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Anna Dressed in Blood | [Kendare Blake]

Anna Dressed in Blood

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now armed with his father's mysterious and deadly atheme, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay. Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage.
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Publisher's Summary

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now armed with his father's mysterious and deadly atheme, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage. She still wears the dress she wore in the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, it is now stained red and dripping with blood.

Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. Yet she spares Cas's life.

©2011 Kendare Blake (P)2012 AudioGO

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    David Danielson Dupont, WA United States 12-12-13
    David Danielson Dupont, WA United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "good story too much profanity"
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    I liked the story, but this is a youth book and there was frankly unreasonable profanity. This is a book I would not have my kids listen to or read. I don't understand why young kids and teens are being bombarded with this but I find it offensive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 07-15-12
    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Alas"
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    I really wanted to like this book because I have a hard time finding new good books for my high school library. Unfortuately for this book, I listened to it right after listening to Terry Prachett's "I Shall Wear Midnight," which is outstanding. "Anna" is just time-killing brain candy; although that's sufficient for some students. The reader of "Anna" focuses so much on pronunciation that he sounds robotic, and he's not very good at creating different voices. In short: don't expect much.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki Chicago, IL 06-17-14
    Nikki Chicago, IL 06-17-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Adequate story, awful narrator"
    What did you like best about Anna Dressed in Blood? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept of the book, but the narrator is awful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anna Dressed in Blood?

    The opening ghost, the hitchhiker, was really cool.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator was terrible. He pauses at odd moments every 2-5 words and sounds like almost everything he says is a question. It's like the Family Guy's imitation of William Shatner, except with a voice that sounds like he's barely out of adolescence. I would have thought it was a self-published author who asked his friend to narrate the book for him.


    Was Anna Dressed in Blood worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kat Brooklyn, NY 01-24-14
    Kat Brooklyn, NY 01-24-14 Member Since 2013

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    "A ghostly hero"
    Where does Anna Dressed in Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Love it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The charactors are funny, smart and interesting. At first it seems like a typical HS angst story but then your sucked in and taken on a ride.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of August Ross?

    The performance was horrible. Thankfully I have read this book and wanted to refresh my memory prior to listening to Girl of Nightmares. Imagine my dissapointment upon seeing the same narrator. I looked up August Ross and I can not believe he has narrated more than one book. He pronounces things wrong and reads like a 5th grader. His voice for charactors is ridiculous and inconsistant.


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

    Laugh and gasp


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher BRIGHTON, MA, United States 09-25-13
    Christopher BRIGHTON, MA, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent story, lackluster performance"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was certainly fun and entertaining. Nothing exceptional, and I doubt I'll read the sequel, but I enjoyed the story throughout. I don't feel like my time was wasted, and I don't regret the purchase, though in retrospect I'd opt for another medium than the audiobook. I have to agree with the previous reviewers that the performance left much to be desired.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The writing and horror imagery was fun and creepy, and the plot was overall well-constructed. To be honest, it's the sort of story where the more you think about it, the less sense it makes. But it's forgivable because the book's goal is to be entertaining, funny, and a little bit unsettling, and it succeeds on all three fronts. I laughed out loud several times, cringed at the gross-outs, and found myself eager to discover what happens next.

    As for least interesting: I felt the characters were underdeveloped, and sometimes unbelievable in their willingness to sort of go with the flow, despite the over-the-top paranormal events occurring around them.


    What didn’t you like about August Ross’s performance?

    When he was reading the narrative, he did a fine job. Character voices, however, came across as cartoon-like and annoying. Carmel sounded like a dumb valley girl, and I found myself disliking her solely as a result of Ross's reading. Similarly, he assigned pretty much every member of the supporting male cast this "dumb jock" voice, even in cases where it didn't make much sense. I mentioned above that I felt the characters were underdeveloped and unbelievable, and I feel the performance contributed that that impression. I wonder what I would have thought of them had I read, rather than listed to, Anna Dressed In Blood.


    Was Anna Dressed in Blood worth the listening time?

    I don't regret it, but I unfortunately can't recommend it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shawn harris WOODWARD, OK, US 08-31-13
    shawn harris WOODWARD, OK, US 08-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty good story but the narrator is aweful."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm kinda sad that I already bought book 2 girl of nightmares in audio format. I'm not sure I can stand to listen to this guy for another book. The story is pretty good but this guy can't complete a sentence without pausing. Seriously a fifth grade class could produce better with just an iphone.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of August Ross?

    my 8 year old son could do better


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer San Diego, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Jennifer San Diego, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Interesting story, performance almost ruined it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It depends on whether or not you're able to get past the production and listen to the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice was distracting from the beginning and the production had a slight tin can quality. His character voices were all pretty bad. He couldn't even do a good second man's voice. Anna's voice was supposed to have a Finnish accent, but it sounded like a little girl with a lisp.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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