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Moon Dance

Vampire for Hire, Book 1
Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
Series: Vampire for Hire, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago, federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.

©2009 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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  • Karen K
  • 06-09-2011

A Nice Surprise

I thought I would try some of Audible's productions and saw that Mr. Rain was a #1 Kindle book seller, so I thought I would give him a try. I was not disappointed. This has a little bit of a different spin on the vampire/werewolf supernatural genre. First Mrs. Moon doesn't (usually) drink human blood. Second, she tries to keep up appearances as a human by even going so far as to slather on sunscreen and a hat and shades so she can pick up her kids from school. Third, she is a PI (former Federal Agent for HUD) and doesn't want to become a killer, like a lot of legends have portrayed many vampires. Only a few people close to her even know the truth about her "skin disease." This series really humanizes many aspects of the supernatural and how they are coping with their "condition," and how they carry on relationships. Whether they consider themselves still one of "God's children" or not; if they think they, themselves, are good or bad.

The books are not very long, compared to some, but there is a lot of ground covered. It will be interesting to see the continued character development in the next installments of this series. I appreciate Audible taking a chance with this author and would probably enjoy some of his other books in audio format as well. Too bad my library doesn't carry his books.

Dina Pearlman does an outstanding job in her reading of this work.

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  • Colleen
  • 21-09-2011

Great listen!!

Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there - was a real nice surprise and would definitely be a favourite

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

She is a great narrator and really brings it alive and becomes Samantha Moon

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes i hated having to turn it off.

Any additional comments?

Excellent reading and sucks you right in - i ended up getting all 4! Great story, believabel and very real. Nice surprise as didnt expect it to be this. incredibly enjoyable read, love the character, the plot, the story and the narrator. Excellent in my view - all round! Definitely a JR Rain fan and cant wait till the 5th installment!

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  • Cheri
  • 09-03-2016

Better Than I Expected ~ Original Characters!

What did you love best about Moon Dance?

I loved the characters and plot were different from most vampire stories. Six years ago Samantha Moon was attached and changed into a vampire against her will. Since then she has been trying to adapt to being a vampire, while hanging on to her husband and children. Because she can no longer go out in the sun, she has started her own PI business from the comfort of her home and mainly works at night.

While we only get to meet one vampire in this story, it appears the vampires are not always drop dead sexy and being a vampire could be considered a curse. However, while it was a curse at times, her heighted senses and strength did come in handy. Then her ability to turn into a creature that could fly was definitely different.

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

This story was told from Samantha's POV so she was my favorite character. I loved Dina's delivery of all the snarky comments.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I did! It was the perfect length.

Moon Dance is an older story but if you have not listened to it, you are missing out. It's about a female Private Investigator who happens to be a vampire. She is investigating her new client to find out who tried to kill him by shooting him in the face......five times. I know I have been missing out.

Any additional comments?

There are few stories that evoke strong emotions from me; however, this story made me feel rage. Samantha's cheating husband tells her he is taking the kids and makes her move out of their house. Adding insult to injury, he will only allow her supervised visitations every weekend for two hours. If she does not comply with his demands, he will expose her as a vampire, and have her declare unfit as a parent.

All throughout the story, you could tell Samantha was crazy about her kids and took very good care of them. I hope she gets even with her ex-husband in the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-12-2011

Fantastic--

What made the experience of listening to Moon Dance the most enjoyable?

It was the perfect blend of earthy humor and mystery woven in amongst the paranormal goings on. Even my husband liked it, and he doesn't like anything.

What other book might you compare Moon Dance to and why?

Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series

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

Oh my goodness, she brings the visual aspect to a basically two deminsional experience.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh. That was a hell of a first paragraph, you've got to admit.

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  • Paul
  • 02-04-2012

Pretty Good for Light Listening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to a friend who enjoys mystery vampire books.

Would you recommend Moon Dance to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it, but only as a light read. It's pulp fiction, not too deep or meaningful.

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  • Steele
  • 18-04-2020

Meh

The main character was uptight and judgmental. Odd, considering her predicament. I don't think I'll bother with the second book.

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  • Winona P. Utterback
  • 07-04-2020

never again!

if I never hear the words He said She said or I said again it was like the author didn’t think the reader was smart enough to figure out who said what .I found it very nerve wrecking.

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  • Kult of Cam
  • 18-02-2020

Meh...

Admittedly, this is my favorite statement for audiobooks that are not exactly good, yet not laugh out loud horrible either. Been there, done that kinda vampire story.

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  • Tonya
  • 12-12-2019

Getting annoyed

If the narrator says "he said" "she said" " i said" one more time during a two person conversation I might just stop listening and get a refund. So annoying to say that over and over when it's obvious who's speaking by the tone of voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-2019

Hooked

I am hooked!! I love Sam Moons character!! The story line is such a breath of fresh air from the the same old storyline you hear in all the other hundreds of vampire books. on to the next one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-2015

Good Read\Listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Dance to be better than the print version?

Don't know never read the paper version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kingsley - I can see lots of story to come

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

Enjoyed her performance - felt the characters pain etc.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I lost a tear when the family separated - I know it's a girl thing but nobody would separate me from my family.

Any additional comments?

New author to me - I hope that the rest of the series is as good as this one.

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  • roielle
  • 09-05-2019

Great book

This was a great book and I am Eager to listen to the next only thing is the narrator voice does sound at times like someone just going through the motions and not like someone invested in the story line but great overall all and a nice change from the atypical story line of vampires which is great. X thanks for a great story.

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  • Meera
  • 10-02-2018

A struggle but interesting premise

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I very much struggled through this book. I picked it up on a whim as it sounded interesting but in the end I found the character very steriotypical vampire with no development on the idea. The constant reminders, within a few sentences, of many things with a lot of repetitions of themes or her thoughts throughout the book made me rather frustrated at times. Also the over description of the men made her seem sex craved. The constant reminder of her icy skin or the unnecessary over description of something that had happened earlier made it a hard going read. Sad as it seemed a promising idea. A lot going on without much depth put into most of it. Seemed to jump theme to theme. I will keep going with the series mainly only as the cliffhangers are infuriating.