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Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook debut. Readers 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

"I was enthralled - a departure from the usual type of vampire tale which will have a wide appeal to any reader hunting for both chills and fun." (Andre Norton)
"This fast-paced, tough-edged supernatural thriller is mesmerizing reading indeed." (LOCUS)

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Great, but abridged

I expected this was the full version but noticed some missing segments. Kimberly Alexis does a much better job than the original voice talent.

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Paranormal Entities Galore

This is a solid start to the lengthy Anita Blake series. Anita is a multi talented, fiesty young woman with multiple resources to help her fight supernatural crime. An investigator by day and an animator by night, she is often called in by the local police department to assist with their otherworldly investigations. Her reputation for slaying vampires does not seem to deter the city's master vampire, Jean Claude, from pursuing her. This is a solid recipe for excitement, mystery, action, and paranormal intrigue.

Personally, i am 5 books into the series and planning to purchase more. I believe there are close to 20 novels in total. One of my favorite details in this series is that the story takes place in St. Louis, Missouri - my home town! Laurell Hamilton often incorporates various St. Louis neighborhoods in her writing. Imagining my city overrun with vampires, zombies, and ghouls is a unique listening experience!

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  • Amber
  • Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • 05-17-15

All go, no break

This was a fun enough romp, but the action is a little haphazard and doesn't really turn off, leaving you with few times to just enjoy quiet story development. There were quite a few times when the action happens so randomly it took me by surprise and I had to rewind to figure out what was going on.

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A good beginning

One of the better books in the series have read and heard all of her books though after book 6 it goes down hill overall.

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doesn't follow the book

the reader doesn't follow the book, she jumps around. so if like me you like to follow along in the book, its hard as heck to keep up. just saying.

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Great book if you ignore the annoying bell sound

The performance and story are great the only issue I had is with a ringing sound that is used in several parts of the story. It is not needed and takes you out of the performance.

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great story

Definitely recommend this series! I'm restarting it it's been years... so excited! Glad to be back into it.

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great book love kimberly alexis

love kimberly alexis shes awesome
im glad shes the narrator for the anita blake books

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Amazing READ!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend to anyone that loves paranormal books. It was so well written and the story just engages you.

What did you like best about this story?

The people and how you become so involved in Anita Blake's life and you want to know what happens

Which character – as performed by Kimberly Alexis – was your favorite?

Anita and Jean Claude, actually Kimberly Alexis did an amazing job on all the characters so it was hard picking just one favorite.

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

I couldn't stop listening to this book I had to keep listening until done. I have a feeling all of this series is going to be the same way.

Any additional comments?

Anita Blake is just your regular Vampire Hunter and known as the Executioner to Vampires. When Vampires start showing up dead forever, the master of the city enlist her assistance whether she wants to give it or not. Follow Anita as she becomes entangled in the web of power struggles and murder. I can definitely say this is a must read series. If you like paranormal books than Laurell K. Hamilton is a must read author.