Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Audiobook by Darynda Jones (REVIEW)

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Review of: Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Audiobook
Darynda Jones

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On February 14, 2017
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Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Audiobook

by: Darynda Jones

Narrated by: Lorelei King

Published by Macmillan Audio 01/24/2017

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Audiobook by Darynda Jones

4.5 stars rating

Charley Davidson series #11

9 hrs and 18 mins

genre: Urban Fantasy

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Audiobook Sample

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Audiobook

4.5 stars

This series is a favorite of mine. I’ve loved it since I started with First Grave on the Right back in 2012. I started this series because I thought the story sounded interesting and I really love Lorelei King. Now, eleven books in, and I’m still in love.

As per a usual Charley Davidson story, this has two cases in it. One, Charley is investigating the Fosters, the two people who took Reyes from his “birth” parents. She’s even hired by another of the Fosters’ kids to find out if he was taken as well.

There are also some secrets between UB and Cookie that are causing problems. On more than one occasion, Cookie calls Charley saying that UB was having an affair because he’s acting weird. There’s also something going on with Amber. Charley and the gang are trying to keep UB alive because there is someone who wants to kill him. There’s just a lot of secrets all the way around.

As per most of the recent Charley books, this one ends with quite the cliffhanger. There are parts of the story that wrap up really well. There are many questions answered. There are also some new ones that pop up (one that was left hanging and have me scratching my head). We learn a lot about Charley and Reyes. I don’t know that I can say much more without spoilers.

Charley, Reyes, Cookie, UB and Amber have worked their way into my heart. They are a really fun cast of characters. We also get some time with Swope, Angel and Osh. Amber has a lot more page time in this book than previous books. The characters are my favorite part about this series. I think I could read anything with them in it.

The other thing that really draws me into this series is the humor. Yes, this series has some amazing plots, some really great suspense and some really interesting cases for Charley to solve. But it is the humor that I love the most. I know that Ms. Jones will make me laugh (though she has made me tear up on more than one occasion). The little one liners that come out of this series are always so much fun. The t-shirt, bumper sticker and meme sayings at the beginning of the chapters are always chuckle worthy. The banter between the characters are also great. Let’s not forget about some things that go through Charley’s head.

“On a scale of one to Kanye, you don’t even register”

A lot of people are only alive because I shed way too much hair to ever get away with murder ~ meme

Life isn’t a fairytale. If you lose a shoe at midnight, you’re drunk ~ meme

“How better to learn to control this than to give you dire consequences if you fail”
Male logic at it’s finest, ladies and gentleman.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Narration

5 stars

Since I told you that I started this series specifically because Lorelei King is the narration, then you should know that this is an audio only series for me. King’s ability to bring out the different aspects of each character and their personalities to a tee. She’s able to make Reyes scary when he needs to be. Charley is, well, Charley. King is able to make me laugh and cry throughout all the different scenes in this series. I once tried to read a short story (Shimmer) and had the hardest time. Nope, audio only for me. If you haven’t tried this series on audio, I can’t recommend it enough.

Darynda Jones

Author Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

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Narrator Lorelei King

Narrator Lorelei King

Once described as ‘the best known American voice on radio 4,’ Lorelei King has recorded more than 200 programs for the BBC, including the Marx Brothers tribute, ‘Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel,’ super-hero ‘audio movies’ including ‘Superman,’ ‘Batman’ and ‘Judge Dredd and classic American drama such as ‘East of Eden,’ ‘Ethan Frome’ and ‘A Thousand Acres.’ She appears regularly as a panellist on shows such as ‘Where in the World’ and ‘Wordly Wise’ and has hosted her own talk show, ‘All About Eve.’
Lorelei is a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.
Her work in animation is extensive, and in America she provides the voices for ‘Wendy’ and ‘Packer’ (among others) in Bob the Builder.
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I’m catching up on this series. Sorry I’m afraid to read these reviews but I’m sure it was fantastic 🙂
    I’m on #3

    • I’m generally the same way. Just know that it is as fun as the rest. My biggest gripe was a cliffhanger. By the time you’re caught up, you might not have to wait (or at least as long). LOL

  2. Love this series too.

  3. Totally skimmed as I haven’t listened to it yet. But this is the second really positive review I’ve seen… I don’t want to have my hopes up, though! haha I’m glad you loved it!

    • I always worry when a book gets too much love that I won’t like it as much too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

  4. This is a series I have to listen to because of Lorelei King. I love the characters and the humor, and like you, I am still loving this series. Let’s hope it finishes strong.

  5. I really like this series, I am way behind as I just finished book three on audio, but I will eventually get to them all as they are so fun!

    • Glad you started this series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. This is a favorite series of mine.

  6. I’m so behind on these, gonna have to binge listen to them this year *nods* Glad you enjoyed!!

  7. Humor is always a great thing to have. It helps us to get attached to the characters. So impressive that Jones is still churning great installments after 11 books!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

      I do love books with a lot of humor. It balances out some of the darker books that I also love. 🙂

  8. I think this book even more than others in the series brought home to me how much I glom onto the characters, too. And that cliffhanger, argh. Need book twelve. 🙂

    I agree, Lorelei King is stupendous for this series and a few others I’ve listened to.

    • That cliffhanger, man… I love Lorelei King. I’m listening on Silence Fallen now. 😀

  9. I did a bit of frustrated scream at the end. Of course we have to have more conflict. But this, oh hell! I love the range of emotions I get from this series and I believe the narration is a big part too. I’ve tried reading and although I loved it, it wasn’t nearly the same as listening.

    • Agreed. This series is a must listen. Jones and King together have made me laugh and cry. They are a great team.

  10. Wasn’t that ending killer? I can’t wait for the next book!

  11. I didn’t like the 2 last books as much as the others in the series but I really love this one once again!

    • I’ve seen several people feel that way. I was starting to get a little annoyed with the naming of things. That was starting to get a little out of control. This one was perfect.

  12. I have yet to read this series but I’ve heard great things about it.

    • This series is so much fun. I hope you get a chance to try it soon.

  13. YES! I cannot wait to get to this one. I’ve done all of these on audio and I’m going to continue that trend. Love Lorelei King’s narration of the books!

    • Lorelei King is the best. I’m listening now to the current Mercy book with King as the narrator there too.

  14. I’m one of those peeps that hasn’t read Charley Davidson… I know I need to! This series sounds so good, but a cliff hanger! Argh!

    • The nice thing about starting a series late is you don’t have to worry about cliffhangers. You can start the next book right away. I hope you get a chance to try this one.

  15. Glad to hear you’re still loving this series too! I agree with you on all points – the humor, the plots, the characters… but especially the narration! GAh, Lorelei King just nails it, doesn’t she?!

    • Lorelei King is the best. I really love her narration. I’m listening to Mercy now. 😀

  16. Melanie – I think I am switching to audio on this one. I am a few behind (8). I’m worried about 9 so I’m definitely going to catch up by audio.


    • I hope you enjoy them. I love them on audio. Lorelei King is a favorite narrator of mine. That is actually how I found this series. I loved King’s narration of Mercy Thompson. Saw that she narrated this series and wanted to give it a try.

  17. I simply devoured this and cannot wait for the next one. As soon as this series finishes I plan to do a reread on audio.

  18. Half of your review I didn’t know what you were talking about because I’m so behind in this series lol. I do plan to at least get halfway caught up before the year is out, but your review makes me glad that this series continues to entertain

    • Sorry. It is very hard to write reviews this late in a series, for people who aren’t caught up. I especially have a hard time because I try to be vague so as to avoid spoilers. I hope you’re able to get caught up.

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