How to Save an Undead Life

Beginner's Guide to Necromancy Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it's not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen.  

Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans - until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.  

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Hailey Edwards (P)2018 Tantor
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Waiting

Didn’t like that we are left with nothing at then end. Made me feel cheated. Of course I had to buy the next book to see if it is worth it. Everything is a big secret and there aren’t any foreshadowing of who and what is doing anything. Hope I am not disappointed in the second book.

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Kindle’s text-to-speech voice is better narrator!

So disappointed in the narration. Rebecca Mitchell seems to be reading from a dictionary, for all the emotion being evoked. Strange and sometimes inappropriate rise and fall of pitch is especially off-putting. There’s no distinguishable change in tone of voice, tempo, or emotion, when the content itself calls for it. It’s like she walked in the recording studio, was handed a book she’s never read before and just started reading it out loud right away. There’s a big disconnect between narrator and the characters of the book. I paid $13.00 for the audible version, and could’ve just listened to my kindle’s text-to-speech voice read it with the same amount of emotion, for free. Having buyers remorse. I should have read the audible performance reviews before making a purchase.

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How to save....

So many people highly recommend this series. This being a first book was more emotional then action packed. I took breaks more then a few times. This was not grabbing my attention. Not to say I disliked it. I was very interested in a haunted mansion and was somewhat interested in Grier. In the end the most interesting part of the book to me is the house. There wasn't much to the world building and the Vampires and Necromancer's didn't excite me. I might try the second in the series but not sure.

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Just couldn't do it.

The story might be good, but couldn't get past the voice of the narrator. It wasn't a good fit for me.

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Good story, textbook reading narrator

The story was very good, and exciting, if a little frustrating with the main character's naivete sometimes. The relationship between Grier and Boaz was seductive and fun.

The narrator, however, sounded like she was reading from a textbook most of the time. The way she finished sentences, enunciated the wrong word in sentences, was a little annoying. Though she did make the different characters sound good and different.

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Mixed Feelings ....

I have mixed feelings about their book. On one hand this is a very slow book with a not so good narrator where not much happens. But the story has just enough meat to reel me into getting book two. If that book goes like this one that will be me done with the series

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Great story, terrible narrator

This series is a fun read, but the narrator’s weird crescendos and tendency to sound like she’s short of air and forcing words out drives me bonkers. I listen to it in at least 1.25 to be able to get through it. Her “voice talent” is almost non-existent, if you don’t pay careful attention you won’t have a clue which female is speaking.

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Okay storyline. Terrible narrator.

The storyline, while dragging and with several irritating and unnecessary loose ends, was overall somewhat interesting. The narrator, however, was flat in tone, forceful in odd places, and overall boring. She was not engaging at all and failed to bring the story to life. I likely will not purchase the next in the series. This is primarily due to the dull narration and dragging/disjointed storyline.

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Good story, narration just ok

Enjoyed the world building and first book in the series. I switched to reading while listening at chapter 2 so I could keep track. I mostly read more the half the book. Listened to the last two chapters. Narrator was fine but for some reason I tuned out when listening early in the book. I enjoyed the book much more switching between.

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I don't care for the narrator.

this is a book I have read before and enjoyed the story. not having time to read it I put it on audible hoping for someone else to tell me the story while I was working. it's a very fun story, but I did not like the narrator I will not be able to even finish the first book.

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Hmmmmm

First off, the narrator is so robotic, she's hard to listen to, I had to up the speed just to make her bare able.

The story was ok but I didn't find it that engaging as I kept drifting off. But they may have been the narrator. I liked the overall premise but found it somewhat lacking with information. It does have potential so will continue on with the next book & hope more information is given.