Jun 192013
Review: Carpe DemonCarpe Demon (Kate Connor – Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom #1) by Julie Kenner
Narrated by: Laura Hicks
Published by Penguin on Nov 28, 2006
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Lots of women put their careers aside once the kids come along. Kate Connor, for instance, hasn’t hunted a demon in ages. That must be why she missed the one wandering through the San Diablo Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, he managed to catch her attention an hour later–when he crashed into the Connor house, intent on killing her. Now Kate has to dispose of a dead demon and pull together a dinner party–all without arousing her family’s suspicion. Worse yet, it seems the dead demon didn’t come alone. It’s time for Kate Connor to go back to work.

I got this audiobook to listen to while driving across the country, and ended up playing it for my both my husband and me. It was not a great introduction to audiobooks for him. While the storyline was okay, there was way too much repetition. Everything seemed to be repeated at least 3 or 4 times. The story could have been half the length, and it would have been much more enjoyable.

The repetition was mostly in the descriptions and details. Why mention a table cloth if you could describe every colour and shape on it? Why mention training with swords if you could describe the sword and history of fighting in that style? And so on. It was just too much. I would have stopped the story and proceeded to a different one, but my husband wanted to hear if the ending was as predictable as it seemed like it was going to be.

The narration of the audiobook was spot on. The narrator’s voice and tone fit very well with Kate’s personality. All her sarcasm came through just right.

Overall, it was a cute, sarcastic paranormal story with a heavy dose of mother life, but it was just very repetitive. Also, as a warning, it is full of profanity. I wouldn’t normally listen to a story this full of cursing with my son in the car, but he was otherwise quite occupied with his movies and napping. I was surprised that my husband enjoyed the story, but he did agree that half the descriptions could be cut out and it would be an improvement. I was not as impressed with the story, but was happy that he actually listened to it with me.

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