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Moon Dance Audiobook

Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.
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Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago, federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.

Blood money: listen to more in the Vampire for Hire series.

©2009 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Arial Burnz 12-15-13
    Arial Burnz 12-15-13

    That's my two pence...

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    "GREAT Story and a lot of Fun!"

    I was very surprised by this novel because of the unique approach to vampires. Not necessarily the vampire lore itself, but the characters...especially Samantha Moon, the main character. A soccer mom, private investigator vampire!

    I love the way Samantha has to deal with normal, everyday activities, like picking the kids up from school and making dinner, while she's dealing with this whole vampire issue that was forced upon her. And then, to make it even more unique, she's solving cases.

    A strange yet delightful mix because not only do these situations NOT blend well, Samantha is forced to deal with the consequences of trying to make them all work together. She goes above and beyond to live a normal life and pretending this vampire thing isn't going to change anything...and yet everything is changed and falls apart. Fabulous character development and I found myself laughing, crying and getting angry with the characters throughout the story.

    The narrator of the novel was spectacular! She not only represents the voice of Samantha Moon that brings the character to life, but she has that kind of "hardball detective" sound to her voice, almost like a Mickey Spillane novel. Just brilliant!

    I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves vampire stories with a little bit of mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 08-21-13
    Joe 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Moon Dance?

    This could make a good series. I liked the plot and was easy to follow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Dance?

    At the end showing allot of restraints


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

    No this was the first of hers


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she seen her husband was having an affair. How many people you nowould not of tore him apart


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Breanna Charleston, WV, United States 06-30-13
    Breanna Charleston, WV, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great love story/ Vampire story"
    Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1


    What other book might you compare Moon Dance to and why?

    None


    What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

    Yes I liked her performance a lot better to some other books I've listened to


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the best vampire books I've read/ listened to in a very long time.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Needham, MA, United States 11-07-12
    Karen Needham, MA, United States 11-07-12
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    "weak story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    more twist to the story line, less predictable. depth to the character explaination of backround


    What was most disappointing about J. R. Rain’s story?

    weak and predictable


    What didn’t you like about Dina Pearlman’s performance?

    boring


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Moon Dance?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    hambro 10-23-12
    hambro 10-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I was bored"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was a story that I just could never get a connection to the characters. I wanted to, but I was bored throughout the story.


    What was most disappointing about J. R. Rain’s story?

    It was slow and I didn't feel a connection to the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dina Pearlman’s performances?

    Maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None really, I think that was why I didn't like it


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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-16-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "You can't have it all."

    Vampire and mom. She works quite well as an investigator. Less so as a family person, So goes the story.
    This is a pleasant enough read. The premises didn't quite hold for me. But the main character is in transition. Perhaps the later novels round it out more.

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    Kindle Customer Riverdale, GA 10-09-12
    Kindle Customer Riverdale, GA 10-09-12 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "I agree, a very nice surprise!"

    Nice enough that I am going to order book 2 :) I like the main character Mrs. Moon. I think her husband is a prick, and I hope he get what's coming to him soon, hopefully in book 2 lol Hummm I am trying not to give out in spoilers. Let’s just say you can definitely identify with Sam, the main character. I found myself completely in her corner and pulling for her. I am waiting for her to let loose a can of whoop a#% on Mr. Moon!

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    Pam Sturgess 03-07-12
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    "Not even worth the $4.95 sale price"

    Reeeeelly? Reeeeelly? This gets published and serialized? Take out the sex and make it a book for kids.

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    heather 03-09-13
    heather 03-09-13
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    "Down Girl..."

    The book just seems off..

    Ann McCafferey in her Psy series set a good mark for paranormal adventures with well rounded characters, the Michelle Sagara's elantra series does the same in a more modern series, Jeanine Frost night huntress series does kickass with romance very well.. This book doesn't' reach any of those marks and it sounds like just inexperience and very poor guidance from an editor.

    It ins't a terrible book, but it ins't good either. The main character clearly has bitterness about men from the beginning and the way she talks about them saying "down girl" repeatedly (editor please!) objectifies the men. Now this anger/frustration makes perfect sense as you listen to more of the story, but the book seems to end suddenly just as some promising characters are finally starting to reveal themselves. The whole thing feels like an action book that was meant to be action/romance and just never got around to it.

    If there were another book in the series maybe listening to both would make the pieces fall in place, but i am not sure i would buy the next book to find out.

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    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 10-08-12
    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.

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    What did you love best about Moon Dance?

    Her struggles to deal with being a wife and mother after being attacked and changed into a vampire had more depth than I was expecting.


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

    This is the first book I've listened to by Ms Pearlman. I had a hard time adjusting to her reading. She does a great job with the dialog but the inflections during the naration portions (of which there are many) seemed strange. Eventually I came to the conclusion that she was trying for "detective noir". I'm not sure it's the correct tone for this book nor do I think she is able to pull it off. It did however let me stop thinking about it and gradually I got used to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the first four Vampire for Hire books on sale. I look forward to continuing the series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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