The Curse of Tenth Grave Audiobook by Darynda Jones (REVIEW)

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Review of: The Curse of Tenth Grave Audiobook
Darynda Jones

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On August 12, 2016
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The Curse of Tenth Grave Grave Audiobook

by: Darynda Jones

Narrated by: Lorelei King

Published by Macmillan Audio 06/28/2016

The Curse of Tenth Grave Audiobook by Darynda Jones

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Charley Davidson series #10

10 hrs and 40 mins

genre: Urban Fantasy

The Curse of Tenth Grave Audiobook Sample

The Curse of Tenth Grave Audiobook

4 stars

After we spent all of The Dirt on the Ninth Grave in Sleepy Hollow, in The Curse of the Tenth Grave, we are back in Albuquerque. Charley has her memory back and has learned a lot of new things that she didn’t know before she got amnesia. Some of these things weigh heavily on her shoulders, but as per usual Charley, she doesn’t let them get her down.

The case in this book is brought to Charley by a prosecutor who knows someone who is arrested for murder. The case against him is solid as solid could be. However, he didn’t do it. Oh, and there is no body, just a car with lots and lots of the victims blood. Charley has been brought in because she is the only one who can solve this case. It takes her a while, but she does figure it out as always and it was a surprise to find out what happened.

Also, there is a young girl who hangs out not far from the restaurant and Charley’s office. She is a homeless runaway and Charley sees that she is taking food from a guy down the street, who isn’t known for being a nice guy. When Charley starts to talk to her, she learns that the girl ran away from a foster house where many kids have died over the years. She is convinced that the house is cursed and that she is next. Charley decides she needs to take up this case as well.

On top of all of that, Reyes has pulled away from Charley and they are having some communication issues. Charley even moves in with Cookie and UB for a little bit. Add in the loss of Beep and this makes things a little stressful for our grim reaper. Oh, should I mention that we learn a lot more about Rocket and his names?

I don’t want to say anymore. There are several things that could be spoilers to some people. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I continue to love the humor in this series. I love watching the cases that Charley and Cookie work on and see them solve in amazing ways. I love that Cookie does some amazing investigative work, even though she has no super power. I am a little frustrated that Charley and Reyes continue to have these communication issues. They spelled out a lot of their secrets in this story. I hope they don’t start to build up again.

If you’re looking for a fun paranormal series with a TON of humor, some great sleuthing, a super hot hero and a heroine that doesn’t always need a hero to come to her rescue, but is great at getting herself into trouble, Charley Davidson is a great series for you. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.

“Let me get this straight. You have no intention of telling me what’s wrong. You don’t want to talk about whatever is wrong. And you’re going to let me continue to believe I’ve done something horrible before you’ll open up. Even if, say, I restrain you? Force it out of you?”
“The only thing you are going to force out of me under the confinement of restraints is an orgasm.”
Finally! “So, you’d be open to my restraining you for my own sexual pleasure?”
“Wide open.”
“And, it would be something you’d enjoy?”
“Who wouldn’t?”

The Curse of Tenth Grave Narration

5 stars

This is a series that I started out on audio. I knew that I liked Lorelei King from listening to the Mercy Thompson series. So when I saw that my library had First Grave on the Right, I gave it a try several years ago. I’m so glad that I did. I’ve only ever listened to this series and I will continue to do so as long as Lorelei King continues to narrate it. She does an amazing job of bringing out the humor of the series. I love her voices for all the different characters, both men and women. She is able to make me laugh and cry with the characters. If you’ve never given Ms. King a try, I can’t recommend her narration 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

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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. Those series is so much fun and the audio really takes it all the way. Wish I had of done that this time. I’m glad we are back to Albuquerque but frustrated by the tension with Charley and Reyes. But their style of communication is definitely interesting! Especially with Cookies help!

    • Yes, I agree that the communication issue between Charley and Reyes was my only negative with this story. They’ve been together so long, you would think they would have this worked out by now. But then, I have communication issues with DH still sometimes, so maybe not. LOL

  2. Great review Melanie, I’m on book two right now and it sounds like I would LOVE this on audible. I’m seeing if my library has it!Thanks!

    • I’m so glad you started this series Debbie. It is so much fun. I hope your library has the audiobooks. If they don’t try asking and see if they will get them. They are pretty popular, so that should help. Enjoy 🙂

  3. I’m listening to this book now and I have my suspicions about why Reyes is acting the way he is. I suspect he’s doing it to protect Charley in some way, most likely from himself or what he believes he’s capable of doing. It’s a case of: She knows… He knows she knows… She doesn’t know he knows she knows. But then again, I’ve been wrong before. Love the review.

    • Thanks. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t comment about your comment. LOL 🙂

  4. OMGAH! I so need to get to this one. I cannot wait. I love this series and it sounds like I’m going to enjoy this one. I’ve done every one of these on audio and I will listen to this one as well.

    • This series is a must listen for me. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. 🙂

  5. I’ve only read one of her books but I liked it. This sounds like a good one also.

    • It is a fun series. I love the characters so much. They are so snarky, which is a trait I love.

  6. I always have a great time with this series. so much fun!

  7. I felt this was one of the better books of the series, and was surprised at how much growth finally happened with Reyes and Charley. I just wished we had this back a few books ago. I was annoyed with the Rocket part – I feel like she changed the rules, AGAIN, but overall I liked this one a lot. Thanks for the review!

    • I did really enjoy this one. I was glad to be back in Albuquerque and with Charley’s memory back.

  8. This really is my favorite bunch of characters, I just love them all and I can’t wait for the next book. It will be so sad when this series finally ends.

    • If I remember correctly, at RT15, she mentioned that her contract for this series ran through book 12, but I’m not 100% sure. Things could’ve changed since then too.

  9. I keep delaying picking this series (audios) up again and I have no clue why @_@ I need to just do it and love the damn books again lmao

  10. I recently finished book 1 in this series and you were right. This series is EVERYTHING! Lorelei King’s narration is amazing, she’s an auto buy always.

    • I’m glad you started this series. It has been a fun trip. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have

  11. I know, right? You’ve gotta appreciate Cookie’s mad skills. Lucy and Ethel would be lost without each other. lol.

    So I resubscribed to the blog but still not getting the emails. 🙁

    • I think there is something going on with the plugin. I’m still looking into it. I hope to figure it out soon. Sorry 🙁

  12. We learned quite a bit, but I disliked the distance between them:) Awesome review!

    • The distance between was disappointing. I hope they have it resolved now. I guess we will see. 🙂

  13. Gah! I really need to get to these. Next time I need a funny one I’ll have to grab book one 🙂

  14. Yeah, I was hoping that distance thing between them wasn’t going to be a permanent thing, too!! Agree, agree, agree!!! Glad you’re still listening, too!!

  15. I love this series so much! But I’m way behind, so I skimmed your review, Melanie. I’m very happy to see that it’s still going strong at book 10, though 🙂
    I hope you’re having a fantastic week.

    • It is easy to get behind on series, there are so many great ones out there. I hope you’re having a great week too.

  16. I’ve heard good things about this series, but haven’t read it myself yet. The case the character gets in this book sounds interesting. Too bad about the communication issues, I am not a fan of those either. It does sound like a good series.

    • It is a fun series with a snarky PI who is also the grim reaper. I find my that I’m laughing out loud in each book.

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