Circus of the Damned

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
Length: 10 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,267 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The third novel in the number one New York Times best-selling series.

In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own - but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They're two humans caught in the crossfire - or so Anita thinks. 

Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2009 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"The third novel of Hamilton's Anita Blake series has the petite necromancer fighting a giant cobra and a rogue vampire, Alejandro, who wants her for his human servant. Anita is still resisting the advances of Jean-Claude, St. Louis's master vampire, but she does need him on her side, if not in her bed. Anita's reluctant involvement in the odd goings-on at the supernatural Circus of the Damned introduces her to Richard, the werewolf of her dreams, and Larry, her powerful but nervous partner in zombie-raising. Mystery fans will love the tightly plotted, Paretsky-esque action, and horror fans will love just about everything in this unusual series." (Amazon.com review)
"One of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara-and a hell of a lot more fun than most." ( Publishers Weekly)

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weird sound effects

I had a hard time with all of the sound effects. it did NOTHING to add to the suspense of the moment. it was actually quite the opposite as I was constantly pulled out of the story.

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Not As Thrilling As Previous Books

The Narrator, Kimberly Alexis, is brilliant. I truly love her voice as Anita Blake.
This story was a bit predictable. I knew better than to let the snake lady take Anita anywhere. I know Anita would not have been that foolish. Anita being so resistant to Jean Claude, but has no problem turning him over to another master vamp that could be worse? Especially after the snake lady fiasco? I just think this book made Anita seem a little too stupid. We all know she's way smarter than what she does in this book. Just my opinion.

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Not My Favorite

I have a special place for Anite but she gets annoying in this book. I understand her need to be cautious, paranoid even, but she gets downright bitchy. After the first two books, this one is much more subdued, storyline and action wise. The bright side is we get to meet Richard Zeeman. Haven't read the books yet? That alone makes it worth it. It's also nice to not have such a soul-crushing mystery involved after The Laughing Corpse.

Kimberly Alexis is a fantastic voice actor for this series, bringing all the characters alive in a way that you can picture them speaking to you. The effects can be difficult to get used to and the music sometimes over powers her reading but overall, it is fine.

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OMG the voice for John Claude is terrible

Great story with lots of action. Good strong lead with interesting support characters. The narrator is not great with men's voices but certainly passable. However, she really blows it with John Claude. I hope there is an improvement as the series continues because the voice she uses for him is just squirrelly, certainly not romantic.

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A lot of action with interesting twists

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

Yes. It is a solid action-packed novel, without with a minimal dose of sexual content, especially compared to works as the series continued.

What did you like best about this story?

The interaction between Anita and Edward.

Any additional comments?

This is my favorite of the Anita Blake novels. I stopped reading/listening after the 7th, as the content moved away from action and far more toward sexual content that I have no interest for. What can be easily skipped over in text is far more difficult in the audio format. Just not for me.

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Ok story. A good distraction.

The writing could use some improvement but the narration was excellent. I will mostly continue with the series.

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Reviewed for uncommitted fans...

This is the first book (and last) I've read by this author. I honestly do not understand the appeal of this series.

Main gripe: the author uses way too many plot devices and suspended belief becomes impossible.

I didn't care for the ignorant prejudice from the protagonist. What's the deal with her distaste for vampires? Says she won't "date" the undead and would rather die than become one of the undead. The author doesn't explain why vampires are worth Anita defending (in some cases) but not good enough for her to "date" them. Maybe that was just a clumsy device to manufacture tension between the two...but it gets very annoying after about the 8th time.

Story drags from the middle on as the main character is all wrapped up in what she thinks, and what she feels. One moment she's self-righteous and then the next questions herself about really silly things -- childish.

It really irritates when an author will gladly have other supposedly strong characters be killed (in this case by Anita's supposedly assume fighting skills -- ummm yeah, didn't see any) but nothing can touch the protagonist. I call it the "Rambo" Dues ex machina, which was was old even in the 80's.

The sound effects are TERRIBLE! For me, music in previous audiobooks, was used to signal the end, or beginning, of a chapter. It took me a while to catch on that for this book it is used only for the action scenes. I'd been trained to get ready to transition and found myself confused when I realized they were fighting. And the sound effects are -- literally -- used as sound effects. Yikes! That production decision needs to be re-thought. I don't want to hear a gunshot ricochet while the narrative is going on, not to mention the "sucking" sounds when a knife is used.

This book was published in 1995...pagers are the most advanced technology. I know it was current for it's time, but I mistakenly thought it was only a decade old because that's when it was produced in audio version. My bad.

The book reads like a teenage angst rant. It's all Anita, Anita, Anita....blah, blah, blah...boring! Who cares what Anita thinks? She's not that great. And I don't get the appeal...

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The best

Great read and listen. Fabulous plot and characters. Anita is the best. Such a conflicted character.

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I love the Anita Blake series

I have read all the books and I am enjoying listening to the audio. I would love to hear future renditions with a male narrator fleshing out all the male parts in these books.

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Great Job

Loved it! I haven't read this in a couple of years. The production was great.