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By W. on 07-11-11
What a BLAST! Hamilton and Alexis, unstoppable!!
"Burnt offerings", Book 7 of L.K.H.'s "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series" brings Anita, Jean Claude, Richard Zeeman, loyal werewolves and were-leopards against the Nightmare of the infamous "Vampire Council". This book, especially in audible.com format is a real ride. Richard and Anita are fighting, "The Circus of the Dammed" has been taken over by the "Council" and it's pick of hostages for their horrific brand of entertainment and Jean Claude's past catches up with him.
As with all the first nine "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series" on audible.com books, I listen to them over and over again. Many people have complained about the music and sound effects that come up once in a while during the listen. I listen both on my computer (5 speakers), and on my Android smart phone. The difference is HUGE. Alexis sounds smoother (if that's even possible), the music and sound effects really add to the performance and bring up emotion at critical moments on my computer system.
Most people who do not like the added material are listening to the books on smart phones or MP3 players. I must say, the experience is sad in comparison. Kimberly Alexis (through no fault of her own), sounds a bit high pitched and hollow, but her talent alone saves this kind of audio format. I have to agree that the added sound and music for some reason is so loud on any and all portable devices, it makes you turn down the volume (where you can't here the narrator), or just pull out the ear buds or head phones until it's over.
I hope the people who are complaining will listen to at least one of the books on computer speakers. Even a basic set of two will prove my point about the enhanced experience with music and gunshots.
Hamilton and Alexis are a perfect team of writer and performer. Together they bring "Burnt Offerings" to life in all it's gritty tough as nails,"Anita" against the monsters she hates and holding her own with the monsters she loves in her own twisted way.Great Book!
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By Edward P. Traxler on 09-16-13
Where does Burnt Offerings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Excellent. The 1st half just ended . .but I just HAD to comment
What was one of the most memorable moments of Burnt Offerings?
Anita telling the JERK Richard off
What about Kimberly Alexis’s performance did you like?
She does an excellent job of changing voices between characters
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Anita defending "people"
Any additional comments?
I don't get it. I suppose as a male .. it's the "Men are from Mars and women from Venus" thing. This Richard .. that Anita moans over is a freaking JERK. I don't have hair to my shoulders like the characters .. or massive muscles .. or the ability to drive women nuts when making love. I am just a 'regular guy'. 18 months in Vietnam, gunner on a tank in Desert Storm .. served in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany , Korea .. but . hey . .not long shoulder length hair .. never a handsome guy .. sorry. I just did stuff for real that all the male characters talk about. This Richard guy? I would have left his STUPID ass in the middle of the freaking desert. What a damn loser. Again .. Mars and Venus. What a damn loser.
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