Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones


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Audiobook review: The Curse of the Tenth Grave

The Curse of the Tenth Grave AudioAuthor: Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Audio Speed: 1.25x
Series: Charley Davidson #10
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: purchased

After spending the previous book lost in Sleepyhollow with no memories, Charley is back at home and working as a private investigator. Meanwhile, she’s trying to learn more about the three gods sent to kill her daughter, and if Reyes, her beloved husband and the son of Satan, knows he was formed from one of those gods.

For those who have followed my reviews, you know that I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Charley Davidson series. I felt the books became too confusing, with too much going on and some huge inconstancies over the course of the series. Another big issue I’ve always had is the lack of personal growth in Charley and the fact that she would make the same mistakes over and over. So I was a bit surprised that I actually really enjoyed The Curse of the Tenth Grave. It didn’t feel as convoluted as several of the previous titles. Charley was back to solving insolvable crimes, and there weren’t a dozen storylines running at once. But the biggest improvement is that there was substantial relationship and character growth for Charley and Reyes. Things like open communication, helping one another, and trust. Things that should have happened books ago. Additionally, this book cleared up a lot of the mythology, as well.

What I didn’t care for was the apparent changing of the rules, again. The little inconsistencies that drive me insane about this series. The convenient way the rules and mythology change to suit the current storyline. Details forgotten or adjusted to fit. Which then got me thinking about open storylines that never closed the loop, or if they did, I missed it. This series is far from perfect when it comes to the little details; however, when the story is strong, as this one was, those type of little issues have a way of melting into the background. So I was able to forgive and move on because I was so engrossed in the tale.

Once again, humor is central to Charley’s interactions with all she comes into contact. Lorelei King’s performance of Charley only enhances the wit and humor in the story and strengthens Charley’s narrative voice. Ms. King raises the level of the storytelling and also allows me to forgive and move past some of the small issues that I have from time to time.

As a longtime reader/listener to the Charley Davidson series, I found The Curse of the Tenth Grave highly entertaining and a bit emotional. I fell back in love with Charley and Reyes. I enjoyed watching their romantic journey grow and move forward to a more healthy, genuine place. Even more, I loved how they would and will do anything to protect their daughter. This story is a must for fans of the series, but only if you are up-to-date in your reading. Do not skip books in this series; too much happens in each.

My Rating: A-
Narration: A


Reviews in the Series:
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #1)
Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #2)
Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #3)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #4)
Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #5)
Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #6)
Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #7)
Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #8)
Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #8.5)
The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #9)

  • I do wonder what these would be like listening too..hmmm

    • Lorelei King is my absolute favorite narrator.

  • I found Charley quite different in this one. More down to earth or something. I have to go back and listen to the series again because I’m starting to become lost in a bit of the mythology. Still loved it though 🙂

    • I agree. She’s still zany and crazy, but less neurotic maybe? More grounded?

  • Leona Woolfolk

    I just started this series on audio and between this and the Kate Daniels series I feel like I’m losing my mind if I don’t have the audio of them in my ears 100% of the time lol.

  • I recently Binge listened to this series and have to say I think Loreli King nails it! I think binge reading it allowed me to miss a lot of the inconsistencies you’re talking about – I just got the core stories really. I don’t think I want to know so I can ignore them lol! I love Charley and Reyes and I agree they had a lot of growth in this book.

    • Yes, this book is one I wished had happened about book 6 or 7… they spent too long not being an unhealthy couple, but now they seem to be on the right path!

  • I’ve not tried these yet but would like to one day. I’m glad this one turned out to be a good surprise for ya 🙂

    • I think you should start the series via audiobook. I find that I’m not as frustrated with things when I listen to these books.

  • I really love this series. I listen to it for the humor and enjoy the side investigations that Charley and Cookie work on. I felt different than you did about the communication. I wasn’t happy to see Charley just move out when things got tough. I do think they got better as they finally had a discussion. I would probably notice the rule changes better if I listened to them all back to back. I’ve thought about a relisten to the whole series, but I would notice that a lot more if I tried, so I probably won’t.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes… I agree things didn’t start out going smoothly, but they finally broke through the communication barriers. That is why I feel like this book – the actions between Charley and Reyes – should have occurred back 3 books ago… you know?!

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