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Dying for a Living Boxset: Books 1-3 of Dying for a Living Series

Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

This box set includes the first three novels in the Jesse Sullivan series: award-winning novel, Dying for a Living, Amazon best seller, Dying by the Hour, and their companion novel, Dying for Her.

Called "smart, imaginative, and insanely addictive" by New York Times best seller Darynda Jones, this urban fantasy will thrill even the most die-hard urban fantasy fans. 

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for agent Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. Because of a neurological disorder, she is one of the population's rare 2 percent who can serve as a death surrogate, dying so others don't have to. 

Although each death replacement is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory. But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself - or die trying.  

And that was only the beginning....

©2016 Kory M. Shrum (P)2016 Kory M. Shrum

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog
  • 01-06-2016

Fast and Fun listens

Would you listen to Dying for a Living Boxset: Books 1-3 of Dying for a Living Series again? Why?

Maybe, if the series continues for years to come and I find myself forgetting the story.

What other book might you compare Dying for a Living Boxset: Books 1-3 of Dying for a Living Series to and why?

I don't know, I usualy don't listen to stuff like this...

What does Hollie Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She gives a great performance and brings all the characters to life with different voices and accents

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

i die for you to live

Any additional comments?

I usually don't listen to this kind of audiobooks, not my genre at all, but I gave a chance to this trilogy by Korry M. Shrum and I was really happy to discover a very well written series, with likable characters and a good an original plot. This is not your usually dumb zombie story, not at all...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-2018

Great read!!! Well great listen I mean... lol...

Well written!! I really liked the characters and how they were portrayed. Jessie and Alice did frustrate me a few times though lol... All in all I highly recommend this series!!

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  • Deborah
  • 09-01-2019

excellent series

these books had lots of action and suspense plus the narration was nearly perfect. can't wait to continue with the next book

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  • Dionne
  • 14-12-2018

Book 1

Jess is annoying AF. I'm trying to get through this book without wanting to choke her.

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  • Sydney
  • 11-12-2018

book 3..

overall I really love the series!, but I can see why they sold as a box set as no one would have ever purchased number three otherwise. it's the same story as book number two told from a different character's perspective. Other than that love it so far!

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  • Russell Landwehr
  • 29-11-2018

They Chose the Wrong Narrator

The story and characters are decent, but the performance by the narrator lacks any intensity. I can only compare the Audible of this book to the fluffiest feel-good part of a Hallmark film.
The meter and inflection of this narrator would be good for childrens' books where nothing bad happens and everything is bunny rabbits and pretty clouds.
But for this kind of book, the syrupy sweet sameness of the performance and the long pauses between EVERY sentence turns this story into a sleepy-time snoozefest.

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  • Gail E. Sullivan-bertran
  • 26-09-2018

too many gaps

I was able to ignore it at first when the scene would change abruptly but it kept happening. I'd think I missed something so I'd go back and relisten then discover the story just leaped ahead was all. Things would happen to the story and it wasn't clear immediately

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  • B&B'smom
  • 03-09-2018

Okay

I don't know how to explain it. I am a paranormal book lover but I just couldn't get through this one. I can't put my finger on it. just couldn't finish it.

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  • Cassandra
  • 17-05-2018

The Characters and Narrator

I have to say to start this may be my favorite narrator so far. She is great with each character both male and female. The story plots were good and dynamic. I really enjoyed it all the way around. I would definitely recommend them to my peers.

If I had one negative it would be that there are no separations between books. So I was not sure what book I was on.

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  • mrs c howe
  • 19-12-2016

nice intro

was a good intro to the series. but I suspect all the action is to follow

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  • Sarah
  • 19-05-2016

Don't use the Z-Word (Jessica Jones inspired?)

*Not one for plugging into the speakers whilst doing the dishes (NSFW)*

Jesse feels just like a real person, despite the fact that she's technically a Zombie but you shouldn't use the Z-word unless you're one too and you're trying to reclaim it. She's truly funny, knows the right amount of information to make the plot twist and turn, and her cast of supporting characters are varied and interesting too. I was concerned about the presence of a love-triangle (even if it is a bisexual love-triangle). However, it is different from the 'young-adult love-triangle' trope as these characters seem like they are largely just getting on with things, like I've witnessed with love-triangles in real-life.

It's set in Nashville and the town feels as part of the novel as the characters. Give the first book a chance passed the first few awkward descriptions - the author gets better at integrating new characters and there is a noticeable step up in quality between books 1 and 2.

Saying that the descriptions of sex-crimes (mainly in book 2) are horrifying... I mean they are describing horrifying crimes so they shouldn't be anything else, but I decided to fast forward through the end of those minutes. I don't think I missed anything plot-wise (if you decide to do this too). I already had boundless sympathy for Jesse's vaguely described childhood horrors, without re-living them with her. The vivid descriptions of institutionalized torture are also in this category.

This is not a light-novel despite zipping through the plot in pacy and entertaining way. If anything, although I am invested in the story, I am holding back from the next novel in the series because it's hard-work in these parts. Still I think more novels should be about people like Jesse and I think the satirical elements don't seem too forced.

Good for fans of Jessica Jones (Marvel); similarly adult themes, but set in a vibrantly new world with a wildly different protagonist even if they do share a name!

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  • Nina Snorra
  • 18-05-2018

So boring

This book has it's interesting bits but it's just so boring! The idea is good but man oh man, the story is not gripping, I had no interest in the characters, even the exciting parts were boring because everything is so over analysed and drawn out.

I did like that the characters sexual preference didn't define the characters with typical stereotype or making it all about that.

I finished the first book and most of the second and didn't enjoy one bit of it. When I was dreading to go back to listening I just abandoned it and will not finish.