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Publisher's Summary

Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major best-selling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio.

Listeners will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead - and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis but her greatest lover.

Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2009 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters - both dead and alive." (Amazon.com review)

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guilty pleasure

This book was okay a little boring at times. I will continue to listen to the series.

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great story

I didn't love the narrator but the story was great. it's hard when a woman tries to voice a man's voice.

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Background music is distracting

I liked the book. I HATED the weird background sound effects during critical action scenes. It was annoying and made understanding what was happening difficult.

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Book Returned.

I made it to chapter 25 before I gave up. I just couldn't get into the book with the music and sound effects going off randomly.

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Annoying but weirdly entertaining.

The writing was entertaining but not well written. I can't count the many times I rolled by eyes after hearing yet another inane colloquialism used by the main character. Who says "peachy keen" anymore? Apparently this Vampire slayer does...among many other annoying cliches. Plus, the cheesy sound effects like wind blowing or scary music was a bit off putting. Still, after all that...I am about to download book #2. Enjoy!

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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 06-27-15

Better than expected

I have read the JD Robb series with the female protagonist Eve Dallas. It did nothing for me but made me mad. Therefore, I avoided this series like the plagued. Well I took the plunge. I was in the mood for a kick ass female character and tried this one. I actually enjoyed the first book. I did cheat a little and read the summary in winkipedia for the series.

After my Eve Dallas experience, I wanted to make sure about investing my time with Anita. I was concern how she could carry a series on her necromancy powers. Actually in this book it did not impress me at all. From my cheating I discovered her abilities become bastardize with her interactions with her lovers. Now that I would like to see. The bastardization of her powers not the lover stuff. So I have committed to the series to see how she becomes a formidable fore.

FYI. I did discover you have to read the series in order. If you read contrary to that check out the summaries on winkipedia. She experiences a lot of character growth as the series continues. Who wants to be out of sync with that?

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  • Diana
  • SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States
  • 06-20-15

Didn't have problems with the narrator

I hadn't ever read any of the books and started the series with the first book. I read the reviews complaining about the narration but went ahead and bought it anyway. I'm glad I did. It was really enjoyable, and I didn't think the narrator was bad at all. Narrators really can make or break the book. Perhaps since I didn't start with the other narrator like some of the other reviewers did I didn't have an idea of what the characters should sound like already. As for the sound effects, I didn't find them annoying. You can still hear the story just fine over them, and they were actually kind of fun. The only thing I did find weird was when she screamed. I would have preferred it if she had just read "I screamed" and not actually tried to scream.

As far as the story goes, it was compelling enough for me to go on to read the second and third book and plan to continue on with the series. I only gave the story three stars because I save five stars for amazing, life-changing books, and four stars for well done books. This story is interesting, but a little rough around the edges, as many first books in urban fantasy series tend to be. I would have liked to hear more about her work as an animator, as I'm not the biggest fan of vampires, but happily as the series has gone along there's been more on the character and her backstory. I'm looking forward to finding out more about Anita and seeing her grow as a character.

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Great Book

I love this book and listen over and over. l definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal.

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One of my favorite series

This is one of my favorite series and I was delighted to be able to start collecting it on audible as well as hard copy.

The narrator did a wonderful job giving life to each character and it was very easy to tell who was speaking just by accent and/or tone of voice. At the beginning and end of each chapter there is a bit of music or sound effects in the background which I personally found distracting but they are few and far between and do not last very long.

My only complaint is that Jean-Claude's voice, while beautifully accented, came across very feminine. His character does not have a very active role in this book which gives you very little exposure to grow accustomed to the voice the narrator is using. I am hoping that it will be easier in the next books.

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Amazing

This was a wonderful book. I can't wait for the next one.. Awesome and excellent