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Crimson Death Audiobook

Crimson Death: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 25

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In her 25th adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder...

Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn't usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he's being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind's few strict taboos.

Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from...a place that couldn't be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.

Ireland.

©2016 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    B. Davis Maine 10-20-16
    B. Davis Maine 10-20-16 Member Since 2010

    I've been a book-a-holic since the age of 12, but didn't start listening to audio books until 2008, and Jim Dale's Harry Potter hooked me

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    "I am so conflicted"
    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Alexis – was your favorite?

    Kimberly is one of the best readers out there, and many times she was the best part of the book


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    Anita Blake is one of my all-time favorite characters, but the stories have become so boring to me in the last few years. There has been very little character development, and even the sex scenes are mostly a waste of time, which might be surprising to some considering how much sex is in these books. I used to enjoy them, but that was back when they used to be a smaller part of Anita’s life - lately, all the books feel to me like they are about her relationships and trying to convince everyone else (the reader and other characters in the books) why we should care.I keep coming back to this series because I LOVE the characters, but the writing has been so bad lately that I end up skim reading to get past the boring parts, and it makes me sad. There are still occasional flashes of what drew me in the past - usually scenes involving Edward. Somewhere around “Narcissus in Chains”, LKH took a turn to polyamory that has overwhelmed everything else in the series. Instead of being a kick ass heroine with a great love life, she has a heroine that spends way too much time TALKING about all the relationships ad nauseum.There are several things that drive me crazy about the LKH’s writing, with this book, and also the last few books:1. She keeps reminding everyone of things that happened in prior books, over and over again in each proceeding book (sometimes the same thing several times in the same book). It almost feels like she is writing for someone who has never read any of the prior books in the series, and she feels she needs to tell everyone’s story over and over again.2. She over explains. I’ve lost count in this book of how many conversations contain a different way of saying “I don’t understand”, or “what did you mean by that” and then going on forever, explaining things that any person who has read a book in the series would get immediately. This has been going on in the series for a while, but this book has overwhelmed with it. I’m only a little past the half way point, and I swear she was paid by the word - it is full of useless filler that goes around in circles for pages and pages, doing nothing to advance the story. What makes me the craziest is that the one who needs things explained to them the most is Anita – how can you have a kick ass heroine who doesn’t understand almost everything and needs it explained to them over and over? You can’t.I will always read Anita’s stories, looking for those bits of gold in the dross. I am always hopeful that the next one will be as good as it was in the past, but I no longer recommend the books to others. There is nothing I love more than sharing the books I love with others, so this makes me sad.

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    Amazon Customer 10-24-16
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    "No thank you."

    By far the my least favorite book of this series. I will not be looking for more.

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    klhodges 10-20-16
    klhodges 10-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "This is getting ridiculous....Really."
    Would you try another book from Laurell K. Hamilton and/or Kimberly Alexis?

    On the bubble about that


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Diana Rowland Demon series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    action scenes are good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Kimberly Alexis the reader was excellent.


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    The best way to read/listen to this book is as follows. Read chapters 1 thru 3. STOP. Start again around chapter 35 and finish. If you're in prison with nothing but time on your hands read the missing chapters but I assure you can go without 30 chapters of asinine/copy and paste, wtf he said, then I said and he said we said then the cat said then she said dialog. the editor must be a terrorist out to shatter our minds. I've read every Anita Blake book and this is the worst. The author's muse must have her gas light on and LKH hasn't noticed yet.The action is good (credit given) as long as no one talking.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eva 10-19-16
    Eva 10-19-16
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    "Just get to the story!"

    Enough already! Can't we just get to the heart of the story - the next adventure, where Anita has to meet Edward in Ireland to confront a new big "BAD"? No. We have to endure all the whining and in-fighting for all the lovers and inhabitants of the Circus. It goes on ad nauseam.

    We all waited a long time for this book to come out and now you have to wait a long time to get to the actual story while you wade through all the boring crap.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sophia 10-14-16
    Sophia 10-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fifty shades of Anita"

    I miss the days when Anita had a life, and just not in the bedroom . I would like to see more of a plot!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lorra Lee Murphy 10-20-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Last 3rd of Book was Good..."

    I did struggle with the 1st 2/3rds of the book because Anita came across neurotic and dense. I found it very frustrating. Once I got to the last 3rd, Anita appeared to be more like her old self but still a bit...off. I am hoping the next book will have a more mentally stable Anita.

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    Marie hampton, VA, United States 10-14-16
    Marie hampton, VA, United States 10-14-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Endless, boring Conversations about nothing,"

    Weak storyline! Endless rhetoric about nothing. What happen in the first 12 hours of this book should've been trashed.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J. MARTIN 10-14-16
    J. MARTIN 10-14-16 Member Since 2015

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    "One of the best in the series. "

    Characters that were previously neglected gained more depth. every minute masked you want to keep going to find out what's going to happen next.

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    Morgan A 10-29-16
    Morgan A 10-29-16
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    "Where to start...."

    This book was kind of slow for me as far as an Anita Blake book goes. I love this series, hence the good rating, however it was kind of meh at the beginning but got suddenly pretty good at the end. Unlike most LKH fans I really don't mind all the sex. Or all the characters lol it's all the boring talking!!! So much talking about relationships and none of it adds to the story!! Also whatever happened to the background sounds of the old books?? I used to love hearing the gunshots etc. Overall not a terrible read but CERTAINLY not the best in such a wonderful and influential series either. I just wish there was more action and plot or plot twist, hell even more sex if you have to!! Just try to get past all the boring emo relationship whining and you might actually enjoy this one.


    Also I used to love K.A as the narrator but now eh she's doing a terrible French accent for Jean Claude and Nathaniel sounds like a baby! Also why does Nicky sound sooo idk surferish??? Idk but I kind of wouldn't mind having C.H back. But hey, that's just my opinion :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 10-28-16
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 10-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good but not my favorite"

    I've always been a fan of Hamilton's writing and this is no ecseption. it's good just not as good as others. a bit slow to get started

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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