My name is Sally.
For over 30 years I've prowled the night, one of the undead. In that time I've walked amongst you - a wolf in sheep's clothing - doing unspeakable things, killing countless people.
Now, on the eve of Armageddon, a chance for redemption presents itself. My past has come looking for me, beckoning me back to the city of my rebirth.
Those who killed me the first time are intent on finishing the job. I'm outnumbered and outgunned, but they've got another thing coming if they think I'm outclassed.
Unspeakable horrors, both old and new, await me in the City of Sin, but in the end they're all going to learn one very painful lesson: Payback is a Bitch.
©2013 Rick Gualtieri (P)2014 Rick Gualtieri
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"Something to tide you over"
This book is a novella in place before the next book in the series which is out in print but not audible as of the writing of this review. The book is the usual fast paced, humor filled stories I have come to expect from this series. If you like the previous books you will more than likely enjoy this one.
I think some of the negatives written about this series are more due to the lack of most of the main characters from the previous stories. I , for one, enjoyed learning about Sally's backstory and finding out what makes her tick. She had a sassy, smart-alec sense of humor, but it was different enough that I didn't confuse her viewpoint with that of Bill in the previous novels.
I was kind of surprised by the low rating of the narrarator by other reviewers. I thought she did an excellent job capturing the attitude and cattiness of the main character. it was a bit over-the-top but then again Sally is pretty over-the-top herself. The only reason I rated the narraration so low was the quality of the editing and recording was one of the worst I have heard in many moons. You can literally hear multiple cuts when they stopped recording and restarted based on the amount and volume of background noise you hear.
I could defnitely hear a lot of background noise in the recording such as moving pencils, the air conditioner changing and even some car noises in the background, The background volume also changes a lot during the recording. That definitely brings down my evaluation but not so much that I did not enjoy the book.
If you like the series this is a good continuation, but I think you could get by without this one and just get the next book in the series if you want to save some money. Still, I liked it, but it is a little pricey for a 6 hour recording.
"If you like The Tome of Bill you should... But..."
This book is important if you continue onto Goddamned Freaky Monsters. But I would recommend reading it, unless you can get past the Game Show Host voices the narrator uses for most of the characters. It was unbearable to me, but it is just my opinion. Though I was waiting for her to say, "And what's behind door number two? Well, Drew, it's a New Car!"
"Okay story, bad reader, good for series completion"
It was very nice to have a story from Sally's point of view and to learn of her origins and get hopeful hints of her future. The plot of that story, however, felt a bit rushed and haphazard, the dialogue a little stiff in places. It ties in nicely and advances the background plot of the full series to a certain degree, though, and was worth reading for its context within the full Tome of Bill endeavor.
The reader has good moments as the voice of Sally, particularly if you consider her origin fully. Her narration and delivery of the voices of other characters, however, was very poor. At times it felt like the story was being read to children. At other times I felt as if my GPS device was reading a novel to me. Sally is rooted in an older era, so no one should expect her to sound like a strong young woman of the new millennium... but Sally is tough as nails, whatever her origin, and should never sound like like a laundry detergent commercial.
"Good story, poor narrative"
narrator was robotic, too many mispronounced words, narrator couldn't formulate sentences coinciding with author's flow.
I was happy to learn that Gualtieri had written a Tome of Bill book from the female perspective, and it was good to finally have some clarity on Sally's backstory. Unfortunately, the narrator for this audiobook nearly ruined it for me.
How can I put this? She sounds like she learned English entirely from watching cheesy TV news anchors. Her cadence is frequently awkward, with random pauses ... in between words for no ... apparent reason. Worse, however, is the cheesy, staged, fake tone of her voice (like a cheesy anchorwoman). It's not appropriate to the character, and it's tremendously distracting.
I can honestly say I will never buy another audiobook that this woman narrates.
Its nice to see Sally step up to lead a story. But the main subtext is where the HELL IS BILL!!!! But its still a very entertaining read and the end is a very nice payoff. Sally grows a lot as a character in this book and should make her even more so going forward.
"to be read between books 4 & 5 of Tomb of Bill"
This give Sally's background and much more. Seamlessly goes in the Tomb of Bill series. Best read between books 4 and 5 of that series. I wish they had labeled it as book 5 as I had started book 5 but when browsing books by author I discovered it and luckily had just started book 5.
"story ok, narrator, not so much."
the narrator sounded extremely mechanical. almost like a robot at times. story was good enough though.
"Great addition to the series."
I enjoyed this book as much as I have the Bill exploits. I liked the interwoven flashbacks and the glimpses into Sally's life. To say I was surprised at the ending would be an understatement. Can't wait to find out what happens next. A great addition to the Bill the Vampire series. I don't know why people had a hard time with the reader. I can't say the same.
"good book bad reader"
It sounded like a chipper version of siri from an iPhone reading it with misplaced inflections. over voice acting was killing me.
"great story but ..."
I loved the book,, more details about char revealed their history etc.
But the narrator was not all that great sounded very clipped in her speech and on some occasions you could even heat the click of the mouse etc.
I read the other two reviews and feel they are a little unfair. The first chapter there are a few moments where the narrator are prehaps nervous. As the story goes on she gets much better and really brings the charicters to life. As much as the other books so far.
No, I only persevered because It was integral to the series. I would read it again but never listen...shudders
Everything, I got the distinct impression that she had no concept of the character, suddenly this tough little blonde became a dopey, potty mouth Marilyn Monroe. Just didn't fit and I could not recognise Sally in it at all.
Disappointment, Sally is a big feisty character with a wicked sense of humour. The narration left me feeling cheated.
I think I would have done better reading this one rather than listening.
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