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Publisher's Summary

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion -within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.

She knows that he is a vampire. She knows that she's to be his dinner and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, as dawn breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day.

©2003 Robin McKinley; (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature." (Neil Gaiman, New York Times best-selling author of Anansi Boys)
"McKinley knows very well - and makes her [audience] believe - that 'the insides of our own minds are the scariest things there are.'" (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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aweful

the voice didn't go worth the character, the book was boring and anticlimactic. yuck

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Disappointed

The writing is pretty scatter-brained. It's hard to follow what's going on. The main character constantly worries about everything and second guesses herself. This gets annoying. Her reactions to things don't always make sense, either. For example, she finds out an object was once owned by an estranged family member. Her reaction is to run away from it. Literally. She's stumbling over furniture to get away from this harmless thing. Then she stops running and comes back. So stupid. This whole book was just bad.

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Great story, great performance

Fabulous story, and I thought the narrator was terrific. This is the first book I've listened to by this author and narrator, and I can't wait to listen to more from both of them.
I thought this story was a fresh take on vampires-- a mix between old vampire myths and new. I was very entertained.

I didn't read the book before listening, and personally didn't mind the performance of the narrator (unlike other reviewers).

I'd recommend this audiobook.

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Wonderfully snarky vampire twist tale

I liked the baking descriptions and the quirkiness of this tale. An uncomfortable awkward sex scene and some necessary violence but otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Is there another in this series?

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It was okay.

It was an okay story. Not anything to write home about but okay. The story was a bit boring in places and it was pretty predictable. I wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great.

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Love this book!

One of my all-time favorites! I have read and listened to it many times over. Good storyline, great quirky humor and well-written.

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Good story, but Narrator ruined it for me.

I have listened to hundreds of books on audible but have not ever taken the time to review one before. Never has a narrator killed it for me more than this. I found it so hard to focus on her voice at times, several minutes would pass and I would think "I don't know what just happened?" Then when I could focus I would find myself irritated by her voice, pronunciation, prosody and inflection. She sounds like a combination of Amy Sedaris and Charlton Heston. I am not saying it to be mean as I am sure she is a lovely human being but her voice would be much better suited for a comedy than this genre. She was hot right for this story, a younger voice would have been a better choice. I am not sure I will be able to finish this book. I want my credit back.

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This is unabashedly my favorite audiobook.

Beautiful organic worldbuilding resides in this book, a story told by a wonderfully complex and completely natural protagonist that is unapologetically honest about everything including and except herself.

The reader gives wonderful, complete character to a first person narrative, and Laurel Merlington fills the world and everyone who resides with real color, while Robin McKinley's words details every nook and cranny of a unique and somewhat scary world worth exploring.

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My all-time favorite, along with Jane Eyre

This is a fresh, brilliant, extraordinarily well-written book. I read it first, and received such a strong sense of the characters that the narration doesn't bother me, though I agree that it doesn't do the book justice. Sunshine is one of my go-to books. I have read and listened to Sunshine more times than I can remember, and found more with each retelling. I strongly recommend it for an intelligent and fascinating urban fantasy experience.

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Love, love, love this story...

I love this story I have the book and audio book. I am disappointed with the narrator I expected a young vibrant voice yet she sounds older. It is a mismatch for the story. It is still one of my favorites yet I cringe each time I hear the narrator.