• Dying for a Living Boxset: Books 1-3 of Dying for a Living Series

  • By: Kory M. Shrum
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (240 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This box set includes the first three novels in the Jesse Sullivan series: award-winning novel, Dying for a Living, Amazon best seller, Dying by the Hour, and their companion novel, Dying for Her.

Called "smart, imaginative, and insanely addictive" by New York Times best seller Darynda Jones, this urban fantasy will thrill even the most die-hard urban fantasy fans. 

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for agent Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. Because of a neurological disorder, she is one of the population's rare 2 percent who can serve as a death surrogate, dying so others don't have to. 

Although each death replacement is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory. But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself - or die trying.  

And that was only the beginning....

©2016 Kory M. Shrum (P)2016 Kory M. Shrum

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Lesbian Love Story

I wish I knew the was a Lesbian love story. I had a hard time getting into the main characters head. The “I have a boyfriend I adore but I want to sleep with my best friend” was super annoying. The narrator was awesome! The storyline suspenseful. Overall a good listen. But I am just not into same sex love stories. I was totally unprepared for this storyline. I reread preview there is nothing that said it was this kind of story.

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They Chose the Wrong Narrator

The story and characters are decent, but the performance by the narrator lacks any intensity. I can only compare the Audible of this book to the fluffiest feel-good part of a Hallmark film.
The meter and inflection of this narrator would be good for childrens' books where nothing bad happens and everything is bunny rabbits and pretty clouds.
But for this kind of book, the syrupy sweet sameness of the performance and the long pauses between EVERY sentence turns this story into a sleepy-time snoozefest.

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Fast and Fun listens

Would you listen to Dying for a Living Boxset: Books 1-3 of Dying for a Living Series again? Why?

Maybe, if the series continues for years to come and I find myself forgetting the story.

What other book might you compare Dying for a Living Boxset: Books 1-3 of Dying for a Living Series to and why?

I don't know, I usualy don't listen to stuff like this...

What does Hollie Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She gives a great performance and brings all the characters to life with different voices and accents

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

i die for you to live

Any additional comments?

I usually don't listen to this kind of audiobooks, not my genre at all, but I gave a chance to this trilogy by Korry M. Shrum and I was really happy to discover a very well written series, with likable characters and a good an original plot. This is not your usually dumb zombie story, not at all...

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Became confusing

The first two books were amazing however the third book jumped between years with a lot of flashbacks. Was not my favorite thing to listen to, would have been less confusing if I had a book I could flip back to see the year

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Get To The Point!

I was excited for what this story could have been. This story never really got to the point. It just drug on and on with the commentary between Jesse and Abby. I listened though 4 books and started Volume 2 where it was just more of the same drugery. This book needs a rewrite. It has all the potential elements to be a really good story and possibly a movie, but it just did not deliver. . . .Sorry. . . Don't waste your time on this book.

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Book 1

Jess is annoying AF. I'm trying to get through this book without wanting to choke her.

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Okay

I don't know how to explain it. I am a paranormal book lover but I just couldn't get through this one. I can't put my finger on it. just couldn't finish it.

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She ain't no Patricia Briggs!

I enjoy adventure stories written by female writers. They offer a different perspective to things, that is often interesting and informative. But then there are those writers that get lost in the endless verbiage, the monological mutterings that is a cognitive morass for those like me that want more than unending emotional introspection. If you enjoy this kind of unremitting emotionalism, which I am sure has a place somewhere in modern literature, then this book is for you.

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All this snark? What the heck!

First page to last page snark, snark for absolutly no reason. Lesbian love story no problem exept that the writer seams to be about the age and matuaty ot a teen ager. Frustrating read.

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Disappointed with the 3rd Book

Love the box set with the first 3 books of this series placed together. It has a unique paranormal character type that I have not heard of nor had them develop in other sci-fi writings. I enjoyed the first 2 books very much but found the third book not to follow the same style as the first two. It took another character”s slant to the story and seemed to pause on the high action of the main story. The third book did give you the feelings of one of the characters but it would have been better to break his thoughts and actions within the storyline of books one and two. Otherwise I feel this book could be skipped in the series. Book 3 made me give the 4 stars rating (It felt like it was just a filler and did not seem to be even written with the same style as the first two books) and if books one and two stood alone would definitely give all 5 stars. I do love the series and am eager to continue. The narrator does an excellent job giving life to the characters. I do recommend this series.

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  • Nathan
  • 10-11-19

Good story

I found the story really interesting and really liked books 1 and 2. Book 3 on the other hand was essentially the whole story again, but through the eyes of another character with a little bit of a backstory. And the story didn't progress in any way in book 3. I find these sort of books in a series extremely frustrating.

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  • Marie D.
  • 04-19-19

Terrible narrator totally ruined the book!

I found the actual story very interesting and tried my very best to get past the horrendous narrator but I just couldn't. Audio books are supposed to be relaxing but I just got more and more wound up by the narrator! Most male characters (and a few female ones too) spoke the same soft, irritatingly slow, sardonic voice, most female characters spoke in a nasely, whingy, whine (including the heroine, at times) and it totally ruined the story. I'm going to have to read the actual books instead because I really want to know what happens! If I were the author I'd be very upset at what's been done with my book!

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  • Nina Snorra
  • 05-18-18

So boring

This book has it's interesting bits but it's just so boring! The idea is good but man oh man, the story is not gripping, I had no interest in the characters, even the exciting parts were boring because everything is so over analysed and drawn out.

I did like that the characters sexual preference didn't define the characters with typical stereotype or making it all about that.

I finished the first book and most of the second and didn't enjoy one bit of it. When I was dreading to go back to listening I just abandoned it and will not finish.

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  • mrs c howe
  • 12-19-16

nice intro

was a good intro to the series. but I suspect all the action is to follow

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  • Sarah
  • 05-19-16

Don't use the Z-Word (Jessica Jones inspired?)

*Not one for plugging into the speakers whilst doing the dishes (NSFW)*

Jesse feels just like a real person, despite the fact that she's technically a Zombie but you shouldn't use the Z-word unless you're one too and you're trying to reclaim it. She's truly funny, knows the right amount of information to make the plot twist and turn, and her cast of supporting characters are varied and interesting too. I was concerned about the presence of a love-triangle (even if it is a bisexual love-triangle). However, it is different from the 'young-adult love-triangle' trope as these characters seem like they are largely just getting on with things, like I've witnessed with love-triangles in real-life.

It's set in Nashville and the town feels as part of the novel as the characters. Give the first book a chance passed the first few awkward descriptions - the author gets better at integrating new characters and there is a noticeable step up in quality between books 1 and 2.

Saying that the descriptions of sex-crimes (mainly in book 2) are horrifying... I mean they are describing horrifying crimes so they shouldn't be anything else, but I decided to fast forward through the end of those minutes. I don't think I missed anything plot-wise (if you decide to do this too). I already had boundless sympathy for Jesse's vaguely described childhood horrors, without re-living them with her. The vivid descriptions of institutionalized torture are also in this category.

This is not a light-novel despite zipping through the plot in pacy and entertaining way. If anything, although I am invested in the story, I am holding back from the next novel in the series because it's hard-work in these parts. Still I think more novels should be about people like Jesse and I think the satirical elements don't seem too forced.

Good for fans of Jessica Jones (Marvel); similarly adult themes, but set in a vibrantly new world with a wildly different protagonist even if they do share a name!

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  • Felicity
  • 12-22-20

Loved it!

This was a really good first three books. Clearly, it is not the only books in the series, however, while the ending does end on a cliffhanger, it is one where it gives you more of a choice as to whether you want to read the next book. In between the books, there is no extra bit where the narrator says that 'the first book has ended' but instead, the books just keep going forward. I am so glad I finished the whole thing because it left me with an awesome view on life and just the decisions a lot of people have to make. The series is about a bisexual female protagonist (Jesse) who is a part of 2% of the population that can resurrect from the dead. The books are the first two and it also has another book, but this book is more of a 2.5 book because it can be skipped, but it reveals some things from the previous books and gives an excellent insight into another character in the series. I really loved how the series adds science into the whole paranormal theme, proving the difference between them and 'normal' people. This is definitely a boxset that I would recommend if you are someone who likes explanations for things or if you are just looking for a good paranormal story to read. Enjoy!

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  • D. M. Garbayo
  • 12-17-19

Interesting Concept

The story is quite interesting admittedly I have just listened to one book - but the performance is painful the reader sounds sooooo cheerful that it is grating on my nerves - her lover dies and the man who had been helping and sheltering most of her life also dies and the reader chirps away on with the story - no depth of feeling from her at all - such a shame I may opt to reading the books instead !!!!