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The Laughing Corpse: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 2 | [Laurell K. Hamilton]

The Laughing Corpse: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 2

In The Laughing Corpse, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead.
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Publisher's Summary

The early Anita Blake novels find new life in downloadable audio - as new listens for long-time fans or as great ways for new listeners to sink their teeth into the series.

In The Laughing Corpse, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead.

©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2009 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Anita Blake is one of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lisa Mesquite, NV, United States 11-10-10
    Lisa Mesquite, NV, United States 11-10-10
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    "Love the book, but hate the Sound Effects!"

    One of my favorite series (at least the first ten books), but the sound effects are way off and come up at odd times and seem to be destracting rather than add to the story. The narrator is okay, not my favorite, but not horrible either.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 4159 Oxford Drive, OH, United States 05-18-11
    Robert 4159 Oxford Drive, OH, United States 05-18-11
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    "Great fun to listen to!"

    WOW!! This was a fun book to listen to!! Laurell K. Hamilton's shoot-from-the-hip smart alec style was only enhanced by Kim Alexis' reading of it! I've listened to it 5 times already, and will again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. L. Baker Carbondale, IL 12-18-10
    A. L. Baker Carbondale, IL 12-18-10 Member Since 2010

    Mind your own business.

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    "Good but not perfect"

    I understand that this is supposed to be a dark story but the narrator accomplishes this a little too well. While most of the things said are supposed to be taken seriously there is also supposed to be some dark humor that seems to be missed entirely. The main character is supposed to be snarky and sharp tongued but the narrator makes her seem mean and self righteous. Add to that, the laughable sound effects and music and you have moments in this book that are very frustrating. The music is so cheesy and misplaced that it rips you right out of the story at the good parts. Its distracting and turns what should be a suspenseful moment into something straight out of a soap opera. All in all the story is good the narration could use a little work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy G. 10-08-10
    Patsy G. 10-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a fan of the music"

    book 2 of the Anita Blake series, as Anita deals with her new marks from jean-claude, she fight unknown dead and a voodoo priestess, at 5'3 shes tough as nails..

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brianna United States 11-16-13
    Brianna United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It took a book and a half buuuuut.."
    Any additional comments?

    But I came around to this narrator.

    I started reading the Anita Blake series in high school. As the series progressed, as some of you know, I fell out of love and into contempt with our little heroine. But I love the world that Hamilton wrote around Anita. Now if only I hadn't started feeling as if I were reading a fanfiction-style story about the author herself she had somehow conned people into publishing and buying. But, as I've gotten into driving trucks, there was more time than I knew what to do with to keep myself awake and interested while driving through mountains and plains were radio signals are.. lacking. So, after some 200-some-odd hours of the current Game of Thrones series, I decided to give this one another chance.

    It took me a while to get used to Alexis. When I read Anita, I read her in a lower tone.. And angrier. Always angry. The amount of sarcasm that comes through, as mentioned in other reviews, is a little daunting. In my head, Anita had held more of a droll tone as opposed to teenager-worthy sarcasm, so at the time it didn't translate as much as it does with someone reading it to me. Though, having been a teenager myself when I began reading her, I'm not sure it would have mattered much in the beginning. The story itself is interesting. Some of the interactions between characters lead me back to the whole 'Mary Sue' problem, but Alexis' tone kept me interested. There is a fair amount of replay--or of the exact same words and phrases to reintroduce characters we met in Guilty Pleasures. Anyway, as of this book, it all seems like a bunch of little things coming together to annoy me and distract me from the story itself. That and trying to forget the direction I remember the series is heading in.

    I would recommend this book, and the one before it. 'Preternatural' things have always been interesting to me, and she writes them all out, some in new ways and, to an extent, in depth with powers and histories and ancient vampires acting like spoiled brats. I would tell anyone to give this series a chance. You might fall in love with it like I did. And maybe you won't be so bothered about what's to come. I might not either as I listen to them again. Alexis does give me a complete separate perspective about Anita's challenges with the way she reads. I'm not sure if that's normal.. If you've read the series and aren't sure about spending the credit, do it. Start from the beginning and remember the good times! Maybe what Hamilton has been giving all of us disgruntled fans and former fans in more recent years has been lost to the way we read and perceive things in our own tones and opinions.

    Maybe that's just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    "crazy but enjoyable."
    If you could sum up The Laughing Corpse in three words, what would they be?

    Some crazy scene


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anita came out on top and jean Claude recognized who she is


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Anita rose the graveyard and killed her kidnappers


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

    I can't call it??


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taniea United States 07-08-13
    Taniea United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2010

    Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...

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    "Slow to Start"

    Takes a number of chapters before the pique sown into the story gets interesting. Jean Claude plays a more integral part and teases the reader with his persona. He's definitely a sexy character. Though much happens throughout, the reader is ultimately left anticipating --- akin to an itch one can't reach to scratch beneath a cast.

    Realizing that their are 22 Anita series books to date, I'm now sure the story's conclusion will take too long for me. There are many series framed similarly, but I refrain from those as well. I think 10 is my limit and even then... the plot and story in each installment have to capture my interest. Thus, others who have more patience and/or like an extended series may find the Anita Black series satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Dickinson, TX, United States 03-08-13
    Kenneth Dickinson, TX, United States 03-08-13

    I am ME !

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    "Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Laughing Corpse to be better than the print version?

    yes it was awesome book I would recommend to anyone


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anita Blake of course


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

    She is Great!


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

    Laugh many times


    Any additional comments?

    read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Boynton Beach, Fl, United States 07-22-12
    Patricia Boynton Beach, Fl, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2010

    Keeping Informed

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    "Can't get enough!"
    Would you listen to The Laughing Corpse again? Why?

    Yes, and yes and yes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean-Claude and Anita


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

    Anita


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

    Yes but the same with the rest of the series.


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    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 07-13-12
    Robert Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 07-13-12 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "Great!"

    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. :)

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