The Laughing Corpse

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4.6 out of 5 stars (2,654 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The early Anita Blake novels find new life in downloadable audio - as new listens for long-time fans or as great ways for new listeners to sink their teeth into the series.  

In The Laughing Corpse, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried - and some people better off dead.

Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
©2009 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2009 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Anita Blake is one of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara." (Publishers Weekly)

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    3 out of 5 stars

Good but not perfect

I understand that this is supposed to be a dark story but the narrator accomplishes this a little too well. While most of the things said are supposed to be taken seriously there is also supposed to be some dark humor that seems to be missed entirely. The main character is supposed to be snarky and sharp tongued but the narrator makes her seem mean and self righteous. Add to that, the laughable sound effects and music and you have moments in this book that are very frustrating. The music is so cheesy and misplaced that it rips you right out of the story at the good parts. Its distracting and turns what should be a suspenseful moment into something straight out of a soap opera. All in all the story is good the narration could use a little work.

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It took a book and a half buuuuut..

Any additional comments?

But I came around to this narrator.

I started reading the Anita Blake series in high school. As the series progressed, as some of you know, I fell out of love and into contempt with our little heroine. But I love the world that Hamilton wrote around Anita. Now if only I hadn't started feeling as if I were reading a fanfiction-style story about the author herself she had somehow conned people into publishing and buying. But, as I've gotten into driving trucks, there was more time than I knew what to do with to keep myself awake and interested while driving through mountains and plains were radio signals are.. lacking. So, after some 200-some-odd hours of the current Game of Thrones series, I decided to give this one another chance.

It took me a while to get used to Alexis. When I read Anita, I read her in a lower tone.. And angrier. Always angry. The amount of sarcasm that comes through, as mentioned in other reviews, is a little daunting. In my head, Anita had held more of a droll tone as opposed to teenager-worthy sarcasm, so at the time it didn't translate as much as it does with someone reading it to me. Though, having been a teenager myself when I began reading her, I'm not sure it would have mattered much in the beginning. The story itself is interesting. Some of the interactions between characters lead me back to the whole 'Mary Sue' problem, but Alexis' tone kept me interested. There is a fair amount of replay--or of the exact same words and phrases to reintroduce characters we met in Guilty Pleasures. Anyway, as of this book, it all seems like a bunch of little things coming together to annoy me and distract me from the story itself. That and trying to forget the direction I remember the series is heading in.

I would recommend this book, and the one before it. 'Preternatural' things have always been interesting to me, and she writes them all out, some in new ways and, to an extent, in depth with powers and histories and ancient vampires acting like spoiled brats. I would tell anyone to give this series a chance. You might fall in love with it like I did. And maybe you won't be so bothered about what's to come. I might not either as I listen to them again. Alexis does give me a complete separate perspective about Anita's challenges with the way she reads. I'm not sure if that's normal.. If you've read the series and aren't sure about spending the credit, do it. Start from the beginning and remember the good times! Maybe what Hamilton has been giving all of us disgruntled fans and former fans in more recent years has been lost to the way we read and perceive things in our own tones and opinions.

Maybe that's just me.

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Love the book, but hate the Sound Effects!

One of my favorite series (at least the first ten books), but the sound effects are way off and come up at odd times and seem to be destracting rather than add to the story. The narrator is okay, not my favorite, but not horrible either.

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Audiable: Stop the background noise

At first the background noise was at the end of a chapter. Now it is in the middle of the chapter, in the middle of scenes, etc. Very Annoying especially when you are driving and the noise appears out of no where. I thought a car with a bad muffler was coming up beside me.

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LOVE ANITA BLAKE

I absolutely love the bada$$ crime fighting Anita Blake...the later books that are nothing but sex sex and more sex are my least favorite.

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I Enjoy Anita Blake Books

I have read the majority of the Anita Blake series and my favorite books are the first few because it is more about the story and figuring it out. I also like the Anira Blake character. She is not perfect nor is she trying to be. She is honest and humorous. I like her sarcasm and comments. She is easy to like. I believe the voice actor is very fitting. She is Anita Blake in my mind. She does good voices too which makes the story fun and easier to listen to.

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Slow to Start

Takes a number of chapters before the pique sown into the story gets interesting. Jean Claude plays a more integral part and teases the reader with his persona. He's definitely a sexy character. Though much happens throughout, the reader is ultimately left anticipating --- akin to an itch one can't reach to scratch beneath a cast.

Realizing that their are 22 Anita series books to date, I'm now sure the story's conclusion will take too long for me. There are many series framed similarly, but I refrain from those as well. I think 10 is my limit and even then... the plot and story in each installment have to capture my interest. Thus, others who have more patience and/or like an extended series may find the Anita Black series satisfying.

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Good Book!

Good solid plot! Plenty of action, she does her actual job. Warning if you like the Anita in this book, be warned by book 9 she is 100% different.

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Voodoo... who do???

I like this book because it gives us a look into the voodoo side of Anita’s life with her mothers’ people. I like the facts and the explanations that gave me incite and understanding about the magic. I love the fighting and action but the ending in the grave yard was still awesome!
My only wish is that the old narrator would come back.

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Great Story But...

I love all of the Anita Blake books- excellent stories. The narration by Kimberly Alexis is a mixed bag, if she would just read the book in her own voice this would have been 5 stars. She tries to do voices that don't fix the characters and just don't sound good at all. Makes the book difficult to listen to. And like others have noted, the sound effects and music are distracting in an audiobook.

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