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Burnt Offerings

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,611 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Anita Blake is a vampire hunter. But when someone else sets his sights on her prey, she must save them both from the inferno.
Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
©2010 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2010 Penguin

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"As Burnt Offerings unfolds, Anita agrees to help track down a possible psychic firestarter. She's also policing the local werewolf pack, though she's split up with their alpha, Richard. Then Jean-Claude, the vampire Master of the City and her lover, needs her help to confront a visiting delegation of the vampires' ruling council. They wonder how he got the power to destroy a council member and believe him dangerous to the hierarchy." (Amazon.com review)

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  • W.
  • Taos, NM, United States
  • 07-11-11

What a BLAST! Hamilton and Alexis, unstoppable!!

"Burnt offerings", Book 7 of L.K.H.'s "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series" brings Anita, Jean Claude, Richard Zeeman, loyal werewolves and were-leopards against the Nightmare of the infamous "Vampire Council". This book, especially in audible.com format is a real ride. Richard and Anita are fighting, "The Circus of the Dammed" has been taken over by the "Council" and it's pick of hostages for their horrific brand of entertainment and Jean Claude's past catches up with him.
As with all the first nine "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series" on audible.com books, I listen to them over and over again. Many people have complained about the music and sound effects that come up once in a while during the listen. I listen both on my computer (5 speakers), and on my Android smart phone. The difference is HUGE. Alexis sounds smoother (if that's even possible), the music and sound effects really add to the performance and bring up emotion at critical moments on my computer system.
Most people who do not like the added material are listening to the books on smart phones or MP3 players. I must say, the experience is sad in comparison. Kimberly Alexis (through no fault of her own), sounds a bit high pitched and hollow, but her talent alone saves this kind of audio format. I have to agree that the added sound and music for some reason is so loud on any and all portable devices, it makes you turn down the volume (where you can't here the narrator), or just pull out the ear buds or head phones until it's over.
I hope the people who are complaining will listen to at least one of the books on computer speakers. Even a basic set of two will prove my point about the enhanced experience with music and gunshots.
Hamilton and Alexis are a perfect team of writer and performer. Together they bring "Burnt Offerings" to life in all it's gritty tough as nails,"Anita" against the monsters she hates and holding her own with the monsters she loves in her own twisted way.Great Book!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Read in order

I love Anita Blake, she's always finding trouble, but somehow, amazingly enough she, finds a way to work through it, grown powers scare her but she keeps pressing on, love it...

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The Jerk

Where does Burnt Offerings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent. The 1st half just ended . .but I just HAD to comment

What was one of the most memorable moments of Burnt Offerings?

Anita telling the JERK Richard off

What about Kimberly Alexis’s performance did you like?

She does an excellent job of changing voices between characters

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

Anita defending "people"

Any additional comments?

I don't get it. I suppose as a male .. it's the "Men are from Mars and women from Venus" thing. This Richard .. that Anita moans over is a freaking JERK. I don't have hair to my shoulders like the characters .. or massive muscles .. or the ability to drive women nuts when making love. I am just a 'regular guy'. 18 months in Vietnam, gunner on a tank in Desert Storm .. served in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany , Korea .. but . hey . .not long shoulder length hair .. never a handsome guy .. sorry. I just did stuff for real that all the male characters talk about. This Richard guy? I would have left his STUPID ass in the middle of the freaking desert. What a damn loser. Again .. Mars and Venus. What a damn loser.

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Hints of more to come

*Some spoilers* Jean-Claude and Anita are dating and exploring their new relationship when members of the Vampire Council crash their evening and the Circus. Anita and the guys use their talents to the ultimate to survive diplomatic games of testing and insult until the Council members leave. Unfortunately, they’ve also brought greater problems which spill over into St Louis.
Anita is called by Stephen to help protect his best friend Nathaniel the wereleopard. Through him, she learns of the Pard being leaderless since she killed Gabriel.
Richard has been out of town working on his thesis, but comes to help Anita and Jean-Claude with the Council and Pack. While grateful for Anita’s rescue of Sylvie, Richard’s hurt at her loss, his anger at their connection, and self-loathing of his beast, all become the bitter brew of his new personality going forward.
As the new Triumvirate settles in, Anita amazes herself and the guys when she manifests a new Vampire ability to slash from a distance, and the Pack ability to call Munin for healing.

Alexis is an excellent narrator and the production is the best - with subtle background music and sound effects that really add to the story. Example: the rescue into the basement flooded after the 🔥!

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Issues with the download

This book is split into two parts, but it’s backwards. You have to start halfway through and then go back to the beginning when you get to the end. I don’t know why, but it’s annoying AF.

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Not My Favorite

Was good overall but not the best series wise. The narrator does a good job.

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Vampire Council Members are Petty and Sadistic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's a good book even if the Vampire Council members who are so hyped up to be powerful and ominous turn out to be petty and sadistic. I guess if you're an ancient vampire you need to get your kicks somehow but the vampires in this book made me roll my eyes.

Would you ever listen to anything by Laurell K. Hamilton again?

Probably not. This book was the beginning of the end for me. Richard was my favorite character and you start to see his steady decline.

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

Yes. She does very well with the accents and giving each character a "voice"

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Vampires are Sadists

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Blame the rating on Audible

Any additional comments?

First let me say, I loved this book and this narrator. Unfortunately I HATE the narrator they replaced Kimberly Alexis with in the more recent releases. Audible in it's infinite wisdom will not set up a way for me to get those books out of my "recommendations based on previous ratings". Because I rated the early books so highly they feel that they HAVE to recommend the later books in the series based on those ratings. I've emailed Audible asking for a fix for this and got no response. At this point I don't think there is one book in my recommendations that I haven't already read/purchased someplace else or that I cannot stand the new narrators. So in order to get some new recommendations had to go back and trash a whole bunch of books that I love. This truly sucks and is something I did NOT want to do. I'm blaming this on Audible.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • Kentwood, MI, United States
  • 11-23-12

The good and the bad

The first few books in the series I thought were better read then listened to. Kimberly did an adequate job but nothing exceptional. Those times when she would have really shined the music and sound effects got in the way. Somewhere between the first book and this one they learned to tame the music so it was just a faint mood setter as it should be and cut back on the sound effects rather than trying to rely on them. Kimberly has also learned the characters very well and is finally allowed to show just how well she can do. Unfortunately this is where the series reached (I've read them before) a turning point for me as Ms Hamilton adds more and more torture with each book and later adds explicit sex to the point where these two elements begin replacing the plot of the story making them simply disturbing during the torture and boring during the sex. This is simply my opinion and I know others as well as the author herself would disagree with me.

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yes!

Anita Blake is turning out to be a horny little Joker, LOL the story is getting very exciting as I listen throughout the series, can't wait to start the next book