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The Lunatic Cafe

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,804 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Vampire hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But in The Lunatic Café, she's about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems, especially in matters of the not-so-human heart. Anita has fallen for the leader of a local pack of werewolves. She's survived a lot, but this love thing may kill her yet.
Love in vein: listen to more tales of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
©2002 Laurell K. Hamilton (P)2009 Phoenix

Critic Reviews

"The zombie-raising business gets slow in December, so Anita Blake is starting to see some oddball cases. She's got a neatly typed list of eight missing lycanthropes given to her by Marcus, the leader of the local werewolf pack, who wants her to find them. The trouble is, Anita's occasionally furry boyfriend Richard is locked in a power struggle with Marcus. Jean-Claude, master vampire of the city and Anita's other love interest, is getting jealous as well. To top it off, Anita has to solve some horrific murders and keep her bounty-hunting friend Edward from killing Richard and Jean-Claude. Hamilton alternates between funny and fearsome in this larky series about a monster hunter with a few dark secrets." (Amazon.com review)

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  • Kari
  • Champaign , IL, USA
  • 06-10-10

A great listen

I started this series from the beginning after listening to almost all of the Vamp/Super natural fiction available. I have completed all the Vamp Academy,Georgina Kincaid,Sookie Stackhouse,Black Dagger Brotherhood,House of Night and The MorganVille Vampires to name a few. Being in between any new releases of my many favorites I was looking for anything to tide me over. I am Honestly VERY happy with this series so far. I just finished book 4 and plan to continue. I love the narrator though I see it changes later...I hope it doesn't change things for me. I like the sound effects and music, adds to the suspense. I have discovered that I enjoy the mystery,CSI crime scene and Super Natural combination.... I do miss a little romance but you can't have everything. I hope this helps someone, I always read the reviews and try to decide what I think I will like. Hopefully my points of interest can help another. This appears to be a LONG series and I hope to continue to enjoy them all. Keep you posted. EnJOY!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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book 4

Anita takes on the wearwolfs, the good and the bad ones, and gain much more than she ever thought, great series, I love this series....

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  • 07-21-17

Needs better voice acting

It would've been great if someone had told the voice actress that Jean-Claude's accent only thickens when he's upset and Edward has absolutely no accent unless he's actively trying to pass for Ted Forrester.

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Story is awesome. Accents are awkward.

Where does The Lunatic Cafe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love the author and story. However it gets a little odd when you are hearing people that are set in Missouri speaking with what Americans would call "Canadian" accents (having spent little time in Canada I am unsure if this is just Hollywood's version or a fair description). I do know that the accents aren't accurate and it detracts from the story.

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I liked it well enough

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This one just wasn't as good as the previous three. The main character, Anita Blake, got on my nerves just a bit. I hope this doesn't continue because I really liked her at first. She seemed a bit goody two shoes.

Would you be willing to try another book from Laurell K. Hamilton? Why or why not?

I liked it well enough to continue the series.

Did Kimberly Alexis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, but her reading of Jean Claude was a bit nerving. I remember liking her previous narrations. Now I keep wondering if she changed something or if it is just me. This narration didn't seem quite as good. It seemed just a bit flat.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely.

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Fairly good story, stupid sound effects

The story it's self wasn't bad. It was enjoyable in fact. Except for the several occasions where the random sound effects would drown out the narrator. This book specifically looses nearly a whole paragraph of action due to the sound of a dog barking over the narrator.

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The Lunatic Cafe

Fun. Goes in line with the others. can't wait to find out what happens next!

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Good, a little to love dove in some parts

It was a little to love dove in some parts but it was necessary.
the narrator did an amazing job!!!
I am definitely looking forward to the next book!!

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Blame the rating on Audible

Any additional comments?

First let me say, I loved this book and this narrator. Unfortunately I HATE the narrator they replaced Kimberly Alexis with in the more recent releases. Audible in it's infinite wisdom will not set up a way for me to get those books out of my "recommendations based on previous ratings". Because I rated the early books so highly they feel that they HAVE to recommend the later books in the series based on those ratings. I've emailed Audible asking for a fix for this and got no response. At this point I don't think there is one book in my recommendations that I haven't already read/purchased someplace else or that I cannot stand the new narrators. So in order to get some new recommendations had to go back and trash a whole bunch of books that I love. This truly sucks and is something I did NOT want to do. I'm blaming this on Audible.

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Growing on me

The stories are growing on me, I am becoming attached. Who knows I may even finish the series.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful