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Obsidian Butterfly Audiobook

Obsidian Butterfly: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake's life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered - something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone.

Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.

©2010 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Anita's usual supporting cast is missing, and she's taking time out from her complex love life, but there's plenty of bloody action, vampires, werewolves, and Aztec ritual. Plus a lot more about Edward. Fans will find this installment similar to the earlier books in the series, particularly The Laughing Corpse." (Amazon.com review)

"[A] monstrously entertaining read." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kari Champaign , IL, USA 06-26-10
    Kari Champaign , IL, USA 06-26-10
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    "Hmm"

    I enjoyed the book...What chapter was missing...? I noticed a gap near the end and I am wondering if that was it? UHH WHERE IS BOOK 10 "NARCISSUS IN CHAINS"??? I had to download an abridged copy elsewhere and I am very unhappy! How can you have 18 of 19 books in the series and miss one right in the middle??? I am praying I survive my abridged version and hoping they find the 10th book!I would STILL order the unabridged version if they ADD IT. Still a happy listener to this series!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dani Melbourne, FL, United States 06-20-10
    Dani Melbourne, FL, United States 06-20-10 Member Since 2013
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    "different but good"

    This book teaches us more about Edward, which is good, but there is very little interaction with Jean-Claude or Richard. That is doubly disappointing because audible doesn't offer Narcissus in Chains, the next book and the one after that has a different reader. Enjoy what little of Jean-Claude you get from this one because in Cerulean Sins the reader doesn't do Jean-Claude's accent. One other thing about this book is there seems to be a few tracks or a chapter missing near the end. I was able to follow with out it, but I thought it was strange.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kathy 12-28-11
    kathy 12-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "my personal favorite in the series"

    The series starts with Guilty Pleasures, I highly reccommend that book to start. The series is VERY good from book one until book 10. In the first book I did feel like I had missed something, the characters had met some time ago and there was a history. Despite that after a couple of chapters I really got into the book. The series has ALOT of action and mystery. Book 2 is even better. The series is very dark and often gruesome. The descriptions of the crime scenes can be disturbing but the story telling is so good it is worth it! I often got chills and found the stories could even be scary. If you can handle that you should definately try this series. It is VERY different from anything I have ever read or listened to. There is a little romance and sexual tension that starts in book one and builds over time. After book 10 it takes quite a big turn and there is TONS of very discriptive sex. This book Obsidaian Butterfly is one of the best. It tells more about Edward, one of Anita's friends and there is non stop action. Again, very violent, sometimes I can't believe "it went there", but that is why it is sooo good. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, NEVER PREDICTABLE! At some point they change who narrates the books, some of them even have sound effects, growling etc. I still really enjoyed it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joe H GA, USA 05-11-11
    Joe H GA, USA 05-11-11 Member Since 2014
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    "now complete"

    now that the missing chapter 58 is included this is one of the best in the series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 05-06-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 05-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Mostly Edward and Anita--no boyfriends allowed"

    I think this was my favorite Anita story. Anita owed Edward the assassin a favor because she killed one his workers, and in this book Edward called in his marker.

    Edward was still masquerading as Ted the Bounty Hunter, and now he was engaged to be married to a widow with 2 kids.
    A monster is killing people and skinning them alive, so Edward assembled a team of the best supernatural monster hunters and killers that he knows, in order to find this skin peeling murderer.

    This murderer is obviously supernatural but Anita is in danger from a fanatic police officer, Edward's other assassin Olaf, and possibly the monster. But Anita does what Anita does best---hunt and kill the supernatural predator.

    This book didn't have Jean Claude or Richard, because Anita had been avoiding them for over 6 months. Anita wanted to figure out who she wanted and she needed space. So this book was a partnership with Edward. It was well written because the audio was 19 hours and I never felt the length. I actually liked "Ted" with Donna, and the kids Becca and Peter. It made the stone cold assassin more humane and he wasn't as scary.

    I like that Olaf will be back so that means Edward will be back. I look forward to that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Niobe Garcia 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book, but not my favorite from the series"
    What made the experience of listening to Obsidian Butterfly the most enjoyable?

    I'm a fairly new listener of Anita Blake series (i'm currently on book 10 Narcissus in Chains) and I have to say that this was not as good as the others one were. Overall it was a good book, but I've become so accustomed to the Anita Jean Claude and Richard triangle that not having it in this book kind of set me off. Overall the storyline was good and we got to see a lot more Anita action independent from her growing "new and improved" abilities.


    What does Kimberly Alexis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I looooove Kimberly Alexis. I'm saddened to hear that after this book some other person is Narrating. Not sure how exactly I will get accustomed to that change but I guess I won't have a choice. Right now I'm actually reading "Narcissus in Chains" book 10 and it is definitely different and sort of difficult for me. I miss Kimberly's voice because she gives the story life and she manages jumping from character to character so easily and well. I find it difficult to read Jean Claude's parts in Narcissus in Chains because I sort of forget what his voice is like in my head. :(


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sick and tired of Anita being so ridiculous sometimes. She needs to cut the crap and just stay with both of them. I hate that she loves Richard and isn't afraid to admit it, but Jean Claude she is always hesitant about. She loves them both, but she is always so weird about her feelings for Jean Claude, it makes me so maaaad!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vonne B. 01-03-13
    Vonne B. 01-03-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The Best in the Series because..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Obsidian Butterfly to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting are the tactical gunfights/ scenes. The narrator, Kimberly Alexis brings you to the edge of your seat as she breathes life into LKH's words. Each character having their own 'voice' in a subtle way. The least interesting are the run on sentences Alexis has to read about Anita's thoughts and the personifications and analogies that get beaten like a badly made drum.


    What about Kimberly Alexis’s performance did you like?

    I love how she subtly creates character voices and is consistent with them as well as her pronunciation and as accurate as she can be with some of the accents. She doesn't overdo it. Its perfect.


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

    I almost wished I could listen to it all in one sitting. I got audiobooks because I found they kept me awake on the drive home from work. (hour plus commute). I listened on the way in and started dragging my kindle into work, setting it up and listening during points of the day I could. by the time I got home at night, I would sit in the car just to hear another few minutes of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best in the series. I have trusted my fellow readers thus far in this series. I began reading them and decided to try the audiobooks. I am glad this one doesn't have any of the main' character's overly complicated and soap opera-ish love story in it. New characters and settings that let me have faith there is more in LKH's mind than fifty shades of grey meets twilight. ((ive read neither series but thats the best my wit can manage)) I really enjoy the character's but I get tired of LKH's insistence in Anita's ego. We get it, she is bad ass and oh so sexy. I love to hate Anita at times and so LKH is doing exactly what she is supposed to be doing, evoking emotion through her talent. I just wish the conversational filler about how bad ass Anita is would be reduced, leaving room for more descriptions or even more mini-storylines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shay Bella 08-21-12
    Shay Bella 08-21-12
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    ":) One of my favorites in the series"
    Would you listen to Obsidian Butterfly again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I've re-read all the paper-bound books I have of the series, and this is one of my favorites. Being able to listen to it just amps the re-play value. Reasons for the favoriting include that I like Edward's character, and getting to see him developed further is a treat, and this is the last book in the series before Anita is drawn through an angsty growth spurt, so we've got a well developed feisty necromancer bad ass to champion through the slug fest/investigation


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adrianna Roseville, CA 10-12-17
    Adrianna Roseville, CA 10-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Anita and Edward as Executioner and Death"

    I am a huge fan of the Anita Blake series, and this is my third reading of "Obsidian Butterfly." However, it was my first time listening to it as an audiobook. As always, Kimberly Alexis brings the story to life. She is a fantastic reader, and she makes each voice unique. As far as I am concerned, she is Anita Blake. Penguin Audio also provides extra special effects and sounds, such as sinister music and gunshots, which add to the suspense of the novel. These are small details that make the book feel like a radio drama, which is really exciting.

    What sets this book apart from others in the series is the emphasis on Edward. This is the first book where we get to learn more about his background and home life. There are many fans of Edward, so it was a great idea for Laurell K. Hamilton to finally give us what we wanted in terms of this mysterious character. After all, Edward is a mentor and teacher to Anita. He is the ultimate frenemy. We never know if they are going to work together or kill each other. Their constant bickering can get a little annoying, but, if I had to put my money on one of them, it would be Anita. The rivalry between the two characters continues in this book, and they are quite a few surprises about Edward that many readers will be shocked to discover. There is one scene where Edward calls Anita his soul mate, and, after reading this book, I would say that it is an apt description.

    There are many supporting characters that are equally strong as our main characters. My favorites are the ones from Edward's past, such as Olaf and Bernardo. They are complex and have interesting and mysterious pasts themselves. Olaf is especially fun to "play with." I would love to see Anita and Olaf duel it out. The vampires in "Obsidian Butterfly" are fascinating, and they rely on myths and seemingly cultural practices as part of their power base. It is difficult not to write about all of the supporting characters because there is so much that I want to say. Unfortunately, if I describe their roles too much I will spoil the book for first time readers. So, if you want to discover more about them, pick up a copy and start reading!

    On another note, this is the first Anita Blake book that features children as cursory characters. It was an important addition to the plot, but there are also some scenes involving children that can be triggering for those sensitive to this subject matter. Hence, you want to come into the story with the reminder that this is a fantasy/horror genre, and that it is not real. Hamilton's descriptions of these scenes are macabre and traumatizing. It highlights her skills as an author and storyteller.

    The plot of "Obsidian Butterfly" is similar to many others in the Blake series. There are countless victims dying by the hand of an unknown villain. Anita and Edward need to team up to stop this monster. Along the way, there are loads of men lusting after our beautiful and powerful heroine, but she continues to rebuff them as she struggles with her feelings for Jean Claude and Richard, who both make cameo appearances in the book.

    What sets the plot apart from the others in the Anita Blake series is the complicated cultural and indigenous mythologies Hamilton includes in the narrative. Some of it appears historically accurate based on my education in this area. The pronunciations of the languages and unusual phrasings were well done by Alexis. I wanted more from Anita as a half Mexican woman, but she is not in touch her with indigenous roots. I would be curious to conduct more research on some of the stories presented to see how truly accurate they are. My big concern is that indigenous historical practices are often demonized and presented as uncouth and violent. These mentalities about the peoples were used as justifications by the Spanish to not only colonize but conquer bodies and land. It also was a push for Christianity to become a major religion in the Southwest. Hamilton does present accurate representations of the Spanish as a type of ignorant villain, but I worry that her overall message is still a binary one. For example, yes, the Spanish were bad for pillaging and raping indigenous women. However, the indigenous peoples themselves are still conducting worse practices even today. The entire situation is complicated by the fact that there is vampire involvement in all these presentations. So, it is just important to remember that this is fiction. To really learn about an ancient indigenous time period, it is best to take a college class. Do not believe every fictional book you read.

    Other reviewers complained about misogyny in "Obsidian Butterfly." I admit that there are no strong female characters in this book except for the protagonist. At the very end, another woman steps up and takes charge of her family, which is a huge surprise to Anita. The deemphasis of strong women is a result of Anita herself, who is the center of the story and series. She also works in a field that is male orientated, so she often takes on masculine qualities as a survival technique while downplaying what she categorizes as feminine qualities as unnecessary or weak. Hamilton addresses these issues later in the series and provides some strong permanent female characters that rival Anita herself.

    My main complaint, as I mentioned, is the violence, which is another point that reviewers write about. It is a specific type of violence that is unique to "Obsidian Butterfly." I cannot recall any other book in the series that is graphic in this particular way. So, you just want to take breaks as needed when you hit these scenes.

    Finally, the ending was too fast for me. The epilogue was overly neat and tidy. It mentioned characters such as Ronnie and Catherine. To best honest, who really cares about these women? They had no place in the story whatsoever, so why mention them in the epilogue? Hamilton drops these characters as the series continues, so it becomes a moot point. This book receives a slightly lower rating from the other Anita Blake books because of the violence and the disappointing ending.

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    Mr. 10-05-17
    Mr. 10-05-17
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    "this was simply fantastic"

    great loved it. The one downside however is they. don't have the whole book series

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