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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©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!
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.
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.
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..
I'm a fan! I enjoyed this second installment much better than the first. The story was gory yet gripping. Anita Blake is one tough chick (a bit much at times with cheesy one liners that are annoying)...but she does know how to kick ass. Still hate the sounds effects. I prefer just straight up reading. On to book 3.
This is one of the first Anita Blake books, and like many people I think those are the best. Anita Blake's innate talent is raising zombies. In this world, for her and other necromancers, raising zombies is not a choice. If she does not use her talent, she will raise those dead that she thinks about and or cares about, and she has done this since childhood. This is not a good thing just ask her stepmother Judith. So she channels her magic carefully and does not let it build beyond her control.
She accepts her gifts and does not apologize for being who she is. Heaven help those who label her as evil because of her talent, and especially those who expect her to use her talent for evil.
In these early books we see an Anita Blake who makes difficult choices. She will not be threatened, manipulated, or forced into acting in ways that she knows to be evil. She will not give up, she will not give in and she will wipe the floor with anyone who tries to hurt her or those she chooses to protect. In fact she does not expect to be saved, rescued, or coddled, and Anita is a bit insulted that anyone would try. My favorite part of the book is toward the end when someone of great power watches her wipe the graveyard with the bad guys, and notices he didn't help. His response was that she saved herself, and that is why he wants her. This really resonates as the story arc goes through several books.
Like others I think the music and sound effects are an insult to the author. I may not like the direction the later books have taken, but there is no doubt Ms. Hamilton has an amazing skill with words. Though she is not wordy her descriptions of both horror and humor are great. Radio plays are not audiobooks, sound effects there are OK, but if a book is good enough to be published, then it is too good to be drowned in sound effects.
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