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Death's Excellent Vacation Audiobook

Death's Excellent Vacation

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Publisher's Summary

It really can be an endless summer — if you’re immortal. Though a vampire would be ill-advised to take a cruise to Bermuda, the possibilities for getting away from it all — and maybe snacking on some unsuspecting tourist — are many….

Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire friend Pam take a weekend getaway to Mississippi in number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris’s “Two Blondes”. And when they end up in a shady gentleman’s club, to escape in one piece they need to do something that wasn’t on their itinerary — something involving a stage, a pole, and very little clothing.

New York Times best-selling author Katie MacAlister’s “The Perils of Effrijim” follows a demon whose vacation in Paris is disrupted when he’s banished to another plane, thus kicking off a crazy dimension-hopping road trip across Europe.

Protecting an heiress from supernatural hit men isn’t Cat and Bones’s idea of a relaxing vacation in New York Times best-selling author Jeaniene Frost’s “One for the Money”, but it could get worse. And it does — when Cat’s mother shows up.

Editors Harris and Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations frightening, funny, and touching — for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque.

©2010 Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    christopher Arkansas 04-05-11
    christopher Arkansas 04-05-11 Member Since 2016

    Just an all around awesome person.

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    "Skip this one."

    I have read and loved all the southern vampire books. This book blatantly sucks and falls far from what I expected. Why did they not use Johanna Parker for the narration?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa A. Williamson St. Louis, MO USA 01-10-11
    Vanessa A. Williamson St. Louis, MO USA 01-10-11 Member Since 2016

    I am always on the look out for a story that will surprise me or make me laugh while telling a good tale

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    "The Good, the bad, and the OMG BORING"

    I had hoped for fun or funny stories - you know, stories like people like to tell about their VACATIONS!?! Most of these read more like being forced to sit and look at slides of someones boring or down right depressing vacation.

    It has 2 or 3 redeeming short stories, but the rest are pure crap.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Bridgeville, Delaware 02-09-12
    Leah Bridgeville, Delaware 02-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I felt a little ripped off"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are just looking for a bunch of short stories.


    What was most disappointing about the authors???s story?

    I was looking for the next book on Sookie Stackhouse as I have read and enjoyed them so much and when you listen to the sample, that's what it sounds like (this time with the help of other authors (like Ms. Harris should really need them). Instead, I got one great story and bunch that I could care less about. It was really a disappointment. The worse part about it is that I bought the mistletoe book at the same time and can't return either. So I am stuck with one story I like and a bunch I don't. I am sure that Ms. Harris could have put all her short stories together, come up with a great read and NOT disappointed her readers in this way.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Everything!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Death's Excellent Vacation?

    Everything past Sookie Stackhouse.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I could say more about how I was disappointed that I did in the 'What was the most disappointing' section of the questioner. I hope someone forwards these notes to Ms. Harris and that she actually cares about her readers.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lea 07-11-15
    Lea 07-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Do it for the stories not the narration"

    Oh why oh why did they not use the original narrators!? This really made it hard for me to listen to. Don't get me wrong, I think Ronconi is amazing, but for me she's a Molly Harper narrator.
    Eric sounds wrong in the Sookie Stackhouse story and don't get me started on Bones in the Night Huntress story.

    The stories in it self are fine. But the narration really gets on my nerves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 03-25-15
    Monica 03-25-15 Member Since 2012

    I love books, this site helps me connect again in my busy life...

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    "Ok"

    Ok but not the best stories ever. Some of the stories are really good though.

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    Kimberly Lilburn, GA, United States 11-28-14
    Kimberly Lilburn, GA, United States 11-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really there r only one story in the book that I like and the rest it trash. Also one of the story is not really a story but it a story about some guy who work at this place that public book and he is one of the edditer. Who care I sure dont. The three star I give this book is for the night hunt novel in this book that is the only story that enjoyable.


    Did Death's Excellent Vacation inspire you to do anything?

    Nothing!


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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 06-11-14
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2014

    I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

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    "A Good Collection of Authors of the Paranormal"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure would. Even if they only read or know of one author in this book, it is a good was of finding more authors they may like.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I will always be a Charlaine Harris fan, so it has to be Pam. Huh, I bet you thought I was going to say Sookie.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Christopher did an excellent job on all the characters, and I cannot say that anyone stood out from the others.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    More laughter than tears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 04-20-13
    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013

    I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.

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    "The comically bad narrator ruins a good book"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Christopher Lane?

    Absolutely never will i buy another book narrated by Christopher Lane.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death's Excellent Vacation?

    I love a good Charl. Harris book!


    What didn’t you like about Christopher Lane’s performance?

    Christopher Lane is capable of changing her voice to be character appropriate, as she demonstrates with the voice of "Pam", so i can only guess that the voices she used for other characters, such as "Sookie", which sounded very close to her natural speaking voice, was a very unfortunate, but conscious choice. I am able to overlook and deal with narration mistakes and somewhat undesirable voices in narration most of the time, but this? I had to turn the book off less than five minutes in and buy it, again, in print, so i guess ruining an audio book this way is good for sales, at least in the short term! The narration sounded that bad; so nasal and high pitched! It was positively unnerving, and i just couldn't imagine immersing myself in the story with that constant annoyance. It was an almost child like voice that i could imagine saying something like, " nya nya na booh booh". The art of narration can't be overstated in terms of importance, and this person didn't seem to take the listener's ear, or the character acting very seriously, from what i heard in the beginning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monique Atgood 02-14-13 Member Since 2015

    Monique Atgood

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    "Wonderful Performances!"
    If you could sum up Death's Excellent Vacation in three words, what would they be?

    Eclectic, Oscar Worthy


    What other book might you compare Death's Excellent Vacation to and why?

    Any Paranormal, cause the stories all revolve around paranormal creatures.


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

    This man is Oscar Worthy! What a performer! He made the stories leap to life and get up and dance. Wow.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book of eclectic short stories. Vampires, Ghouls, Gargoyles, Succubus, and all things paranormal go on vacation. The story about the demon who liked to be a dog because his 'package' was bigger than when he was in man form made me howl with laughter.

    A throughly enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Braun 12-26-12
    Kelly Braun 12-26-12
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    "Good stories but frustrating editing"
    Any additional comments?

    Some of the stories were really good and others were just okay. Overall I gave this anthology 3 stars rather than 4 because the editing from story to story included less than a breath's space. I was so frustrated! The story would end and becasue of the nature of these stories and often an unexpected ending, I would have liked to have had a few seconds of silence before the next story. Instead it felt liek the next story started before the narrator of the last story even took a breath. It was very distracting and annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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