Audiobook Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Posted July 22, 2015 by Felicia S in 2015 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 23 Comments

Audiobook Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda JonesEighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Length: 9 hrs

Date Read: May 2015


With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

More Information:
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Charley Davidson #8

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

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NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂 

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating : 3.50
Story Rating : 3.00
Character Rating : 4. 00

Audio Rating : 5.00

First Thought when Finished: The end of Eighth Grave after Dark by Darynda Jones didn’t work for me on any level but the mystery/humor/characters I love still made this an enjoyable read.

Quick Thoughts: This is a hard book for me to rate and review. I am an ender and that end did not work for me. It introduced two troupes that I don’t care for at all (won’t give them away). That being said, the mystery was fun in this one. I loved getting to know more about certain characters. I liked the character arcs of some others coming more into the light. I loved the humor. I loved COOKIE (ok I always love Cookie but that is besides the point). In other words, I still really enjoyed listening to the book but I wanted to throw it across the room when done. How do you rate that? How do you review it? This was the best I could come up with!

Audio Thoughts

Narrated By Lorelei King / Length: 9 hrs

If you don’t listen to these on audio then you are missing out. Seriously, hands down one of the best narrator/author duos out there!

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Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
5 / 5
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23 responses to “Audiobook Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

  1. I’ve been wanting to start on this series for ages. Maybe when I finish my Paris in July audios I’ll have time to make a start. Glad the audio version was great but argh bummer about the ending, was it a cliffhanger?

  2. I totally agree with you on the ending, but the epilogue? from Reyes POV saved it for me. I enjoyed this one overall more than the last couple, so I gave it a B or such. But if what happened at the end continues for more than one book – I’m done!

  3. I read the first one but just haven’t gotten to the rest. I first saw your review on Goodreads and checked to see what the spoiler end was. Grrrr I hate that! Hopefully it won’t be as bad as it seems or she has a new twists.

  4. Nikki H

    I’m behind on this series,–I think I stopped after the fifth one–and haven’t felt the need to catch up. 🙁

    • These are listed as UF and in that sense there is a lot of carry over storyline. That being said each mystery in the books are stand alone so technically you could read them out of order. I just probably wouldn’t (and I totally am an out of order reader but in this case the story overall works better chronologically)

  5. I remember talking about this with you!!!! It’s like you had to suffer through this ending if only for the closure of the rest of the book. You know me – I’m looking forward to see what Darynda does with that ending. I’ll let you know, ‘kay?!?!? tee, hee!

    Yeah, that was one “spin” was bad…. you had to remind me… ugh, I’m going fetal position…

    • You WILL let me know! You will—I will be expecting texts maybe a phone call 🙂 <---just so we are clear on the expectations! hehe I had too!!! Actually I put off posting this one as long as I could but alas it was time.

  6. I pre-ordered this one then read a few reviews and since I felt “meh” about the last two books I canceled my pre-order. I’m stalking my library to see if they get it in audio like the rest of the series. I just can’t get on board with using a credit for this one. I might be done with the series.

    • That might be my other way to go with the next one. I really am waiting to hear from others about what they think after reading it. It won’t be a when it releases kind of order for me.

    • Oh the books are all funny! I enjoyed reading this and did it in two days 🙂 The end worked for some but it introduced a troupe I don’t like.

  7. So I have been wanting to start this series for a while now. I guess this one will go on my audio wishlist as I don’t want to miss out. 😉