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Death's Excellent Vacation | [Charlaine Harris (author/editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Amanda Ronconi, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost, Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott]

Death's Excellent Vacation

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.
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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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    Rachel W Adamec 08-30-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun Romps with Supes"

    I'll admit it up front, I came to Charlaine Harris' work through HBO's True Blood series - then I listened to all the Sookie Stories available on Audible... I really like the series, I had a lot of fun with the stories... it didn't matter to me about the different twists on the same ideas... so I thought, "why not?".

    It was obvious to me this is a series of short stories EDITED by Ms. Harris and Toni Kelner. These are centered around the general topic of "Vacation", and that works well for a summer's read or listen.

    Yes, Sookie and Pam have an adventure - but there are some other interesting tropes played with. What's a gargoyle to do for a vacation? Or what if there's an issue with the house you inherit and want to make into a BnB? What's a super-hero to do when life gets a little jaded? Then, again, I always thought there were benefits to being a were(wolf)... like being able to enjoy cotton candy, pop corn, and soda and then using up those calories during an evening's events ;-)

    This is a fun set of stories! Nothing too engrossing, but a great listen while going to, coming back, or just lounging around at the shore! It's just a fun romp with some super-naturals!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christopher Round O, SC, United States 04-05-11
    christopher Round O, SC, United States 04-05-11 Member Since 2010

    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 2009

    I love a good story

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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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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 06-11-14
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2005

    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.


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    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 04-20-13
    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 04-20-13

    I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.

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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.


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    Monique Atgood Central FL 02-14-13
    Monique Atgood Central FL 02-14-13
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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.

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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.

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    stephanie STEWARTSVILLE, MO, United States 11-29-11
    stephanie STEWARTSVILLE, MO, United States 11-29-11
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    "What a letdown"

    Have read all of the Charlaine Harris books and I knew that this was a collection of short stories when I purchased it. Her story was just mediocre. The other author that I have read a lot of Jeaniene Frost was just as disappointing. The rest were really boring. I paid for the book and could hardly stand it...........I almost always finish a book, but this was an exception

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    Abigail Jacksonville, FL, United States 10-07-11
    Abigail Jacksonville, FL, United States 10-07-11
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    "Be sure to read the full description before buying"

    This is not a new Sookie Stackhouse book. In fact it's about one chapter of Sookie and then a lot of other stories. I'm very upset with my self for not reading the full description before buying.

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    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 02-02-11
    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 02-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "what a fun read"

    Having read several of the authors listed in this collection, I knew I would likely have a decent listen. I wasn't expecting the fully fun experience I had, though. This collection of shorts was so enjoyable to go through, I found myself wanting longer stories from these authors, and yet couldn't wait for each to be over and start a new one. I was happy to hear little blurbs about each of the authors, as several were new to me. The genre was familiar and exactly what I expected from the authors I knew of already. Have fun!

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