Grim(ace) while you work....
Aisling Grimlock is having a bad week. Well, actually, she's having a bad life - not that she's complaining. Okay, she's totally complaining.
After being laid off from her secretarial position, she has no choice but to join the family business, and now she's a full-time grim reaper. That's right. She collects and transfers souls to the hereafter.
Cool, huh? Not quite.
On the second day of her new job, Aisling (literally!) stumbles over a dead body that's not on her list and the stakes are suddenly raised because, when a name isn't on the list, that means someone stole it (and that's never a good thing).
Aisling's family, which consists of a tempestuous father and four overbearing older brothers, are hot on the case - but the answers they're coming up with aren't exactly soothing.
It seems a contingent of wraiths have descended on the area, and they're not just dangerous for unsuspecting souls and the general populace. The Grimlock family is at risk, too.
If that weren't bad enough, Aisling finds herself inexplicably drawn to Detective Griffin Taylor - the police officer who considers her a murder suspect. Oh, and she's a wraith-magnet - although, truth be told, she's more interested in Detective Taylor.
Aisling is determined to prove that she has what it takes to be a great reaper - even if it means risking her life and proving her father and brothers wrong when it comes to her competence level.
When things finally become clear, will Aisling survive long enough to make things right? Or, will she fall prey to the wraiths and the individual controlling them?
©2014 Amanda M. Lee (P)2015 Amanda M. Lee
I quite liked the story, it had some funny parts that made me chuckle, but the narrator was just so boring. Her voice is so flat and dull that it was a struggle to stay awake at times, and to be honest made a good story hard to follow at times - difficult to pay attention to something that makes you want to nod-off.
"A fun and exciting read."
I hadn't heard of this before prior to seeing it come up for review, but I loved the sound of it and eagerly started. Well, i'm so happy to say that this was fantastic. Such a fun yet addictive read!
The plot was fast paced and gripping. It centers around a family of reapers who collect the souls on their list. Aisling is the only girl in the family of boys and she never intended to be part of the "family business", yet when she loses her job she has no other choice. She is only on the job a few days when souls that aren't on the lists are being taken, not only that, but some of her souls are been taken! She realises that somw wraiths have entered their territory and are stealing souls. She needs to find out who their master is and stop them before it's too late. During this time, she becomes a suspect in "murders" that keep happening around her. Detective Taylor is intent on finding the culprit but keeps coming back to Aisling Grimlock, how is she involved?
The characters were fantastic!!! I loved every single one of them. Aisling was funny, strong, independent and did I mention funny!!! Jerry is Aislings gay roommate who has the hots for her brother, I adored Jerry!! So fun yet a rock for Aisling. The Grimlock brothers were all amazing too, each of them were so protective of Aisling and would do anything for each other. The enigmatic Detective Taylor was a surprise love interest for Aisling, yet it works well. I loved the dynamics between them and look forward to seeing where their relationship goes.
Anyway, this was such a fun and snarky book. I found myself giggling and snickering a lot and ended up listening to it within 2 days. I couldn't get enough of this family and their business!! I can not wait for the next installment of this witty and addicting series.
Karen Krause did a great job with the voices. I never had a problem following who was talking. She gave each character their own personalities and I really enjoyed her narration.
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.*
"SUPER FUN LISTEN!!!"
I think it always is....but I only listened!
When Aisling catches her brother and Jerry together the first time....lol Oh and Aisling talking to the hooker...it was so funny!!
Jerry!!!! I love Jerry, especially how he calls Aisling Bug!!!
OMG..I laughed and laughed...this is a funny book!!!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This is a funny book, a light listen, and a pure pleasure....I really enjoyed it! That being said, the narration was a B- for me for a few reasons...one being the character of Griffen's speech pattern sometimes was so slow, that he sounded a little challenged...and the brothers voices were similar at times and I got confused who was who....But still well worth a listen!
Aisling has to go to work for the family business after dropping out of college and losing her job...Her family are Reapers..she being the youngest in a family full of brothers....they all live at home still, but her..she lives with her gay best friend Jerry...who is hilarious! Well someone out there is stealing souls, and when Aisling and her twin Brother come across a dead body and the handsome detective Griffen gets involved...you are in for a hilarious ride!
This Book is a giggling good time!!! LOVED IT!!!!
Thank you Audiobookblast(dot)com
This is a great book written by Amanda Lee; this is the first book in the An Aisling Grimlock Mystery series. Aisling Grimlock is not having a good week. After being laid off from her job, she has no choice but to start working for her families business which is being a full time grim reaper. It is now her job to collect and transfer souls to the hereafter. She now has to work closely with her overbearing older brothers and her father on a daily basis. On her second day of the job a wraith steals the sole she is supposed to collect.
The narrator Karen Krause did a great job with this book, and was very easy to listen to. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.
If you are looking for a great book with humor, and great characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
"Fun and Entertaining"
This is a funny and entertaining book. I enjoyed the witty dialogue between all of the characters. The narrator isn't great but she did not take away from the book. I bought the second book before I finished the first book. I hope it's just as good or better.
"Like the story not the narrator"
Maybe by Amanda M. Lee but not narrated by Karen Krause.
The narrator made the main character sound to bland and boring. I know she could have had more emotion.
Grim Tidings could definitely have another book. The story was good. The characters were good. I enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed this book. It is so different then the ones I've been reading. It kept my attention all the way through. I liked all the characters, they were all unique. I hope there's a second to follow soon. I highly recommend it.
I really can't pick out a favorite character. They were all great
"Ah, a new series!! Yum"
I am currently wondering how long I have to wait for the next audiobook in the series. I really enjoyed this and would prefer to listen rather than pick up the ebooks that are already out.
The characters here are engaging and witty! I loved the whole family and her BFF Jerry. The romance angle with detective Taylor was cute, especially the playful banter. All those other brothers and her dad were a trip! It was just such fun reading those scenes when they were all together.
The whole story is from Aisling’s POV, which limits you to what she knows and feels. I kind of wish we had the other side of the romance in the narrative too. It is typical cozy, only letting you see through the main character.
Karen Krause does an excellent job of bringing the story to life. I loved the snark and sass she instilled in her voice to match the attitude of the book. While she has a nice steady pace, I like t a touch faster. Most of the male voices blended together for me, which wasn’t a huge issue but not optimal listening either. In the end she is the right choice for the book because her energy helps move the action of the story.
I didn’t really feel the whole mystery angle, it was light on the investigative elements you would expect. I am hoping that changes as the series progresses. I hope those audio are on their way soon!
"Be prepared ROFLYAO and have a really fun time!"
A family whose business is being Grim Reapers. And who live in a castle. In Detroit, Michigan. Except for Aisling. She lives in a condo with her bestie. Who is a guy. Who turns out to have the hots for Aisling's twin brother. And she has the hots for a homicide detective. Who took her in as a suspect.
And that's just the beginning of this giggle fest! Throw in botched assignments, evil wraiths, a Daddy Dearest (everything but 'NO WIRE HANGERS!), and a whole intricate cast of characters. Dialog is fast and snarky, always lots going on, and too much fun to louse up with spoilers!
Karen Krause really nails it with her performance! Good character involvement and differentiation, and is totally believable as Aisling (who first person's the entire tale). It doesn't hurt that her voice is pleasant, either.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
"Great story but boring narrator"
I love Amanda M Lee's books, and most of the time I enjoy the narrators she has reading the books, but this time I came close to falling into a peaceful sleep due to the narrators quiet monotone voice.
"great book and fun to read. "
I didn't know if I would like this book but it was well written and a great story. I'm a big fan of Amanda M Lee's books. I look forward to reading the next book!
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