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Monster in My Closet Audiobook

Monster in My Closet

I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no? After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain.
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I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don't get me wrong, I like helping people - and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon, before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course.

©2012 R. L. Naquin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-29-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2015

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Quirky with Unusual Characters."

    Right away I knew this would be a good book. I was engaged with the silliness right from the beginning. I loved finding out what monster was coming next in the story. There are both good monsters and evil monsters, the trick is to figure out who is who. There's also a sexy guy that is all kinds of delish and I think there is promise there. Overall a fluffy story. ***spoiler*** there was a rape scene at the end that was a bit disturbing and then glossed over a little too much. I did think the heroine was a little naïve, not to check on her friends when she knew a monster was targeting them. A fast pasted audio that made the day go by super-fast. Narrator is good and I will be defiantly getting the next book in this series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan Beaver Dams, NY, United States 01-05-14
    Meghan Beaver Dams, NY, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Thank you Audible"

    So this was actually a whim buy for me. Audible had it on a list of recommended books for me. I can not tell you how happy I am to have started this series. I have now read/listened through book 3. I think it is now one of my favorite series. A lot of times when reading/writing reviews we say new and interesting idea. I can actually say that this is one of the most inventive books I have read in years. It is a fun paranormal book that is not the same old vampire/warewolf/kick butt heroines that all the books seem to center around. There is no love triangle either which is also a fantastic change.

    How many time are you going to get to read about a lovable closet monster. It is a nice change of pace to read about random and different "monsters". I don't think that they even once mentioned vampires. Maurice the mothering hen closet monster, Iris the quiet flower loving Yeti, Bruce the pygmy dragon, and Milo the fennec fox made this book well worth the read all on their own.

    To make it even better the main character kind of reminds me of Stephanie Plum and Jane Jamison. She is funny and quirky and in way over her head most of the time. Through help from new friends and old she seems to find a way to make it through. Plus whats not to love when a line like "what if everything Andrew was saying was a wheelbarrow full of manure from a flying circus elephant" There were a couple lines like that through out the book that not only cracked me up but stuck in my head.

    I also like that there is romance in the book but it is not the main story line or even the secondary story line. It is interwoven in the story with out over taking it. Plus Riley's job makes it all even more interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 09-10-12
    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.

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    "Not all monsters are scary"
    What made the experience of listening to Monster in My Closet the most enjoyable?

    The story itself made the listening experience enjoyable. Narration was very good as there are enough differences in voice inflection and depth of voice plus drawling speech when necessary to make characters distinguished from one another. Characters that needed from the dialogue to sound menacing sounded that way. It was well done and really easy to listen to. I never fought the narration as I have with some narrators. I would listen to this narrator again.


    What other book might you compare Monster in My Closet to and why?

    Possibly, I would compare it to The Care And Feeding Of Stray Vampires. They are similar in some respects but clearly different story line overall.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were numerous scenes with Maurice, the closet monster that were really memorable but I can't say any one scene was my favorite. Perhaps another listen with my ears attuned for finer points of the book is in order.


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

    I never cried at all but laughed a lot. It is very funny with character interaction from the closet monster and heroine. There were of course some tearful moments too and of course a bad guy but overall it was humorous.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book for a very entertaining and light read. It is not one you have to be alone with no outside interference which would cause problems with listening. Some books you need to listen to at home only as outside noises distract you too much. This is not that kind of book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle 10-27-12
    Gayle 10-27-12
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    "Loved This Story!"

    In spite of how scary the idea and description of a Closet Monster sounds, Maurice is charming! The narration of Rebecca Gibel made Maurice sound like a cuddly guy I wanted to hug! I can't WAIT to see where the next book in the series takes us. HIGHLY recommended - Book, Author & Narrator!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    a Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-14-13
    a Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Did Not Finish"
    What disappointed you about Monster in My Closet?


    Any additional comments?

    The actual prose was ok but the heroine is a selfish idiot (which is weird for someone whose life literally revolved around other people) and the plot got ridiculous.

    It started out reasonably well but ultimately it turned into a creepy rape-fest with very few redeeming features.

    There are authors who are capable of mixing the serious (even the absolutely awful) with the gloriously frivolous, sadly this author is currently not one of them.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 01-16-16
    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 01-16-16 Member Since 2012

    Aging hippie

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    "voyeuristic silliness"

    Heroine has superpower empathy. Mostly silly with occasional slimy encounters. Ultimate annoyance when her friend is raped by succubus, passed off as ok because friend won't remember it. Nevermind missing underwear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    klons 12-18-15
    klons 12-18-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Just Fun! Love these books"

    This series is fun to listen to. Characters are lovable and have great personalities. These are actually a blast to listen to, and are a great escape from reality for a little while!

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    Shari Jasper, GA, United States 11-24-15
    Shari Jasper, GA, United States 11-24-15 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy reading -romance, mystery & paranormals. Some of my favorite audios are: Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Cat & Bones & JD Robb.

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    ""Sit, sit, sit." You are going to enjoy this one."
    What did you love best about Monster in My Closet?

    Maurice is amazing I am cleaning my closet right now just to see if someone like him might want to move in.


    What other book might you compare Monster in My Closet to and why?

    I hate to overuse it, but Harry Potter. R.L. Naquin has introduced so many charming characters that I absolutely care about. We are discovering this new, magical world right along with Zoey. It might get pretty dark before the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I will always remember the first scene with Maurice.


    Any additional comments?

    I NEVER do this, but based on this book alone, I went ahead and I purchased all of the books in the series available at Audible. I highly recommend this book.

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    sannhak 09-21-15
    sannhak 09-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    I love this book. been listening it several times and it always keeps me interested from beginning to an end.

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    Holly Turney JUNCTION CITY, KY, United States 08-03-15
    Holly Turney JUNCTION CITY, KY, United States 08-03-15 Member Since 2015

    I love Paranormal Romance and Fantasy books

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    "I didn't want this book to end!"

    Absolutely loved this book. I hope R.L. Naquin is busy writing book 4 because I'm going to be ready for it in two more credits! I found myself laughing out loud while listening. I'll even go as far as to say I will listen to this one again. Very fun story!

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  • sharon
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    "Cheerful fantasy..."

    Fancy waking up and finding a cupboard monster baking in your kitchen, this is the opening salvo with Zoey brandishing a toilet brush in hand.
    I was able to picture this offbeat fantasy throughout, it also made me a little wistful, oh to live in a world with fairies, miniature dragons, brownies and malevolent demons.
    Fast paced, a touch of romance and a lot of fun, was definitely diverted.
    A little gem if you just want a light read and to escape for a short time.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Crackdown
    Knighton, United Kingdom
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    "Monsters and urban myths come alive."

    Monster in my closet is similar in vein to authors such as E.J. Copperman and Leigh Perry. Although there are slightly more adult themes at times in this series of books. And without the whodunnit in the mortal world the other books tend to feature.

    This is very much based on fairy tales and urban myths, and the fight to protect the normal world from those hidden creatures, and vice versa. Overall this is a book suitable for a few hours escapism, with some gentle humour intermingled within the story.

    The narrator does a good job, and this adds to the enjoyment. Nothing worse than looking forward to a good book only to have it ruined by poor narration and/or sound/recording quality.

    Oddly the only thing I though detracted was the cover art. Somehow it seemed... tacky is the closest word I can think of, although that seems unduly harsh because it's not quite worthy of the word tacky, yet something about it just seems off to me. However, that's a nitpick, and there is no way I'll give less of a rating for that reason.

    This book is the first in a series, and while it can be left as a single read I do urge you to try the rest because they do link up in a story arc where you want to know the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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