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Hit List: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 20 | [Laurell K. Hamilton]

Hit List: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 20

A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.
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A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

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©2011 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2011 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Vanessa Los Angeles 08-22-12
    Vanessa Los Angeles 08-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Attributed to Groucho Marx

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    "It was an ok story"
    What did you like best about Hit List? What did you like least?

    The sex was toned down, there was not an orgy on every other page. What I liked least was the way Anita described everything, from brown eyes like hers, the men are all too beautiful. There need to be some real people in the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Maybe its time for Anita to move along.


    Any additional comments?

    Too much repetition, all of her lovers have long flowing hair and great bodies, and everyone falls in love with Anita, it’s boring, I miss the days of the Necromancer , when she had a job to do or a case to solve, now it seems as if the whole world is either out to kill Anita or sleep with her. This book was better than the last 3-4 books and I hope they keep getting better. Audible also needs to get rid of the music and silly sound effects; a good story does not need them. Ms Hamilton also needs to stop with Anita wanting to be one of the boys, but crying when someone hurts her feelings, just because a woman works with men does not mean she has to become one, either Anita is a woman or she is not, the character is supposed to be so strong but she keeps comparing herself to the men she works with, it’s silly and weak.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Reif San Diego, CA 12-19-11
    Shelley Reif San Diego, CA 12-19-11 Member Since 2010

    Shelley Reif

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    "Getting back to the true character"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm SOOOOOO glad that the author returned to the style of the earlier Anita Blake books. More excitement with her investigating a case and less of the sexcapades and orgies of the last several books. For awhile the books seemed to be more about explicit sex scenes than anything else. I also love that Edward was a big player in this book, but I would have liked to hear a little more about Jean Claude.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leonardo Naples, FL, United States 07-02-11
    Leonardo Naples, FL, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2015

    SRNA

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    "Fantastic"

    It's so good to dive back into Anita's world. The book is the usual Laurell K. Hamilton dose of sex, violence, and butt kicking Anita! But this is the first audiobook I've heard of this series and I need to commend Kimberly Alexis for doing such a fantastic job. The sound effects are fantastic! I really look forward to hearing more from her!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki san felipe, TX, United States 05-29-12
    Nikki san felipe, TX, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2013

    I need my books to stay sane! Love, love, love my book time!!

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    "Anita is back!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hit List the most enjoyable?

    It has been at least 1 year since I listened to any of the Anita Blake books. Once I started listening to this one, I realized that once it was over, I would just have to start listening to the entire series again!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Edward!!! I have always enjoyed the books with him in them.


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

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome book! Reminded me of the Anita Blake that was in the beginning of the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Portland, OR, United States 06-27-15
    Sharon Portland, OR, United States 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Romantic Sex"

    I found this very typical Anita Blake very satisfying in all respects. It was great bringing all the characters back into one book and finally bringing to a close the darkest one.
    Although most of the action is towards the end of the book it is worth the read.
    Anita's conflicts between her faith and her her role as vampire "bride" finds a kind of resolution in her experience. She continues to be challenged by what she thinks her typical role as a female is and what she finds to be true between her role as woman and the roles as male of the men in her life. Romance is not confined to women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Huntsville, Alabama 06-27-15
    Barbara Huntsville, Alabama 06-27-15 Member Since 2007
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    "I bought this because of the 5 star ratings"

    I should have read the written reviews before I spent the credit. I am not sure why the written reviews have few stars and yet somewhere out there a great many people must have loved this book and rated it highly enough to overwhelm the lower rated written reviews. I would really like to know what these many many people who rated this book highly specifically liked. Sometimes the things other readers do not like I do, and it helps choose a book. Sometimes the things other readers do no like helps me not to choose a book.

    So I will say I specifically liked the glimpses of the original Anita in this book, her self-assurance, her choices not to allow others to define her, and her willingness to standby those people she has chosen as part of her family.

    I found it difficult to stay immersed in the story when her character will not allow others the right to think differently from the way she thinks. I also miss the fact that the supporting characters no longer seem as strong as she is. If everyone around the main character is weak, then the main character can't show her strength, and she comes off as a temper tantrum throwing tyrant, in charge not because she is strong, its just everyone else is weaker.

    It is useless to compare the following books to the first eight, because we readers are obviously not going to get that world back, I wonder if I would find the newer one's as irritating if I had not read the early ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amanda 01-21-15
    amanda 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "narrator needs a pre-read warm up"

    It took the reader a few chapters to get a feel for the characters and read with more meaningful intonation and rate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 01-02-15
    Deborah 01-02-15
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    "Great read"

    This storyline held my attention. The fictional read is interesting and always keeps you on the edge of your seat

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elise Pawcatuck, CT 08-07-14
    Elise Pawcatuck, CT 08-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I miss the old Anita"

    I've been a fiercely loyal fan of the Anita Blake (and Merry Gentry) series from the start, but as many readers have noted, the last several books have been pretty disappointing. It's as though Ms. Hamilton has a massive chip on her shoulder about her own personal love life and has written it into Anita. Instead of solid plot, well-researched weapons and fight-sequences, and a few steamy scenes with her men, Anita now defensively argues with anyone and everyone (her men included) about the status of her polyamorous love life, complete with long repetitive speeches defending their choices and love. Not only that, but she uses the same 5 or 6 phrases over and over again, from one book to the next, so that not only is the defensive arguing itself repetitive, but so is the language. Yes, I'm sure that some people can be narrow minded about group relationships. But since when would every police officer, fellow Marshal, hospital/medical personnel, etc. openly confront someone about their personal love lives while on the job, not to mention in the middle of a crisis? Really? But because everyone around Anita acts so outrageously unprofessionally (so much so that he or she would be fired in the real world), Anita gets to defensively pontificate about polyamorous relationships every few minutes throughout the book. As a result, it's really starting to seem as though the issue is Ms. Hamilton's own, and not Anita's.
    My other big problem is the language used, or maybe just the writing itself; Ms. Hamilton was once a fantastic author, but sections of this book were so poorly written that I wondered what had happened and how it had gotten past Ms. Hamilton's editor. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, so I won't quote directly, but one example dialogue went something like this: Really? He said. Yes, I said. Why, he said. Because, I said. I don't understand, Dev said. It's like this... Nicky said. (And on and on it went.)
    There are other problems with the book as well, but it really comes down to this: lately Ms. Hamilton writes about 60% defensive anger and polyamorous angst, 15% fight scenes, 15% love scenes, and 10% plot. If you're a die-hard fan, and that little plot/love/fight stuff is enough to keep you going, then enjoy! For the rest of us, it seems time to give up hoping that this awful pattern will ever change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sassy Curls 05-17-14
    Sassy Curls 05-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorites"
    Where does Hit List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very top!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hit List?

    The cutting off of the vampire heads by those that should not be named.


    What about Kimberly Alexis’s performance did you like?

    As always Ms. Alexis is one of my favorite!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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