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Guilty Pleasures Audiobook

Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1

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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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    D. Rafael Sacramento, CA 05-09-15
    D. Rafael Sacramento, CA 05-09-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Book"

    I love this book and listen over and over. l definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal.

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    Patty Rickard 05-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite series"

    This is one of my favorite series and I was delighted to be able to start collecting it on audible as well as hard copy.

    The narrator did a wonderful job giving life to each character and it was very easy to tell who was speaking just by accent and/or tone of voice. At the beginning and end of each chapter there is a bit of music or sound effects in the background which I personally found distracting but they are few and far between and do not last very long.

    My only complaint is that Jean-Claude's voice, while beautifully accented, came across very feminine. His character does not have a very active role in this book which gives you very little exposure to grow accustomed to the voice the narrator is using. I am hoping that it will be easier in the next books.

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    Michelle 03-29-15
    Michelle 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    This was a wonderful book. I can't wait for the next one.. Awesome and excellent

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    Ashley P. 02-12-15
    Ashley P. 02-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I've read this book a dozen times!"

    I love this series, especially the first dozen books. I have read them many times. I decided to give the audio a try and was not disappointed. Alexis mastered it. If you like the super natural and a strong woman that can handle herself, then I definitely suggest reading this series.

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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.

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    epicbookaddict 04-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "great story-narrator...meh"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend to a friend because it is a great story. Immediate hook!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilty Pleasures?

    Anita's final confrontation with the master vampire.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    background music and small parts of the narrator's voice.


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

    Anita's humor cracks me up.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story! I've moved on now to book 3 and see no end in sight. Anita is funny, bad ass and real. A lot of this genre portray the vampire hunter as a badass take no prisoners type. Don't get me wrong she is bad ass but she is also scared ****less a lot of the time. Given what she is up against that makes her more 'real' for me.
    ****one reviewer mentioned weird background music and it is there!
    at first I thought it indicated the end of the chapter but no it pops up throughout the book and frankly it is quite distracting. The narrator's voice didn't bother me as much as some other reviewers (granted I haven't listened to the previous narrator) but she does fall flat a few times. For instance several times Anita screams :ahhhhh. and the narrator has no emotion really assigned to it. Now having said all that obviously it didn't deter me from listening to the next 2 books.
    It's a story well worth the few annoyances.

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    T. Shields 03-12-14
    T. Shields 03-12-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Ronnie was from Fargo????"
    Would you listen to Guilty Pleasures again? Why?

    I liked the book it was great until Ronnie appeared and someone thought it was ok for her to have a heavy wisconsin/north dakota accent when there is no indication she isnt from St Louis. Every time the narrator spoke as Ronnie it pulled me out of the story, but since i like the series i can deal with it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Willie McCoy just like in the books, good perspective on before and after.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kimberly Alexis?

    I would not go looking for a book by the narrator but would listen to another Laurell K Hamilton book, unless more characters started having heavy unexplained accents.


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

    No, i have listened to books i had to listen to all in one sitting, this was not one of them.


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    Ceme Pennsylvania USA 01-23-14
    Ceme Pennsylvania USA 01-23-14

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    "Hooked me!"
    What made the experience of listening to Guilty Pleasures the most enjoyable?

    Kimberly Alexis has a great voice. Love how she did the different character voices. Anita is a great character, strong, smart and brave a great heroine.


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

    The different character voices. I can picture a person in my head, but I cannot hear them. I loved what she did for identifying each character.


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

    Yes!


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    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 01-05-14
    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 01-05-14
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    "A really great listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Guilty Pleasures the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. Kimberly Lexis does such an amazing job with the accent of Jean-Claude, the voice of Edward and Anita. The accents are so dead on accurate that it really brought the book alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilty Pleasures?

    Whenever Anita came up against Jean-Claude. He loves to call her his ma petite as much as she hates to hear it. A close second is the final fight with Nickolaos. Can't help but love a book that has a variety of preternatural creatures that you either love or love to hate.


    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Alexis – was your favorite?

    Jean-Claude. Her performance of his character was made so much better by the fact that she does a French accent very well. You can almost picture him standing there, speaking to Anita.


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

    Actually, it was a book I listened to all in one sitting. I brought it along during hunting opener and with no deer in sight, I listened to my book. Enjoying every minute of it!


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    DANI BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, United States 11-07-13
    DANI BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Hi, I enjoy paranormal romance. Once I start a series I like to continue it through. Anita Blake is my favorite. I'm granny mom. Reading is.

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    "something new and different."
    What made the experience of listening to Guilty Pleasures the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the book. I could enjoy while being granny mom with my grans, the babies. I could also do other things while enjoying Anita. I could have a drink, or etc....

    So many things


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Claude, he had a idea how to save his self and Anita was it.


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

    No. This was my 1st one.


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

    I enjoyed it wholeheartedly.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Anita Blake series

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