Audiobook Review – Grim Tidings by Amanda M Lee

Eargasms Book Cover Grim Tidings

Written by: Amanda M. Lee
Narrated by: Karen Krause
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
Series: Aisling Grimlock, Book 1
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:07-10-15
Publisher: Amanda M. Lee

Grim(ace) while you work … Aisling Grimlock is having a bad week. Well, actually, she’s having a bad life — not that she’s complaining. Okay, she’s totally complaining. After being laid off from her secretarial position, she has no choice but to join the family business, and now she’s a full-time grim reaper. That’s right. She collects and transfers souls to the hereafter. Cool, huh? Not quite. On the second day of her new job, Aisling (literally!) stumbles over a dead body that’s not on her list and the stakes are suddenly raised because, when a name isn’t on the list, that means someone stole it (and that’s never a good thing). Aisling’s family, which consists of a tempestuous father and four overbearing older brothers, are hot on the case – but the answers they’re coming up with aren’t exactly soothing. It seems a contingent of wraiths have descended on the area, and they’re not just dangerous for unsuspecting souls and the general populace. The Grimlock family is at risk, too. If that weren’t bad enough, Aisling finds herself inexplicably drawn to Detective Griffin Taylor – the police officer who considers her a murder suspect. Oh, and she’s a wraith-magnet — although, truth be told, she’s more interested in Detective Taylor. Aisling is determined to prove that she has what it takes to be a great reaper – even if it means risking her life and proving her father and brothers wrong when it comes to her competence level. When things finally become clear, will Aisling survive long enough to make things right? Or, will she fall prey to the wraiths and the individual controlling them? 


I am currently wondering how long I have to wait for the next audiobook in the series. I really enjoyed this and would prefer to listen rather than pick up the ebooks that are already out.
The characters here are engaging and witty! I loved the whole family and her BFF Jerry. The romance angle with detective Taylor was cute, especially the playful banter. All those other brothers and her dad were a trip! It was just such fun reading those scenes when they were all together. The whole story is from Aisling’s POV, which limits you to
what she knows and feels. I kind of wish we had the other side of the romance in the narrative too. It is typical cozy, only letting you see through the main character.
Karen Krause does an excellent job of bringing the story to life. I loved the snark and sass she instilled in her voice to match the attitude of the book. While she has a nice steady pace, I like t a touch faster. Most of the male voices blended together for me, which wasn’t a huge issue but not optimal listening either. In the end she is the right choice for the book because her energy helps move the action of the story.
I didn’t really feel the whole mystery angle, it was light on the investigative elements you would expect. I am hoping that changes as the series progresses. I hope those audio are on their way soon!

2 Responses

  1. Sophia Rose says:

    I love the blend of mystery and PNR. I’ll have to check this one out. Hopefully the next audio release won’t be too long for you.

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