Friday, September 30, 2016

Audiobook Review: The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones



Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson #10
10 hrs. 40 min.
Unabridged
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published: 6/28/16
Source: Library
As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension. 
There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers? 
Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…
My thoughts:

Finally got to this one! I wasn't disappointed either. :D I did become worried about Reyes when a lot of people who had read/listened to this one before me was complaining about him being less that forthcoming. I didn't want a stupid misunderstanding to get in the way of this couple (that is usually how it goes). Luckily my fears were unfounded. While there was miscommunication, it was cleared for our couple and for the reader.

Oh so much was clarified! We got to know more details about what is going on and yet there are still more mysteries to be had. I think what I really loved about this one is how much more confident Charley feels to me. She is still learning what she is and who she is because of it, but she really is accepting of those parts as they come and is learning to use her powers. I think I really like this Charley. I cannot wait to see what comes next and I cannot wait to get to know Beep. I have a feeling she will be more than a handful to both parents. :)

I also swear that if Lorelei King stops narrating this series, I might have to read them instead of listening to them. I don't say that often, but she is the voice of Charley and does such an excellent job of the other characters. I think it would be too jarring for me to hear anyone else narrate it. If you haven't tried this one on audio, do try it. I think you'll love it. Might also be the series to get you into audiobooks. :D

I give this book 4 stars and highly recommend it to those that love UF and snarky humor.

30 comments:

  1. Oh yay for the worries not coming true. That always gets me a bit anxious as well. And ha on the narration. That's how I feel about the Patricia Briggs ones now :D

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    1. I'm going to have to go to Briggs on audio when this series is over. :D

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  2. I'm glad you liked this one as much as I did. I'm always excited to get more of Charley and the gang. I was a little frustrated by the lack of communication by both of them, but they did work it out in the end, which was great. Great review. I also agree that there will be a revolt if King stops narration.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. It wasn't bad like I was led to believe. *whew!*

      Lorelei MUST do all of these! :D

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  3. I love this series, it's alwyas a lot of fun

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  4. I honestly felt this book had more communication in it than all the others! It just *should* have happened like 4 books ago. I hope that means we are done with their immature secret-keeping!

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    1. LOL! I was so worried! I also doubt that all secrets are on the table. What does Rocket know???

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  5. I didn't love the miscommunication but I did like the reveals. I agree about Lorelei King narrating. I can't read this series, I have to listen to it.

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    1. The miscommunication didn't bother me too much I think because I was expecting so much worse. LOL I've done ALL on audio and hope to do the rest! :D

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  6. I will totally read the books if Lorelei King stops narrating. :p Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I don't want to think about her not being the voice of Charley. Good thing she is!

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  7. i love this series, I am a bit behind ugh >.< I need to read the one before this /sigh

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    1. Oh listen to them. I think you'll totally convert. :D

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  8. This sounds like a really cool idea. Although did I read that right? This is the tenth book?! I might have to play catch up.

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  9. At this point, there's barely anything she could do to the series for me to hate them. Lol. I can't wait for the next one!

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  10. I'm so far behind that it feels overwhelming to catch up lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Karen, listen to them. You'll love it on audio. :D

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  11. Yes, there are some narrators who I need to continue the series. I started reading this and already have voices in my head. However, once series is done, I plan to do a listen to the entire series

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    1. I started out on audio so I was fine. You will love this one on audio. Oh and I plan to do that to the Elemental Assassin series and the Mercy Thompson series when I force my library to get them all. ROFL

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  12. Great review! I think the last 20% saved this book for me. Charley and Reyes can be annoying sometimes with the no-talking. Still, I love this series and I can't wait until January for book 11!

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    1. Honestly it didn't bother me since it was so much less dramatic than other miscommunications I've read. :) But yea... that 20% was good! :)

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  13. Good to see a lot of things were clarified in this instalment. I really need to get into this series!

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  14. The miscommunication bothered me too, but I do understand why she withheld info. The ending shocked me. I didn't see it coming!

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    1. It just didn't bother me as much as some. I think we need the next one now. :)

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