tananarive Due]

The Living Blood

After the disappearance of her immortal husband, David, Jessica Jacobs-Wolde must come to terms with the healing blood David gave to her and their daughter, Fana. As Fana’s powers grow, mother and daughter are swept into an epic battle to determine the fate of humankind.
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Publisher's Summary

This sequel to My Soul to Keep, from best-selling author and two-time Bram Stoker Award finalist Tananarive Due, is a breathtaking supernatural thriller.

After the disappearance of her immortal husband, David, Jessica Jacobs-Wolde must come to terms with the healing blood David gave to her and their daughter, Fana. As Fana’s powers grow, mother and daughter are swept into an epic battle to determine the fate of humankind.

©2001 Tananarive Due (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Thomas Norman, OK, United States 10-07-12
    Thomas Norman, OK, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding and original entertainment!!"
    Would you listen to The Living Blood again? Why?

    With so many good books to read/listen to, I most likely would move on to something new. Although, I did really enjoy this title!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Living Blood?

    I would probably have to say that discovering the true nature and history of the blood was one of the more captivating moments.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Francis James – was your favorite?

    Mr. James brought most of the characters to life, but Lucas really stood out.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a few.


    Any additional comments?

    As stated in my headline, I thought this title to be both outstanding and original. I've listened to many books since joining Audible, most of which were entertaining, although not all had that special something that captured my full interest and attention. This is a standout, and I would recommend it to those looking for an all around good story. I don't really understand the review posted by Josh. Well, to each his own I guess.

    Narrator note: Although Peter Francis James has an awesome voice and did a wonderful job narrating, there were times it sounded as if he were sucking on a cough drop or something. Other times you could hear him swallowing (a little distracting). Maybe the sound engineers should try filtering some of that stuff out. Other than that, great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13
    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 10-12-13 Member Since 2006

    I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.

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    "The African Immortals Series"
    Any additional comments?

    On Tananarive DueBefore I read the African Immortals series, I picked up The Good House by an author I had never read or heard of before, Tananarive Due. I've read two of Octavia Butler's books and love her works, so when I saw something in my reading that Tananarive Due dedicated her books to Butler, I was eager to give it a try. I really LOVED The Good House and went straight to My Soul to Keep.Due is definitely one of my new favorite authors. The thing that I like the best is her way of creating central characters that are truly neither good nor bad. The bad guys have great traits and loyalties and the good guys do some really, really bad stuff.On the African Immortals SeriesShe's done an outstanding job at world building in the African Immortals. In this series, she's built some really complex discrimination and prejudices with the Immortals (who are mostly African and Middle Eastern) towards the mortals, calling them monkeys. I find myself stopping to think about how the immortals have lived so many lifetimes, knowing that the mortals they live with will die sooner or later, and consequently devaluing the mortals' lives significantly. They're going to die anyway, right? So if I kill a few, no big deal... And you find yourself reading along and really wanting to love Dawit, despite the fact that he's a cold killer just as an example. Due has such a wonderful opportunity to delve into some of the morality around these prejudices, flip flopping who has the power...and she uses the opportunity well.On My Soul to TakeI started this book apprehensively. The paperback I read wasn't too thick and I was sure that meant I was going to be disappointed at it ending too soon. It's not a cliffhanger ending and I really hope there's more to come, but if there's not, the story has been well told. Without including spoilers, I'll just say that every single character stumbles at some point in the book. Even the immortals, as close to gods as they are, are very human and fallible. They make tragic mistakes and some of them cause a great deal of pain for and disappointment by their loved ones.The other part of this book that I loved was how Tananarive Due describes the relationship and pairing of Fana and Michel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Fairlawn, OH, United States 06-18-12
    Josh Fairlawn, OH, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    ""race is very important" What?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People really into exploring emotions? The author was too wordy and found myself distracted easily.


    What was most disappointing about Tananarive Due’s story?

    It was not engaging; failed to pull in from the very beginning.


    Did Peter Francis James do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes...voice actor was great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had potential, but the idea of race being prevalent everywhere was a turnoff.


    Any additional comments?

    Really, I couldn't connect with the characters and the story didn't pull me in from the very beginning; seemed boring.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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