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Publisher's Summary

Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that begin plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki, in an attempt to stop these forces of dark magic, is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci - along with another, unexpected ally…. Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans; how to deny the call for blood in his veins. Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world - but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeited.

©1991 Tanya Huff (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Off to a Good Start

It surprised me to discover that this novel was originally written in 1991. It has survived the passage of time remarkably well. It's the first novel in a series of five books by Tanya Huff which involve a former police officer-turned private investigator and the vampire son of Henry VIII who solve supernatural crimes together.

It's not a johnny-come-lately on the vampire novel scene; it was one of the earlier prototypes and works well. The private investigator, her former ex-boyfriend police officer, and the vampire who writes bodice rippers team up to solve a string of violent crimes which have been plaguing Toronto.

As a Canadian, I'm pleased to see/hear a series set in Toronto, and though I'm not from Toronto, the depiction is well done.

A series of what appear to be murders by a vampire takes roots in the city, and as the story hums along, it becomes clear that it's actually a demon who's terrorizing the city, and not a vampire. The book is as long as it needs to be.

The story is well written and engaging. It does't feel particularly dated, although the references to a Hibachi and the lack of cell phones make more sense now that I know it was written in 1991.

The narrator is okay but not great. Her attempt to depict male voices often comes off with an odd accent or intonation. She's a breathy narrator, and her vocal intonations are a little irritating. As with many narrators, she pauses in the wrong places and ends up fragmenting the narration. She can probably be forgiven for mispronouncing Manulife, but not for some of the other words she butchers. With a different narrator, this would be an even better book, but it's not bad. To the narrator's credit, she does a very good job depicting the empty-headed university students in the book.

It's certainly well enough done that I have purchased books 2 and 3 in the series. If the other books in the series are as good as this one, it should have a strong following. The ideas are original and inventive, and the dialogue and descriptions are well done.

This is a good book for fans of the supernatural series; it's lighter on romance than some, but that's not a bad thing. It's worth the credit.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • kdls
  • Woodbridge, VA
  • 05-28-12

Good story, not so good reader

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

Yes. The story is good and if you can deal with the reader, it is fun to hear. I read the series in paperback several years ago and got hooked. If this had been my 1st exposure, not so sure I would have stuck with it.

What did you like best about this story?

Unusual composition for the main actors.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Strange sound to her voice. Definition of character voices varies -- same character, but sound is not always the same. Also, and maybe since I'm American, so many Scottish-sounding accents when the story is in Toronto, Canada is weird.

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

I enjoy the story twists and the interpersonal relationships.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Awesome author and story; Awful narrator.

What did you love best about Blood Price?

Carefully crafted story and characters. Very believable story line - almost makes you believe in vampires. Tanya Huff is a master at character definition, dialogue and pacing. It makes for an intriguing story that is hard to put down.

What did you like best about this story?

The blending of true history and modern fiction.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her pacing and accents were dreadful. She over-emoted virtually every scene. She gets the award for the best William Shatner scene chewing performance - ever.

Any additional comments?

I was so overjoyed to see the Blood Books in audio that I bought every one on the same day. I'm hoping I can overlook the dreadful narrator to enjoy these books the way I did when I read them, and not come to rue the economic outlay.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, Terrible Narrator

What did you love best about Blood Price?

I'm a big fan of urban fantasy, and the seamless melding of a fantasy world with the one I know is a rich and wonderful thing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the story, and I love that the heroine is someone I can identify with. She's someone with real strengths and real vulnerabilities. She's had some heartache and some romance, but her life goes on into new and stranger things.

What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

In my mind, when I've read the books, I've heard a strong and steady voice for Vicki, a deep and manly baritone for Celucci, and a lighter, more amused tone from Henry. Ms. Eyre's performance is spectacularly bad, almost whiny, and she frequently adds a quaver when any of the characters gets excited. Perhaps she's nervous? I think it speaks to the excellence of the story that not even this terrible narration can totally break the whole production... but it was close.

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

Yes.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Superior story--all six books.

If you could sum up Blood Price in three words, what would they be?

characters adventures imagination

What did you like best about this story?

Lead character "Victory" Vicki Nelson

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

No

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

This series is wonderful. Tanya Huff nailed a fun and entertaining six book series. Yes, the narrator takes half the first book to hit her stride. But from there on, she differentiated the characters and delivered a solid performance. I listened to each book, one after another, through the entire string. I immediately missed the characters when I finished---I was right there with them through all the adventures.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Lovely story by the wrong voice

The story is good and I really enjoyed it. I do think Justine Eyre is the right choice for reading the book, but that is just my personal preference.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It is not BloodTies

Story
The story of the novel is good, it follows the two part episode (pilot and second one) of the TV show BloodTies. This was first, bloodTies was made from the books. The story is enjoyable, moves at a good pace and has a few twists to it. The characters are also well done.

Performance
The reader on this book is just not that great. I have bought other books with Justine Eyre as the reader and have liked them. I do not know if its just a bad fit, or something else, but the reading does not tie in with my view (after seeing the TV show) of what the attitudes and tones of the characters should be.

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This is a good story, but with a reading that really does not match up to the tone that I would have expected. A vampire should sound a bit more energized and a Private Investigator that is to be determined and unstoppable in her pursuit of the truth needs some, well unstoppable tone and energy. Its just not there. I would get the book and read it, it is good but the reading is not so much so.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The print books are amazing.

If you could sum up Blood Price in three words, what would they be?

Vampires are misunderstood.

What other book might you compare Blood Price to and why?

This is a hard question. There's nothing quite like this series. It's VERY gritty. The bad guys are awful. The good guys are good, and in some cases unexpected. I learned stuff. Very Canadian.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She wasn't awful. But. I stopped listening after about 2 chapters because I just couldn't listen to her any longer. Mispronounciations. Irritating "voices". Whiney. I didn't throw it across the room, but it just wasn't worth listening any longer.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This is NOT the TV show! It's actually good!

Any additional comments?

Read the books! All of them! And the spin-offs! (worth every moment.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Could not get past chapter one

Would you try another book from Tanya Huff and/or Justine Eyre?

Not if Eyre is the narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

Oh Heck No!!

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

I do not know, I bought the audiobook and couldn't get through the first chapter because of the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Narrator

Would you try another book from Tanya Huff and/or Justine Eyre?

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it hadn't been for the terrible narrator. I don't know if she's supposed to sound sexy or what, but it sounds to me like she needs to clear her throat, and open her mouth enough to get the words out. I don't know why she is out there ruining perfectly good books.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tanya Huff? Why or why not?

I would love to READ a book by Tanya Huff. The story was great, and I like strong female characters, but as the rest of this series is read by this dreadful Justine Eyre, I won't get any more audio books unless I discover another series. I will just have to read it myself once I can distance myself from that VOICE!

What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

Her voice is awful, and she doesn't emote, and her men are worse than her women!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. REP
  • 11-18-13

A good start to an excellent series.

Any additional comments?

A really good, exciting listen with some interesting characters. I just love the idea of Henry VIII's illegitimate son being a vampire!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda Terry
  • 02-17-18

Great listen

Anyone who was a fan of Blood Ties, will enjoy hearing the original story behind the show.

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  • Suzanne
  • 05-19-18

Narrator killed this story<br />

Narrator was terrible. Got to the end but was hard listening and authors work was poorly represented

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  • Drax17
  • 04-13-18

A Bloody Good Start.

Huge fan of the campy tv show that was based on the book, so excited to finally read the books.
Great story involving vampires, demons, college students, cops & a blinding P.I. Vicki Nelson is hired to find the 'vampire' killer but the frustrated victims girlfriend & ends up running into a real vampire & end up teaming up to stop the real killer. Vicki is a force to be reckoned with & seems to form an easy friendship with Henry Fiztroy. I really enjoyed this story, was a great start to the series & can't wait to get the next addition.
I enjoy Justine Eyre as a narrator. Have listened to a few of her books & don't understand all the negative views people have put for this book.

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  • Blue Snowflake
  • 01-03-18

Good story

Some suspense, some laughs, good story. Similar to the tv show but different. A lot more to the story. Can’t wait to listen to more.