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Aisling Grimlock never thought she'd join the family business. In fact, she was dead set against it. When an economic downturn causes her to lose her job, she's forced to go to desperate measures to earn a living.

Aisling comes from a big family of grim reapers - no, that's right. She's the youngest of five siblings - and the only girl - and the testosterone is going to hit the fan when the Grimlocks try to teach Aisling the ropes and keep her safe at the same time.

Between rogue wraiths, murderous new acquaintances and gargoyles dropping from the sky, Aisling has her hands full. That's on top of four brothers (and one curmudgeonly father) who would die for her - while also killing for her - and a police officer who's desperate to learn the family secret.

Follow Aisling as she delves into the mystery of her mother's death and a world she never wanted to explore - and yet might fit in all the same. This omnibus includes the first three books in the Aisling Grimlock mystery series: Grim Tidings, Grim Offerings and Grim Discovery.

©2015 Amanda M. Lee (P)2016 Amanda M. Lee

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Enjoyable

Would you listen to Grim Beginnings again? Why?

Really great book, the only problem I have is all of the brothers sound exactly the same and they all sound extremely whiny. Its hard to imagine the description that they offer matching the voices. Ugg super hot guys that sounds like whiny chicks.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The Narrator Reads way too slow

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Krause’s performances?

No, the characters are supposed to be snarky and sarcastic, I read the book but got this for a long drive since I had liked the story, the way it reads is faster paced. the way that she narrates though is more suitable for sloths not characters that engage in witty/sarcastic conversations

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if you find yourself enjoying the story but annoyed by the her narration speed try setting the playback speed to 1.25, I found that by doing this it ends up sounding normal.

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Beware reader is 20!

I enjoyed this story but as I found out the reader is very annoying. I did realize after awhile it is told by a twenty year old and the voice sounded perfect. I would recommend this book.

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Really, just don't bother

I bought the first book in this series some time ago and the other week I had run out of credits and decided to listen to it again, having forgotten what it was like, or maybe not having actually listened to it. Lee's basic idea is interesting enough so I wanted to find out what actually happened to Lily Grimlock, although the books are neither well-written nor well-performed. I hoped that getting the 3-book collection might give me enough information, and it did (although I still don't know why normal human beings can see the wraiths), but I'd really advise that you just don't begin to listen.

Despite the fact that every character is at least in her/his mid-twenties, there is only one character, Detective Griffin Taylor, Aisling's boyfriend who has the capacity to act like a mature adult, and he's not reliable. Everyone else (including Aisling's father, Cormack) swings between 8-year-old with impulse control issues and 15-year-old with impulse control and anger management issues. Without the descriptions of the childish arguments, temper tantrums and hair pulling, the three books could have been condensed into two, and the plot relies on having all the characters make the most stupid and irresponsible decision whenever they are given a choice. The stereotyping of Gerry, Aisling's gay best friend is really obnoxious, especially since Aisling is so aggressive about people making fun of him. There is no sense in which Aisling or anyone else actually *solves* the mysteries - they just stumble across answers by accident.

Karen Krause has a nasal whine to her voice (she reminds me very much of The Nanny) and a very limited range of voices (all four of the Grimlock boys sound more or less the same), some of which she struggles to maintain. This and the uniformly stupid behaviour of the characters makes it challenging to keep track of who is speaking.

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amazingly funny

extremely funny parts that made me laugh out loud still very sweet with a little bit of romance

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Ugh! Disappointed.

I love these books! Amanda M Lee is one of my favorite authors. I've read them all on Kindle so I was excited to revisit them again via Audible. The narrator though is so, so wrong and boring. I cannot stand to listen to her. Maybe it's because she doesn't fit the book but I cannot connect with her and have just deleted the book from my phone. I'll stick to Amanda M Lee on Kindle for now.

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Irritating

Whiny stereotypical characters. The overall plot wasn't too bad but the overdone bickering and overdone gay stereotypes were annoying. A little of that can be fun but too much becomes tiresome. After the characters are known let's get on with the story.