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Guilty Pleasures Audiobook
Guilty Pleasures
Written by: 
Laurell K. Hamilton
Narrated by: 
Kimberly Alexis
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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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    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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    Melissa Chicago, IL, USA 09-15-13
    Melissa Chicago, IL, USA 09-15-13 Member Since 2015

    author, reader, lover of the art of writing. Audible enables me to listen to some of the more fun and lighter books while doing other stuff around the house and to look up new stuff to go get from the library to read.

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    "Nice start to good series"

    Ok, I will be brief. Don't yell no real spoilers here. Anita can raise the dead, kill vampires, and go at it like a porn star. The book and series is fun, sometimes a bit scary and feeds my paranormal mystery addiction. If you are offended by sex, just leave the room now. Anita has needs, big needs, she is not a wh*&^ but she has wh*&^% ish tendencies... she has to in order to live ( think human with light succubus issues)

    I give it a four because it did not wow me, I am not hot to listen again ( I mean these books are pricey, I want to enjoy them a couple of times) I am glad I listened because the books build on one another and it is a nice long series, some are 4's a few fives one 3...
    Prefer Kim as narrator Overall a good listen

    Uhmmmm Who do I have to go all Anita Blake on to get the rest of the books on audio? I have all but one in my collection... Narcissus in chains... tell them to just give Kim what ever she wants and lets go... I want to be walking the highlands next year listening to the whole series again and I do not want anything left out

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Clayton, NC, United States 09-05-13
    Joy Clayton, NC, United States 09-05-13
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    "Love, Love, Love Anita Blake!!!"

    I am an Anita Blake fan. I've read all of the books and enjoyed them all. The audio version of this book is AWESOME!!!! Kimberly Alexis was an excellent choice for Anita. Love, Love, Love this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 08-22-13
    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 08-22-13 Member Since 2012

    book-worm

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    "Kill or be Killed...Definitely Kill"
    If you could sum up Guilty Pleasures in three words, what would they be?

    Betrayal, Badass, Fast-Paced


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely have to say Anita by far is the best character of the book but when the subtitle to the book is "Anita Blake..." You kind of to realize she will be the most developed of the characters you are going to be reading about, but the side characters even the ones killed off are not just words on paper so I definitely give credit to the author for great character development. Anita knows what she and what she does or so she thinks at the beginning of the book but after being betrayed, mental and physical violated, and confused she really knows who and what she is and guess what she is a badass vampire hunter and a zombie raiser who if you screw with her or betray her you aren’t going to get away with it.


    Any additional comments?

    The story starts out well written and easy to follow. The narrator does a great job of keep each character's voices consistent through out the book so if you didn't catch when you were told about someone speaking you were able to tell you it was by the narrator's voice. I look forward to reading/listening to more of the Anita Blake serious, and thanks to my little brother for recommending the series.

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    Trasi Sandston, VA, United States 08-01-13
    Trasi Sandston, VA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Guilty pleasures indeed!"

    About halfway through the first book and it's engrossing and just plain entertaining - like a good "beach read" or some slightly spicy mind candy. I like something like this, a little lighter, in between some of the non-fiction or more literary tomes ( I try to alternate, mix things up). Anita Blake is a tougher, gutsier, more deliberately capable Sookie Stackhouse and I think Kimberly Alexis voices her perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taniea United States 07-04-13
    Taniea United States 07-04-13

    Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...

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    "Anita's Just Getting Started"

    Unlike other readers, I like Anita's character. She's strong, confident, & quite humble. She knows when she should be scared and does try to make the right decisions. I think her inner dialogue is quite easy to relate to. However, I found "Guilty Pleasures" to be a major tease! In other words, it felt more like an introduction to Anita and her paranormal world. There was a clear plot, climax, and conclusion, but I was still left wanting. I suspect Hamilton has perfected that skill to keep us wanting the series... smart writer. FYI: The only real romantic tension found is between Anita & Philip unlike what is intimated by the publisher's summary... but even that doesn't lead anywhere.

    Kimberly Alexis does a great job narrating. Onto the "Laughing Corpse", Book 2.

    For the Meredith Gentry fans: Though both series center around a strong female character, Hamilton's writing style seems to have radically changed. Merry's narrative was also enjoyable just very different. The Anita story is soooo much easier to follow ...thus far anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Bridgeport, OH, United States 03-17-13
    John Bridgeport, OH, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The First of a Great Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Guilty Pleasures the most enjoyable?

    Kimberly Alexis has the ability to become Anita Blake through the first-person telling of this story. The universe Laurell K Hamilton creates with this book is fascinating and makes it easy to suspend disbelief.


    What other book might you compare Guilty Pleasures to and why?

    The Twilight Series, because they are a clear rip off of Laurell's Anita series.


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

    Anita of course, but her ability to voice many characters including males is astounding. When a character speaks, you know who it is immediately.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Rough question, maybe "Enter a world where your dark fantasies become your Guilty Pleasures"


    Any additional comments?

    This book got me hooked on the Anita Blake series, and I haven't missed a release since I caught up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 10-02-12
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 10-02-12

    Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "Annoying"

    There were too many characters to keep track of without concentrating, and they weren't all necessary. The last fourth of the book wandered about. The story is about a bunch of unhappy people, most of whom enjoy inflicting emotional and physical pain. I managed to finish the book, but it was an effort. The narrator did an excellent job, but the story is just lame and empty. It wasn't entertainment, it certainly has no life lessons, and it left me in a bad mood. I don't even like the heroes of the story. Pretty sad.

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    Ashley Salt Lake city, Utah, United States 07-19-12
    Ashley Salt Lake city, Utah, United States 07-19-12
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    "Love Anita Blake!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I always recommend Anita Blake to my friends!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its sexy , scary, sci-fi and just all together a great story.


    Did Kimberly Alexis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Sometimes her voice gets to high pitched and becomes irritating but she did manage to find a different voice for each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    na


    Any additional comments?

    more Anita blake for sure

    0 of 0 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 4 people found this review helpful

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