Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
Date Read: July 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn't the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment--until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated--literally, and with extreme prejudice.
Wit the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem--pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She'd better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave--a real working stiff. She'd be better off dead..
Publisher: Penguin Audio, Roc
Series: Revivalist #1
Also by this author: Glass Houses, Ill Wind, Heat Stroke, Undone, CarniePunk br> br>
Also in this series: Two Weeks' Notice, Terminated
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Kindle/Paper Copy)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 3.75
First Thought when Finished: Wicked, Dark, and just a bit funny! I really enjoyed Working Stiff!
Story Thoughts: I am a fan of zombies in all shapes and forms: Scary, Mindless, Thinking, Snarky, Scary, and Functioning. If the story frames the “zombie” lore well, I can totally buy it. Working Stiff manages to make me believe that we can revive the dead and they can survive on something other brains. The strongest part of this story though was the mystery. I was really caught up in the tracking, planning, and taking down of the baddie.
Character Thoughts: I LOVED Bryn! She was a great combo of snark, realism, and flippant enough to roll with the punches. The fact that she had an armed forces background helped sell the other parts of her character that made her kick-ass. The boys were great too! While I not quite on board with the romance (which to me was very secondary in Working Stiff-as it should have been), I see myself jumping on that train in book 2! All around great character development and introductions.
Narrated By Julia Whelan / Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
Overall I think Julia did a wonderful job with the narration. It took about 3 hours for me to really click the characters with her “sound” but after that it was totally enjoyable. I expect that my audio rating will be higher for book 2.
Final Thoughts: I found a new to me series that I will totally enjoy, I think!
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