• Circus of the Dead: Book One

  • By: Kimberly Loth
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There are many ways to die at the Circus of the Dead. You’re invited to witness them all.

Mom sent me all the way across the country to the Louisiana bayou to join the circus and help my uncle for the summer. Except, there is something not quite right on this swampy cursed island, and after having my fortune told, I can’t leave. I try to escape, but Benny, an all too charming ghost gangster, tries to kill me by feeding me to a tiger. 

Thankfully, I’m rescued by Samuel, the incredibly hot ringmaster who can’t be a day over 20. Can he? 

In addition to avoiding the human scorpion, staying away from the big cats, and having trouble figuring out who’s dead and who’s alive, I have to find a way to escape this horror show.

Will I get out of the circus alive, or will I join their army of ghosts and become a murderer myself?

©2020 Kimberly Loth (P)2020 Kimberly Loth

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ugh Sarah puckett

the book itself starts with your typical grumpy teenager who's sent over to help her uncle down south with his circus. all she hopes is that she'll send her back....until she realized hope is futile and she's not leaving....

so here's the deal. I loathe narrators like Sarah Puckett here who literally make every word In a book sultry. When done in the wrong environment during a scene, it ends up making the characters sound dull, shallow, and self-entitled/whiney. The whole sultry voice thing DOES have a place and Puckett probably does it well in romantic scenes, but otherwise, it is just the way wrong one. DNf'ed AT 20% because I couldn't stand the narration. the story itself is unique!

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Not well written.

Definatly targeted to a younger female audience. I'm 30 and really TRIED to get into the story. I even started the 2nd book. But this series is not well written. Feels very amateur. Hard to listen. Didn't like.

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Very BAD Narrator but so is the book

I struggle to finish this book, narration is very bad but the overall book is a bit ridiculous... Save your credit

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Who can be trusted?

The narrator, Sarah is okay. I listened to it at a fast pace of 2.0x.
California girl lands in the middle of nowhere in Louisiana. Surprisingly she doesn’t take off running. After being shipped there by her mother to help her uncle out for the summer the teenager makes her way to her uncle’s place to discover it’s not your ordinary circus. The story is intriguing and I’ll be honest, I may have yelled at the MC for some of the decisions she made but I really enjoyed the story. The MC is surrounded by different people telling her who she can and cannot trust and in the end she has to listen to her gut. To get out, she must make a deal. Will it cost her life, or something else?

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different

this story is definitely unique but I'm on the fence with this series, I would however like to see where is goes.

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  • 12-11-20

Couldn’t stop listening

I had no preconceived ideas for this story but I have t been thrilled with “listening to stories” as opposed to reading them. This book was awesome. I could not stop listening. The story was suspenseful and intriguing. And the reader did a great job. Between the descriptions and her narration I could visualize everything that was happening. Can’t wait to read the second in the series.

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Suspense-Filled

A suspense-filled begging of series. I absolutely love the concept & world the author has created for this series. I was a tad annoyed at how naive the female lead is but she is young so it's understandable and I hope she grows as the series progresses. The narrator is fantastic at bringing the story & characters to life. I am definitely intrigued enough to want to continue this series

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Dark and mysterious

The idea of a death-themed circus is brilliant in the Circus of the Dead series. I've only listened to book one, but I'm enthralled! It kept me wide awake during a long drive and now I'm hooked. Downloaded the rest of the books as soon as I got home and I can't wait to dive into them!

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new favorite

I tried this book because I heard it made a reference to my favorite T.V show. I love new books so I wanted to give it a try. Well I fell in love. As soon as I was done I got book 2. The performance was great.

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intriguing

well written, I want to find out more of the back story, left just enough to want to read more

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  • susan mckenzie
  • 03-11-21

Clowns, fire and death.

Well this was certainly interesting, I wasn't sure what to expect with this series. The storyline is fantastic but a little complicated, I'm still trying to figure out exactly what is going on. There is so much mystery and twists in the plot, it's got me captivated. I'm becoming a huge Kimberly Loth fan, the more of her series's I read the more I love them all. I love the characters so much in this one, Samuel is my favourite. Which probably means something bad will happen to him, that seems to be my luck. The island is kind of scary, the way it's described it's like something out of a horror movie. This is definitely a very fun book, and the narrator does an excellent job. She nails callie's personality perfectly, she even does great imitating both benny and Samuel.

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  • inga
  • 06-28-20

Really enjoyed this book overall

I really enjoyed this a unique take on magical circuses full of voodoo, ghosts, zombies and death. It’s got an intriguing concept full of twists and turns that keeps you guessing. You never really know who you can or can’t trust. The one thing I did have to remind myself is the MC Callie is only 16 but once I got that through my head I really enjoyed the book overall.

The Narrator did a fantastic job portraying the characters and keeping the pace and tension of the story amazingly well.

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  • Amanda
  • 04-26-20

Wow

So wonderfully imaginative and the concept is superb. So few books are art in its purest forms. This is one of those rare ones that hit every single key point. The characters were creative and colourful yet relatable and the storyline was gripping from start to end. Fantastic work. Could not put it down. Listening to the next one immediately.

This narrator was perfect for the characters. She emphasises every character's personality and makes them come alive. Voice was enthusiastic, passionate and contined real feeling for the story. So few narrators are able to achieve this and are usually very monotone. Sarah Puckett was not. I could listen to her voice all day.

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  • Lotty
  • 04-14-20

Wonderfully entertaining

This book is one of those books that just stays with you forever. It is full of such wonderful original ideas and I was blown away with the narration. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Matipufu
  • 03-13-20

really good

I really enjoyed this book. it's a different concept than what I've been reading until now and pretty unpredictable
wanna know what's happening next
I got a code from Facebook's group audiobx

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  • S. Cole
  • 02-26-20

Circus of the DEAD!!!

This is a fantastic book! It is dark and creepy in an intriguing way. I have never read a book like this before. This is a MUST READ/ LISTEN. Like always Sarah did an amazing job narrating this book. Can't wait for the next book!

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  • SarahReadsALot
  • 02-09-20

Creepy and entertaining

This story was super creepy. People dying all over the place, voodoo, zombies, (sexy) ghosts- it definitely had that New Orleans vibe that feels like the adventure of a lifetime yet you want to scrub yourself raw and throw away your shoes when you get home.

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  • Ashley Be
  • 02-19-21

great listen

I loved listening to this audiobook. and would really like to get the rest of the series