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The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires Audiobook

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

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Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

Cal - who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way - offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he's imperious, unfriendly, and doesn't seem to understand the difference between "employee" and "servant", Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him - particularly those concerning nudity. Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue and romance - in the form of her very own stray vampire.

©2012 Molly Harper White (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Kindle Customer 09-11-12

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "Missing the Quick Wit & Humor from Previous Books."

    Don't get me wrong. I still very much enjoyed this book. But truthfully, it wasn't author Molly Harper at her best.
    The narration was great. Amanda Ronconi, "gets" Molly Harper's dry humor and works it with true perfection.
    Still, I found this story to be lacking in some ways. The mystery /adventure just didn't do it for me.
    That being said : Would I buy it again? Sure. Because even when Ms. Harper isn't at her best, she is still twenty times ber than most of the writers out ther

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    Bonnie 08-15-12
    Bonnie 08-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not up to Molly's usual funny books"

    Let me start by saying that I am a huge Molly Harper fan. When I purchased this book I thought it was going to be a continuation of “Driving Mr. Dead” and her antics with Collin Sutherland. I wish it had been.

    I love Molly’s books because I can escape from reality and laugh out loud. I kinda, sorta did that with this book but it was not as funny as her others. It did have the mixture of funny situations, bossy vampire and feisty female, annoying teenager and had me laughing but not out loud like her former books.

    The love story between Cal & Iris got a little too much like a “gothic romance” during some of the love scenes. Molly went a little overboard in that department this time. I kept wondering, “What is Molly reading that is influencing her”? Along these same lines the lead vampire, Cal, is rude. I guess that goes with the whole gothic scene? Fortunately, Iris is a modern day gal that does not put up with rude.

    Several times Cal grazes Iris’ neck/veins. I didn’t think that vampires just stopped there. Who knew and it was not explained.

    There was some action in the book in the form of a mystery and Molly did keep me wondering. The book was an escape and funny but not as belly laughing as usual. This was just not up to her former books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mai United States 08-02-12
    Mai United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2014

    Plain and simple I Love to Read! Books take me places and make me feel the world...

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    "Always a great story!"
    If you could sum up The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy, Fantastic, Addicting!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

    I love it all!


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    I loved cal in this book!


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

    Cals relationship with GG!


    Any additional comments?

    I Love all of Molly's books!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 08-30-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "My fist Molly Harper book"

    This was a fun, witty and lighthearted romance. I really enjoyed her writing and the narrator was fantastic! I can't believe it took me this long to discover this author.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    RabidReads 08-13-12
    RabidReads 08-13-12

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    "Chick-lit with Fangs"

    This is the 4th Molly Harper title that I have read and it's official, I'm a fan! I will definitely be checking out her Nice Girls series sooner than later. That being said, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is a feel-good-read that's sure to put a smile on your face. Amanda Ronconi's narration is cheerful and bouncy, the how-to tips at the beginning of each chapter are giggle-worthy and Harper's writing is injected with some good ol' fashion Southern charm. If you're in need of a pick-me up or just a good laugh then try The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.

    The main plot is pretty straight forward, which is one of the many reasons why I love Molly's books so much. The story is detailed enough to keep readers entertained but still simple enough to allow other literary elements to shine through, such as her phenomenal characters and top notch wit. Several peeps from her Nice Girls series make cameo appearances which I'm sure only adds to the overall experience for long time fans. For my part, I have no clue who these characters are but can't wait to make their acquaintance when I tackle her Jane Jameson books.

    When I first started listening to this audiobook I was mildly confused on a few things that I feel are worth bringing up. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is the first full length installment in the Half Moon Hollow series. Driving Mr. Dead is a novella, which explains why it's only 160 pages and why the main characters are different. I struggled with Miranda vs. Iris' points of view. Plus, the fact that these two heroines have similar personalities and are read by the same narrator made it all the more confusing. Once I had all of my ducks in a row the story made a lot more sense. Unfortunately, I didn't realize my mistake until the end. That'll teach me to rely on GoodReads' accuracy!

    I really enjoyed Amanda Ronconi's narration; she's perfectly suited for the voice of Iris. You can hear the smile in her tone as she reads the story and she delivers Harper's jokes with ease. The combination of Ronconi's narration and Molly's writing transforms this audio book into pure bliss.

    It's nice to take a walk on the lighter side of Paranormal fiction from time to time. Molly Harper is a seasoned pro at writing chick lit with fangs. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is full of silly characters, slapstick humour and sex. What's not to love? I challenge you to read this book without cracking a smile!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Rio Oso, CA, United States 08-01-12
    Kindle Customer Rio Oso, CA, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Cute romance with some laughs"

    This was a very enjoyable listen. The short quips and jests that the main characters traded with one another were quite amusing and made me smile and at times laugh out loud. It has a cute love story and I would probably listen to it again when I feel the need for a little light-hearted romance.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Ellingsgaard Denmark 09-04-16
    Jon Ellingsgaard Denmark 09-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "It is all in the narration."
    If you could sum up The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires in three words, what would they be?

    Quirky, funny and relatable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As with all of the series, it is the strong female lead with a funny/quirky personality that draws me in.


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

    Pronunciation. English is not my first language, so I enjoy the performance of a professional native speaker.
    Her voice. I find her voice strangely therapeutic, I often re-listen to the stories just to hear her voice.
    The way she 'makes voices' for the different characters, it feels natural and helps keep the narrative clutter-free, as I can tell which character is 'speaking' from the way Amanda reads them.


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

    The bit where Jane uses her special skill to include Iris in her social circle.


    Any additional comments?

    The Half-moon hollow and the 'original' Jane Jameson series is a guilty pleasure that I keep coming back for more of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 02-07-13
    AudioAddict 02-07-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "A Cleverly Told Romantic Vampire Mystery!"

    This book has everything all rolled into one very entertaining story. Even though it's a romantic mystery with vampires involved, I found myself laughing out loud several times at things that were said (mainly by Gigi). The female narrator does a great job of actually making Cal, the male vampire, sound sexy. If Ms. Harper writes a sequel, I would definitely read it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 12-23-12
    Lisa United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2014

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "Another Magical Audiobook from Harper/Ronconi!"

    I am so in love with Molly Harper's books and the way Amanda Ronconi brings her characters to life. Molly Harper is an auto download for me.

    Harper has a new book out in a different series, not out on audio yet, but I already downloaded e book. Give it a try - its called "My Bluegrass Baby". I am really hoping Ronconi will get to narrate if this goes to audio.

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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 11-16-12
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2015

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Another Hit!"

    What can I say, but thank you Ms. Harper for another wonderful listen. You and the estimable Ms. Ronconi are a force. This was a truly enjoyable story, rife with action, a lil intrigue and some laughs. Thank you

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  • Anastasia
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    8/4/12
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    "Points for hottie bad guy!"

    I was pleasantly surprised with Molly Harper's latest, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.
    I've read all her work (and I love Amanda Ronconi as her narrator) but generally felt that all her main characters across different books were largely the same. I had expected this book to be the same as the last one, Driving Mr Dead, since the premise is very similar, and was delighted to see that it was not only different, but also much more substantial, with well thought-out and fleshed out characters.

    As per usual, the main point of the book is humour and romance, and the plot isn't that thrilling if you're not into botany but mostly serves as a mechanism to facilitate trials and opportunities for the romance to develop. At times the humour seems like an unrealistic reaction and detracts from a sense of peril, but since I don't think this is a genre of books which is supposed to be taken very seriously, it didn't ruin my experience.
    The story progresses at a good pace and kept me interested all the way through.

    The highpoint of the book for me was the sexy-evil-bad-guy scenes, even though I'm probably not supposed to cheer for him.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • leanne
    Florida,USA
    8/30/12
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    "Molly Harper does it again"

    Loved, loved , loved this book. Molly Harpers books hit the perfect note in me. There is romance without all that over thye top slushey stuff and copious amounts of laugh out loud moments written beautifully and delivered to perfection by Amanda Ronconi.
    I have read everything thing Molly has written and loved them all

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    3/10/14
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    "Funny, great story and excellent narrator!"
    Would you listen to The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires again? Why?

    Yes, I would be happy to listen to this book again in future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have listened to all of the Jane Jameson books and I really enjoy Half Moon Hollow and it's supernatural population so was keen to learn more about some other residents of the Hollow. As always the female characters were strong, independent and feisty, while the vampires struck the balance of tough and flawed and as usual, the romantic hero was a very attractive character.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Amanda is a great narrator and perfect for Molly Harper's books. Her characterisation is great, everyone has a unique voice and delivery that suits their character perfectly. Her pace is spot on - not too fast and not too slow - and her inflection is great.


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

    Lots of parts of the book made me laugh, Molly Harper's writing is witty and very clever.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Molly Harper characterises her vampires as flawed but in a funny way, not in the tortured, brooding way some other vampire series have gone for. She really brings a smal, southern American town to life without being derogatory and you really get a feel for the quirks and foibles of southern traditions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • alfie
    3/28/15
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    "Fun and frolics in the hollow"

    Funny, quirky and made me smile a lot, a great story line too. With murder, espionage, and some great twists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • B. Malone
    Sussex
    3/20/14
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    "Funny book keeps you entertained."
    Where does The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Light and interesting story and a little different. So an enjoyable story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's just something different. The thought of someone having a business providing day time services to vampires seems a great idea.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    That's a hard question as I enjoyed it all. The interactions between Iris and her younger sister were good fun.


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

    Yes found it very compelling to know what happened next.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Sussex
    2/5/14
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    "funny lighthearted story"
    If you’ve listened to books by Molly Harper before, how does this one compare?

    I really loved her werewolf series set in alaska and they were much more chuckle worthy than this so I liked them slightly more. I plan on reading or listening to as many of her books as possible though. th


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amanda Ronconi?

    yes although one of the ones she narrates for molly harper she puts on an astoundingly terrible Irish accent, that is one to avoid if your Irish or british or just know and care what an Irish person should sound like. (its a bit like sean connery playing a spannish dude and and christopher lambert playing a scottish one in highlander lol)


    Was The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires worth the listening time?

    yes and im sure i will listen to it again at some point.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suej
    UK
    1/26/14
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    "Fun"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'd listened to a Molly Harper previously and loved it so I thought I'd try another. The narration was excellent and really the best thing about it. The story was very similar to the last one and it is clear the author doesn't stray too far from the formula. That said it was entertaining and got a lot better as the story developed, very funny towards the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsty
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "The care and feeding of stray vampires"

    This book had me snared from the beginning,

    I love how the writer showed a good sense of humour.

    I would 100% reccomend this to anyone as a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Wales
    2/3/13
    Overall
    "Laugh out loud"

    What a talent! The subject of vampires is so popular now that it must be almost impossible to get a new angle but Molly Harper has managed it beautifully - brilliant witty dialogue and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion - not just between the heroine and hero but also the other characters in the book - excellent narration too - very refreshing and easy listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • "unknown"
    Praha, Czech Republic
    12/28/12
    Overall
    "Very pleasant surprise"

    I really loved the book. I was searching for some light novel to doze off with and expected something Anita-Blake style but although it's obvious the author knows the work of L. K. Hamilton, I have found this book much more enjoyable than later books in the A.B. series. The amount of suspense and romance is balanced just right to keep you listening and enjoying every minute. Also, the narrator has done a great job. I liked her representation of various characters and her pronunciation was perfectly understandable which is something I as a non-native speaker highly appreciate. A lovely story in a lovely form.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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