Dead Ice : Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

  • by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by Kimberly Alexis
  • Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
  • 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She's a US marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.
It's wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass - to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she's still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.
Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn't bother her. But the women being victimized aren't just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.
It's the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita's own soul may not survive unscathed....


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I'm finished....

I have spent years enjoying the Anita Blake series. It's always been an automatic download. I'll admit that I passed on the title before this, Jason, because of many of the reviews that I read. I loved Affliction and felt like we were heading in the right direction. As the books have progressed, I've been noticing more "relationship" dialogue and feel like it was taking away from the story line and watering down the excitement of things I've come to love so much. I think I'm now finished. The "relationship/emotional" dialogue was tedious and dominated any story line. There was an opportunity for this to be a great book. Sadly, it was lost in whining, endless discussions of "feelings" and what I found to be of no importance to the story. I became exhausted and annoyed so much so that I started fast forwarding to try and skip over the endless talk, talk, talk. In the end, that ended in about 1 to 1.5hrs of the book that were actually plot related. Considering the length of this audio, that is VERY sad and disappointing. I'm saying goodbye to Anita Blake. It's been fun, but in the end I'm left tired and uninterested. I, unfortunately, do not feel it was worth my credit or my time.
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- Amazon Customer "Mother of 8, grandmother of 12, RN and book nerd"

An Embarrassing Addiction

I am ashamed to admit I am a NITA-HOLIC

I didn't fully realize the depth of this addiction until I swore to myself after Jason (yes, it took 23 books!) to never ever again listen to or read an Anita Blake novel. I made this solemn oath to myself long after realizing they were no longer entertaining or well-written. I can only suppose it was like any other addiction formed from early doses of pure pleasure. I kept listening to Anita Blake long after the rewards were overwhelmed by shame and disgust -- in this case, of bad writing, poor plots, and endless boring sex. Jason was absolutely positively my last straw (book).

And then the curiosity set in. I saw some good reviews mixed in with confirmations of my prejudged bad. I then convinced myself I should not judge a book I had not read. After all, what's a credit and a few hours possibly wasted (see how my earlier disgust and shame started to fall away?). So here I was, despite my formerly iron-clad determination, listening to 20+ hours of audiobook that I firmly believed would mercilessly destroy brain cells. Apparently I have no willpower and yes, I now openly admit my irresistible Anita Blake addiction.

OK, it was actually much better than I expected. LKH still has that annoying tendency to stop in the middle of important action to contemplate leather holsters, curly hair, and lift bras. And, yes, Anita continues to marvel that she's the manliest, studliest woman who ever strapped on a gun and all other women simper and whine their way through life. And, of course, the action story doesn't just take a back seat to Anita's personal life -- the story actually rides in a trailer behind the back seat and is only rarely seen at rest stops. All of that is known and accepted by those who love this series. But there actually was a story! Maybe even a couple of stories! And LKH's boring sex scenes did not completely overwhelm the plot! Yes, high praise, indeed!

Some may credit the editing in this book, and I always credit Kimberly Alexis for saving Anita from sounding like the ADHD idiot she so often is. Personally, I believe LKH is cunningly playing "the long game" with her readers. (If she is, she should push for Kimberly Alexis to read the unabridged Narcissus in Chains for us.)

But whatever the reason, I liked this book and I will (probably) listen to the next. I have come a long way from my solemn vow of abstinence and yes, I am truly embarrassed.
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- pewter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio