Release Date: First published January 1st 1996/ Audio unabridged edition (October 1, 2009)
Format: Audio MP3 by Unabridged
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages/ Audio Length: Unknown (8+ hours)
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: January 3, 2013
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Vampire hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But in The Lunatic Café, she's about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems, especially in matters of the not-so-human heart.
Our usual cast of secondary characters are present throughout the book. The police squad, her detective best friend and of course as expected, Edward with his usual creepy self. They keep the story moving and it never gets boring.
I heard somewhere that Anita turns into quite a slut in the later books, I'm really curious to see how that transformation happens because up to now and especially in this book she talks about marriage before sex , etc. If she does indeed turn into a slut, I'm pretty sure it's probably because of something Jean Claude did, yes, that's big assumption, but I expect that from his character.
I do think that Anita needs a to work on herself a bit. I found it interesting how she was constantly on Richard for not being up front and sharing everything in his life with her yet, the minute he gives his opinion on her situation, it's non-negotiable. End of discussion. She's really self absorbed in some ways and she needs to mature a bit. I hope her maturity grows some in the next book. With all the scary things she deals with on a daily basis, it's hard for me to remember her character is only 24. So when I read such childish behavior I have to remind myself, she's young still.
I picked this up on audio because I started the series on audio. I'm impressed by this narrator, she's very good. She can do these inflections of her voice for different characters which adds more to the listening experience. Also, she's easy and entertaining to listen to. I also like the added sound effects and music that is timed perfectly with the action that's going on. I will keep on listening to this series on audio as long as she is the narrator for every installment.
Happy Reading & Listening,