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The Laughing Corpse Audiobook

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

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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.

Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.

©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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brianna United States 11-16-13
    Brianna United States 11-16-13
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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.

    2 of 2 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 Chicago 12-18-10
    A. L. Baker Chicago 12-18-10
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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.

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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..

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    V. Mitchell Texas 12-03-16
    V. Mitchell Texas 12-03-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Best of the series so far"
    What did you love best about The Laughing Corpse?

    The antagonist in this story is the scariest by far so far (I'm at book 10). Great story/mystery for Anita.


    What other book might you compare The Laughing Corpse to and why?

    Just got through with book nine which was pretty action packed. I love when the story converges and the characters come together to make the story clear. I also like these earlier stories because the "romance" part is at the periphery and not vice versa like in some of the later ones.


    What about Kimberly Alexis’s performance did you like?

    She channels Anita pretty well. The way she shifts from character to character is clear and very expressive. I really enjoy listening to these books and look forward to the rest of the series. I would even consider buying other books she narrated just for her.


    Any additional comments?

    Revisiting this series and loving it. Narration is great, story is great. These early books are heavy on story and mystery with just enough "romance" between the main characters to add flavor. This story is gruesome in some places, but one of Anita's best adventures so far.

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    Michele 11-09-16
    Michele 11-09-16
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    "A little bit of a cliff hanger"

    Another excellent example of Laurel K Hamilton's deep seated talent to rope you into her fantastic world. I can't get enough of her works!

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    Kimberly Clark 08-31-16
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    "Laurell K. Hamilton rocks!"

    Laurell K. Hamilton rocks! I'm addicted to her work now. Can't wait to read more.

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    Tara 07-12-16
    Tara 07-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Choppy"

    I loved the story to this installment. With that said, it was very distracting when the narrator would say things like, "I said" after a long pause. There was enough of a space that it sounds like those statements were edited in after. If you can get past those spaces, you can easily lose yourself in the story. Very intense in parts.

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    Upplander NV USA 04-18-16
    Upplander NV USA 04-18-16 Member Since 2008

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    "Just a great story and the presentation of the reader is great. Excitement and the story goes on. It is just so much fun."

    Wow I put the raitining in the title box. Great read. So much fun. The reader brings a lot of life to the read.

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