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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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    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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    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.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 09-10-12
    Oli 09-10-12 Member Since 2008

    “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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    B. Heldstab 07-11-12
    B. Heldstab 07-11-12 Member Since 2008
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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 2009

    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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    kristin san antonio, TX, United States 03-14-10
    kristin san antonio, TX, United States 03-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not my favorite"

    The narrator is good, the story is okay. There was something I didn't care for, maybe because I like the vampire stories where the vampires aren't creatures from hell. I would read the second book, but I am not dying to download it, but will if I run out of others. I guess I was expecting more of a Sookie Stackhouse type novel, and it is not!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 12-12-14
    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.

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    "meh"
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    Okay, I didn't hate this book or the narrator. I really wanted to like it. But what began to make that harder and harder in the beginning was that the details of what was going on when, who was who, where the characters were, etc seemed to be either missing or hard to follow. I think they were just so briefly mentioned that they were very easy to miss. The fact that the story was so reliant on a dense plot full of little details, not all of which mattered, and skimped on character development didn't help.

    What really was the final straw for me, after I'd gotten to about mid book and was really no longer following the fine details of the plot, was the continuously, boringly tense tone. The main character was always tense. Always. It's not that she necessarily felt that way in the story all the time, though she often did--she was just written in that style in her dialogue and thoughts. She doesn't drink, she doesn't wear makeup, she doesn't give in to fear easily, she's not in the market for love every time she sees a pretty, dangerous man, she's always working--these are all admirable qualities-- but things like this seemed to function as a way to keep her always at a distance from other characters. It contributed to the tense and sober mood of the whole story, which can be a good thing if it isn't allowed to get tiresome. The main character's continual use of the words "MY GOD." whenever something big was happening really didn't help bring any grittiness to that mood either, though it seemed intended to.. Actually that just made it kind of cheesy.
    I didn't get to know, or really want to know her characters. I didn't especially want Anita to further explore a relationship with any of them. None of it really excited me. The author wrote some really cool scenes though! She showed some creativity with that, for sure. It just wasn't enough to carry this largely featureless ball of plot and tension past the finish line in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    luvs2read 08-02-14
    luvs2read 08-02-14
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    "Blame the rating on Audible"
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    I loved this book and this narrator. Unfortunately I HATE the narrator they replaced Kimberly Alexis with in the more recent releases. Audible in it's infinite wisdom will not set up a way for me to get those books out of my "recommendations based on previous ratings". Because I rated the early books so highly they feel that they HAVE to recommend the later books in the series based on those ratings. I've emailed Audible asking for a fix for this and got no response. At this point I don't think there is one book in my recommendations that I haven't already read/purchased someplace else or that I cannot stand the new narrators. So in order to get some new recommendations had to go back and trash a whole bunch of books that I love. This truly sucks and is something I did NOT want to do. I'm blaming this on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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