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Publisher's Summary

The early Anita Blake novels find new life in downloadable audio - as new listens for long-time fans or as great ways for new listeners to sink their teeth into the series.

In The Laughing Corpse, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead.

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

Critic Reviews

"Anita Blake is one of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Lisa
  • Mesquite, NV, United States
  • 11-10-10

Love the book, but hate the Sound Effects!

One of my favorite series (at least the first ten books), but the sound effects are way off and come up at odd times and seem to be destracting rather than add to the story. The narrator is okay, not my favorite, but not horrible either.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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It took a book and a half buuuuut..

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But I came around to this narrator. <br/><br/>I started reading the Anita Blake series in high school. As the series progressed, as some of you know, I fell out of love and into contempt with our little heroine. But I love the world that Hamilton wrote around Anita. Now if only I hadn't started feeling as if I were reading a fanfiction-style story about the author herself she had somehow conned people into publishing and buying. But, as I've gotten into driving trucks, there was more time than I knew what to do with to keep myself awake and interested while driving through mountains and plains were radio signals are.. lacking. So, after some 200-some-odd hours of the current Game of Thrones series, I decided to give this one another chance. <br/><br/>It took me a while to get used to Alexis. When I read Anita, I read her in a lower tone.. And angrier. Always angry. The amount of sarcasm that comes through, as mentioned in other reviews, is a little daunting. In my head, Anita had held more of a droll tone as opposed to teenager-worthy sarcasm, so at the time it didn't translate as much as it does with someone reading it to me. Though, having been a teenager myself when I began reading her, I'm not sure it would have mattered much in the beginning. The story itself is interesting. Some of the interactions between characters lead me back to the whole 'Mary Sue' problem, but Alexis' tone kept me interested. There is a fair amount of replay--or of the exact same words and phrases to reintroduce characters we met in Guilty Pleasures. Anyway, as of this book, it all seems like a bunch of little things coming together to annoy me and distract me from the story itself. That and trying to forget the direction I remember the series is heading in.<br/><br/>I would recommend this book, and the one before it. 'Preternatural' things have always been interesting to me, and she writes them all out, some in new ways and, to an extent, in depth with powers and histories and ancient vampires acting like spoiled brats. I would tell anyone to give this series a chance. You might fall in love with it like I did. And maybe you won't be so bothered about what's to come. I might not either as I listen to them again. Alexis does give me a complete separate perspective about Anita's challenges with the way she reads. I'm not sure if that's normal.. If you've read the series and aren't sure about spending the credit, do it. Start from the beginning and remember the good times! Maybe what Hamilton has been giving all of us disgruntled fans and former fans in more recent years has been lost to the way we read and perceive things in our own tones and opinions. <br/><br/>Maybe that's just me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Amazing READ!!!

What made the experience of listening to The Laughing Corpse the most enjoyable?

I would have to say the story that Laurell K. Hamilton wrote. She pulls you into Anita's world and I loved following her along on another one of her adventures.

What did you like best about this story?

I would have to say that I love the action and how Anita kicks anyone who stands in her way with her own special way.

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

Anita Blake is my favorite with Jean Claude a close second. Honestly all the characters that Kimberly does are amazing. She is an incredible Narrator.

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

It made me smile and then I was biting my nails as Anita fought the bad guys.

Any additional comments?

We find Anita Blake in trouble yet again. Harold Gaynor a wealthy man offers Anita an obscene amount of money to raise a 300+ year-old zombie. The only problem Anita doesn't do human sacrifice. All the while she is embroiled with the police in a mystery of bodies being destroyed by what appears to be a rabid zombie. Could the two cases be linked? What will she do about Mr. Gaynor when he won't take no for an answer and he will do anything to make Anita bend to his will? Another great story in this series. I love how Anita is getting sucked into more of Jean Claude's antics. I truly am in love with this series and I can't wait to read the next book. Another must read from Laurell K. Hamilton.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • 4159 Oxford Drive, OH, United States
  • 05-18-11

Great fun to listen to!

WOW!! This was a fun book to listen to!! Laurell K. Hamilton's shoot-from-the-hip smart alec style was only enhanced by Kim Alexis' reading of it! I've listened to it 5 times already, and will again!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good but not perfect

I understand that this is supposed to be a dark story but the narrator accomplishes this a little too well. While most of the things said are supposed to be taken seriously there is also supposed to be some dark humor that seems to be missed entirely. The main character is supposed to be snarky and sharp tongued but the narrator makes her seem mean and self righteous. Add to that, the laughable sound effects and music and you have moments in this book that are very frustrating. The music is so cheesy and misplaced that it rips you right out of the story at the good parts. Its distracting and turns what should be a suspenseful moment into something straight out of a soap opera. All in all the story is good the narration could use a little work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Classic

This series is ridiculously amazing. Anita Blake is my all-time favorite book series. watching the various characters especially Anita grow throughout each book has been a great experience. it has the taste of classic old time police detective stories rolled together with all of the preternatural fun ( zombies vampires and werewolves to name a few) you can imagine with tons of various relationships. anything extreme cast dealing with supernaturally extreme circumstances. it can be wonderful, heartwarming, terrifying, and violet.. I usually I'm not a fan of the darker extremes but something about the way you ride along with Anita helps you to hold onto your Humanity, while simultaneously embracing your inner monster.

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Not a fan of the music

book 2 of the Anita Blake series, as Anita deals with her new marks from jean-claude, she fight unknown dead and a voodoo priestess, at 5'3 shes tough as nails..

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Really hitting her stride

The delightful myriad characters become even more distinct and nuanced in The Laughing Corpse, showing their contidictions, breathing even more life into them than they started with.
Anita Blake is a modern hero, spunky, moraled, and flawed. And she is a modern petite woman's heroine, plucky, brave, irrationally irritated at being judged by her diminutive size- we can relate, Anita!
And what's not to love about a forbidden object of desire, phobic vampires, an equally spunky friend, irreverent cops, and deliciously nasty villians!

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Well done!

Longtime Anita fan, so I'm already sold on the author and story, but the 4/5 Is because of the recording. The narrator is super great, but the random dramatic sound effects and music are disruptive to the imagination and the flow of the story. I hope they stop in the next books.

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my favorite book

I think this is my favorite book in the series. Witty, funny, and exciting. I would recommend this audio book to anyone interested in this genre.