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Vampyres don't exist. They absolutely do not exist. At least I didn't think they did 'til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead? Now I'm a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren't bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite, and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I'm stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who's teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator. To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions, and my attraction to a hotter-than-Satan's-underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous...it's possibly deadly. For real dead.

Permanent death isn't on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I'm his, it's easier said than done. Like that's not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I'm some sort of Chosen One. Holy hell, if I'm in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.

©2014 Robyn Peterman (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Ridiculously Funny!

This was a ridiculously funny story, with so many parodies, like the foul mouth Angel named Ophra, a vampire named Paris Hilton, a fairy who acted like the Terminator but had questionable fashion sense, and other well know characters.

After Astrid is turned into a vampire, she receives training from her "guardian" angel and the bu-- kicking fairy and with all this divine intervention, she soon becomes one of the most powerful vampires. But when she meets Ethan, WOW the sparks fly! He was hot, sexy, charming and the attractions between them was instant and steamy.

I had fun listening to this story, it reminded of a good parody movie and had me laughing out loud. The attraction between Ethan and Astrid was steamy but funny as well.

Jessica Almasy performance was awesome and I thought she did a great job portraying Astrid's personality. Each character had their own voice, and she used the right amount of inflection throughout the story. Astrid and Ethan were my favorite characters.

The story does end on a cliffhanger but I didn't mind because I had already planned on getting book 2.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious Vampire tale

I first heard about Robyn Peterman’s books from a recommendation on Molly Harper’s facebook page. Robyn’s work sounded like something I would enjoy but she didn’t have any books available in Audio format. Until now!

Astrid is a chain smoking, Prada loving, 20 something year old woman who teaches art classes at the senior center. After her beloved nana dies she makes a bet with her bestie that she can quit smoking. She feels like she’s tried everything and it isn’t working so she decides to see if hypnotism will work. Without spoiling the details of how it happens, she wakes up as a vampire. Astrid has a quirky guardian angel who has a bad potty mouth, a fairy who trains her how to fight and a best friend that sticks with her through anything and isn’t freaked out by all the supernatural beings that show up.

After meeting other vampires that Astrid likes, she decides to join them and pledge allegiance to their vampire prince. While waiting for the ceremony to start, she runs in to a vampire that she distrusts but has serious attraction to.

When I started this book, I really didn’t think I was going to like it. For some reason, it didn’t grab my attention in the very beginning, I think it was all of the mention of smoking and the Prada, but it didn’t take long for me to be completely hooked. This is a funny story with a lot of entertaining characters and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments. I love the chemistry between Ethan and Astrid. Even before finishing the book, I knew I’d read the next book.

There is an event at the end of the book that is an opening for the next book, but it doesn’t feel like a typical cliff hanger to me. It doesn’t leave you disappointed or frustrated, just curious about what comes next.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Amazeballs

What did you love best about Fashionably Dead?

If you enjoy audio books and snarky love stories with tons a paranormoral this is one you dont' want to miss

What did you like best about this story?

How so many funny elements are in the story along with a good story

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

She does an amazing job with all the different people. Loved how she did the voices and brought them to life or (dead lol)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes it was I hated when I had to stop listening

Any additional comments?

Adore this series knew it would be awesome in audio

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious!

I listened to this and laughed out loud! Funny, sweet, and sexy, Astrid and Gemmas antics are the stuff that legends are made of! Add Pam and The Kev, and it's over the top! The narrator did a tremendous job, especially with the different character voices, making them instantly recognizable. I would definitely recommend it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Very Funny!!

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This is such a fun book; this is the first book in the Fashionably Dead series written by Robyn Peterman and narrated by Jessica Almasy. Once I started listening to it I didn’t want to put it down until the end. This book is great, it is laugh out loud funny. I woke my husband up because I was laughing. We meet Astrid at her grandmother’s funeral, after the funeral she decides she wants to quit smoking, so she meets someone that will hypnotize her to help her stop smoking, or so she thinks. She wakes up and she is not breathing, and then realizes that she is now a vampire. She ends up meeting a fairy, a foul mouthed angel, and ends up joining a group of Prada wearing vampires, how can Astrid go wrong with all the Prada that she could ever possible want.<br/><br/>The narrator Jessica Almasy did a great job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. <br/><br/>If you are looking for a great book with great characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator. <br/><br/>A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.<br/>

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Porn

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'm no prude but this book had more sex scenes than story line. The story line is a good one but when there's 50% sex scenes to story, it gets tedious. I finished it, there is a cliff hanger but I won't be getting the next book. If I want to listened to 'kiss me there', 'touch me here', 'oooo, you're so big, will you fit', I'd.... No, I wouldn't because I don't don't want to listen to porn.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robyn Peterman again?

No.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Why did I finish it? I cannot leave any book unread once I start it. Painful as it may be, I have to finish it. My first review. Had to do it to warn others who can do without this much sexual content to waste a credit like I did. Or, if that's to your liking, go for it. Cut the gratuitous sexual content and you would hear a good, not fantastic, story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Didn't enjoy

Now, I'm only basing this on the four chapters I listened to, but I did not enjoy the narrator's tone. She may be an awesome narrator, following a director's instructions, but I didn't enjoy it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanne
  • Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • 07-27-16

What a fun ride!

Robyn Peterman's book is a cross between Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, Maryjanice Davidson's Queen Betsy books (the early ones, before they got dark), and Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books (not True Blood which had little humor in them compared to the books). Throw in Rick Gualtieri's foul mouthed Tome Of Bill and you have a fast-paced, totally engrossing, delightful paranormal romance/adventure. Toss in a ton of steamy sex and fascinating characters and you have a beach read that will make you forget to go to work! Narrator Jessica Almasy is perfection, enhancing this already engaging book. Loved it!

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  • Terri
  • United States
  • 02-21-16

Paranormal humor and romanc too...

This book is a paranormal romance, but it is also filled with humor from beginning to end and plenty of hot steamy sex to go with it..With characters such as Brad Pitt,Angelina Jolie and Oprah (not the real people, but same names), this book keeps us laughing while exploring the world of the undead, Vampires vs demons, this book is highly entertaining and addictive, Most importantly, it is fun! I loved the little baby monsters, that called Astrid mommy. The author, Robyn Peterman hit a home run on this book. The narrator, Jessica Almasy did a fantastic job on the delivery of this story, Her voices are unique and explosive. I loved the voice and behavior of the character Pam! I look forward to book 2! Well done.

I received this audio book as a gift so I could read / listen to it and leave a honest and unbiased review,

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 01-19-17

HILARIOUS AND I LOVED IT!!!!!

What did you love best about Fashionably Dead?

All of it...it was hilarious and I could not put it down!

What did you like best about this story?

It was super funny!!!I like funny...and it is a good story!

Which character – as performed by Jessica Almasy – was your favorite?

Pam!!!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I totally laughed all the way through this book!

Any additional comments?

This was a book club listen and I loved it!! I laughed and laughed..Astrid was just trying to quit smoking....and gets turned into a vampire against her knowledge and will. She wakes up to find her best friend, and an Oprah look alike who claims to be her guardian angel...an angel that swears like a sailor and likes to watch Jerry Springer! They feed her and start her training...because Astrid is the chosen one....Her Trainer is a fairy named The Kev...who looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger and he is quite the snappy dresser...She meets the Prince, Ethan and get rushed by a vampire sorority... and The devil really does wear prada...there is a lot going on...and it is ALL Hilarious!!! Cliffy ending...so I am on to book 2...but I totally LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!<br/><br/>HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! SUPER DUPER FUNNY!!!!! WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND A CREDIT!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-17

Excellent and funny

This book has a bit of everything in it would highly recommend. If your looking for a romantic paranormal comedy this book is definitely you.

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  • gayle
  • 06-23-17

loved it!

great fun to listen too. Fab story. Have listened multiple times but still enjoy it.

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  • warden
  • 01-06-17

So glad I tried.

What made the experience of listening to Fashionably Dead the most enjoyable?

Pam. The Kev. The sarcasm, the warmth, the twists.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fashionably Dead?

All the language Pam and Kev came up with and varied characters voices.

Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I will be.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes- laughed and laughed. 'The Kev', and Pam are characters I adored.

Any additional comments?

The story line is very original, with interesting characters and a wonderful array of voices by a very talented speaker, who bought everyone to life. Loved it- off to get Part two.

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  • Sammy
  • 10-02-16

brilliant laugh out loud book.

brilliant laugh out loud book. really made me chuckle. easy and fun to follow. looking forward to the next

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  • oliver
  • 04-25-16

Hated the first 2 hours but then could not stop

Stared book and hated it but then I became invested in the story line and could not put it down

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  • Mrs. S. B. Potter
  • 03-27-16

Car Crash literature

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A good story with great characters but ruined by awful dialog. Written by a 12 year old is my best guess. Nobody ....screams about being a Prada Whore every 4th page. I think the writer was trying to make it fun & zany but failed. If you take out the lazy writing ...lots of recycled dialog....I admit that minding blowing orgasms would rob your ablity to think but this girl 'sees Jesus' every other time!.....the story would be great. Some interesting concepts, some good relationships but totally & utterly ruined by stupid conversations.

Has Fashionably Dead put you off other books in this genre?

This is a book that probably translates better on a written page than in an audio book. My advice ....stick to the book.

What three words best describe Jessica Almasy’s voice?

A valiant attempt but really the baby voices were just awful

Any additional comments?

I called this car crash literature because it has the same effects. It sucks you in & then you have to listen to the end & even worse you then buy the next in the series. It isn't a bad story but the editor needs slapping for not sorting out the lazy recyling of dialog & the stupidity of the conversations. If you are a fan of good fantasy : Jeaniene Frost, Molly Harper , Karen Chance do NOT read this as it will sadly disappoint. If you are bored, have lots of disposable income & are stuck in hospital.....there is worse.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Grandma Julie
  • 03-07-16

I really enjoyed this book it was funny,

it was pure escapism, lots of lovable characters including the 4 little demons. I hope the story goes on in another book.

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  • K
  • 12-28-16

Exciting paranormal adventure

Fun wit brings to life characters in a story with many unpredictable twists and turns. The dark side of this well told story is softened by humour creating a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Genevieve
  • 10-06-16

Too crass and loud for me

What would have made Fashionably Dead better?

Even for a vampire story, I found it a little over the top, bit too crass and loud for my taste. I prefer more sass and snark like the Molly Harper books.

What will your next listen be?

Back to some police procedurals.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jessica Almasy?

Not sure but I found her reading of some characters a little too over the top

Any additional comments?

No doubt would appeal to some but just not my cup of tea.