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Play Dead Audiobook

Play Dead: Elise Sandburg, Book 1

No one is more familiar with Savannah's dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She's been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: She was abandoned as a baby in one of the city's ancient cemeteries, and it’s rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah witch doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise’s new partner.
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No one is more familiar with Savannah's dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She's been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: She was abandoned as a baby in one of the city's ancient cemeteries, and it’s rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah witch doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise’s new partner. Now someone is terrorizing the city, creating real-life zombies by poisoning victims into a conscious paralysis that mimics death. As the chilling case unfolds, Elise is drawn back into the haunted past she's tried so hard to leave behind.

©2004 Anne Frasier (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-07-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-07-15 Member Since 2016

    My favorite genre is mystery/thriller especially espionage. I dislike the paranormal. Some non-fiction. 1000+ books in my Audible library.

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    "A waste of time"

    I was looking forward to a good detective thriller in Savannah, one of my favorite cities. I'll try another in this series.

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    Sophielei Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 09-18-15
    Sophielei Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I expected."
    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening because it was just not to my liking. But I'm glad I finished the book. It had a nice who-done-it element that I enjoyed.

    Elise is ok but David is a jerk. Yes, he has issues but that's no excuse for his behavior. He continuously calls people names, yet bristles loudly when someone calls him 'yankee'. He does not want to be liked, and I don't like him. He has no business being in police work with that huge block of woodchip on his shoulder.

    The reader had a nice voice but sometimes it went so low I could not hear her.

    I'm not sure I will buy the other books in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol & Mike Doran 03-24-15
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    "Fun listen"

    Did not expect to enjoy a story steeped in the occult. Found it to be a lot of fun. Interesting characters. Narrator is excellent. Will try the next in the series

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    Minnesota Lizard Minnesota 02-02-16
    Minnesota Lizard Minnesota 02-02-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Enjoyed ... Different and Well Done"

    I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good drama, suspense and a little voodoo magic in the background :)

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    stephen 01-26-16
    stephen 01-26-16

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    "Ok will listen to the sequels"

    The setting is great, characters fairly well developed and the narration pretty good. It just did not grab me like some others of the genre. If I had not listened to the first I probably would not continue with the series.

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    thinkingchick 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating book."

    I really enjoyed this book. I couldnt wait to read the next two and did over a matter of days after Play Dead. The author pulled together her character histories and transitions very smoothly. The narrator had a pleasant voice; well done on switching from line to line, character to character.

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    JoAnn Campbell 11-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating"

    This book was easy to follow and couldn't put it down. Perfect mystery. No profanity. Narration was wonderful. Will. buy rest if Elise series.

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    Donna California 11-22-15
    Donna California 11-22-15

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    "Good murder mystery"

    A female detective assigned to a male partner with a past that hasn't left him. An old woman and voodoo in Louisiana. Good narration. Humanly flawed characters.

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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 11-06-15
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 11-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Liked enough to get book #2"

    The puffer fish/voodoo/zombie thing is old but this book has some redeeming qualities. I enjoy that the main characters have flaws and emotional baggage. The chemistry between the two main detectives was slow to build but that made their final connection worth the wait. I wish the plot had more twists and that there could have been more humor, but what was absolutely stellar was Natalie Ross' narration. Excellent. Moving on to #2.

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    A. Clinton Lawrenceville, GA 09-21-15
    A. Clinton Lawrenceville, GA 09-21-15 Member Since 2014

    lucywench

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    "Intriguing"

    I look forward to the next in the series. I'm sure it will be delightful.

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    "Narration let this down."

    Like a female version of a satire of William Shatner.
    The story was ok but hard to listen to because of the whispery jagged tone of the narrator. I wouldn't listen to it again, once was enough.

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