Obsidian Butterfly

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,841 ratings)

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There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered - something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone.

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©2002 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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"[A] monstrously entertaining read." (Publishers Weekly)

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Good book, but not my favorite from the series

What made the experience of listening to Obsidian Butterfly the most enjoyable?

I'm a fairly new listener of Anita Blake series (i'm currently on book 10 Narcissus in Chains) and I have to say that this was not as good as the others one were. Overall it was a good book, but I've become so accustomed to the Anita Jean Claude and Richard triangle that not having it in this book kind of set me off. Overall the storyline was good and we got to see a lot more Anita action independent from her growing "new and improved" abilities.

What does Kimberly Alexis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I looooove Kimberly Alexis. I'm saddened to hear that after this book some other person is Narrating. Not sure how exactly I will get accustomed to that change but I guess I won't have a choice. Right now I'm actually reading "Narcissus in Chains" book 10 and it is definitely different and sort of difficult for me. I miss Kimberly's voice because she gives the story life and she manages jumping from character to character so easily and well. I find it difficult to read Jean Claude's parts in Narcissus in Chains because I sort of forget what his voice is like in my head. :(

Any additional comments?

I'm sick and tired of Anita being so ridiculous sometimes. She needs to cut the crap and just stay with both of them. I hate that she loves Richard and isn't afraid to admit it, but Jean Claude she is always hesitant about. She loves them both, but she is always so weird about her feelings for Jean Claude, it makes me so maaaad!!!!

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Hmm

I enjoyed the book...What chapter was missing...? I noticed a gap near the end and I am wondering if that was it? UHH WHERE IS BOOK 10 "NARCISSUS IN CHAINS"??? I had to download an abridged copy elsewhere and I am very unhappy! How can you have 18 of 19 books in the series and miss one right in the middle??? I am praying I survive my abridged version and hoping they find the 10th book!I would STILL order the unabridged version if they ADD IT. Still a happy listener to this series!

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different but good

This book teaches us more about Edward, which is good, but there is very little interaction with Jean-Claude or Richard. That is doubly disappointing because audible doesn't offer Narcissus in Chains, the next book and the one after that has a different reader. Enjoy what little of Jean-Claude you get from this one because in Cerulean Sins the reader doesn't do Jean-Claude's accent. One other thing about this book is there seems to be a few tracks or a chapter missing near the end. I was able to follow with out it, but I thought it was strange.

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Loved the series until this book!!

This book ruined the series for me. When I have to read/listen to children getting raped and sexually assaulted, it crosses a line for me. Laurell K. Hamilton should be ashamed of herself for putting such horrible scenes in a fiction book. I have been working my way through the series and I love Jean Claude, but he was barely in it which also was a huge disappointment. Not sure I'm going to continue to series. Hamilton ruined it for me with this one. I can't stand to see children as victims and I don't want to read any more of her abuse on kids, even if it isn't real.

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Blame the rating on Audible

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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.

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my personal favorite in the series

The series starts with Guilty Pleasures, I highly reccommend that book to start. The series is VERY good from book one until book 10. In the first book I did feel like I had missed something, the characters had met some time ago and there was a history. Despite that after a couple of chapters I really got into the book. The series has ALOT of action and mystery. Book 2 is even better. The series is very dark and often gruesome. The descriptions of the crime scenes can be disturbing but the story telling is so good it is worth it! I often got chills and found the stories could even be scary. If you can handle that you should definately try this series. It is VERY different from anything I have ever read or listened to. There is a little romance and sexual tension that starts in book one and builds over time. After book 10 it takes quite a big turn and there is TONS of very discriptive sex. This book Obsidaian Butterfly is one of the best. It tells more about Edward, one of Anita's friends and there is non stop action. Again, very violent, sometimes I can't believe "it went there", but that is why it is sooo good. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, NEVER PREDICTABLE! At some point they change who narrates the books, some of them even have sound effects, growling etc. I still really enjoyed it.

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Great Book. Not so great production.

I am in the process of re-listening to all of the Anita Blake books. I think all these books are great. However, Cynthia Holloway is the MUCH better narrator. The sound effects in books 1-9 are distracting and really get on my nerves.

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now complete

now that the missing chapter 58 is included this is one of the best in the series.

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Anita Blake

I love this series, this book is not my favorite so far, I think I just missed Richard and the master of the city! It wasn’t a bad book but not my favorite by far

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Love the storyline... BUT....

Would you try another book from Laurell K. Hamilton and/or Kimberly Alexis?

Yes

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Obsidian Butterfly?

There are too many things to list. But first thing that comes to mind is I would delete all of the unnecessary descriptions.

Any additional comments?

I'm actually frustrated with this series. The first book I enjoyed a lot then each book after that I began to get more and more irritated with the extra descriptions of the sky and the houses and the floors and the rooms and etc. and I definitely did not like the music or sound effects. Unfortunately this is the last book I will listen to in the series. I found myself fast forwarding through so much that I'm sure I missed some crucial details but I just couldn't bear listening to all the descriptions. I honestly was not interested if the grass was green or not water properly or if the trees were tall or short. If the carpet was red or blue if the house was painted white or yellow. There were points I fast forwarded thru 3-5 mins of describing a certain area. This is the second series that I started listening to and had to stop because I would say 40% of the book was just filled with descriptions of everything around them and it was just quite frankly too much.

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