Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones, narrator Lorelei King #AudioReview

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones, narrator Lorelei King #AudioReviewSeventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: #7 Charley Davidson
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Macmillan Audio on October 21, 2014
Length: 10 hours 30 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Giveaway
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four-half-stars  

Diving into a new Charley Davidson story is guaranteed to be sheer delight. I love the blend of Urban Fantasy, Comedy, and Romantic Suspense that each new installment dishes out. This one was no exception. A pregnant Charley laying off caffeine for the sake of BEP (don’t ask, its Charley, nuff said) the bun in the oven, a very protective Reyes, a series of suicide disappearances, twelve hell hounds, a Catholic priest needing an exorcism job, a school carnival, a disappearing dad, ghosts lined up for Charley’s help and so much more keep Charley busier than ever though she might make time for a stop in with a gang lord out to gets some revenge on Reyes.

Not a book series that can be read out of order, but I guarantee that starting with the beginning is so worth it for the Urban Fantasy fans can’t-miss series.

I pretty much summarized things in my opening paragraph so I’ll avoid going over all that ground again particularly since I don’t want to offer spoilers. I found things just as exciting as ever. I will say though, for the first time, I wasn’t completely enamored with Charley. In this story, her choices to throw herself into dangerous situations and resenting Reyes because he protects her in spite of it and tells her the truth about her choices did make my teeth grind a bit. I still loved the story overall and for the most part enjoyed my Charley dose along with the rest of the engaging gang of characters.

The mysteries were interesting especially the suicides with no bodies. I did not see the solution to that one coming in a million years. The disappearing graveyard bodies and the man invading Rocket’s cool room along with the house exorcism just added to the swirling and exciting plot.

The advancement of the series arc with encounters with the ferocious hell hounds, the prophesies, and more about Charley’s past before she was human and her growing powerful abilities was just all sorts of amazing. The author really knows how to keep the tension in the world building even this late in the series. The stakes just keep getting higher.

The narration was fabulous. I have seen this narrator praised to the heavens and now I know why. She made this story and Charley come alive. I will definitely be listening to more of her works.

All in all, this was an amazing ride and I didn’t want to get off. For all her half-cocked, crazy schemes, Charley is a superb heroine and I just can’t get enough.

Romance Roundabout #127 UF

New to Me #66 Narrator

Cliché Klatch #57 ‘In the long run’

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Too bad I don’t listen to audiobooks. Lots of people are raving about the narrator, I’ll stick to the book

    • I really enjoyed this as an audio book, but for the most part, I still love to pick it up and read it for myself too.

  • Melanie Simmons

    I’m super excited for the next book. I so love these, especially on audio.

    • Me too! It was fine while I was still catching up, but now waiting or new releases is tough.

  • RO

    Love the title and your review, but I think I would prefer to read it in book form as well. Hugs…

    • Nothing like seeing it and hearing it in your own mind for sure, Ro.

  • I’ve read a couple of her books and really liked them. This one sounds like so much fun. Love these types of stories. Love that cover too.

    • These are a blast, Mary. Hope you get a chance to grab them and read them some time.

  • Aaah! I need to catch up on this series Q.Q I’m only on book two,lol. You did an awesome review though Sophia!

    • There is something to be said for still having a tone of the stories left to read. I hate waiting for the next one. 😉

      • Is that a good or bad thing to be said? lol

        • A little of both. You have so much to look forward to, but then again, there is the feeling of needing to catch up. I’m in both of these states quite often. Haha!

  • I’ve heard good things about this series, although I never had the urge to pick one up. It sounds like a series with lots of things going on. The comedy sounds fun and like it keep the tone light. The mystery sounds intriguing. I like mystery in books, although I don’t read a lot of books with mystery aspects. Great review and I am glad you liked the narrator, it seems that can really make or break an audiobook.

    • These do have a lot going on. It’s hard to keep up sometimes. Even when its confusing; its fun. Yes, I’ve definitely learned that a narrator can make or break a book.

  • I love this series. It is one of my all time favorites. When it’s over i plan to go back and listen t the audio versions. I saw a clip of the narrator trying to read the book and she was giggling so hard..I don’t know how many takes she does before getting it right 🙂

    • I haven’t given it much thought, but I can imagine humorous stories would be tough to narrate. This was the first one I listened to in the series and I liked what the narrator brought to the story.

  • Lindy Gomez

    I haven’t read this series, but have been eyeing it! I love when an author can keep upping the stakes and does an excellent job with world-building! Charley sounds like an entertaining character! Wonderful Review Sophia 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Oh my glands, Lindy! These are a hoot. I’ve totally embarrassed myself reading these in public b/c I laugh so hard.