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Tall, Dark, and Dead | [Tate Hallaway]

Tall, Dark, and Dead

Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....
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Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

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    lindag319 United States 05-30-13
    lindag319 United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Technical difficulties?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the authur and the story, but not the audible version. There are an overwhelming number of instances of POOR editing. So many that it distracts from the overall experience of this book. But I do enjoy Amanda Ronconi and look for books she has narrated. .


    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    amy Richmond, VA, United States 08-11-13
    amy Richmond, VA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Tall, Dark, Dead & Poorly Edited"

    This book has inspired me to write my first review. I have listened to 100s of book on audible and frequently let the reviews guide my purchase but have never been moved to review a book before. I bought this book because the storyline seemed like fun and the narrator, Ms. Ronconi, is my favorite narrator. She does an excellent job, as usual, giving each character their own unique voice. The story itself was sweet, funny, romantic and entertained me from start to finish. It reminded me very much of Molly Harper's novels, also narrated by Ms. Ronconi. At this point I will try to explain why this book only received a 2 star rating. The editing was awful. The first hour or two was seamless but after that everything went south. Phrases were overlapped on top of each other, spacing between words would lag way, way too long. Everything would be fine for a minute or two and then the issues would start again. I was able to decipher the sentence structure but it was unbelievably frustrating and very distracting. The errors were so noticeable that I believe nobody gave the final product even a cursory listen. If I were the author I would be very disappointed and embarrassed that this was the final result.
    I have to admit though I enjoyed the story and narration enough that I plan on downloading at least the next book in the series.

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Julius NJ, United States 06-10-13
    Julius NJ, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Audio editing is a joke"

    This editing is the WORST I've experienced on Audible. It is horrible! Don't you guys have quality requirements? It made it ecyremely annoying to listen to and hard to follow at times. I can't recommend this title. The editing drstroyed tjis book. The only thing that made me finish was that I like Amanda Ronconi as a narrator.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Arlington, KY, United States 09-22-13
    Deborah Arlington, KY, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Book has glitches"

    I enjoyed the book and the narration was great. The only problem was that in several places throughout the book there were technical glitches where words overlapped or were just garbled completely.

    I will continue with the series. Hopefully the next books won't have issues.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-13-13
    Angie Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a bad story - excellent narration"

    Just finished this 1st book and really enjoyed it. I wouldn't rate it as amazing but definitely above average!
    Great narration from Amanda Ronconi as per usual. I enjoyed her accents in this one.
    There were a few technical glitches in part 1 which was a little frustrating and I had read other complaints of this in other reviews. It still didn't ruin it for me.
    I'm currently downloading the next two books as I think this should be a great series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tabitha Washington, DC, United States 09-11-13
    Tabitha Washington, DC, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good..."

    Tall, Dark, and Dead has a great blend of folklore/mythology that kept me listening to the end. There are witches, Vatican witch hunters, and vampires galore, but Hallaway offers a different take on Vampire lore that is fresh and intriguing. There are the "traditionally" made vampires, and then there is Sebastian. Walking in the daylight is not the only oddity about Sebastian either. While the story is interesting, the characters didn't really do it for me. The book was a decent listen that I did enjoy and would recommend to vampire fans, but unlike with some other series, I didn't have the desire to rush out and buy the second book. I'm not sure I will get around to reading the other Garnet Lacey books anytime soon. I am a huge fan of Ronconi as a narrator, and she did not disappoint here. She was actually the reason I picked up the book in the first place.

    All-in-all a good listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Columbus, NC, United States 06-17-13
    Ashley Columbus, NC, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator was the only good part"

    The narrator was great as usual, but I found the book almost boring and plotless - I finished it, but only barely. A very forgetable read, I won't be getting the others in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Ewing, NJ, United States 09-27-13
    Carla Ewing, NJ, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Funny and enjoyable light listen"
    What did you love best about Tall, Dark, and Dead?

    Good story. Enjoyed the characters, the storyline and the humor. It's not a laugh out loud humor, but a more subtle makes you smile. I enjoy the way the author adds levity to various situations in the story.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Amanda Ronconi's narrations. She is great at distinguishing the characters voices and good with accents. That's very important to me. If the narration is bad, then I sometimes have to stop listening to the book. NEVER the situation with an Amanda Ronconi narration. She always does an excellent job!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like light, paranormal romances, you'll enjoy this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Tampa, FL, United States 08-26-13
    Jill Tampa, FL, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is one of the more light-hearted para-normal books and while it is never laugh-out-loud funny, it is totally amusing.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda does a full range of voices never leaving you wondering which character is supposed to be talking! Very articulate.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 07-01-13
    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.

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    "Paranormal Chick Lit"
    Would you listen to Tall, Dark, and Dead again? Why?

    I would definitely continue the series. I liked the characters and I LOVE Amanda Ronconi's narration.


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

    It felt a little rushed, but since this wasn't a real thriller, it was okay.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    She sounds like she would be one of my good friends. The right amount of sarcasm and seriousness. She's amazing.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Loved this"

    I shall start by saying that Amanda Ronconi is most likely responsible for the 'awesomeness' of this audio version but that said, the story is great. I enjoyed it immensely and have no desire to post any spoilers but feel it only fair to say that fans of Molly Harper's Jane Jameson or Nicole Peeler's Jane True are most likely going to enjoy these books.

    There is humour, intrigue and romance with a paranormal edge that just makes everything so much more enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Not for a middle aged woman like me!"
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    I think this story would suit a much younger listener, late teens early twenties.
    The style of writing was not for me but I think the Twilight generation would enjoy it

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