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Croak | [Gina Damico]

Croak

Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.
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Publisher's Summary

Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business.

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice - or is it vengeance? - whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

©2012 Gina Damico (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Lynn Channelview, TX, United States 07-24-14
    Lynn Channelview, TX, United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Did not realize"

    When I chose this audiobook, I should have paid more attention to all the specifics. I didn't realize it was a YA novel, nor did I realize it was the beginning of a trilogy. Personally I am a bit tired of the format--taking 3 books to tell a story. This story starts off fairly promising, with sympathetic characters and a new spin on an old concept. But towards the middle it begins to break down. As I finished listening to the book and realized the story's resolution was going to take two more books, I found I wasn't interested enough to continue. To each his or her own-this was not my favorite.

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    Yoshi Yoshitani 06-19-14
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    "Enjoyable book, No desire to read further"

    what I enjoy the most about this book is the main character. She's a teenager that is always angry and out to prove ... something. But she doesn't know what, and is frustrated by that feeling. And I really like that angle, and I think the narrator really executed this character well.

    The story took some nice unexpected turns, and the supporting cast is all fun and enjoyable. That being said, I don't have a desire to read books 2 & 3. This first book just didn't capture my imagination enough. Still, I think that this book would do really well with a younger audience, 10yrs to 15yrs I think

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    vxdvxn 06-11-14
    vxdvxn 06-11-14 Member Since 2009

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "I bet she thought she'd croak!"
    What did you love best about Croak?

    The fact that Lex actually thought she was being sent to a farm to work off her bad behavior. When she gets to her uncles and finds out the real deal she can't quite believe it.

    Who would have thought that she was a grim reaper? Not only that, it runs in her family? How could she not have known about this? Yeah, she was pretty surprised.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Croak?

    When Lex is at the Tree for the first time. Can you say denial?


    What about Jessica Almasy’s performance did you like?

    She was good about making the characters sound very individual


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

    Not specifically


    Any additional comments?

    This a good solid YA that will also appeal to adults. No teen angst. Just a good solid story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Daniels 04-08-14 Member Since 2008

    Uplinktruck

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    "A great way to tell a grim story."

    A young girl going through some troubled times is sent off to visit her uncle Mort for some time out and a maybe some correcting of her ways. But while there she soon discovers that she has a gift. From there she begins training for her new career as a Grim Reaper. But there is more to it than that. She finds that her career is not without hazard to herself and those around her.

    This one is well worth the time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It really made the miles go by fast. The book has more then a couple laugh out loud moments as well as some suspense to keep the reader well engaged.

    A tip of the hat to Gina Damico for a job well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louis South San Francisco, CA 03-23-14
    Louis South San Francisco, CA 03-23-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Meant for young adult but fun for all ages"
    Any additional comments?

    This book uses language that is probably more familiar to younger audiences, I thought that added to its appeal actually. Lots of sarcasm (the good kind) and wit (also the good kind) can be found here. It's worth picking up for a fun, quick read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zeny Woodstock, GA, United States 03-15-14
    Zeny Woodstock, GA, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2007

    Read A Book

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    "Can You Hear Me Now? HOW ABOUT NOW?"

    On the down side, the main character starts out obnoxious, bratty and self-centered. By the end of the book, she is still obnoxious, bratty and self-centered. It doesn't help that the narrator's performance is very loud during so much of the book. I don't mean that the editing has the volume too high. I mean that during a lot of the book, the narrator is shouting the characters' voices. It's too much, it's distracting, and it takes away from a lot of the enjoyment of the book.

    But there is a positive side. I really did find the plot interesting, and at some point, I may buy print versions of the other books so that I can continue with the story. I love the character of Uncle Mort, and I would love to read a book some day from his point of view.

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    BRUCE L. MANSFIELD 03-02-14
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    "a fun and enjoyable read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a good story and well performed.


    What other book might you compare Croak to and why?

    Scarlet


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

    I am not sure if I have but she does an excellent jog


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    Dave SCOTT DEPOT, WV, United States 02-09-14
    Dave SCOTT DEPOT, WV, United States 02-09-14
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    "Bringing Life to the Art of Death"
    If you could sum up Croak in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Expansive and Fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Driggs. An understated character who has learned to live with himself. Gave one of the best commentaries I've ever heard out of any character in the third book.


    What about Jessica Almasy’s performance did you like?

    Jessica's performance was simply stellar. She breathed life into this series and made you feel like it was unfolding before your very eyes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I ripped through the three-book series very quickly. I was pleasantly consumed by the storyline and the characters themselves. And when the series was over, I was sad that it had ended.


    Any additional comments?

    Gina has written a tale to rival any tale by any of her contemporaries. I applaud the depth and style of her writing, and I cheer for Jessica's interpretation. It was a wonderful experience, and one that I heartily recommend to you all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer leander, TX, United States 12-23-13
    jennifer leander, TX, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2013

    I am awesome.

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    "Unique and captivating."
    What did you love best about Croak?

    Personally, I found it to be a refreshing take on life after death.


    What other book might you compare Croak to and why?

    I would compare it to Showtime's Dead like me. I know its not a book, but perfect comparison.


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

    Some of the sass that Lex has.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Couldn't stop listening. Ran through all three books in less than two weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep going with the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Holland Park West, Australia 12-03-13
    Jo Holland Park West, Australia 12-03-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Hilariously Enthralling"
    Would you listen to Croak again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely. The entire series is now in my favourites list. The Lex's voice is witty, sarcastic, caustic and just plain fun. Her attitude is endearing and hilarious, and I would read it several more times.


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

    She brings Lex's attitude and voice to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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