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Vionna and the Vampires

Moriarty, Lord of the Vampires, Book 1
Narrated by: Aisling Gray
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." So said Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, more than a century ago.

Vionna Valis and Mary Jane Kelly are a pair of hardworking psychic detectives experiencing a run of bad luck. A new detective agency, the Femmes Fatales, is taking most of their business. Things seem to change for the better in the form of a new client named Scudder Moran, a wealthy young man with a unique problem: He has been targeted by the very, very late Professor James Moriarty - the Napoleon of crime in another century, now Lord of the Vampires! Vionna and Mary find themselves in the middle of a case where everything is both improbable and impossible. How will they find their way to the truth?

Unexpected help arrives in the ghostly person of the Great Detective himself, and they set about unraveling a tangled web of lies and secrecy that reaches deep into each of their lives. Can they find the light before Moriarty unleashes his final, most horrific scheme?

Vionna and the Vampires by Chuck Miller (Creator of The Black Centipede) is the first volume in the Moriarty, Lord of the Vampires trilogy.

©2014 Chuck Miller (P)2017 RadioArchives.com

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Wacky

I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I loved this books portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and the inclusion of Mary Jane Kelly. The book was so funny and enjoyable and kinda wacky which was only emphasised by the narrator, Aisling Gray, who didn’t take herself or the book seriously at all. It was really good.

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VERY AMUSING

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Pretty highly it is very entertaining

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Many crazy moments It made me laugh out load
great cast of characters

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 25-01-20

A little too much tossed into this salad

It’s an interesting little bit of fiction. I was expecting an urban fantasy or perhaps a paranormal thriller, and while this story has a bit of both, it’s got a lot more going on: time travel, alternate reality, pulling in some famous fictional characters, some famous historical figures, and boob jokes. Over all, I felt there was too much going on. The story would have benefited from a bit of streamlining. We meet Vionna and Mary with some boob jokes.The ladies spend about an hour trying to convince me that they are quite capable, boobs or not, all the while using their boobs to land a paying job investigating this odd stalker. Yeah, an hour of that. Luckily the tale got real and developed a plot. Scudder Moran (who blushes at every boob joke) believes his stalker is Professor Moriarty. Yep. Holmes’s arch nemesis. And not only that, but Scudder believes he’s a vampire! It’s just ridiculous enough to give me a laugh and keep me intrigued. The entire story is told from Vionna’s viewpoint. Sadly, I didn’t really like her. She has a limited vocabulary and often comments on how she doesn’t understand this word or that word, perhaps as much as a dozen times. I like my main characters smart or at least of learning quickly. Mostly, Vionna was along for the ride, with very few actual contributions. Mary was a little better. Overall, there was no one character I really gravitated to. The tale starts off in modern times with bikinis and assault rifles and flings us back to Victorian England with Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper. Vionna takes over for Watson, playing sidekick to Holmes. Lots of stuff happens there including vampire stuff and then we’re back to modern day times and the big mansion Scudder lives in. Secrets and more secrets are revealed and some bad guys defeated, but not all. The tale wraps up all the main points for this storyarc while leaving the door open a crack for a sequel. 3/5 stars. The Narration: Aisling Gray gave a good performance. She did her best to make Vionna sound smarter than she’s written and her accent for Mary was good. Gray’s male character voices sounded masculine and I liked the way she made Scudder sound inexperienced and a little embarrassed (just as he’s written). The pacing was good and there were no tech issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.

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  • Jared Christensen
  • 23-12-19

Fun Book!

This was a fun book and a fun read. I enjoyed the accents the narrator did. Aisling Gray did a great job! I’m interested to see where the next story goes.

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  • James Nance
  • 26-11-19

5 star

Throughly enjoyed this tale and the unique way it blended the major characters. The narration is upbeat and well worth the listen. Would totally enjoy further tales of these characters.

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  • Kitty ranma
  • 23-04-19

Fun, Unusual, unexpected, different.

It strikes me that there doesn't seem to be a explanation for the stars that are given. So I thought I'd start giving my take on it. 1 horrible no redeeming qualities. 2 there are redeeming qualities. 3 good worth reading, or well written but not my cup of tea. 4 great but there's something off. 5 loved it. Argg, everything I started to write becomes a spoiler. I HATE spoilers so I think I'll just go on to say that the narration gives the story life. Reasons I enjoyed this audio book: Witty, Wonderful characters, Page-turner, Great world building, Unpredictable, Original, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Action-packed, Twisted, Funny, Haunting, Whimsical. Bookshelves/tags: adventure, fantasy, ghost, humorous, nonhuman, paranormal, read, recorded, series, vampire. This Audiobook was given to me for free at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.

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  • The Drewster
  • 02-08-18

Different kind of vampire story!

One can easily get vampired out by all the Anne Rice, Sookie Stackhouse, and Twilight books out there. I was hesitant to give this a try but was pleasantly surprised. This one is different! Elements of time travel, classic literature, and pop culture are thrown in. I also like the main character Vionna. Both she and her partner Mary stick to their principles in the competitive marketplace on private investigators. Some of their competition were making sexy commercials in lingerie. Many parts of this books were funny. Great writing by Chuck Miller. I am a new fan! I just had to keep listening to find out what will happen next. Never a dull moment. Vionna is a lady with an attitude who has strong opinions, and Aisling Gray does a great job in bringing this attitude to life in her narration. She also does a great accent of Mary.

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  • Zabree
  • 07-12-17

World wind I'd say

At first it thought this book was quite funny , the introduction of Vionna, Mary and scudder moran. But as it was outlined that Sherlock Holmes and Moriaritt played a big part , in the Altered reality that caught both Vionna and Mary in , I noticed my brain just tuned. It felt like t wasn't about vionna and Mary's main story line , rather the authors affinity with Sherlock Holmes and that era. So let s talk about Ailsing Gray - the narrator . I'm want sure that this book was for her when it started , until Mary was introduced ! Wow to make me believe that this character was Irish was an understatement ! Aisling was such a joy to listen to. Her ability to switch from one character to another. - seamlessly and without detection of the "main character was quite refreshing. Though the "non cussing" made it a little more juvenile in Parts, it was still a great to listen to her talented narration style. I didn't care for all the Sherlock homes stuff and the revelation of who Vionna ended up being , and i did wish to hear more interaction with the 2 women but for what it was it was ok I look forward to hearing more narration from Aisling Gray. I was gifted this book for true and honest feedback

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  • Melmac
  • 27-10-17

A Rollicking Good Time

Vionna and the Vampires is a tongue-in-cheek pastiche of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and Jack the Ripper, but most of all a well-told story. The narrator does a superb job of portraying the various characters and pacing the story.

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  • CDH
  • 23-10-17

Yes, I laughed Out Loud

Based on the summary and the cover art, I knew to go into this with a sense of humor. I was not disappointed. Fun, whity, sarcastic humor made this book so a good listen. Do not go into this book looking for a serious vampire book. Go in with an open mind and looking for laughs. The book is just good fun and Aisling Gray narrates it splendidly. I felt like I was there, in the middle of the conversations. I could hear the sarcasm in her tone. I am sure her nuances made the story even more fun!! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and I am so thankful for that opportunity! It is not often someone says... hey listen to this for free and laugh so much that the drivers in the cars aside you look over and wonder.

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  • Dominique
  • 03-10-17

Not what I expected -- it was better!

I had no idea what to expect going into this book, so it was a pleasant surprise once the story got going to discover some classic characters like Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and James Moriarty. Plus a few vampires for good measure.

I would have enjoyed the story more if the author had gone with an R-rating and used a little profanity where it was warranted. For some reason unknown to me, Chuck Miller apologized in advance for refusing to use "bad language" in the upcoming story, and I found myself frowning as I listened. So the story read a little more like Nancy Drew in parts than I would have liked. Also, I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

But narrator Aisling Gray squeezed out every ounce of charm and humor there was to be had. She made me believe in the supernatural aspects of the story with her smooth pacing and occasional snark. Awesome narration.

If there are more stories to be had, I hope Chuck Miller will visit other historical figures to keep things interesting. As two notes for readers: First, in this world, Sherlock Holmes was a real person who also had books written about him. Second, this story was based on an idea for a comic book, according to the author's note at the end of the book.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 13-09-17

Interesting

Not a bad story but I'm not to sure if I liked the writing style of the author. I completely respect not using any bad language, but if you choose to take that course stuck to it. Do not substitute bad language with GD or MF. Either say it or leave it out of the story. At one point the author even says "censored" and "you know". I found it a little irritating. Other than that it was a decent paranormal Sherlock Holmes story. Great narration by Aisling Gray. I really love the Irish accent she does!

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