Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
©2002 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2010 Penguin
I would have enjoyed this audio book so much more if Penguin would have held back on the dramatic music/sound effects or at the VERY least lowered the VOLUME on them. I had to fast forward over one of the most dramatic scenes at the end of the book because I could barely hear the narrative over the crap! After waiting YEARS for the backlist of LKH books to be released, it's a huge disappointment to have to deal with this. I also wished they could have used the same narrator as the current books just because it's hard to get used to another narrator but that was a much smaller hurdle than the dramatic sounds...
Laurell K Hamilton never fails to deliver characters and scenes rich in detail and emotion that let you into the hearts and minds of her creations. The performance by Kimberly Alexis brings the Anita Blake series to audio with great care and understanding of the characters, her talent continues to portray the emotional depth and internal struggles with a skill perfectly matched to this series, but..............The addition of background audio, in this book in particular, is frustrating in some scenes, distracting at times and down right inappropriate and diminishing to the material and performance in others. I would not recomend listening to this audio rendition without having read the book first. The additional audio turns key emotional scenes of this book into the equivalent of a made for t.v. version of your favorite book, watering down the drama and failing to let the origional work shine.
Anita really starts growing and changing in her beliefs and this book chronicles the meat of it. My only problem with this point in the series is this is also when she sort of stops using her necromancy. I'd forgotten just how much I really like this book in the series. I'm still not crazy about the french accent as performed by the narrator, but there's less Jean Claude in this book so not as much of his "voice." Actually, the accent might be pretty decent, I'm just having trouble hearing Jean Claude with such a high tone in his voice, I always imagined it much lower.
I love a good vampire story, and I loved the earlier Anita Blake books !
However as the series progresses I'm liking Anita (and her world) less and less,
Anita starts out as a very strong independent young women who is out to better the world, and she is slowly turning into a love struck young girl who lets her two love interests lead her course of action.
Additionally even in this world of "make believe" Anita's character is becoming less and less believable, some how this young and very petite women becomes both the savior and mostly feared person in that supernatural world, it's almost like one of those old cartoons with bugs bunny playing baseball being the only one on all bases during the game. Anita gets to be top dog for the wolfs, top cat for the leopards, and dominate the vampire world though her link to Jean Cloud.
I really doubt I will spend any more of my time and credits on this story.
I really liked this book. The storyline moved along and it really developed the relationship between Richard and Anita. I loved the new characters too.
With every book I listen to Anita gets more and more hypocritical! It's painful! I find myself yelling and my iPhone as if it's Anita "shut up!!!" I am interested in the story but I don't know if I can tolerate Anita! One minute she's like "she wouldn't feel anything if she kills someone or something the next minute she's vomiting and upset that one of the werewolves killed someone!!! Can you say HYPOCRITE!!! I know people are complicated and she's a fictional character but I'm listening to these Anita Blake books and Im getting tired of her and her personality! HYPOCRITE!!! LOL
Also you see some similarities in Asher and Reese (from the Merideth Gentry series)
I dunno I'm getting bored with this series and I'm only on book 8 of 19 :-/
I love the narrator and I love love love the Anita Blake series but I have one complaint and it's nothing to do with the writing, sound effects, and voices. It's the fact that audible is missing quite a few of the books in this series yet they are releasing the new book coming out soon but are missing 5 or more books in the middle of the series. I listen to books more then read because it's easier with my kids so I hate when I get into a series and there are missing books!! I had to go buy the books they don't list here on audible.
AUDIBLE: PLEASE GET ALL OF THE SERIES! ALL OF US LISTENING WOULD BE SUPER GRATEFUL! :)
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