Audiobook Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones/Narrated By Lorelei King

Posted September 6, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 21 Comments

Audiobook Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones/Narrated By Lorelei KingSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins

Date Read: September 2013

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high. (T-shirt)

Charley Davidson isn¿t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She¿s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.

When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer¿s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes¿ help. Arsonist or not, he¿s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.

Charley Davidson is at it again in Fifth Grave Past the Light, the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Times best-selling series by Darynda Jones.

More Information:
Publisher: Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press
Series: Charley Davidson #5

Also by this author: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Dirt on Ninth Grave
Also in this series: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Dirt on Ninth Grave

My Thoughts on Audiobook Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones/Narrated By Lorelei KingListened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.75

Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: I love Charlie but I am thrilled we got more Cookie in Fifth Grave Past the Light!

Story Thoughts: Poor Charlie! The life of a Grim Reaper is never boring. Her love life is even more complicated that her Grim Reaper job. I am not sure how she maintains her excellent sense of humor but that is what makes me love her. Let’s talk about how Cookie played an awesome role in this installment. I loved that she stepped up to the plate in only way that Cookie can (baseball bats, guns, sexy outfits, and snark). She kicked some serious bootie. The story was two-fold in Fifth Grave: the case of the cheating husband and the ongoing arson case. Both were solved but you are going to have to read to find out how. Let’s just say that the stakes were higher, the emotions rawer, and the humor over-floweth!

Favorite Parts: Cookie’s daughter showing us the sign language she learned. Uncle Bob getting flustered when called on his crush. The very last scene with Charlie and Reyes!

Character Thoughts: I adore Charlie, Cookie, Reyes, Uncle Bob, Garret, and Gemma! They are a great cast that just plays well off of each other. They sparkle, shine, and having amazing wit. I am hoping that we get more of the shrink in the books to come. I also was happy to see Gemma more in this installment. I think we are finally getting to really know her and I like her! Overall the characters are what shine in the Charley Davidson series. I don’t think you will be disappointed in them.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Lorelei King / Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins

Freaking brilliant! I wouldn’t do this series in any other way as I think I would miss Lorelei’s voice while reading. I highly recommend these on audio. As always, remember to listen to a sample before purchasing an audio book to make sure the narration works for you.

Final Thoughts: I refuse to look at the release date for the next one because I fear it is 2014 *sigh*

For other reviews of Darynda Jones books go here
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21 responses to “Audiobook Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones/Narrated By Lorelei King

  1. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    I still need to continue with this series! I think I’ve listened to the first two or three? I really liked them, even if I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance … Charlie is just such a fun character!

  2. I’m a huge fan of the Charley Davidson series and absolutely LOVED this installment 🙂 I’ve listened it on audiobook too adn it was PERFECT (Lorelei=Charley, in my mind). And that ending? *faints*

    • I don’t think I could just *read* the books any longer after listening to them on audiobook. I would miss Lorelei’s voice 🙂 I know I want a darn napkin! (except that I want Garrett–she can keep Reyes LOL)

  3. Amy

    Audio & no other way. As soon as I work it in & if the book price hadn’t come down, I’m going audio 😉 more Cookie & Uncle Bob? I like it. Love to laugh with this series. It’s better than therapy.

  4. I wish I had listened to this as I do love Lorelei’s narration. I agree about Cookie but gosh darn it she needs a man! And yes that last line was something else.

  5. Now this sounds like on for me to try in audio! I absolutely love this series, and this book was so much fun. (And Charley’s voice is so strong I can see it being an easy on to turn into audio.)

  6. Lorelei is simply THE BEST when it comes to this series –spread the gospel of her greatness! I definitely like how Jones is setting up the series. Can’t wait for more!

  7. Absolutely loved this one! The narrator is great too. Cookie was awesome and so was that darn GPS! I thought I would die laughing at that thing!