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Bloodlist: The Vampire Files, Part 1 | [P.N. Elrod]

Bloodlist: The Vampire Files, Part 1

I've always had a weak spot for strange ladies. One very beautiful girl had even warned me that she was, get this, a vampire. But did I listen? No.
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Publisher's Summary

I've always had a weak spot for strange ladies. One very beautiful girl had even warned me that she was, get this, a vampire. But did I listen? No.

Before you know it, I'm being chased by an ugly thug with a gun, and a bullet blasts its way through my back, and, believe it or not, nothing happened. I survived! How? You guessed it. I, Jack Fleming, ace reporter, have been transformed into a vampire, which has its advantages. You never die, you never grow old, you sleep all day, and, best of all, you can hunt down your own murderer.

Bloodlist is the first novel in an exciting vampire adventure series.

©1990 P.N. Elrod; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The pace is fast....Intriguing....An updated version of the old pulp novels." (Science Fiction Review)
"An entertaining blend of the detective story and the supernatural." (Science Fiction Chronicle)

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 03-15-14
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2011

    LauralOlivia

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    "Mixed feelings"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am really mixed. The main two characters are very likable. It could have been great if while solving "his murder" there were a couple other mysteries going on at the same time. The more interaction between the two main characters could have had some great sardonic humor. Throw in the girl interest, she could have added some dark humor also. It is like a film noir but...... It is not too hard to get through but at the end..... There were only a few events that carry the whole story. It was along long story to solve one mystery. My least easy critic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by P.N. Elrod again?

    I might. His characters were great. He needed more story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was very good. I don't think someone else would do better.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


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    Chris Chattanooga 04-30-13
    Chris Chattanooga 04-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Very well written and narrated"

    I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next in the series. The narrator really does a great job with the main character. The story kept me wanting more the whole time I was listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck College Park, MD, United States 09-03-12
    Chuck College Park, MD, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "bloodlist a good new vamp story"
    Where does Bloodlist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its in my personal top 20 audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the relationship between esskit and the hero of the story wish there was even more of them. esskit was a neet character


    Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Whitners other performances but he does really well here.


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

    I took just one night to listen to it the first time couldn't turn it off, I have listened to it so much I can talk in time with it.


    Any additional comments?

    flemming and esskit make an interesting pair could of seen them become partners in a private investigator type crime series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maryanne Dexter, OR, USA 11-15-09
    Maryanne Dexter, OR, USA 11-15-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Want my audible credit and 8 hours of my life back"

    boring is a kind description, narrator was fine too bad the book was so bad. Very predicable and boring

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Woods 11-02-09 Member Since 2004
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    "It's OK"

    Not a bad story but not brilliant by any means. The characters were good but there was certainly no nail-biting tension. The narration was excellent and suited the story well.

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    Mark Haverhill, MA, USA 10-15-06
    Mark Haverhill, MA, USA 10-15-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Weak Ending, No Spoiler"

    This is not really a bad book, lame in the vampire genre, but pretty good in the dime detective genre...until the ending. I will not spoil it for you here, just suffice to say it is SO WEAK, that I think the writer just gave up at the end, maybe he was tired, or ran out of ideas. I am always willing to give a writer another shot, so will try #2 in the series, but am not holding out much hope.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia Irving, TX, USA 03-28-08
    Felicia Irving, TX, USA 03-28-08
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    "Hard-boiled Vamp fun"

    I read this book years ago and really enjoyed the audiobook. I hope more of this series will be available soon.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm glad I finally read/listened to this, but..."
    Would you try another book from P.N. Elrod and/or Barrett Whitener?

    Yes. Ms. Elrod is an articulate and intelligent lady, and while Mr. Whitener sounded a little wooden in this portrayal, I don't think he was bad.


    Would you recommend Bloodlist to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. In the vampire-saturated, post-Twilight world we now inhabit, it was incredibly novel to find a series written about vampires that actually took into account the older legends, such as the inability to see their reflections and the need for grave dirt.


    What aspect of Barrett Whitener’s performance would you have changed?

    His cadence was stilted at times, especially when he was in long tracts of inner dialogue or narration. His individual character voices were pretty good, if a bit lacking in variety.


    Do you think Bloodlist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I know it has follow-ups. To be honest, I will probably pick them up when I have run out of other things to read.I was nearly halfway through the book when I realized I was still waiting for the plot. This was because most of the book was about Jack Fleming discovering his new situation.

    That, itself, was not a bad thing, but it did serve to let my mind wander from the narration. Jack went through so many cycles of sleeping at waking, it made me wonder if there was any urgency to the story at all. The night-time of Chicago in the 1940s should have been rich with atmosphere, people, and things, but it just felt deadened. The setting didn't feel realistic because the setting didn't matter. It could have been set in modern-day New York, for all I would have known from the context. Aside from the occasional reference to a 'Speak' or 'Speakeasy', I wouldn't have been able to keep in mind what time it was supposed to be set in.

    Don't get me wrong, some of the lingo worked, but in some ways it felt forced.

    At the end of the day, the main issue was the struggle to take a character concept and morph it into a living, breathing thing. Jack was engaging, if reluctant. Escot was strange and endearing. Shoe (I hope I'm spelling these right) was full of character and entertaining. The bad guys were bad, with little redeeming qualities. That made it hard to engage with the story - I've never been one for the Snidely Whiplash type of villain.


    Any additional comments?

    Considering it is the first of this series, and an early effort from this author, I will be likely to continue Jack's story. It entertained me for eight hours, which means it did its job.

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    Jason 04-12-06
    Jason 04-12-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Dross"

    I usually do not give up on any book, but the writing here reminds me of the contests for the worst prose.
    There is so much better in every genre. this is not worth the time.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Tucson, AZ, USA 09-24-07
    Martha Tucson, AZ, USA 09-24-07 Member Since 2006
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    "A New Look at Vampires"

    This is a wonderful book, a completely different take on vampires and mysteries. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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