Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Audiobook by Darynda Jones (REVIEW)

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Review of: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Audiobook
Darynda Jones

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On February 8, 2019
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Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Audiobook

by: Darynda Jones

Narrated by: Lorelei King

Published by Macmillan Audio 01/15/2019

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson #13) by Darynda Jones read by Lorelei King

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Charley Davidson series #13

8 hrs and 39 mins

genre: Urban Fantasy

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Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Audiobook

4 stars

Another series coming to an end (I had so many of them in 2018). The last Charley Davidson book. *sigh* I’ve known for a while that this was coming, but it doesn’t make it any less bittersweet. I’m glad to see Charley fight the battle that she knew was hers to fight and doing it with all of her friends and family around her.

As with the books in the past, this one has two sort of plots. One is the overarching story arc for the series. The second is the mystery that she’s working to solve and resolve in this one book.

In this one, she’s got a young child departed that is following her around. He sounds so cute as she talks about him peeking at her around the corner. Charley works to find out what has happened to this young boy. And she’s doing that while trying to figure out why demons are coming onto this plan and making humans go nuts. Oh, and she only has 3 days to save the world. No pressure, right? Just another day in the life of Charley Davidson.

I’m not going to go into much more detail so as to avoid spoilers. It was great to see the whole gang again. Pretty much everyone gets a little bit of page time. We learn more about Rocket (poor Rocket, I felt so bad for him). We also learn a bit more about Charley’s mom, but I would’ve liked to know more. There is a big twist that we learn about a character towards the end of the book (I won’t say more than that).

There were a few issues for me. It is hard for me to explain and not give a lot of spoilers, so just know that there are some issues, but that overall, I loved the story. I will warn you, this ends in a bit of a cliffhanger. No, that’s not the right word. I’m not sure what the right word would be. It does leave you hanging for the next step in this world (a spinoff series to follow Beep’s story). That niggled at me a bit too. I’m still giving it four stars, because I even with my niggles, I really enjoyed my time with Charley and the gang. This book is filled with the humor, mystery and action that I’ve come to expect from a Charley Davidson book.If you haven’t tried this series, start with First Grave on the Right. This is not a series to be read out of order, but a fun world to experience.

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Narration

5 stars

Lorelei King continues to nail the narration. I don’t know what I can say that I haven’t said before. King is one of my favorite narrators. She does all parts of narration extremely well. If you haven’t tried her yet, I highly recommend her.

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

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

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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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. Fantastic review Melanie, thanks for not saying too much but enough. I’m only on book 3 so I have a way to go. Thanks

    • I really try to not to overshare, especially on books later in the series. I hope you’re enjoying this series as much as I did.

  2. Yes! It was great and fabulous Charley and friends to the end, but… there were niggles. I don’t think I liked what was done with that big surprise twist you mentioned.
    Definitely looking forward to Beep’s stories.

    • There were a few things that I wish I could go into more, but so many spoilers are in this book. But I still enjoyed it despite my few issues.

  3. I was so torn on whether to listen or read this one but ended up reading. I still got the audiobook in case I want to go back and listen. I found the ending left me wanting more which I thought was strange for a series ending book. I can’t say I was really happy with the ending. I love this series but the endings for the last few books have left me… I don’t know, kind of unsatisfied? I don’t know how to express it. I will definitely miss the Charley Davidson series!

    • I started off listening to this series (because of Lorelei King) and have never actually read a story by Darynda Jones, just listened.

  4. I did love this too but yeah, that open ending was tough!

  5. It was rather open-ended. We will surely need Beeps books or some novellas here and there.

    • I think I remember hearing about Beep getting a series. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what’s next from Jones. I’m sure it will be fun either way.

  6. I should just have listened to them, maybe it would have made me happier

  7. I really enjoyed this one but I can’t wait to have lire because it’s still so opened-ended

    • Right? Who ever would’ve thought that the last book in the series was open-ended? Still a fun story, though.

  8. I agree – even with the niggles, it was still a very good story. I felt pretty much everything came to a close, not necessarily how I’d want them too, but they do… the ending… we shall see! Great review.

    • Yeah, I could’ve done with a few changes to the ending, but still enjoyed the series and this book as a whole.

  9. I finsihed this one last week, and I still need to write my review. There were so many shocking developments in this one, it left me reeling. It wasnt’ my fav of the series, but I still enjoyed my time with the gang, I will miss them.

    • Yeah, it’s not my favorite either, but still loved it. I will miss time with Charlie and the gang.

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