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.
©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)
I started this series with Narcissus in Chains in the audio version and love the old narrator. She pulled me into these books and made me fall in love with all the characters in them. I do like Jean-Claude’s French accent but HATE his voice. He does not sound sexy, the voice is too feminine it just does not do it for me at all. I MISS the old narrator. I was so looking forward to the first books coming out on audio but was disappointed when I found out who the narrator was going to be she ruined Skin Trade for me and I was hoping that would be the only book she would do. I will still get all of these books in audio because I have them in reg. books. I love the series as it gets farther along but I drive a lot so I need the audio version.
BUT we need these first books to set the foundation to the books that come later. For all you new readers keep going the series is worth it further in. I read and listen to this series a few time a year. It is that good!!!!!
Let me first say, that I love the Anita Blake series as a whole. Though this book is not my favorite book in the series, it's still a really good read. It is, however, the worst audiobook in the series so far.
I completely dislike the narrator change(I can't come up with stronge enough words). She sounds way to macho to be the sexy necromancer, we've always known. She completely ruins Jean Claude's accent. I'm not sure if I want to laugh or cry, because she has ruined something that I hold dear to me.
There also is this awful menacing music that plays randomly through out some scenes. It's really annoying and distracting.
I was happy when I found out that they were releasing the early Anita books in audio format, but this has been a massive let down. I'm pretty sure this will be my last Anita Blake audiobook purchase with this narrator change. Save your credits, but buy the book. You'll be happy you did!
I love, love, love the new narrator. Jean-Claude has an actual French accent. Hurrah!!! And as you go on to the other three older books with this narrator, Richard doesn't sound like a cranky old man. Can't wait till the rest of the older books are on Audible. Did I mention how much I love the new narrator??
The story moved along. I listened to Danse Macabre first. I had never ever listened to this author or even liked this type of books or movies(hate scary movies) I found myself laughing like a mad woman in my garage after l arriving home and listened to the first CD.I was hooked. I started searching for the other books online to find out how Anita got involved with a vamp.(Gulity pleasures) I have now check out, downloaded or purchased several of the books in the series.
Anita running out of the circus being chased and Jean Claude giving Anita the second mark(eyes)
Love the series so far. Not to cool on all the sex Anita has, but she kick's butt and I hope learns to control the adure thing I hope Ms Hamilton stays clear of under aged sexual involment with Anita. The 16 yr old boy was a bit over the line.
Retired USN! I enjoy movies, books, traveling and making quilts.
I found the story thrilling, made me laugh
I originally began listening to the Anita Blake series with Cerulean Sins. I LOVED the narrator, Cynthia Halloway. Her voice was incredible, feminine and embodied everything that I envisioned in Anita. I actually think her voice made the books better. The narrator of this book (and a few others) does an adequate job, but it's just not the same Anita that originally compelled me further into the series. Her essence is not the same. One thing I do like...it's nice to hear Jean-Claude with a French accent. Overall, the book itself is pretty good. I really enjoy knowing how the characters began to interact. It's refreshing.
I so like Kimberly Alexis narrtion better than Cynthia Hollway in the later books, but oh well, a good series, 18 in all, it starts off slow, but ends with a bang...keep listening, their worth it...
This is the first of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, series. Once you read or listen to this book, you're hooked on the series. Love the narrative of the book, and the narrator, Kimberly Alexis really does a good job. Anita tells the story, somewhat in a Joe Friday way. Has a lot of action and suspense, with a hint of sexual tension.
I love the Anita Blake series and have read all the books more than once but I could not listen to this version. I don't like the narrator or the way the narration is staged. I would advise reading these the old fashioned way.
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.
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.
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