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Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1 | [Laurell K. Hamilton]

Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1

Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio
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Publisher's Summary

Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major best-selling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio.

Listeners will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead - and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis but her greatest lover.

Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.

©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2009 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters - both dead and alive." (Amazon.com review)

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    Barbara C Houston Durham, NC United States 06-23-12
    Barbara C Houston Durham, NC United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Holy Cow!"

    I have owned a hard copy of this book for ages, but it had been gatherng dust forever. My TBD (to be one) list is only consulted if I don't have something exciting, Sooooo Anita finally came to the top of the list.

    I loved it!.

    Anita Blake is both cynical and moral. Told in first person, Anita's sense of humor keeps the horror under control. The romance is light in the first book but it becomes more physical in later books. Kmberly Alexis, the narrator,is clear and consistent.
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    Fast paced action, well defined characters and intriguing definitions of the preternatural world combned to set me to reading, How much, you ask? I just fnished the first 11 n 13 days. Only 10 more to go!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer clovis, NM, United States 06-06-12
    Spencer clovis, NM, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "books are good tell #7then it is crap"

    hamiilton was good tell the books turned in to porn.bla bla bla bla bla tell audible lets you post simple reviews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 05-12-12
    Sharon 05-12-12 Member Since 2011

    I love to read. I just don't always have time. Thank God for Audibles, aye? Who knew daily chores could so much fun now?

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    "Great Series!"
    What did you love best about Guilty Pleasures?

    I really like the Anita Blake character. She cracks me up with her random thoughts of sarcasm. I can not wait to listen to the next book.


    What does Kimberly Alexis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kimberly Alexis is wonderful and I would recommend any book read by her. However to explain my low rating for performance; There are these weird back ground sound effects that piped in periodiclly. I am not sure they add anything to the story but the sure did take away from my experience. Whatever their purpose, it failed. This would be my only complaint and I know I wouldn't have experienced them if I had read it myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Greenbrae, CA, United States 10-18-10
    Jo Greenbrae, CA, United States 10-18-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Much better reads elsewhere in the genre"

    I enjoy this genre: - modern, dark, fantasy detective stories with a film noir edge, including: Dresden Files (Jim Butcher), Mercy Thompson books (Patricia Briggs), True Blood books (Charlene Harris), Blood Ties series (Tanya Huff), plus these and similar TV series and movies, but I found this book, my first foray into Laurell Hamilton, hugely disappointing.

    Firstly, the book is so overwritten, stuffed with adjective after adjective - describing the darkness of the room (just an apartment building, not even of a crypt) about four times. Secondly, its just not as fun as the other titles, it feels cliched and tired. I'm half way through, and don't think I'll finish it - I suggest you choose one of the other authors recommended above instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Mesa, AZ, USA 12-31-09
    Charlotte Mesa, AZ, USA 12-31-09
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    "Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter"

    It keeps you wanting more.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Marysville, WA, United States 08-26-09
    Julie Marysville, WA, United States 08-26-09 Member Since 2009

    I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.

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    "Didn't care for the style"

    Although this book had potential, I kept getting annoyed by the sarcasm.
    "How are you?" answer: "Just peachy..." then statements like these: "Bully for me..., Point for me..., Point for him..."
    These statements were a little repetitive and frankly I was contemplating deleting it from my ipod before I finished. Fortunately or unfortunately, however you choose to look at it, I was stuck in traffic and ended up finishing it.
    Now I wonder, does the first book in the series lay the foundation for some good reading in the rest of the series? I am afraid to buy one and find out. So many people raved about this book and Amanda Blake. She seemed too macho for a woman and came across a little bit unconvincing.
    As a side note there were a couple moments in the story when I did actually laugh out loud at something funny that happened. However, I wouldn't recommend this book.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 09-10-12
    Oli 09-10-12 Member Since 2015

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "a few words..."

    I'll just say this about Anita Blake series: it's very ,very good until you hit book 7, that's where everything goes cookoo. Its like Ms(or Mrs?) Hamilton suddenly hit puberty while dreaming a wild erotic dream as herself a nymphomaniac who needs at least three guys to satisfy her. Story gets lost and you catch yourself fast forwarding to peaces without sexual scenes and let me tell you this- it's hard to find them. Very frustrating for those of us who like action more then erotica. My point is this, read first seven and if you still like them, enjoy next 15 and good luck!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paula San Jose, CA, United States 07-16-12
    Paula San Jose, CA, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Ugh! written by a middle schooler?"

    Where do I begin? When the author needs to give the reader information, her character just vomits it over everyone...has to spell everything out - sometimes repeatedly - with no subtly at all. Dialogue - half the time makes no sense...non sequiturs abound, awkward descriptors, and our lead character hates so many things.... I can only assume that this series gets better since it has such a following but this book was really not good! Two stars are for her idea, it's the execution that is lacking

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Heldstab 07-11-12
    B. Heldstab 07-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Vampires, Warewolves, and Zombies. Oh My"
    If you could sum up Guilty Pleasures in three words, what would they be?

    Violance, Vampires, and Guns


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edward, Edward was a complete bad ass.


    What does Kimberly Alexis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance was ok. but the story is great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I wanted to listen to it straight through but sleeping gets in the way of things like that.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series for the first 6 or 7 books but then they just kinda go down hill from there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dani Melbourne, FL, United States 03-28-10
    Dani Melbourne, FL, United States 03-28-10 Member Since 2013

    Audiobooks are my drug of choice

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    "very entertaining"

    I'm addicted to the Sookie Stackhouse books so this is another series that follows that supernatural genre. It's good, I'm looking forward to listening to more of this series

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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