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
"Anita Blake is one of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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!
Mind your own business.
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.
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.
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.
Some crazy scene
Anita came out on top and jean Claude recognized who she is
When Anita rose the graveyard and killed her kidnappers
I can't call it??
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
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.
I am ME !
yes it was awesome book I would recommend to anyone
Anita Blake of course
She is Great!
Laugh many times
Yes, and yes and yes!
Jean-Claude and Anita
Yes but the same with the rest of the series.
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!
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. :)
I live on the Gulf of Mexico and I love to listen and walk the day away along God's beautiful grace.
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..
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