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I first read this series in its serialized form. It was one of those that I binge read in a weekend. The characters are real and compelling; the prose is gritty and smart. Five star reads for sure. So when I saw it was being released in audio, I hurried to buy it without waiting for my monthly credit.
Gomez Pugh is an amazing narrator. He brought the story to life in a way that made it seem new to me. I love how he varied the voices between Michael and Wild Bill. It was surprising, but also perfect.
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What made the experience of listening to Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary the most enjoyable?
I think the story itself was just amazing. How Price created the dark, fantasy world, but made it seem so realistic.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Wild Bill. I loved his raspy tone and how he turned out to be the sane one.
Which scene was your favorite?
The open field, when Michael first finds Wild Bill, before they officially set out on their cross country ride in the sex wagon full of stakes and Bill's haul from "shopping".
If you could rename Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary, what would you call it?
I think the series title, Sweet Oblivion, is far better. I don't even remotely understand the title.
Any additional comments?
Michael is bound and determined to cleanse the earth of the vile race of vampires. Well, until he falls in love with one. When Michaels best friend Mary was killed, drained by bad vamps, he set out to kill them all. His messenger bag is full of wooden stakes and blister packs of rohypnol. When Michael meets Bill in a bar, he takes him for just another horny guy and blows him off. Michael not only learns he was wrong about Bill, but he’s wrong about vamps, they aren’t all murdering psychos.
Bill only wanted to kill one vampire, the one that accidentally created him when he fed on Bill then left him for dead. He figured out quickly what Michael had planned, so he helped the kid out, then dumped him off at the greyhound station. What Bill didn’t count on was the twenty one year old with those sexy, kohl lined, blue eyes, and dyed black hair tracking him down.
Michael has found something intriguing in Wild Bill, the James Dean-esque vampire that cranks his shaft. And while Michael is figuring out that not all vamps are bad, he still makes it his life mission to kill the bad ones, with his bad ass vampire lover by his side. They are a very passionate couple, let me tell you. They go at everywhere from parks to picnic tables, abandoned houses, seedy motels and the back of their van that they’ve turned into a coffin on wheels. What really drew me into their love story was how normal it was in the middle of all the madness, murder and mayhem.
In the beginning, Bill tells Michael he doesn’t kiss, it’s too personal. But by the end, he can’t kiss Michael enough. He’s very possessive of Michael, but he’s just as protective of his human lover. They even have the whole meet the parents drama most couples face right down to the grand parents that have joined a prayer group to pray for Michaels soul. You know, since he’s going to hell and all for being in love with another man.
The writing was off the chains intense, serious and yet, slightly hysterical. It mirrored the storyline and the characters which only made the story that much better. It’s a dark, fantasy world where vamps live out in the open and at the same time, the way Price has written the characters the story has a depth of reality to it. There are several twists and turns along the way, Michael gets himself into a tight spot here and there and you are left to wonder if Bill will always be there, be himself.
Narrated by Gomez Pugh, the story is written and told from alternating POV, from both Michael and Bill’s perspectives. I absolutely loved the way Pugh conveyed the character of Michael. He was headstrong and driven, even a bit on the melancholy side at times, and Pugh nailed that throughout. Then there was the raspy, sexy tone he used for Wild Bill. There were a few times during the more erotic aspects of the story that Pugh had to go back and forth from one mind to the other and he did an amazing job of keeping each guy completely separate voice wise, as well as enticing the listener with lovely little moans and groans.
I had just one little issue with this story, it is just a deal breaker for me. I absolutely loath the term ‘piss slit’. It makes my skin crawl, it is not even remotely sexy, romantic or endearing. If I read or hear those two words being used one after the other, I will mark off for it every time. I usually take off a point for the term, but I loved this sexy, psychotic duo so much, I’m only taking off half a point. If you like vampire stories, especially True Blood, you’ll really enjoy this concoction of serials. I felt liked Wild Bill was a lot like Bill in that series. Just if Bill had fallen for Lafayette instead of Sookie!
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I read the ebooks first and loved all five of them, so I was excited to listen to the audiobook.
Gomez Pugh is a fabulous narrator who did a marvelous job with this audio version. He brought the five stories to life for me. His voice is perfectly suited to Michael and Wild Bill's characters. Michael came across as sexy and sensible, someone you sympathized with and wanted to succeed in his vampire-hunting mission. I loved Wild Bill's raspy voice, which matched my expectation of this chain-smoking vamp who falls in love with a human. I liked that each novella alternated POV and hearing the story told by the main characters added an extra dimension to the series. It worked exceptionally well with the audio version, helping me to picture the scenes and interaction with clarity.
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Any additional comments?
Excellent audio version of the stories - and it's very interesting to listen to the five of them all together rather than reading one at a time with gaps between. They work well as single episodes, but fit together beautifully as a single story too.
The narrator is the same as the one for the Psycop series, but don't worry, he sounds different enough that you won't think of Vic at all. And when he does the voice of Dr. Harman it's like there's suddenly a different narrator entirely.
Can't wait for more Michael and Wild Bill audio!
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