The Harlequin

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel, Book 15
Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
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Into Anita Blake's world - a world already overflowing with power - come creatures so feared that centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names.

©2007 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2019 Penguin Audio
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where is blood noir?

every time you find a good series audible is lagging and slow and usually missing one out the Middle where is blood noir?
all these books are awesome and great and really worth a listen... if Audible would get the middle damn book it's missing.

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Where’s Kimberly Alexis or someone of her caliber?

I almost never write reviews but I felt compelled to write one this time. I have read all of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake novels and LOVED all but 1 (Jason) and this one (The Harlequin) is one of my favorites.

I was repeatedly warned not to purchase this Audio version because the narrator (Cynthia Holloway) was bad. Several of the reviews has the same warnings but I like to give things a chance and form my own opinions.

BOY I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED! This narrator was BAD!

I try to add the mix good and bad so that the review doesn’t sound like a bashing session but in this case I can’t.

This narrator continually throws me because she can’t say Were (as in werewolf) correctly, (she pronounces it we’re as in we’re heading to the store) she pronounces Adeur wrong ( that she says ahder) her interpretation of Jean Claudes voice is distractingly bad, and she has very little range in her character voices (they all begin to sound the same).

I decided that I was better off reading it again instead of listening to it. I will not purchase anymore audio books that she narrates. I feel that if she’d listen to Kimberly Alexis before she recorded ANYTHING then perhaps she would do a better job. I don’t have much faith in that but it’s a start.

I turned it off after Anita and Nathaniel’s date (not even 1/5 of the way through the book) because I just couldn’t take anymore. It’s really a shame because I was so looking forward to the missing books in the middle coming out in Audio format but now not so much since she’s one of the new narrators.

Please please bring Kimberly Alexis back, or someone more competent.

What a shame,
123 ELM ST.

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Not Kimberly Alexis

Very sad the narration is not Kimberly Alexis. Cynthia is just not up to the job. The rhythm and tone just isn't great, not a fan.

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My life is MADE.

My fave by a LEAGUE! It's basically old home week for all and no newbies are going to take over. Just a teeeeensie taste: Edward goes to church and Richard is finally told to stop with the whining.
Tons of good things happen to great characters as well and that makes my heart fluff! Thank you sooooo mucho for ALL OF IT! #bowslowtoqueenLKH

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Assassin challenge

How great to have these missing audiobooks available again! Thank you, Audible and cohorts!
Note: This series is for mature adults who aren’t twisted into believing sex is evil, or that it’s as meaningless as scratching an itch. But it is part of the human condition. Like all the best parts of being a grown up, it is both a privilege and a responsibility.
The supernatural world’s most elite corps of assassins has come to town and is messing with both the Church of Eternal Life and Jean-Claude’s people. Anita’s powers and second Triumvirate are major game changers. That power increase also starts the jockeying of shifters for their place in the ‘inner circle’; and the first approach of the Council members who are preparing against the Mother of Darkness awakening.
Young Peter comes to town with Edward and Otto to back up Anita.
The end scene with Anita and Otto is one of the most memorable and macabre written by Hamilton. I’m not a fan of horror fiction, but I have to appreciate the humor and horror of that scene;;) I wonder if the Wicked Truth can teach her their beheading technique?
Decent narration. Recommend

Um, Audible, what happened to the audio for Blood Noir?

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A bit off the rail

The performance was well done, but by this point in the series the storyline has gone off the rails a bit, with most of the plot hidden in repetitious metaphysical emergencies and relationship self help discussions. When the plot does rear its head it’s good, but the fluff is a lot to wade through.

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Loved the story

Once again i can say that the narrator is trying to be more like the original narrator Alexis Kimberly but she just is not. She does a terrible impression of Jean Claude. It is actually painful. The narrator was the worst part of the story. I have read the book several times since I purchased most of the series on kindle. It has been at least five years since I have read any of these stories and this one was one of my favorite books. It also signals when the author goes off the deep end and makes all the characters start sleeping with everything in site. The next few books will be the end of me reading or listening any further to the stories. The whole group marriage thing just doesn't work for me. I wish the original narrator had done all the books. Kimberly Alexis was really good and made the stories even more enjoyable. Oh well.

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love the series hate this garbage narrator

very jarring to her the mispronunciation of Were(animal) said in the form of WE ARE conjunction instead of WARE like it is supposed to be. during "psychic talking" or "phone talking" narrators voice get's very soft and quiet that even at max volume on my device I needed my noise cancelling headphones to hear what was being said. overall garbage from the narrator and I personally feel all books in this series done by her should be REDONE by the narrator that has done more books than this one as she is much better and doesn't mess up words.

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Not a fan of narrator

I love my Anita Blake books, but I Cynthia Holloway just doesn't do Anita justice.

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loved it

loved it. best one so far. hopefully they get even better. wonder what's in the next one.