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By Bookaholic on 05-30-15
Dying for a Living
I liked the world this story is set in, I read a lot and it is something new that I have not read/listened to before. This book does start out slow (or at least for me it was) and it took a bit before I really liked or cared about any of the characters. It was probably at about 50-60% that it finally pulled me in and kept me at the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. Jesse was eventually very likeable, her snarky sarcastic personality grew on me. I have to say I really liked Lane and Ally and the other characters. They were all interesting without taking away from the main characters. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next and what twists and turns we are in for.
While her voice seems familiar Hollie Jackson is a new to me narrator. She did a great job on the voices and I could easily differentiate all the characters. I look forward to listening to other books that she has narrated.
Audiobook was provided by Author/Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox for an honest review.
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By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 06-05-16
Opened my eyes on the Urban Fantasy genre
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, fast, funny, entertaining, interesting
Which character – as performed by Hollie Jackson – was your favorite?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
Dying for a Living is the 1st book in the Jesse Sullivan contemporary fantasy series by the esteemed Michigan resident Kory M. Shrum. I have to admit that I was very sceptical when I received this audiobook for review, but after talking with a friend and listening to the sample on Audible I decided to give it a try and I’m very glad I did…
The story follows Jesse Sullivan, a cute and sarcastic young lady that dies for a living. How is that possible you ask me? Well, Jesse is a Necronite, a person that doesn’t stay dead after a fatal accident. She is employed as a Death Replacement Agent and she takes the place of clients that are supposed to die at a certain time, saving their lives and dying in their place. She can resurrect after hours or days and back to work she goes. Everything is well until after her 67th death someone tries to make her stay that way. What follows is a thrilling adventure, filled with conspiracies and lots of tense moments. That’s all I’m willing to say on this subject, not wanting to spoil the story for the potential readers.
Dying for a Living is in no way the kind of book that I usually read. I fancy myself to have an open mind and to this I attribute my interest in this genre. The big surprise was that I really enjoyed the book, the story, the characters and the original idea behind all of it. I like Kory‘s writing style! It’s fast, easy to follow, witty and funny, delivering a very entertaining story. The main themes are touching on life death, sexual equality, religion and much more. Also, I loved the rich and vivid characters.
If I was hooked by this book, although i’m not a fan of the genre, i can imagine how well received will be by those who read such stuff all the time…
The narrator is Hollie Jackson, a very talented voice over artist that brings Dying for a Living to life in a big way. This was my first audiobook with Hollie as a narrator and I can say that I enjoyed it very much. Her natural reading style, combined with the ability to change voices and accents with ease, keeps all the characters well differentiated in the listeners mind. Dying for a Living is full with snarky and funny remarks made by Jesse and Hollie is just perfect, nailing them every time.
The almost 9 hours of the Dying for a Living audiobook passed like a breeze and I wasn’t able to stop listening…The fast paced, intriguing story and the solid performance by this excellent narrator brought me to complete immersion and at the end of it I was left with a nice experience that made me want to continue with more books in this series.
Kory M. Shrum and Hollie Jackson fit hand in glove and I’m sure we will see more great projects from the two of them…
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By Kindle Customer on 05-12-16
Interesting, likeable characters and an intriguing plotline. Looking forward to the next in the series!
By Crackdown on 03-06-16
A nice urban fantasy
I came across this by chance. And was glad to have found it, because it was better than I thought it might be.
Having listened to a couple of humdrum books in this genre recently I wasn't expecting much. However I was pleasantly surprised.
The humour was not too overwhelming, allowing for a fairly decent criminal plot within the story to develop.
The heroine has her sarcastic moments, but I think given her background she's allowed. The people that surround her care for her as well, and she finds out how much they genuinely care by the end of the book.
I won't say more, because that would lead onto spoilers, which I personally don't believe in doing.
The narrator is good. It was going through her catalogue that led me to this series of books. Hence the purchase because I think she's better than a lot of narrators out there, and she's fast becoming a favourite of mine.
Overall Jesse is a character you want to support, and you find yourself wondering what will happen in her life next. For me that means I'm more than happy to purchase book two in the series to see where it goes.