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Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs Audiobook

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1

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Why we think it's Essential - The Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi pairing has become the stuff of Audible legend, and it all started with this book. If you ever feel like the vampire romance genre has all gotten a little bit too serious and swooning for its own good, this is the perfect antidote. The kick-off to the delightfully quirky and laugh-out-loud funny Nice Girls;... series, as well as an equally popular spin-off series, this book has been a non-stop hit with our listeners. — Emily

Publisher's Summary

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.

Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

Love in vein: bite into more of Jane Jameson's paranormal exploits.

©2009 Molly Harper White (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hysterical laughs are the hallmark of this enchanting paranormal debut....Harper keeps the quips coming without overdoing the sarcasm, and her take on vampire lore will intrigue and entertain even the most jaded paranormal fan." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Martha 02-11-12
    Martha 02-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I Love Molly Harper's Books"

    While the "Nice Girls" vampire series is very good, I prefer Harper's "Naked Werewolf" stories. Though both of the series are on the "lighter" side of the paranormal genre, they aren't lightweight on story or action. They're very cleverly written with humor liberally sprinkled throughout. It's obvious to me that Molly Harper has a great sense of humor because all of her books are hilarious, some more so than others. Most of her comedic scenes are quite deadpan (no pun intended) and snarky, which most intelligent readers can appreciate. They are often delivered in a quick succession of one-liners so a listener to the audio version should pay close attention.

    In this, the first book of the "Nice Girls" vampire series, Jane, the main character, is one of those poor souls whom bad things just seem to happen to. Gabriel, the male protagonist, is a vampire. There is a dilemma between them from the beginning because he is her reluctant vampire sire, "turning her" only because he couldn't let her die. The attraction between them is undeniable creating an awkward but interesting father/boyfriend dichotomy. The supporting characters are quirky and fun. In true Harper fashion, Jane's family is semi-dysfunctional and she has "issues" with most of her female relatives. Harper weaves commonplace problems that readers can relate to into her stories as well as any author I have read (not that one can relate to being "undead", but the fact that Jane's family problems don't go away even after her "death" is ironic). She places her characters into dilemmas that many of us face and we become invested in the their lives. Almost by default, since humans are such naturally curious creatures, we want to know what will happen next; how they are going to get out of a predicament or solve a problem. To me, this is very characteristic of a great storyteller.

    Amanda Ronconi's voice is perfect for Harper's stories and I'm glad she is the narrator for all of them so far. She differentiates between characters well so I was never confused about who was speaking. I greatly enjoy Ms. Ronconi's style of performing the books, not just reading them.

    Besides this series and the hilarious "Naked Werewolf" series, I recommend two more stand-alone books by Molly Harper that are available on Audible: "Driving Mr. Dead" (which is a spin-off of the "Nice Girls" vamp series) and "And One Last Thing...." (which is not in the paranormal genre). If you enjoy comical paranormal romance/fiction with a little mystery thrown in just to make it interesting, you should really like all of these excellent books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sunmonu 07-08-10
    A. Sunmonu 07-08-10 Member Since 2017

    avid reader

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    "definitely entertaining"

    i was looking for a 'new' author and came across Harper. thought i'd give the book a go as i was in the mood for something light but not frivolous.
    was pleasantly surprised at the funny (though not 'ha-ha') narrative and the engaging characters.
    came back for book 2 and i'm now on book 3.
    well wworth the read, as it would put a smile on your face...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 09-21-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Hilarious! More comedy than romance"

    Molly Harper’s books are so funny! Sometimes I forget I am reading a romance novel. Her witty writing and Amanda Ronconi’s narration are the perfect combination. Just brilliant!

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    One voracious reader Idaho 08-15-10
    One voracious reader Idaho 08-15-10
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    "Mediocre entry in the vampire romance category"

    The narrator's voice didn't do it for me on this book, though I have enjoyed Ronconi's narration in the past. However, I think the book itself is a fairly mediocre entry in the vampire romance category. Sort of heavy-handed humor, cliched comments, etc, though the scenes with the newly-made vampiress and her BFF seeing how many ways she can NOT die was amusing..Overall, kind of boring. This genre is saturated, though.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 02-10-13
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Find"

    Molly Harper's humor is much like the glitter on a gypsy wedding dress ,,, all over the place and way over the top. Her books are sort of like listening to the Librarian of the Damned channel Tina Fey (or the way 'round) I thoroughly enjoyed every word.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RabidReads 12-07-12
    RabidReads 12-07-12 Member Since 2017

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    "A happy-go-lucky story with quirky characters"

    Molly Harper has become my go-to author whenever I’m in the mood for a happy-go-lucky story with quirky characters and Amanda Ronconi has the perfect sarcastic tone that helps add some extra oomph to an already hilarious tale. This book is a great way to break a reading slump or to lighten your mood. I think Murphy’s Law: “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”, was written with Jane Jameson in mind. Each chapter begins with a cute quote from The Guide For The Newly Undead; Harper also did something similar in her The Naked Werewolf series and I’m happy to see that it wasn’t just a one-off because these tips are hilarious! Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs will make you laugh so hard that you’ll end up in tears (in a good way!).

    I discovered Molly’s books backwards; after having enjoyed her werewolves so much I just had to check out her vampires too! Please keep in mind that I am left-handed though so I tend to do things a little out of whack compared to most. Jane and I hit it off instantly! How can you not want to learn more about a character who gets fired from her job, drunk, mistaken for a deer and then shot within the first few chapters? You can’t. Jameson is ditzy, sarcastic and lovable. She’d probably drive me crazy in real life but as a fictional character, she’s freaking hilarious! Her shenanigans are laugh-out-loud funny and the situations she finds herself in are baffling in their absurdity. More often than not I found myself thinking “this could only happen to Jane”.

    There’s a decent amount of world building in this novel which is expected seeing how it is the first installment of this series. I enjoyed learning about Harper’s vampires, the undead council and especially Jane through her internal monologues. The main story struck me as kinda odd; at first I wasn’t really sure of its direction and then as the pieces came together I was quite stunned by the overall turn of events. They were… unexpected. I’ll be curious to see what the next installment has in store because I had trouble identifying a plot line that’d continue into the next book. I’m thinking that these novels might be episodes in the mini-series that is Jane’s life which is fine by me because Jameson’s world definitely isn’t dull!

    The side characters are just as lovable as the main one; I especially liked Gabriel and Zeb. The former is undeniably sexy but begins this story with a stick up his butt. At first I found him stuffy, a little stuck-up and rather mundane but, as the book progresses Jane slowly chips away at his snooty outer shell. I enjoyed watching his transformation and by the end I was putty in his hands. Zeb’s a normal guy who suddenly finds himself with a werewolf girlfriend and a vampire for a best friend. At one point, he repeatedly stabs Jane just to watch her heal. Their experiments with her undead-ness are beyond funny!

    Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs is good, clean, fun and guaranteed to make you look like an idiot because you will laugh out loud and receive dirty looks from those around you.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 08-25-12
    Lulu 08-25-12

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "This was a laugh out loud read"

    Molly Harper writes sharp, witty very, very, very, very funny books. I have yet to be disappointed. This is the first in her vampire series and the second book of hers I read and the second book of hers I fell in love with.

    The books are somewhat similar to the Sookie Stackhouse series but lighter, tighter and funnier. Harper's vampire series' books don't get bogged down in the elaborate creation of an alternative universe, as the later books in the Stackhouse series do. They just enjoy the world they've been plopped down in.

    Harper's books have some plot and some suspense but are chock full of fascinating characters. Her characters are so entertaining, you almost resent when she pulls you back into the plot and away from relating to an individual character. Dick Cheney is one of my favorite characters of all time and should have a series of his own.

    The first book is spent setting up the series. You meet almost all of the characters, you get quite a bit of background about each. And you laugh, a lot. I've said before, I see a lot of similarities between Harper's books and the early Janet Evanovich books. Reading this book I found myself bursting into laughter at the most inappropriate times.

    The narrator fits perfectly with the writing style and the flow of the book. She is very much the voice of Jane Jameson, a great heroine, but she is believable with all of the characters.

    I really recommend this book.

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    Leesa 01-23-13
    Leesa 01-23-13 Member Since 2017

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Cute Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs to be better than the print version?

    Audio is much better!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs?

    It's packed full of humorous moments.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and I just LOVE her voice!!


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

    I had a few laughs. Molly Harper has that effect.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun listen. If you want a listen without all the sexual content then you'd like this. I prefer "HOTTER" stuff. But I do love Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi and the laughs I get from listening to this combination is worth doing without the more steamy stuff occasionally.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jan VALDOSTA, GA, United States 12-20-11
    Jan VALDOSTA, GA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Somewhat Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While occasionally funny and moderately entertaining, it would not make my list of recommendations to friends. I put it in the category of potato chip books???OK enough to read but you wouldn't want a steady diet and not terribly memorable.


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    Lisa B. 06-05-17
    Lisa B. 06-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Undead and trying not to die"

    I debated on giving this 3 stars. I finally decided 3.5 so I rounded it up to 4. The first half was hard for me to get in to. I have only listened to Where the Wild Things Bite. I loved it. I think maybe this is one of those series that the first book is getting to know the characters. It had some hilarious moments. I laughed so hard when Jane was mistaken for a deer and shot. It's not funny but is. Lol. This is what led to her being found by a vampire and turned.

    The narrator is good but annoying in this book. I'm not crazy about her voice. She does great on different characters but Jane's voice sometimes gets to me. Especially when she says 'mama'.

    Jane's family sucks! They treat her so bad. I felt bad for her. Like I said, nothing much happens for the first half of the book. But the second half is funny. I loved getting to know her friend and his new girlfriend. As for the whole big mystery of who is trying to kill Jane and why, I wasn't very impressed. I'm glad I listened to it though because of the other book in the series. I plan on trying all of them. It was really good and funny.

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  • Niall
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    10/11/12
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    "Very enjoyable, light, humorous, vamp romance"

    I picked this book out more or less at random as something light to listen to. I've been having difficulty reading actual text and I've turned to audiobooks to "read" more. I am particularly glad I picked this one.



    Jane is a librarian who suddenly discovers herself to be unemployed, gets drunk at a bar, gets shot (mistaken for a deer), and has the choice of being dead, or undead. A few days later she wakes up a vampire. She has a best friend who is almost as dotty as she is, and an overbearing mother. But now that she's undead she has her favourite (dead) relative to keep her company and a suave, attractive sire who she fancies something rotten, but he did turn her into a vampire. On top of that, someone seems to have it in for her, and she needs a new job.



    At least she lives in a world which knows vampires exist. The setting is wonderfully cynical; just my kind of concept. The existance of vampires was revealed as part of a disability lawsuit. Each chapter begins with a quote from the "Guide for the Newly Undead," and the local vampire community holds meet-and-greet parties for newbie vampires, hosted by a vampire property agent (how could anyone tell the difference).



    The narration on this one is good. Amanda Ronconi pulls off the accents, even an English one, nicely and it felt like she enjoyed reading the story even as I laughed my way through it.



    I'll be putting the second in the series on my wishlist.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • markyb
    11/18/10
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    "Fun and funny characters"

    I just love this series of books! The interplay between the characters is very funny and the books just zip along. The narration by Amanda Ronconi is spot on and the story is very engaging.
    As a 40 something truck driver who usually listens to Sci-Fi when travelling up and down the country you might not think that these books are aimed at me but I'm glad I gave them a try.

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  • Anonymous
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    "Very funny modern twist on vampire tale"

    If you like Charlaine Harris then you will like this. Molly Harper writes with a funny, dry wit. Her tale of Jane Jameson's turning and life with her family, friends and boyfriend/sire is very engaging and had me laughing out loud while listening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • S. Lacey
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    4/17/16
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    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    <br/><br/> I really loved this book. I just love Jane, she's so funny and so is her Great Aunt Jettie! I also loved Gabriel, Dick, Andrea, Jeb and Jolene! I enjoyed the story and Jane's initial adjustment to Vampire life although she still has to earn acceptance in the undead community. Poor Jane was the subject of a hate campaign in the story with some unknown targeting her to try and drive her out of the community or kill her. <br/>She also has to deal with a nightmare family, well her dad's understanding and supportive, but her mum is high strung and very interfering, constantly trying to change Jane. Her sister is also scheming and always trying to put her down, not to mention being jealous that their Aunt Jettie left her house and everything in it to Jane when her sister is quite covetous of the house and the antiques within it.<br/>I look forward to seeing how things go with her family as they have not handled news of her turning very well, well again her Dad is coping well and supportive of Jane but the rest of her living family is not dealing well with the news.<br/>I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica Wolfe
    UK
    8/8/17
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    "Light entertainment"

    A humorous book with a well-matched reader. The story is fairly slight, but the characters are engaging. Enjoyable, light reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nikki
    7/4/17
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    "not sure"

    I'm just not sure about this book, don't think it's really for me, it does have an interesting concept concept and is funny in parts, however i think I was supposed to find it a lot funnier than I did. I don't think I'll carry on with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farnham_red
    6/29/17
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    "Light fluffy fun very entertaining"

    Bought this as part of a 2 for 1 as I wasnt sure I would like it. Not sure what I expected but its a really good listen.

    If you want a gritty urban vampire story with lots of sex and violence you are in the wrong place. This is just a bit of fun where the lead character has become a lovable vampire

    I really enjoyed the humour - Some laugh out loud moments which is a bit awkward if in public listening on headphones.

    The narration is absolutely superb - probably makes the book better listened to than read though as I havent read it in print I cant be sure.

    The story is fairly predictable and very cliched right down to the evil baddie explaining the whole thing to our heroine whilst preparing to finish her off
    The violence in this book is cartoon violence of the mild peril type
    I loved the interaction with her parents - how do you explain you are now undead?
    The chapter headings in the helpful handbook "Guide to the recently undead" are hilarious

    If you want a light hearted none taxing book to pass a few hours whilst doing boring things its great - I already downloaded the next 2 whilst the 2 for one offer was still on but will listen to other books first. I need something a bit more substantial as I previously read the first naked werewolf book and 2 in a row is enough for now but I will definitely be listening to books 2 and 3 in a week or so

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
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    4/30/17
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    "Okay if you like stories about vamps"

    I’m not normally into vampires and werewolves, but gave Harper’s Naked Werewolf series a try when one of the books was part of a 2 for 1 promotion. I thoroughly enjoyed Harper’s humour and wit in that series (particularly book 1) so thought I would try some of her other works.

    This story was generally light and fun with traces of the wit and humour I so enjoyed in the naked werewolf series, but I just didn’t connect to it in the same way. It relied too heavily on the assumption that I would like it because it was about vampires rather than having a strong presence of its own.

    The narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    2/4/16
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    "Well worth a credit"

    I really enjoyed this book. The character and story are both well written. Jane's character is great, she's funny, smart and full of sarcasm. Narration wasn't bad. Will definitely be getting the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    United Kingdom
    1/25/16
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    "I really wanted to like thisbook"

    Oh, this book was so boring. It started off so well, but then just slowed to treacle and I really lost interest. I liked Jane's self deprecating humour, but there wasn't enough going on to really hold my interest

    Did not finish - only got to about a third of the way through.

    Performance: Amanda Ronconi narrated well, with distinct characters. I think I'd try her narration again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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