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Blood Noir: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 16 (Unabridged)
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Blood Noir: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 16 (Unabridged) [Audio Download]

by Laurell K. Hamilton (Author), Cynthia Holloway (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 25 minutes
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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 May 2008
  • Language: English
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Jason Schuyler is a werewolf. He's also one of Anita Blake's best friends, and sometimes her lover. And right now he needs her - not to be a vampire hunter, or a federal marshal, or a necromancer, or even for her rank in the werewolf pack, but because his father is dying. He needs Anita because she's a pretty woman who loves him, who can make him look like an everyday guy, who agrees to go home with him and help him say good-bye to the abusive father he never loved. The fact that Jason is about as much an everyday guy as Anita is a pretty woman is something they figure they can keep under wraps for a couple of days in a small town. How hard can that be?

Really, by now, Anita Blake should know better.

Marmee Noir, ancient mother of all vampires, picks this weekend to make a move. Somehow she has cut the connection that binds Anita and Jean-Claude, leaving Jean-Claude unable to sense what is happening. Dangerous even as she sleeps, buried in darkness for a thousand years somewhere beneath the old country of Europe, Marmee Noir reaches out toward power. She has attacked Anita before, but never like this. In Anita she senses what she needs to make her enemies tremble.

©2008 Laurell K. Hamilton; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anita blah 5 Jun 2008
I had high hopes for this book but in alll honesty it just wasn't any good. For me this series has just become a farce. It seems like Hamilton has totally lost sight of her original characters and is, instead, using them to act out her own fantasies. I had a feeling the series would go this way when she introduced the 'ardour' and I really wouldn't mind all the sex scenes if the plot was more substantial.
Blood Noir's plot hinges on a very thin premise: the idea that Jason looks exactly like a pair of twins. Which leads to all sorts of confusion. Oh, and for the need to him to prove to his Dad, who is on his death bed, that he is not gay. Ummm...okay, is that really all this successful author can come up with?
After reading the previous books (cough, Danse Macabre)I am just so sick of the constant sex scenes. It seems like everything, and I do mean everything, revolves around Anita's sexual interactions. Hamilton involves Anita in scenes that, perhaps, are meant to be quite shocking but, in fact, I find them the complete opposite now! And they are not even well written. The same phrases and words pop up throughout the book which becomes very annoying, for example, 'he brought me' (cringe). To an extent this is unadvoidable in a series this long, however, I believe that the editor was too afraid to do his/her job properly with the book relying on phrases like this to bulk it up.
Oh and I do actually like Richard as a character but he has changed so drastically from the person he was first presented to be and I think that is a shame. You cant help but wonder to yourself why he even wants Anita anymore? Their ideals are worlds apart and if he was as strong a character as Hamilton makes out he just wouldn't put up with it, or rather her.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear 10 Jun 2008
By Clare
I have been a fan of this series since I first picked up Guilty Pleasures but I do feel that the author has lost her way. This book just did not work for me- the plot was weak, the sex was ridiculous and all of the interesting plot cliff hangers from the end of the last installment were ignored in favour of a focus on Jason (sorry, but he is not a well developed or meaningful enough character to warrant a whole book)

I do not mind some sex scenes but I don't want them at the expense of a meaningful storyline and in the case of this book it was clearly an either or. I suspect that the author is under pressure to turn these around in record time and it shows. I want to know what is happening with Haven and the Lions, what has become of Valentina? Did the Cape Cod Master Vampire have to kill his wife? What of Malcolm and the church? So frustrating to pick up the series and have none of the investment made in the last few books paid off
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton Hack 28 May 2008
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
To be brutally honest I have to say that this time Laurel was quite restrained with the sex. Why? She waited until page 13 before starting to give the readers a 10 page sex session. What really infuriates me about this is that it appears that Laurel really can't write anything that doesn't end up with an orgasmic session sacrificing the plot on the alter of nepotism.

Whilst this may work with an immature audience, we the readers who helped her establish herself have been thrown by the wayside in order for her to indulge her vanilla sexual fantasies. But wait, whats that? In this book there's reference to... SHOCK HORROR, BDSM. At times I do wonder if this author knows anything about personal relationships as its completely ridiculous. Anita would earn more cash flat on her back than she seems to make doing anything else plus the way things are going it's a case of any excuse to make the beast with three, four or five backs. Also throw into the mix the lack of mental stimulous and Anita really should be a case book study for any number of psychologists as the human brain really does need more stimuli than is actually presented to the character.

Anita must obviously be suffering from at least one brain injury now that is turning her into a sexual addict as it seems to be her only answer to anything. "What your Dad's dying? Quick jump into bed with me and lets have sex." "What do you mean that your dog died yesterday, you know what helps you get over it? Lots of sex."

Whilst I'm not coming over as a real fan I've more than paid my dues to this author and so I want to lay down a challenge.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sigh.... 13 Sep 2008
By Aysea
These books used to be fun, snappy, full of genuine character concerns for the lead, Anita, which did not boil down to simply, sex. They used to have actual plot. God knows I've kept trying, but this could be the one that means I just can't be bothered with Anita Blake anymore. Danse Marcabe was the worst of the recent bunch but this one is just plain dull. Anita used to have a job, there used to be the interest of a mystery to solve. Now it's just wheel on the next sexual partner and LKH simply arranges the rest of the story around it like so much limp set dressing. It saddens me to feel that these books are now just one big Mary-Sue exercise. Perhaps they always were, but at least we got some story for our pains. Blood Noir is just a low rent soap opera with endless sex thrown in. Up to 'Blue Moon', it's worth reading the series. Of the recent ones, only 'Obsidian Buterfly' is worth your time. And these UK book covers are totally and utterly dreadful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars anita blake vamire hunter vol 15 blood noir
i enjoyed the book all the way to the end
i have read all the volums to 15 and enjoyed them all
Published 9 months ago by anne atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOOD NOIR
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Kevin Pemberton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so hot!
What happened to the original brilliant charater writting and plots. Loved the early books, tired of the same old jumping of bones. Read more
Published on 25 July 2010 by Jackiesquirrel
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but do read the next one
Well, like I am sure other people have said, it's ok. It passes the time and inches the story along bit by tiny, sex filled bit. But the next book is 10x better.
Published on 30 Jan 2010 by P. Comben
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, trite and a million miles from the original books!
As a huge fan of thise series initially, I look forward to the publication of these books with excitement but the last few have been little more than Laurell K Hamiltons sexual... Read more
Published on 10 July 2009 by Mrs. S. Bagshaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear...
Don't bother with this one, just pretend it never happened and move straight on to Skin Trade!
The three whole lines of actual plot that you need to know about are reiterated... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2009 by Jo
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear...
Ok, I'm going to try and be objective here. There is a balanced argument centred around the sex in this book. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2009 by Angels Bright
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake series
This book while having sex sessions in did not have as much in as previous books was still a good read. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2009 by Ms. Jane L. Appleton
2.0 out of 5 stars Be afraid . . . of disappointment
Spoiler alerts - Anita is selfish in this novel - Jason pleads her to accompany him to support him in visiting his dad. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2008 by Aingeal Fiction
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Noir
A huge fan of the 'Anita Blake' series,Hamilton did a fab job as usual.My only comment that keeps this from 5star rating was that Anita was not as gutsy,leaning toward timid for... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2008 by vamp lover
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