• Death Becomes Her

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 1
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,182 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What you thought you knew about vampires and werewolves is wrong...so very, very, wrong.

A thousand years of effort to keep the Unknown World hidden is unraveling and the Patriarch is tired. He needs to find someone to take over.

He finds Bethany Anne.

Unknown, untested and untried, she sets out to accomplish the impossible while forging a new future. One that no one knew was in danger.

And she does it with an attitude that will make you stand up and cheer!

They say a dress can make a women, but in this case, the dress is Death, and Death Becomes Her very well indeed.

Please note, there is flagrantly foul language in these novels. The main character does not have a problem with cussing, just uninspired cussing.

©2016 Michael Anderle (P)2017 Michael Anderle

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Vamp action at its' finest

Somebody gave turn Laura Croft into a vampire and left her without instructions on what to do. Oh, that is right, she knows what to do. Kick ass and keep on walking. Our heroin is not Croft but Bethany Anne and she has less patience than Croft.

Even as a human people ran when Bethany walked the halls. Now that her time is very limited and she has cases to solve. You better move when she comes your way.
This history of humans, vamps and werewolves have a new twist. You can say that it has an outer space twist. Have you heard, Out with the old and in with the new. That describes this story. Bethany begins to rewrite the play book with all the action that is possible when you have vampires involved.

She loves all action toys and designers’ shoes. Don’t make this woman wait to go shopping trip. She will seriously hurt you. I don’t want to give you spoilers. If you want those read some of the others reviews. This is a new urban fantasy with wonderful characters and with creative cuss words. Remember my Croft analogy and then decide to read it.

I have already downloaded the other books in the series.

Oh if reading cuss words like fuck offends you, this is not the fucking book for you

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amazingly refreshing

vampire story without alot of sex? check
badass girl main character actually badass? check
potential for an amazing book series? check
when you finish the book you spend 30 min thinking "what the fu** do I read Now!!!!!!" check
what more can you ask for?

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Very amateur - reads like an RPG from High School

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The only people who would enjoy the book are those with the emotional maturity of a Sophomore Boy in High school. Or, if you still like really bad 80's movies with Brigitte Nielsen or Pam Grier.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something that was NOT a first novel written by someone who has an obvious fetish with strong women being able to rip limbs off your body. (Seriously, she seems to do this in every fight and threatens to do it in between fights)

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yeah, the Narrator was fine. The story was just one dimensional and the main character is such a Mary Sue she might as well be named Susan Merry.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration that this was published at all. Disappointment that good books go unpublished and somehow this does. Anger that there is a series of this which means the first one sold enough to continue the franchise. Sadness that it really did get worse and worse with each chapter.

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This book uses so many tropes it's almost a check list of them. Really does read like a bad 80's Actions movie complete with a female lead who has to prove she has the biggest ___ of all the men. The cherry on top are male villains who may be a hundred year old vampire but still soo dumb they stop and look at a pair of naked breasts when fleeing for their lives discounting any notion towards Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Basically this is what I'd expect to see if Stephanie Meyers were a dude when Twilight was written. It includes the main character using phrases like "Wished those two would do the horizontal mambo and get it over with..." Who talks like that? Especially when it's internal dialog.

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One of the best new series on Audio!

If you could sum up Death Becomes Her in three words, what would they be?

Fun, action packed adventure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Becomes Her?

The whole freaking book! I love Bethany Ann, I really enjoy watching her interact with different people. She can be crazy mad one moment and protective the next. I have to admit that I actually begged Michael Anderle to bring BA to Audio, he chose the perfect voice for her and I am dancing in happiness at the prospect of listening to the entire series on Audio!

What about Emily Beresford’s performance did you like?

She has a very confident and powerful voice, she doesn't over exaggerate her characters voices and she has awesome pacing!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course! But it's like eating chocolate, you have to allow yourself to enjoy the moment, and not rush to the finish line. Of course this is a book I will be listening to again and again. Until the next one comes out!

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Death Becomes Her Audiobook

I loved, loved, loved this audiobook! It has everything you can ask a writer for, humor, action, a fantastic storyline that you can enjoy. It is a beautiful mesh of paranormal and sci-fi that literally pulls you into his world. If you are looking for something different and addictive, look no further, this is the next generation of paranormal addiction.

Thank you Michael Anderle for giving us a new way to enjoy your writing creativity!

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Enjoyable - Worth the Credit

I was lucky enough to purchase this as an Audible Daily Deal and it was SO worth paying a full credit. Anderle does a good job drawing you in and I don't remember a single instance where I was looking to skip past a section. I listened to this in one sitting! I wasn't sure about Beresford as narrator when the story started, but she so fit by the end. Her voice works for an adult woman, no-nonsense character. Don't let the idea of a woman main character or narrator stop you from checking out this series.

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Addictive

I didn't want it to end. Having read the ebook version, I was not sure about the narrator at the beginning of the book. I had my own idea of the main characters voice. It didn't take long to believe no other narrator could have been as good. Anyone who has read these books knows that you don't want the book to end. I'm off to read the rest of the series again.

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OK read and OK narration..

Not nearly as good as Justice is Calling or Claimed by Honor..

I’m giving this 3 stars for the last 40% of the book, because the first 60% was as boring as heck. There were so many characters and very, very little of the heroine Bethany Anne, until the last 40% of the book. That was a big disappointment. However, I’m hoping Queen Bitch will be a lot better.

This is a little sci-fi, since Michael takes Bethany Anne to Romania and leaves her there and she wakes up in a spaceship after seven months in stasis, and with a computer named T.O.M. attached to her spinal cord, and Michael nowhere to be found. She had to learn as much as she could from TOM before heading out to return to the town nearby, only to meet up with Nathan the werewolf, Alexi the brown bear and Ecaterina the human, in a battle with 5 or 6 other bad werewolves.

After the battle with the bad guys they went after Petre and his evil vamps and killed all of them. And then they were heading back to the United States. I can’t wait to see what trouble Bethany Anne starts there.

There was no sex but the F-bomb was used 31 times.

As to the narration: Emily Beresford was just ok for me. She did ok with the voices and ok with some of the emotions when she read. She just doesn't have a memorable voice. Several times the book said “someone laughed” and EB did not. Laughing and whispering is the two most important things for a narrator to do when reading, at least to me it is.


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  • KR
  • 08-11-17

I don't get it

Despite all of the favorable reviews, I just can't get into this. I have tried listening to it several times, but it just isn't catching my interest. I really wanted to like it, because, based on the description (as well as the descriptions of the subsequent books in the series), it seems interesting, but I haven't gotten that same spark of interest when I actually try listening. Does it get better? I'm afraid I don't have the will to find out.

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warning! literary crack

It will draw you in and not let go until you have read the entire TKG Universe. Yeah folks, it is just that good! You've been warned.

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Emily B. ...HORRIBLE narrator.

OMGoddess! This Emily chick is one of the worst narrators... well... ever. Frankly, I don't know if the story is good or not; after only the 1st chapter, I deleted the book. Will be returning both Book 1 & 2 since she narrates both... AND I will make sure I have NO more books read by her! I almost never write bad reviews; I buy many books from Audible, and rarely find any that I really dislike. I love most genres and writing styles, and can usually tolerate a poor narrator if the writer is good. However, this chick is such a horrible narrator that I HAD to say domething. I'm sorry that I won't get to find out if I like the author or not. It's too bad... it looked like a fun horror series. Also, I don't mind the cussing (as mentioned in the review) if it's relevant to the nature of the character. (I learned to cuss at an early age at the knee of an alcoholic former WWII sailor dad, so nothing much shocks me!) If the author gets another narrator to reread these books, I MAY try them again.

Peace out!
Jade Dragon

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  • Phil
  • 02-23-18

Worst

Appalling story appalling narration. Demon accord wipes the floor with this dross, how is this reviewed so well!!!!!

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  • Farnham_red
  • 11-22-17

Solid Start to a Long Series

At the time of writing I am onto the 5th book in the series and still undecided about how many more I will download.

This book - the first is a decent start, but it definitely has the feel of a setup book.

All the books are too short - its as if one much longer story has been chopped into segments fairly arbitrarily. A much longer story arc has been divided into books around 6 hours long. This is about half the length of similar books (and there are good books 4 or 5 times as long). So unless you have a lot of credits this will be an expensive series to get through.

Its not a typical urban fiction with Vampires and Werewolves. For sure it has both but the vampires in particular have a very distinct spin well away from the normal Dracula based type.

The early books are really adventure/military opps with a hint of sci fi - though it hints the sci fi will become more significant later.

The bad language is a feature of this series, not too bad in this book but if you don't feel comfortable with the c- word and lots of other inventive swearing it might not be a series for you. Personally I don't care but I think its overdone in the following books.

The writing is very unpolished - not necessarily a problem but it is a bit annoying at times
The narration is superb and I think without an excellent narrator such as Emily Beresford I would already have given up on the series

Now a fairly personal view and to explain my opening line. Even at book 5 I still haven't really got completely hooked, I almost don't care what happens to the characters.

This isn't a good sign - if I think about other book series I have read/listened to such as Mercy Thompson, Jane Yellowrock, Sookie Stackhouse, Anita Blake and quite a few more I really care for the characters - not just the leads but the whole team and get immersed in the series.

So far I dont really have the same affinity for Bethany Ann and her team. I am stuggling to really relate to the characters and hesitate to get the next book - rather than cant wait to read it. Clearly others don't feel the same as the series seems quite popular, but unless I can get more feelings for the main characters I doubt I will see the series through.

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  • Sheila Sanderson
  • 09-28-18

An interesting premise for a vampire story

I was enjoying this story and then all of a sudden it ended. First books are often shorter so I thought ‘never mind, lets look at the second book’. It’s short too. Maybe I am just greedy.

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  • TomL
  • 03-09-17

bitch of a series

I have read books 1 to 15 on kindle unlimited now I'm going to download the audible versions to keep. these are FUN...

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  • reesgirl07
  • 03-14-19

great story

this is a great story with very interesting likable characters. the book is incredibly well performed. I'm moving straight on to the next instalment.

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  • An Avid Reader in the UK
  • 05-13-18

Every bit as good as I expected

I've heard just how devoted the fans of Michael Anderle are and now I know first hand why. Bethany is a great character, she reminds me of Anita Blake in the early books. Strong, no nonsense and not fazed by anything as simple as fighting werewolves and vampires.

I'm definitely about to use up another 20 credits :)

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  • MELANIE
  • 07-16-17

Death becomes her

Is this book a vampire, werewolf, alien story who knows it's such a mix and then the author throws bad language in what that has to do with it God only knows this book was awful from start to finish as I progressed through it I was waiting for it to improve it never did

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  • Rob R
  • 02-22-17

Death does indeed become her, or recruits her

Where does Death Becomes Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks highly dew to interesting story and good narration.

What other book might you compare Death Becomes Her to, and why?

Justice is Calling, it's in the same universe, both are the start of an arc. They each have a narrator that's does an excellent job.

Which character – as performed by Emily Beresford – was your favourite?

They were all performed well. Emily did an excellent job with the narration, and I suspect she really likes the character of Bethany Ann, colourful phrases and all, as I could sense her enjoyment.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a book I did listen to in one sitting, I only intended to spend 1 or 2 hours at most. Not only that but had next book been available I probably would have listened to that as well. Mind you when I read the book I had the same response stopping only at book 10 and then only because I was needed in th real world.

Any additional comments?

I will be happy to buy the narration for the rest of series and listen to the books I have read if the price is acceptable as the first was with the read and listen deal.

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  • kim
  • 11-19-21

Just wow

Not my normal type of book to pick up but I was intrigued. What can I say, the narrator brought the characters to life in an amazing way. The imagination of the author is fantastic. I laughed out loud getting a few strange looks in the waiting room, and was asked what book I was so thoroughly enjoying. Hopefully the lady that asked enjoys it as much as I did.

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  • Bluelokie
  • 09-28-21

Excellent

I absolutely loved it. Brilliant narrator bringing an excellent story and fantastic characters to life!!

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  • Sharnee
  • 06-16-22

Addicted to this series

I’m hooked on this series! An excellent female lead character, loving the arch. Great narration!

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  • David Button
  • 11-11-21

Amazing

The in-depth reasoning in to how and what makes a Vampire is great,
Don't want to add a spoiler but it makes sense.
Emily Beresford is just delightful as Bethany Anne, and her other characters are well portrayed.

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  • dragonlover_11
  • 07-25-20

Fantastic

Had me hooked from the books sample reading and just got better. Can’t fault the story or narrator. I’m excited to hear the next book

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  • Christopher Edwards
  • 05-16-18

So very very bad

It’s terrible. The story is ridiculous but it’s the writing that is truly horrible. Painfully horrible. At times it’s so bad it becomes funny, but mostly it’s just bad. Very very bad. The narrator is terrible too. Ugh.

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  • Adam
  • 04-05-17

Great fun staft to finish.

Start to finish. great fun great action. down load listen and let the fun roll.