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Play Dead Audiobook

Play Dead: Elise Sandburg, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

No one is more familiar with Savannah's dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She's been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: She was abandoned as a baby in one of the city's ancient cemeteries, and it’s rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah witch doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise’s new partner. Now someone is terrorizing the city, creating real-life zombies by poisoning victims into a conscious paralysis that mimics death. As the chilling case unfolds, Elise is drawn back into the haunted past she's tried so hard to leave behind.

©2004 Anne Frasier (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Carol & Mike Doran
    24/03/15
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    "Fun listen"

    Did not expect to enjoy a story steeped in the occult. Found it to be a lot of fun. Interesting characters. Narrator is excellent. Will try the next in the series

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • K. Mathis
    usa
    31/03/16
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    "where do I begin..."

    Dear narrator: just read the book. The accents doesn't work if you can't do them. it's Georgia and one of the characters has a Louisiana creole accent. as for the book there was a lot of inconsistent details that were irritating. It was a hard finished mainly because I knew who the killer was midway through but mostly because of the inconsistencies. too bad because the idea held a lot of potential just poorly developed.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Felicedileggere
    31/08/16
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    "Great story ... TERRIBLE narrator..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm on the fence ... i had big issues with the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I couldn't get past the incorrect sentence inflections and the sing song voice... UGH!!!


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States
    30/08/16
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    "More of a Soap Opera than a Crime Thriller/Mystery"
    What would have made Play Dead better?

    A different narrator. Less complaining and introspection from Elise.


    What could Anne Frasier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Making the book more of a thriller.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Natalie Ross needs to stop doing voices for men, its just awful. She makes all men sound dumb.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger for wasting my time on this series.


    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley
    Florida
    2/08/16
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    "Sorry to be so critical but....."
    What disappointed you about Play Dead?

    I think this could have been a good audible book with a different narrator. The story seemed good but I have listened to so many audible books with good narrators that I won't waste my time bad narration to a good story!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have changed narrators!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Such breathy, fakey voice and intonations. The male voices were awful.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Play Dead?

    I don't know because I am returning all 3 of this author's books whose main character is Elise Sandburg because of the narrator's awful way of narrating what I think would have been a good story!m


    Any additional comments?

    Why would an author consent to having a poor narrator after all the work it took to write and publish the 3 Elise Sandburg books? I started listening to the first one of this series and had to stop. I then checked to see if book 2 and 3 had the same narrator. It was disappointing to find the same one.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Lia
    Sutton, Australia
    25/10/16
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    "Great book under $8"

    What an interesting twist this mystery had. I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was, but the story took a strange turn and I was surprised when the evil killer was revealed.

    Dead people are supposed to be, just that, dead, but how would you feel if you were an M.E. and discovered that the body you were just about to cut a Y shape in, suddenly gasped for air? Well, that was enough to raise the hair on the back of my neck. When you're dealing with a corpse, that's what you'd expect--a dead person! But in the town of Savannah, Georgia, dead bodies were coming to life!

    A zombie here and a zombie there--what on earth could cause such an occurrence? If you want to find out, you must read the book. It's very engaging, very suspenseful with many twists that will keep you guessing. I loved this story and the cover sold me right away

    Natalie Ross was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Momreadstoomuch
    4/04/16
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    "Wow"

    Great story. Mix of history, Savannah culture and mystery made this book unputdownable. The characters were so well developed and the narrator gave a performance that had me talking to them. I kept saying OMG. My family had to think I was crazy. Great read/ listen.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • green ice cream garden
    miramar, FL United States
    6/11/15
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    "Liked enough to get book #2"

    The puffer fish/voodoo/zombie thing is old but this book has some redeeming qualities. I enjoy that the main characters have flaws and emotional baggage. The chemistry between the two main detectives was slow to build but that made their final connection worth the wait. I wish the plot had more twists and that there could have been more humor, but what was absolutely stellar was Natalie Ross' narration. Excellent. Moving on to #2.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Donna
    California
    22/11/15
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    "Good murder mystery"

    A female detective assigned to a male partner with a past that hasn't left him. An old woman and voodoo in Louisiana. Good narration. Humanly flawed characters.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • thinkingchick
    2/01/16
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    "Captivating book."

    I really enjoyed this book. I couldnt wait to read the next two and did over a matter of days after Play Dead. The author pulled together her character histories and transitions very smoothly. The narrator had a pleasant voice; well done on switching from line to line, character to character.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • DesignerL
    East Anglia
    13/12/15
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    "Narration let this down."

    Like a female version of a satire of William Shatner.
    The story was ok but hard to listen to because of the whispery jagged tone of the narrator. I wouldn't listen to it again, once was enough.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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