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Sunset Strip

A Tale from the Tome of Bill
Narrated by: Trish Mckinnley
Series: The Tome of Bill, Book 4.5
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Summary

My name is Sally.

For over 30 years I've prowled the night, one of the undead. In that time I've walked amongst you - a wolf in sheep's clothing - doing unspeakable things, killing countless people.

Now, on the eve of Armageddon, a chance for redemption presents itself. My past has come looking for me, beckoning me back to the city of my rebirth.

Those who killed me the first time are intent on finishing the job. I'm outnumbered and outgunned, but they've got another thing coming if they think I'm outclassed.

Unspeakable horrors, both old and new, await me in the City of Sin, but in the end they're all going to learn one very painful lesson: Payback is a Bitch.

©2013 Rick Gualtieri (P)2014 Rick Gualtieri

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great story but ...

I loved the book,, more details about char revealed their history etc.

But the narrator was not all that great sounded very clipped in her speech and on some occasions you could even heat the click of the mouse etc.

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Distracting narration

Would you listen to Sunset Strip again? Why?

No, I only persevered because It was integral to the series. I would read it again but never listen...shudders

What didn’t you like about Trish Mckinnley’s performance?

Everything, I got the distinct impression that she had no concept of the character, suddenly this tough little blonde became a dopey, potty mouth Marilyn Monroe. Just didn't fit and I could not recognise Sally in it at all.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Disappointment, Sally is a big feisty character with a wicked sense of humour. The narration left me feeling cheated.

Any additional comments?

I think I would have done better reading this one rather than listening.

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So funny at times it hurts

Loved all the characters and the down to earth time far more engaging than your usual vampire story.
So funny and easy going with great twists and cliff hangers.

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good

I read the other two reviews and feel they are a little unfair. The first chapter there are a few moments where the narrator are prehaps nervous. As the story goes on she gets much better and really brings the charicters to life. As much as the other books so far.

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  • Jayde
  • 12-06-14

If you like The Tome of Bill you should... But...

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This book is important if you continue onto Goddamned Freaky Monsters. But I would recommend reading it, unless you can get past the Game Show Host voices the narrator uses for most of the characters. It was unbearable to me, but it is just my opinion. Though I was waiting for her to say, "And what's behind door number two? Well, Drew, it's a New Car!"

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  • Cliff
  • 11-07-14

Something to tide you over

This book is a novella in place before the next book in the series which is out in print but not audible as of the writing of this review. The book is the usual fast paced, humor filled stories I have come to expect from this series. If you like the previous books you will more than likely enjoy this one.

I think some of the negatives written about this series are more due to the lack of most of the main characters from the previous stories. I , for one, enjoyed learning about Sally's backstory and finding out what makes her tick. She had a sassy, smart-alec sense of humor, but it was different enough that I didn't confuse her viewpoint with that of Bill in the previous novels.

I was kind of surprised by the low rating of the narrarator by other reviewers. I thought she did an excellent job capturing the attitude and cattiness of the main character. it was a bit over-the-top but then again Sally is pretty over-the-top herself. The only reason I rated the narraration so low was the quality of the editing and recording was one of the worst I have heard in many moons. You can literally hear multiple cuts when they stopped recording and restarted based on the amount and volume of background noise you hear.

I could defnitely hear a lot of background noise in the recording such as moving pencils, the air conditioner changing and even some car noises in the background, The background volume also changes a lot during the recording. That definitely brings down my evaluation but not so much that I did not enjoy the book.

If you like the series this is a good continuation, but I think you could get by without this one and just get the next book in the series if you want to save some money. Still, I liked it, but it is a little pricey for a 6 hour recording.

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  • Jeremy R. Snyder
  • 02-03-16

Okay story, bad reader, good for series completion

It was very nice to have a story from Sally's point of view and to learn of her origins and get hopeful hints of her future. The plot of that story, however, felt a bit rushed and haphazard, the dialogue a little stiff in places. It ties in nicely and advances the background plot of the full series to a certain degree, though, and was worth reading for its context within the full Tome of Bill endeavor.

The reader has good moments as the voice of Sally, particularly if you consider her origin fully. Her narration and delivery of the voices of other characters, however, was very poor. At times it felt like the story was being read to children. At other times I felt as if my GPS device was reading a novel to me. Sally is rooted in an older era, so no one should expect her to sound like a strong young woman of the new millennium... but Sally is tough as nails, whatever her origin, and should never sound like like a laundry detergent commercial.

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  • Jacob Young
  • 10-07-20

Not a great performance by Trish Mckinnley

The book itself is inline with the tome of Bill main books. But the narrator has only two voices, flat and annoying. I couldn't tell which characters were speaking at times. When a character is being stoic or annoyed she uses the same higher pitched annoying voice. I Will avoid her in future purchases.

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  • Des M. Astor
  • 09-10-19

I love Sally!

Honestly, she's the best character in my opinion in the Tome of Bill series. This helped flesh her out even further and gave her tons of depth. I really enjoyed listening to things in her perspective, and this did help give context to the next book as well where it was needed. Also, I thought the narrator did great. Guess I'm in the minority there.

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  • Gerard
  • 09-05-19

Even without Bill.

Great insight to Sally and her returning humanity. Also a few crumbs on Her past.

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  • bchurch08
  • 29-12-18

Story was great

I had to force myself to continue due to the reader sounding like a robot, but the story is like all the others, CAPTIVATING! Not to mention about the character I was most curious about!

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  • Ryan Bramblett
  • 22-08-18

must read for fans of the series

Despite technically being a side-story, this book is a must read for fans of The Tome of Bill.

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  • Christopher H.
  • 19-07-18

Narrator issues

The story continues in the same format as the rest of the books. But the narrator doesn’t know how to read with continuity. She cuts sentences off and has awkward pauses that make listening kind of painful. If it weren’t for trying to continue following the time of Bill plot, I would have quit listening early on.

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  • Jan D. Leslie
  • 02-11-17

Sally's origin story

Loved the background story. Also a very important step in the continuing tale of Bill the Vampire.