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by Kelley Armstrong (Author), Jennifer Woodward (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 50 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Hachette Digital
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 July 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EYX54A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Robyn Peltier has always lived a normal life. So when her boss is murdered and she is named the prime suspect, she is way out of her depth. As the bodies pile up, only her friend, Hope, and Hope's somewhat spooky boyfriend, Karl, are on her side. Hope, meanwhile, has a few secrets of her own. Namely that she is half-demon and her 'spooky' boyfriend is actually a werewolf. Hope also knows that Robyn has accidentally stumbled into a bloody supernatural turf war. And the only way she can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she's safer knowing nothing about....

©2009 Kelley Armstrong; (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near the usual standard 1 Dec 2008
With the exception of Haunted, I have rated every Kelley Armstrong book 5 stars. It always saddens me when I can't do that, and unfortuanately this is the case with Living with the dead.

LWTD carries on from Hope's story Personal Demon, don't let the dust jacket fool you into thinking this is Robyn's book, she hardly gets any page time. It supposedly attempts to answer the question, what happens when a human gets thrown into the dark side of the Otherworld?

This is the first time Armstrong uses the third person narrative and we have five different view points to contend with. This means that we are really actually dealing with five different stories as whilst the plots do relate to each other, the different characters all have very separate issues to contend with. This gave the plot a very disjointed feel and it was easy to miss clues relating to the story outlined on the jacket.

This also means that none of the characters are especially developed. The chapters are tiny (usually 2-3 pages) which means that we are jumping around all over the place. It was the first time when reading Armstrong that I had no concept of time passing. I also couldn't remember what had happened to each character by the next instalment of their narrative. This made for a confusing, frustrating read. I couldn't get gripped on the story line, which was sad.

It doesn't help that none of the characters are particularly redeeming either. I'm sure this is because they don't get developed properly, but for example Robyn bored me to tears and seemed to be there just as a plot device, her acceptance of her situation seemed to me unrealistic. This is a shame when you consider that their individual situations are actually interesting.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not her best. 8 Nov 2008
I've been a fan of Kelley Armstrong's books for years but I'm sad to say that this book is not her best. It's a good book and I passed an enjoyable evening curled up on the sofa reading this but it doesn't come up to the extremely high standards which she has set in so many of her previous books.

In 'Living with the Dead' Hope Adams (and her boyfriend Karl Marsten) is in L.A. temporarily on assignment for work, but she also there to check up on her friend Robyn Peltier who's husband was killed a few months previously. When one of Robyn's clients is murdered and Robyn becomes the prime suspect after fleeing the scene of the murder, Hope and Karl try to clear her name. Also trying to find Robyn is homicide detective John Findlay (Finn) who happens to be a necromancer. Finn is being helped track Robyn down and solve the murder by the ghost of Robyn's dead husband Damon. (I love this idea - a necromancer solving crimes with the help of a ghost sidekick!)

Robyn, Finn and Damon are interesting characters and good additions to this series, but with so many other characters center stage you never get to know any of them very well. This leads on to my first problem with this book, which is the number of point of views that are used to tell the story (Hope, Robyn, Finn, Adele, Colm). I felt that this made the story a bit too disjointed hopping from one person to another every other chapter. In her earlier books the story is told far more from one or two characters perspectives and you get to know the characters in far more depth. I've not been able to warm to Hope as much as to previous characters and I think it's partially because of the constant switching perspectives that have been used in the books which feature her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Change is as Good as a Rest? (No Spoilers!) 21 Mar 2010
When I found out that this book would again be featuring Hope I was disappointed, as I found Personal Demon to be the worst book of the series so far. I feel her powers are pretty boring and am not really interested in the character at all. However, this book alternates the perspective to a different character for each chapter; something which has been criticised by other reviewers for preventing real character development. My view though was that it was a good way of making a more interesting story from characters who wouldn't have carried a book by themselves.

Whilst this is not a glowing endorsement so far - and I cetainly felt the book was nowhere near as good as any of the werewolf novels - I can empathise that Armstrong probably can't keep the series going with those books alone. This new format provided a better plot than some of the others that have gone before, but I did feel it dragged a bit for the middle section of the story. If you are a fan though, it is definitely worth reading this book, and I'm sure you will enjoy it even if its not one of her best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent read, but heading nowhere once again 19 Jan 2009
I still have faith in Kelley Armstrong and her Otherworld series but, after the weak No Humans Allowed and the anemic Personal Demon, this book has me up to two-and-a-half strikes now...

The somewhat perplexing trend of depowering heroines has been followed to it's natural conclusion at this point ; from barely-powered Jaime, to anti-powered Hope, to completely powerless Robyn.
I'm all for more men of the Otherworld action in books, but for a series called "Women Of The Otherworld" I just don't get what is going on here ?
I became enamored with the series back when Elena was damsel, investigator & (gory) heroine all rolled into one ; if I were just looking for 300 pages of damsel in distress followed by a shoot-out or Muscular Older Man Saves The Day! (TM) then there are whole other genres of the stuff to read from.

I don't want to keep harping on about how little Hope brings to the table, but honestly I don't know what Mrs. Armstrong is thinking with her.
She features prominently in this novel also, and is cast even more solidly as an action hero... but EVERY time she is near violence or villainy, she is paralyzed by indecision and crazy mojo juice.
Hope manages to sustain her 100% record of losing EVERY single brawl she engages in too, to further deepen the mystery of what exactly the point of her is.
Is she intended to be ironic ? A parody of post-Buffy heroines ?

In summary :
Well written, interestingly - and originally - paced, yarn.
As ever, Kelley Armstrong writes a despicable & compelling villain to loathe.
As previously, let down by making the main character too weak by half then marginalizing her to supporting cast halfway through - only this time the substitute is no better equipped for stardom either.

Readable of course, but - for the first time - eminently missable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars living with the dead
I had been enjoying these books, but I feel this one like the last one had lost some of the intrigue, the characters are bland and feel you don't get to know them like the earlier... Read more
Published 1 day ago by dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars :D
Great item. Low price high quality and really enjoyable. Almost brand new only some wear on the spine which is expected with used books but almost perfect.
Published 9 months ago by KARR_X
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
After reading bad reviews on this book, I started reading it, expecting to be confused and disappointed with it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Denny
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
it was a good read, but there were some aspects that could have been developed more. Karl and Robyn annoyed me alot through this book
Published 11 months ago by Sharon Macmillan
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
am finding 'Otherworld' a great place to go and escape, like how she try's to paint her heroin's and hero's with tainted halo's
Published 13 months ago by Maria Arana
3.0 out of 5 stars Living with the dead
A little disappointed with this book. To many characters to follow. Usually when I have a quick 15min I can pick up the book and know exactly were I left off. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cheryl Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book in this series. No sooner have I read the one, I look forward to reading the next. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jacq
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Really good read, i really found it entertaining. However i would recommend that you read the previous books in the series, otherwise you will be lost!
Published 14 months ago by Megz
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Naturally fantastic as per with all books in this series and everything Kelley Armstrong writes. I am always glued to these novels
Published 16 months ago by Faye-Michelle Mallows
4.0 out of 5 stars A human in the Otherworld
Robyn Peltier is a completely normal person trying to recover from the loss of her husband. When her new boss is murdered and she finds herself the prime suspect in a murder... Read more
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