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Guilty Pleasures Audiobook

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)

What Members Say

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    Lois 04-20-12
    Lois 04-20-12
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    "Lots of action"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES And I Have to so many of my friend and family. The action never stop.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the first book I almost didn't go any farther with the series because I was looking for something with a little romance and a happy ending My hair dresser talked me into read the next book after that I could not stop. This series get better with each book. Going from alot of action to a little romance and alot of action to a lot of sex and action.

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    Debra 04-04-12
    Debra 04-04-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Well done -- nice & scary!"

    I've read the books, so I knew the story line. I enjoyed listening to this first book & will definately get the rest. I only had one problem with this audio book -- there were occasional, random sounds in the background. I think they were meant to enhance the story, but they were annoying. They would appear at odd times, play for a minute or so & then stop -- but I couldn't figure out the pattern.

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    Amazon Customer 03-26-12
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    "enjoyable"
    What did you love best about Guilty Pleasures?

    Guilty Pleasures flowed from one sentence to another without getting to bogged down in excessive descriptions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anita is my favorite. She is loyal to her friends even when it isn't comfortable.


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

    Kimberly brought Anita and her interactions with the other characters to more lifelike experience. She gives me more of a sense of who the characters are.


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

    Have no idea.


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    Amazon Customer 03-17-12

    Fantasy and romance junkie!

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    "Love IT"
    What made the experience of listening to Guilty Pleasures the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was great and the story was good too!


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

    The level of character and story detail remind me of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter Series. The story lines are not similar but the detail and characters are wonderful!


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

    Anita and Jean Claude...wait that is two......she does a wonderful job with both!


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

    I couldn't stop listening when I got of the treadmill had to sit on the couch and keep listening! Wonderful!


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    Amazon Customer salem, OR, United States 03-09-12
    Amazon Customer salem, OR, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up Guilty Pleasures in three words, what would they be?

    The Original Supernatural Fiction


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

    The attack of the ghouls in the grave yard. Setting the shed on fire. Edward is my favorite charcter in this series. I loved watching him deal with that situation.


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

    Nikolaos, Kimberly Alexis did an awesome job with her, keeping the little girl voice and adult voice seperate and oh so menacing.


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

    The mother of all supernatural fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    WOW. The Reader Was Fantastic!!!!! She had a differnt voice for EVERYBODY, and she kept those voices seperate. In my top three readers now and I can't wait to listen to her again.

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    Neisi United States 02-08-12
    Neisi United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2014

    Bankruptcy attorney residing in South Florida. Love fiction and fantasy books, salsa dancing, writing and spending time with my husband

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    "The story was OK, but the narrator was awful"

    The story itself was just OK not to say mediocre. Not very original and includes every cliche of the stereotypical vampire world, all the way from the garlic to the holy water. The story line isn't very complicated and a bit predictable and the characters are rather shallow. I was not impressed at all. But what made this book truly painful to the point that after merely a few chapters I was certain I would not move on to the rest of the series was the narrator. Her voice for the lead and other female characters were fine, but her male voices and accents were horrendous. Jean Claude, who was supposed to be a very sexy vampire with a french accent was laughable at best. Do not waste your credits unless you are looking for an easy read.

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    Jeffrey Petersburgh, NY, United States 02-01-12
    Jeffrey Petersburgh, NY, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I have read almost all of the Anita Blake books, but the1st five are my favorites. listening to the book adds a new dimension to the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anita Blake - The character is well developed and believable. I find the idea of a tough (small) woman necromancer/vampire hunter an interesting character and the author pulled it off well


    What about Kimberly Alexis’s performance did you like?

    Yes, I was not sure at first if I would since her voice was not what I invisioned for Anita, Also, I was irritated at first when she sort of whispered when Anita screamed or shouted. Once I got used to it, it was fine and it would be impractical if she really screamed or shouted


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

    No, it is over eight hours and that is too long to listen to the story. It is a good book to read in two or three sittings


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    Crystal Fort Rucker, AL, United States 12-04-11
    Crystal Fort Rucker, AL, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Pulled Me In"
    What did you love best about Guilty Pleasures?

    Im pretty sure I liked the narration the best. The music sort of annoyed me at first but as you get further into it, it makes it really intriguing. I have a hard time switching to different narrators with all new books, but this one I really liked. She kept me.


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

    The last part of the book when everything happens was amazing between the narration, the story, the sound effects the music...puts you on the edge of your seat.


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

    No I haven't, but I will continue to from now on!


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

    The smaller they are the harder to fall or catch.....


    Any additional comments?

    I will say that if you continue the series....they do get better, and it is completely intiguing to see what happens next!

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    Tracy E. Bergeron 12-04-11

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    "Good series"

    I enjoyed most of these books. The first 9 books are fantastic with great plots strong character building. Unfortunately after book 9 there is a new narator and reading format. The first 9 books have some sound effects that add to the suspense. The new narator doesn't have the French accent for Jean Claude as the first does.
    Also after book 9 the plots begin to get weaker as there is Anita becomes a succubus, and more and more of her life revolves around gaining energy through sex.
    The last book tries to bring in a good plot be really doesn't work as well as the earlier books.
    Would enjoy this series more if the narator and format had stayed the same along with the plots staying strong through out, rather than being inconsistent..

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    Paul United States 10-22-11
    Paul United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "This is where the Brilliance Began!"
    What did you love best about Guilty Pleasures?

    Anita is a great character. I love bringing vampires and were-animals into the 21st century and treating them as members of society. Not deep dark secrets that hide in the shadows. New laws and civil rights for vampires is a great concept.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anita is ruthless, caring and funny.


    What about Kimberly Alexis’s performance did you like?

    Best narrator that I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. She has a great range in her voice and within minutes I felt like I was listening to several individuals not just one.


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

    I chuckle often and frequently throughout the entire book - Anita is funny. Not comedienne funny but because she is real.


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