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Walking Dead

Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Series: Walker Papers, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (727 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Seattle's a great place to live...if it weren't for the undead.

For once, Joanne Walker's not out to save the world. She's come to terms with the host of shamanic powers she's been given, her job as a police detective has been relatively calm, and she's got a love life for the first time in memory. Not bad for a woman who started out the year mostly dead.

But it's Halloween, and the undead have just crashed Joanne's party.

Now, with her mentor Coyote still missing, she has to figure out how to break the spell that has let the ghosts, zombies and even the Wild Hunt come back. Unfortunately, there's no shamanic handbook explaining how to deal with the walking dead. And if they have anything to say about it - which they do - no one's getting out of there alive.

©2009 C. E. Murphy (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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A Satisfying Installment in the Series.

A good continuation of Jo's story. She's learning to embrace more of who she is. And Gabra Zackman's narration is wonderful as always.

I do recommend reading the series in order.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Leanna
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 09-03-09

I love this series

This was another excellent book. I love Joanie's inner voice. I wish all of Murphy's writings were available on audible.com. Murphy, Ilona Andrews, Karen Chance, and Maria Snyder are my favorite authors. Please get all of their writings on audible.com. As always, Gabra Zackman is wonderful.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Mouse
  • Pilot Mountain, NC, United States
  • 06-17-17

narrator ruins it. Won't but any more

I very much enjoyed the first book in this series, and though I didn't enjoy the narrator of the second book, I tried this third book to see if I just needed to get used to her. I can't. Her style seems monotonal compared to the first book's narrator, her character voices aren't as varied or as enjoyable to me, and she makes the author's writing style seem completely different and no longer appealing. The story is fine, but I just don't enjoy the reading style. Since this narrator is the one chosen for the rest of the series, I won't be buying any more titles.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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C E Murphey Rocks

This is one of my all time favorite series. Joanna Walker is such a kick ass heroine. Lots of philosophy, but also, lots of 'what the hell' lets go for it. Great cast of characters. Well written, unique perspective on urban fantasy.

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Last one for me?

I started listening to this series with Book 1, when the narrator was Christine Carroll and really liked it. It's unfortunate that Audible or the publisher made the decision to use Gabra Zachman for all the subsequent books. Her style is really irritating, and I have sadly made the decision that I will be reading any additional books on my iPad rather than have to sit through her Valley Girl renditions. Maybe if I just read the books I will start to like the characters again, because honestly, it took me months to listen to this installment. The narration was so uninspiring and irritating that I just didn't care.

I nominate Ms. Zachman for the Raspberry Award as one of the most irritating narrators on Audible.

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This narrator is stilted and dry,

Love the story but the narrator is awful! Bring back Christine Carroll, please. Their voices might be very similar but Gabra needs to work on her inflection and male voices.

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Not for me...

By C.E. Murphy
Narrator Gabra Zackman

Joanne Walker is both boring and stupid. (Sorry for using the "S" word but it couldn't be helped because it's so true). This woman was brought back to life by a Native American spirit, claimed by an Nordic God, escorted through the realms of life and death, healed the sick, and her partners can talk to ghosts. Yet, in every book she has to be convinced that something utterly insignificant compared to those things are actually real. STUPID! Someone tells her of a magic cauldron and she say, "That cant be real. It's just a fairie tale." Really Joanne? All the things I previously mentioned have happened and you cant believe in magic spells.

Also, the way the spirit lands and The Hunt are portrayed just comes across as boring to me. The parts with details are tedious and when it doesnt give details it's hard to imagine.

This is it for me and this series. It's just not my cup of tea. I had multiple folks tell me it gets better, plus I really wanted to make it to the Jane Yellowrock collab story. Unfortunately, I just cant go any further. This last book I got as part of Amazon's Audiobook Escape promotion where you test out unlimited romance novels, so it seemed worth the risk. Even for free, I dont dont think I'll revisit this one unless I'm desperate.

This isn't a dig at the author herself. I'm sure she has some excellent stuff. For my taste in stories, this series just do it for me.

1 STAR - 🌟 Not Interesting or Bad story telling. Usually a book I had to force myself to finish

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the voice was not good

the whistling at the “S” words is annoying and irritating the story wold be good without it.

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I love this series..

Any time I re listen to this book, I found something new. The story is well developed and the characters feel real.

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Great book in a terrific series.

I have fallen for this series as well as for the Negotiator series. C. E. Murphy keeps the action realistic if it is possible in at a fantasy level as well as moving. Never a dull moment in Joanne's life. However, it is not all "peaches and cream" since she finally accepted her shaman powers. The mechanic tie-ins help keep the story anchored as it makes sense that you would use what you know to figure out things that are "way out" of your knowledge realm. I definitely recommend this series and agree with the other reviewers to get a complete understanding of Joanne's life and what makes her tick --- you need to read the series in order. However, if you just want to pick up a good action fantasy book to read and not worry too much about what has happened this book does a good job of explaining and catching you up without bogging down the series reader.