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Death Rejoices

The Marnie Baranuik Files, Book 2
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Series: The Marnie Baranuik Files, Book 2
Length: 23 hrs and 8 mins
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Marnie Baranuik is back, and this time, the Great White Shark of psychic investigations has "people skills" and a new assistant who seems to harbor an unhealthy curiosity about Harry, her revenant companion. Together, they've got a whole lot of questions that need answering. Is an ancient vampire hunting in Denver? Who is stalking Lord Dreppenstedt? How do you cure a slipper-humping bat, ditch an ogre, or give a demon king the slip? And what the hell was she thinking swearing off cookies? Teaming up with her sexual nemesis, Special Agent Mark Batten, and their long-suffering supervisor, Gary Chapel, Marnie discovers that vampire hunters aren't easy to rescue, secrets don't stay buried, and zombies sure are a pain in the ass to kill.

©2013 A.J. Aalto (P)2017 Tantor

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FINALLY...

Anita Blake + Queen Betsy= Marnie
I wish I would've found it sooner!
ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!

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Absolutely wonderful.

Loved everything about this story. Always great after treat. Loved the characters, the laughter and the love.

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A Worthy, if Grosser, Sequel to Touched

Marnie now has "people skills," which she lets the reader know more than once. This is code for the fact that she has matured a bit. Where Touched was about revenents (vampires) and ghouls, Death Rejoices is about revenents and zombies. That being said, this book is grosser and gorier than the last one. Marine possibly has a fouler mouth, too. For all of that, I still really like this book because all of the characters are flawed in one way or another, which makes them richer and more real for me. I get a kick out of trying to understand what Harry, the 400+ year old revenent is saying and Marnie is still a hoot. More characters are introduced, which is great for the world building going on. Even though I could do without the gore and cussing, I still recommend this book because the author is able to make me care about the characters in spite of all the gore and swearing, which takes real skill. Amy McFadden continues to shine as the narrator. As much as I liked reading the book, I enjoyed listening to it even more. Be warned, Amy is so good that she makes the gross, gory parts even worse, which makes the listening even better.

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Totally AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t know what makes these book soooo fantabulous ... is it AJ Aalto’s writing or Amy McFadden’s reading, but you really have got to listen to them. I get so involved in listening that I listen while at work when I can and in my car. The books themselves make you laugh one moment then make you hold your breath the next. And the way Amy McFadden reads adds so much more to them. She makes the story become very visual that you feel like your there and you can see,hear and smell what she is reading! I I look forward to listen to future stories!!

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Not Enough Adjectives in the world to describe!!!

I can't press enough how amazing this Book Series is. I absolutely love Marnie and I have never read anything like it. It is non stop entertainment, I laugh out loud, I get completely sucked in and can't stop listening, I get feeling Frisky, I get Happy, I get on the Edge of my Seat. Seriously this series is so great I want everyone in the world to read it!

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Highly entertaining!

Book is a hoot! Loved this second chapter in Marnie's story and the ever expanding circle of characters sticking around her house.

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Shiver

Listening to this book made me laugh, shiver from the freak outs and woo! I really like Marnie and have to say that I am more team Mark than Harry.

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monstrously funny

great listen, funny and exciting. narrator is phenomenal! I laughed out loud , this character is a great creation .

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I don't want these books to ever end!!

I love Marnie!! I'm pretty sure she is my spirit animal. And I definitely love Harry. These books keep getting better. Amy McFadden does an amazing job as well. Keep this series coming.

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MORE PLEASE

I loved this....PLEASE get the next 3 books out and use the same Narrator - she was GREAT! Smart, funny and well written...

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  • Miss
  • 10-02-17

Hilarious paranormal adventure

I listen to a lot of books in the fantasy and paranormal genre and have been somewhat spoiled by the really good authors like Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews. I'm a bit reluctant to try out new (to me) writers because although there are a lot of competent writers in this genre I've "heard it all before". However A.J. Aalto is now right at the top of my favourites list with Patricia, Ilona, Faith Hunter and Thea Harrison. In fact I would even say her writing is technically better. She's a writer who obviously loves words and her word choices, metaphors and descriptions made me "prick up my ears" in literary pleasure. However her writing doesn't slow down or get in the way of the story itself. The story is well paced with plenty of action, but with lulls in it where we can get to know the characters in much more depth. It's nice to have a main character, Marnie, who's disorganised, clumsy and a bit of a coward. Her swearing and obsession with sex makes for absolutely laugh out loud listening. As an (I presume) American writer, A.J. Aalto also did an excellent job with Harry, Marnie's English vampire housemate. As a U.K. listener I often cringe at highly stereotyped British characters or clumsy attempts at using British slang. And Amy McFadden also did an excellent job of his upper crust English accent along with bringing all the other characters vividly to life. Her characterisation and brilliant timing made a really funny book hilarious. If you like this genre, and don't mind quite explicit sex scenes and absolutely foul language, I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 09-29-17

Not as good as the first

Another interesting challenge for MJ and her cohorts, however some of the tropes of the first book e.g. Lusting after, but never having, Mark; her internal "point" system and "don't think of his (insert male anatomy item here)" rhetoric grate more than they did in the first book, possibly because none of her personal relationships develop any farther. Still a fun, light diversion though.

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  • M. C
  • 05-16-19

brill

Really enjoyed this story it made me laugh out loud a lot. The narrator got the characters perfect.