Circus of the Damned : Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

  • by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by Kimberly Alexis
  • Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war.


What the Critics Say

"The third novel of Hamilton's Anita Blake series has the petite necromancer fighting a giant cobra and a rogue vampire, Alejandro, who wants her for his human servant. Anita is still resisting the advances of Jean-Claude, St. Louis's master vampire, but she does need him on her side, if not in her bed. Anita's reluctant involvement in the odd goings-on at the supernatural Circus of the Damned introduces her to Richard, the werewolf of her dreams, and Larry, her powerful but nervous partner in zombie-raising. Mystery fans will love the tightly plotted, Paretsky-esque action, and horror fans will love just about everything in this unusual series." ( review)
"One of the most fascinating fictional heroines since Scarlett O'Hara-and a hell of a lot more fun than most." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Vampires, Werewolves and Snake gods...oh my

This book was fun. Since I have read all of the older books first and then came back to the first books I enjoyed this book for a few reasons. I love how Anita is confused by the monsters and the more confused and scared she gets the more aggressive and violent she gets. How Jean-Claude is clumsy and really pushes her but it seems to always back fire on him. I like how he is not sure how to handle her. I like that she is learning that Jean-Claude is not nearly as bad as most of the other Vamps. I also like to see that Richard was even blind to her back in the beginning of this series. He couldn’t swallow her out there fighting the bad guys and risking her life. He still is trying to find a way to wrap her in cotton and take away who and what she is. She is one tuff cookie our little necromancer is !!!!! :)
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- Jeanette

Reviewed for uncommitted fans...

This is the first book (and last) I've read by this author. I honestly do not understand the appeal of this series.

Main gripe: the author uses way too many plot devices and suspended belief becomes impossible.

I didn't care for the ignorant prejudice from the protagonist. What's the deal with her distaste for vampires? Says she won't "date" the undead and would rather die than become one of the undead. The author doesn't explain why vampires are worth Anita defending (in some cases) but not good enough for her to "date" them. Maybe that was just a clumsy device to manufacture tension between the two...but it gets very annoying after about the 8th time.

Story drags from the middle on as the main character is all wrapped up in what she thinks, and what she feels. One moment she's self-righteous and then the next questions herself about really silly things -- childish.

It really irritates when an author will gladly have other supposedly strong characters be killed (in this case by Anita's supposedly assume fighting skills -- ummm yeah, didn't see any) but nothing can touch the protagonist. I call it the "Rambo" Dues ex machina, which was was old even in the 80's.

The sound effects are TERRIBLE! For me, music in previous audiobooks, was used to signal the end, or beginning, of a chapter. It took me a while to catch on that for this book it is used only for the action scenes. I'd been trained to get ready to transition and found myself confused when I realized they were fighting. And the sound effects are -- literally -- used as sound effects. Yikes! That production decision needs to be re-thought. I don't want to hear a gunshot ricochet while the narrative is going on, not to mention the "sucking" sounds when a knife is used.

This book was published in 1995...pagers are the most advanced technology. I know it was current for it's time, but I mistakenly thought it was only a decade old because that's when it was produced in audio version. My bad.

The book reads like a teenage angst rant. It's all Anita, Anita, Anita....blah, blah, blah...boring! Who cares what Anita thinks? She's not that great. And I don't get the appeal...
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- Emily

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio