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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Another winner from Laurell K. Hamilton, excellent series. Prefer Kimbery Alesis narration for these books and she never disappoints us indluding athentic French accent and attention to details.
The first time I listened to the book, I was unthrilled by the plot line. In a lot of ways, it felt like this book was a passive plot line to link together sex scenes with none of my favorite characters from the rest of the series. It left me thinking "when does Jaun Claude get Anita again and what about the new and improved Richard and can we get rid of Asher yet." The reading was enjoyable, but the plot wasn't what I wanted.
Of course, then I had to go back and listen to the whole series from book 1 onward and realized that the book fits with the series. If you are looking for violence, sex, and violent sex the series is great, and this book continues the tradition. It brings in characters the come and go throughout other books without the shadow of the more central men. It continues to work toward developing the arcing conflict. It ties in some of the theories from the previous book. And while it will probably never be my favorite in the series, it was a good book as one installment in a great series.
That being said, I would said this is my number one series to recommend except the lack of an unabridged book 10. If you don't mind stopping half way through the series to read a paper book, get the whole series.
Kimberly does an excellent job again. I can tell each character without their name being spoken. I'm not quite sure about the music though, it takes away from the suspense I think. Mrs. Hamilton you are a talented and wonderful writer. This book does an excellent job of showing where Anita has been while tellimg the current story and paving many avenues for future books. I just can't wait. Is it June 2012 yet?
Yes, I would listen again when my girlfriend catches up on the series.
Without a spoiler alert - The ending.
Anita.. as always. Kimberly is brilliant. As I am listening, I feel that I am listening to the characters themselves. I forget that it is one woman playing all the parts.
Kimberly has been increasing her use of sound effects to add ambiance to the listening experience and I feel she hit the mark on this book.
Story moved smoothly
Anita, controlled percision leathality like a fine weapon
The voice change with the different Characters added flavor to the story
There were funny parts as well as touching
Another Hit Laurell.
I was looking forward to the next book in this series and was not disappointed. Now I cannot wait for the next one.
I'm a big fan of this series and I have read all of the previous books in the traditional book format. I was a little worried about listening to the audio version. I've imagined these characters for years, and I was afraid the narrator would oppose my imagination -- like seeing the movie version of a book you loved. But I can honestly say that the narrator only increased my enjoyment of this novel. Unfortunately, the story itself disappointed me for all of the reasons other reviewers gave. The plot had serious issues. But the audio itself, including the light sound effects and the narrator's interpretation of the text, were superb and I think it enhanced, rather than detracted, from the novel.
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
I like the books with Edward in them. Almost half of the book was over before the sex scene. ( whats NOT to love about the sex lol) The narrator did a great job. And you know, I even liked the music! I can't wait for the next one. Not sure why all the compliants, its really easy to solve the problem. Don't buy any more of her books.
Was a good book, enjoy the series. Parts of it are started to get old, it seems most of the conversations with the police are exactly the same as other books. Whoever wrote the book summary apparently didn't actually read the book, had absolutely nothing to do with the book. None of the action involved her home town, and hit men never went for her main lovers. There were a few love scenes, but I was relieved to see that she is steering away from being a romance book. Sex is just fine, but I was getting tired of listening to her whine about her lovers. Good detective story.
First about the book. I really enjoyed the book. We had some old characters, Alex (tiger), Edward, Bernardo, Olaf (the psycho). We met some new characters I'm hoping to see more of in the future. In Bullet we learned that the Harlequin had broken up, it seemed to me like it was two groups: backing the Mother of all Darkness or backing Jean-Claude if they thought he could hold things together. This was about tracking the Harlequin on the Mother's team. I didn't think that it reflected a year's worth of work, but maybe LKH is taking time to smell the roses and not writing 24/7. So, it's not so much my business how much she wants to work as it is whether I enjoy the book when I get it. I enjoyed this very much. True, not as much sex, and that was good, some cool plot twists which I won't go into.
About the title of the review? I'm tired of hearing people say "I hated the last eight books and I just bought this to see if I still hate them" and variations on that theme. If you still enjoy Anita Blake you'll probably enjoy this (except for the annoying sound effects). Some of you who enjoyed the early works about tracking and outwitting supernatural bad guys will enjoy this. I thought that was a given but someone on Amazon corrected me to say that this book still wasn't worth the time or money. I thought that it was.
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