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Grave Witch Audiobook

Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she's raising a "shade" involved in a high-profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life. Someone really doesn't want her to know what the dead have to say, and she'll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why.

©2010 Kalayna Proce (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[A] captivating series debut." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 02-18-14
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 02-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Ruined by the narrator"

    I don't know why I purchased this first in a series. It must have been on sale because almost all the reviewers felt the same way that I did. The narrator actually reads it like text to speech and so stilted that I could not get through the first chapter.

    Other reviewers have said that story picks up, but I'm not waiting.

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    Moe 12-05-13
    Moe 12-05-13
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    "Meh"

    This book had so much potential but in my opinion the narrator completely ruined it for me. I almost turned it off because of her but because I like the premise of the book, I kept going. It did get better towards the end.

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    Linda 12-04-13
    Linda 12-04-13
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    "Suprisingly Good"

    I honestly wasn't sure about this story when I read the synopsis, it seemed kind of questionable. And even the first hour or two I figured I would listen to it and move on it wasn't bad, it wasn't good. And then I got hooked, what started off as kind of ify, became enthralling such that if I was doing other things and I missed something I was rewinding it to hear what I missed. The story and the use of the magic / different types of magic, blended with the Fae world into a cohesive whole was unique and well done. They detective storyline that led through out the books was well done and suspenseful. The romantic triangle that pops up in the story adds a bit for the romantic type and also tosses in some amusing scenes as well. I ended up enjoying it so much that I actually stared at my phone that it was over and immediately started book 2.

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    Patsy G. Navarre, FL 11-23-13
    Patsy G. Navarre, FL 11-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't even make it to the end"

    First I hate a weak main character , this girl just can't stand whinnying-ness ..bought all three book and didn't even finish book one, returning.... As far as narrator, it was passable, can't say for sure it it was her voice or the words that made me dislike the story..

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    Amazon Customer Wisconsin 08-17-13
    Amazon Customer Wisconsin 08-17-13

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    "Like having Redneck Grandma, Former Porn Star read"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is OK, and I'm pretty sure I would like it much better if I had read it myself.

    The narrator destroys this entirely. She adopts this voice for the main character that's coarse, old, and ignorant sounding. She seems to have no real idea where to put emphasis. She mispronounces things. She tries to put what I assume she feels is 'drama' into the performance and it's really amateurish and stilted.

    The main character is supposed to be a bright younger woman and this read makes you think she's crabby old trash. Other characters, while read poorly, don't all sound so plain old coarse so I don't get it. Maybe she's trying to give her a hard-bitten edge? Baaaaad.

    I have not checked but I hope to heaven the other books in the series are read by someone else.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's maybe a little cliche. However, the narration really gets in the way of fair judgement.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It just needs someone else entirely. Narration is not for everyone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the premise is good, and could develop well over time.


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    Mark ORANGE PARK, FLORIDA, United States 03-05-13
    Mark ORANGE PARK, FLORIDA, United States 03-05-13
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    "Hesitant at first, glad I stuck it out"
    What made the experience of listening to Grave Witch the most enjoyable?

    I really liked the story. I would listen to it on my way to and from work and would find myself wishing my commute was longer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was fun and engaging enough even between action scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    The first time I tried to listen to it, I gave up after the first 30 minutes. I found the story to be slow and I couldn't get over the reader's voice. After giving it a second try, and getting used to the reader, I found the story to be engaging and am glad I gave it a second chance. I am also glad there is a sequel.

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    Hagatha Houston, TX 02-25-13
    Hagatha Houston, TX 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I never read fantasy. This hooked me."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Its just fun and the author did a great job of describing the fantasy world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grave Witch?

    Too many! The description of Alex in the Etheric was delightful.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    I found she performed all the characters with sufficient differentiation to identify. Even performs male characters well.


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

    There's another world out there!


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for something other than mysteries and thrillers. I never read or watch vampire or witch stories. The first fantasy book I bought was poor in character and background. This one hooked me from the beginning.

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    LR Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-01-13
    LR Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-01-13

    An avid audible book listener!

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    "Interesting story but could use a better narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The series seemed to start out a bit slow, but the plot is similar to the Darynda Jones series and a few others so I stuck it out. I actually enjoyed the story, but thought it would have been better with a different narrator. A witch who has "grave sight" and can see soul collectors is just beggging to take part in some interesting mysteries. Luckily, Kalayna Price plays along with the idea.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love that "Death" becomes a character in the story. Actually a being called a soul collector, Death has visited Alex Kraft, our heroine, for most of her life. Once she grew up, she began to understand who and what he was. For Darynda Jones fans, think of Reyes Farrow.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    At first the narrator seemed to lack energy in the performance, but as the story progressed, I became accustomerd to her reading.


    Do you think Grave Witch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The storyline is definitely entertaining and it leaves listener wanting to know what happens next. Luckily, Grave Dance was also on sale. I bought both books at the same time and haven't regretted that decision!


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    Susan Fairmont, WV, United States 01-29-13
    Susan Fairmont, WV, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Is the narrator drunk?"
    What did you like best about Grave Witch? What did you like least?

    I have not finished this and am trying to hang in there, but wanted to jump on to warn others- the reviewers who said the narrator sounded like William Shatner are being kind. She sounds slightly drunk & the sibilant s's in her speech make me cringe. I feel sorry for the author because there may be a decent story here, but I'm having difficulty gettting past the stilted pronounciation to follow the plotline. I have an image of someone shoving her the pages as she's trying to read them. It really makes me angry for the writer and for us, the consumers, that the audio company can't be bothered to hire quality performers.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Haven't finished yet....


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    No, no and NO


    Do you think Grave Witch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not sure- get back to me if I finish this one.....


    Any additional comments?

    Tavia Gilbert & Lorelei King should start a training school for narrators.....Just saying.

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    Tabitha 01-11-13
    Tabitha 01-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent Story"
    Would you try another book from Kalayna Price and/or Emily Durante?

    I would read another book by Kalayna Price, but I am not sure about listening to another book narrated by Emily Durante. She wasn't a bad narrator, just not my favorite and I didn't think her voice was right for the main character.


    Would you recommend Grave Witch to your friends? Why or why not?

    Most likely. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Discovery of Witches and books like that.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't care for the performance as a whole.


    Was Grave Witch worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story, but wish that the world building had occurred a little earlier. It wasn't until halfway through or so that I really understood how the world was set up and it had been something that I was wondering about the entire time.

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