Peace, Blood, and Understanding Audiobook by Molly Harper (REVIEW)

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Review of: Peace, Blood and Understanding Audiobook
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On January 10, 2020
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Peace, Blood, and Understanding Audiobook

By: Molly Harper

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi

Published by: Audible Studios 10/07/19

Peace, Blood, and Understanding Audiobook (Half-Moon Hollow #7) by Molly Harper read by Amanda Ronconi

4.5 stars rating

Half-Moon Hollow #7

6 hrs and 50 mins

Genre: Paranormal romance

Peace, Blood, and Understanding Audiobook Sample

Peace, Blood, and Understanding Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

While I’ve had a lot of fun in Mystic Bayou, I’m so happy to be back in Half Moon Hollow. I just love Jane and the gang. This book follows Meadow Schwartz a fairly new vampire under the care and supervision of Jane and Dick Chaney. Meadow had some issues in her past and has more family issues than most, but she’s really gotten her life together now in Half Moon Hollow. Things are really looking up.

Now Erik Weston has come to town to investigate Dick and Jane’s (how did I not notice the Dick and Jane thing before, we need a Dick and Jane vampire kids book. LOL) unconventional management of the vampires in Half Moon Hollow and the surrounding area. He will now audit everything for the council and determine if Jane and Dick team should be replaced and new management brought in.

Some weird things are happening (because there are always weird things in Half Moon Hollow), but it is worse because Weston is here to see it all. But I think it ended up only showing them how good Dick and Jane are at their jobs. They are able to take it all in stride and keep the area safe.

This is another fun story. There are two things that really brings me to this series, the characters and the humor. Yes, there is romance, and I generally like the romances. There is also usually some sort of mystery that must be solved. And I enjoy that too. But it is the extreme fun characters and their sense of humor. They are characters that I would love to spend a weekend with (I wish it was a real place to take a vacation). If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it (though I would start with the Jane Jameson Urban Fantasy series, which is only four books long and takes place, chronologically, before this series, but part of that is I like to start at the beginning of all series.).

Peace, Blood, and Understanding Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

I think Amanda Ronconi really takes this from a good to a great series. She has a great ability to bring the humor out in a story. This series also has a very large cast, which Ronconi appears to handle with ease. If you’ve never listened to her read a story you’re really missing out.

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you'd have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She's single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This "triple whammy of worry" has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama's prayer list. And despite the fact that's pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she's mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born. It took me almost a year to complete and edit a draft of the book, which I planned as the first in a three-book series. I spent three months using agentquery.com to ruthlessly stalk potential literary agents. (There were a lot of lists involved, I don't want to re-live it.) I was gently rejected by at least half of them. I corresponded with some very nice, very patient people, but ultimately signed with the fabulous Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management. Stephany was willing to take to the time to give me advice on how to imp Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you’d have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She’s single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This “triple whammy of worry” has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she’s mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.

And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.

It took me almost a year to complete and edit a draft of the book, which I planned as the first in a three-book series. I spent three months using agentquery.com to ruthlessly stalk potential literary agents. (There were a lot of lists involved, I don’t want to re-live it.) I was gently rejected by at least half of them. I corresponded with some very nice, very patient people, but ultimately signed with the fabulous Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management. Stephany was willing to take to the time to give me advice on how to imp

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Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

Amanda Ronconi is an actress and narrator who divides her time between New York City and upstate New York. She has a BFA from NYU, where she studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has performed in theaters around New York City and regionally at the Alley, Capital Rep, and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Her Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in the New York Times. Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), and IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her voice-over work encompasses nearly 100 audiobooks available on audible.com. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.

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I like to thank Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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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.

    20 Comments

  1. One of these days I’m going to read a Molly Harper book! Wonderful to see you’re still loving her stories.

  2. I have read these all over the place

    • I started off kinda all over the place. I’m now all in order.

  3. I listened to this one recently and loved it! I enjoy Half Moon Hollow better than Mystic Bayou too although I like both series. I’m also up for more Jane. Amanda Ronconi makes these books for me. Great review!

    • Agreed. I enjoy both series, but this one more than the other.

  4. This was so much fun! I love this series and the narration of it. There are always great laughs and enough romance to keep me happy.

    • Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi are a great go-to when you need a pick-me-up.

  5. This is one author I’m promising to make time for this year. The sad thing is, I’ve had her books on my kindle for YEARS and have yet to try them. *sigh*

  6. I would totally support a Dick and Jane kids vampire book. lol I haven’t read a lot of her books but she’s on my tbr list for sure.

    • Right?? A Dick and Jane vampire kids book would be awesome.

  7. Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi just go together in my mind. I have listened to a few books by Molly Harper but I have so many more to read. I can’t wait until I finally tackle this series.

    • They do go great together. I can’t imagine any other team.

  8. Oh I’ve read some of her other series how did i miss this one? Thanks for sharing your review Melanie it sounds really good

    • This is such a fun series. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  9. I really need to read more by this author!

  10. Yea!! I really liked this one too. I did realize how much I missed Jane and the gang. It was a fun story. And YES! I fully support a Dick and Jane vampire kids book!

    • I don’t know why that never came to my head before. I think it was because there was so much going on with the council stuff, so their names were mentioned together a lot more than normal.

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