Urban Fantasy By: Darynda Jones Narrated by: Lorelei King Hot ♥♥♥♥ 9hrs and 4 mins
Charlotte “Charley” Davidson is not your stereotypical Grim Reaper. She’s sexy, sassy, and likes to help dead people with unfinished business before they cross. She’s more of a bright light kind of girl than a hood with an axe. For her day job, Charley is an Albuquerque private investigator and a consultant to her police detective uncle. Lately, her nights have been steamed up with dreams of a hot mystery lover who may or may not be real. It’s chick-lit meets paranormal with a touch of mystery in the buzz-worthy First Grave on the Right. Inevitably, this book will be compared to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. They both have feisty female protagonists, snappy dialogue, and zany characters. Veteran narrator Lorelei King also performs the Stephanie Plum books and is well-cast in this novel. What makes her fantastic in the Plum series is her ability to define the voices of all the secondary characters and inject them with interest and distinct personalities. In this performance, she does not disappoint. King seamlessly switches among the characters and has fantastic comedic timing. She elevates the work and keeps the laughs coming. This is a debut novel from Darynda Jones. It will not be her last; this is clearly a launch for a series. There’s quite a bit of set-up as Charley begins to understand more of her abilities and the presence of other supernatural beings. Jones has created an interesting premise and characters. The mystery element is weak, however, and the writing is on the mediocre side. Jones is at her best with witty dialogue and keeps things moving at a brisk pace. Overall, it’s a fun, breezy listen and an enjoyable escape. Fans of Janet Evanovich, Lorelei King, and paranormal romance will want to give this new series a listen
4.1/2 ♥ What a great take off for a series, my expectations are high and very enthusiastic about the future installments and I got a feeling they will be met. I really enjoyed Charley; she’s sarcastic and self-deprecating to the max, what a great character, I can very easily see her becoming part of a list of characters I consider my fictional family. If you love the Stephanie Plum series you really are going to enjoy this book, this was a fast moving funny and sexy romped listen. Any book that can keep me laughing and listening without wanting to pause from start to finish is a keeper on my shelf. Lorelei King was fantastic as usual. If you have never listen to Lorelei king before, you will be pleasantly surprise, she’s an excellent narrator, some of her previous books include the Stephanie Plum series in which she does a fantastic job, also narrates the Mercy Thompson books, both of these series are among my favorites. After listening to all of these series I can really appreciate her talent, she manages to give each of the heroines their unique personalities, capturing the true character as intended by the author. Looki♥ng foward to the next book.
What others said:
Loved, absolutely and unabashedly delighted in, the first 3/4 or so. The last part ended up being a 'tie up the ends and make a POINT' although not quite proselytizing and while it helped to have it knotted up, it wasn't nearly as fun as the first bit. That having been said, the book was absolutely worth reading. Characterization was balanced and they did mostly what one would expect of them given the set-up. The plot line moved along nicely; it seems to me to be a set up for a series, but still it ENDED rather than being a 'tune in next week' sort of story line. Lots of laughs without being fatuous. And I find myself occasionally bringing up parts of the book and working on why the author included it or what she meant or ... well, you get my drift, so enough meat to leave me going 'hmmm'.
By Sheila If you like Janet Evonavich you will love Darynda Jones...they have much the same humor. This book is a great listen, once again Lorelei King does a fantastic job with each character! This book will not disappoint! Can't wait until the next book.
By Rebecca This book was really good...nothing like I've been listening to. A female heroine who is brave, sassy, and sexy and not afraid to show her own sexuality. It is okay for women to be sexy (not slutty). A very funny listen!!! I felt in tune with the lead character, as I have her same grace and sense of humor! I can't wait for the next installment!
Voices behind the books
Once described as 'the best known American voice on radio 4,' Lorelei has recorded more than 200 programs for the BBC, including the Marx Brothers tribute, 'Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel,' super-hero 'audio movies' including 'Superman,' 'Batman' and 'Judge Dredd and classic American drama such as 'East of Eden,' 'Ethan Frome' and 'A Thousand Acres.' She appears regularly as a panellist on shows such as 'Where in the World' and 'Wordly Wise' and has hosted her own talk show, 'All About Eve.' Lorelei is a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others. Her work in animation is extensive, and in America she provides the voices for 'Wendy' and 'Packer' (among others) in Bob the Builder. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.