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.
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©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2009 Penguin
"This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters - both dead and alive." (Amazon.com review)
The early Anita Blake books are great (the later ones are sadly nothing but porn).
However, this audiobook is one of the worst I've listened to from Audible. There are highly annoying music/sound effects (more like noise) randomly placed behind the narration. The narrator's accents change for the same character throughout the book (sometimes subtly and sometimes egregiously (ex Ronnie starts out with a thick brogue-ish accent (wrong for the character) and later loses it)).
This is the beginning of a very modern, tough, and slightly female Vampire Hunter. The series has violence and a very dry, sarchastic humor that combine to form a fabulously jaded outlook on life. We follow Anita's character through twisted developments in a first person format that allows us to understand what she fears and values and see how she copes with the stress that has become her life. I love the story and the narrator leands a sense of realism with her voice, inflection, and accents. I recomend this series to every modern tough girl out there.
Interesting story, I like the main charters sense of humour. I feel as throw this is the second or third book in the series due to lack of charter development.
The narrator is average. One thing that I really don’t like about the recording is the music over the reading at the end of chapters and during exciting parts of the story I think this is supposed to make things more dramatic but it is severely distracting and is hard to listen to the reading making the audiobook a less pleasurable experience then it should be.
I was looking forward to the earlier books in this series being available, but I wish I would have known about the jarring sound effects used. They completely ruin the experience for me.
I had to force myself to get through this book. I just kept thinking it would get better but unfortunately it didn't. It is poorly written and amateurish. The characters and not developed enough or described in detail enough to become invested in their lives. I just didn't care about them at all..there's no fun in that! The narrator is also horrible, monotone and bland. At times I couldn't tell the difference between characters. Don't waste your time, money or credits on this. I just don't understand how this book could get near 4 stars?
Ughh! I LOVE this book. Love the characters. But Kimberley Alexis has to be the worst narrator in the audio book business. Accents are terrible, inflection is off and doesn't match the dialogue. There's no difference between the thoughts of Anita and her speech. For some reason Ronnie sounds like she's a character in Fargo. All the men sound like women. Didn't even try to change her pitch.
I recommend the book and the series highly. Get them on kindle or paper. Don't waste your credits like I did on this audio book.
I lost interest and did not finish the book. I just never became interested in Anita Blake. I was hoping for another good vampire series, kind of like the Southern Vampire Mysteries. Won't finish the series.
I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
I loved the book but was a little disappointed in the Narration of this book, the \narrator reminded me of the sitcom "Friday". I kept waiting for her to say "I'm Friday, I carry a badge".... It wasn't annoying enough to stop listening too and so I will buy the next book too. :)
I consume literature. I drive a semi-truck/tanker and have lots of time between my destinations so a good book is essential to my well being
Yes, I've listened to it twice so far and will do so again before reading the next book when it comes out. Some books and series are like old friends and need to be revisited often.
I don't know if there is one memorable moment in this book. But when Jean-Claude gives Anita the first of her vampire marks would be a good one. It is a gift not a sentence.
I think the big fight scene when Anita kills Nicolaos and saves Jean-claude is my favorite part of the book. I love a strong woman.
Anita's care for people she knows moves me, when she sees Willie McCoy for the first time since he has become and undead and treats him with respect and begins to realize that maybe dead is a relative term.
Laurel's books are wonderfully constructed pieces of art to me, I listed to a lot of books and have well over 200 titles in my audible library alone, not counting all of the books that I had purchased on cassette and disc before finding Audible.
I've read Heroditus, Homer, Dumas, and Voltaire just to name a very few but I love Laurel K. Hamilton as much as I do the classics.
I read this because I had so many friends rave about this series. I found it boring, derivative, and just an utter waste of time.
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