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The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

Written by: Molly Harper
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

Cal - who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way - offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he's imperious, unfriendly, and doesn't seem to understand the difference between "employee" and "servant", Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him - particularly those concerning nudity. Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue and romance - in the form of her very own stray vampire.

©2012 Molly Harper White (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Fun to listen too

I actually read this story before listening to it on Audible. I find i really enjoy listening to a book. Tone and emotion in the voice really help the humour and in this author’s writing, wit, come across. I have enjoyed all of Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hallow books, and Amanda Ronconi’s narration of said books. Please excuse me while i go purchase the next one in the series. :). And if you ever loved the Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv series, i think you’d really like this series. Its clever and funny. I’ve even got my Husband reading it.

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  • Dave
  • 2012-08-01

Once again this should have disclaimers

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Once again this audiobook should come with disclaimers about NOT eating or drinking while listening!

As always Molly Harper brings her razor sharp wit and sense of humor to her stories. With the help of Amanda Ronconi the voices of Iris, Cal, and Gigi come blasting into life!

Since I hate reviews that give too much away as far as the plot goes, I will say that having familiar Half Moon Hollow characters making guest appearances was like coming home!

I wish Molly Harper would write more for Iris and Cal because I could see some amazing adventures with these guys!

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  • Diana Turmenne
  • 2012-08-01

I Love Molly Harper!

What did you love best about The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

I love Harper's writing it sounds like me and my friends hanging out if Vampires were real of course. I love the banter between her characters and all the snark.

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

Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators. She is amazing with her voice changes for each character and her line delivery is fantastic. The combination between Harper's humor and Ronconi's delivery has me laughing out loud on the train which can be a little embarrassing but worth it.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend all of Molly Harper's books I must say and this one is right up there with the rest of them.

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  • Linda
  • 2012-08-01

The Dynamic Duo Strikes Again!

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The best team in Audio make for another terrific adventure. Molly Harper has by far the best sense of humor and Amanda Ronconi brings it to life. This has become one of my favorites from this author. It is more detailed and descriptive than the Werewolf series (although I love them too!) with the same sarcastic sense of humor as the Naked series.

I love all her books and hope she writes many, many more while teamed with the best narrator in the business. I promise anyone with a sense of humor will love any of Molly's books. They are my favorite!

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  • LoveRomanceTales
  • 2012-08-03

Vampire+Mystery+Spunky Female=A Delight

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. The story is outstanding the characters have a pulse or not but you care for them none the less. I must admit I didn't see some of the plot points coming. This makes the listen all the more enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

The wittiness of Iris. There is just something about the skill in which Molly Harper invests into her female protagonists. They have heart, spunk, ingenuity and resourcefulness that tells me that if I had the opportunity to meet any of these wonderful woman including Iris, we would be instant friends.

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

Amanda allows her voice to more than speak the words. She brings passion, mystery and sometimes just plain silliness that I adore. I have loved every last one of her portrayals in Molly Harper's books.

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

Not every day sucks!

Any additional comments?

If you find this book enjoyable than I would recommend all of the Harper books in the Nice Girls Don't series and Driving Mr. Dead. Ms. Ronconi brings life to the delightful words that Ms. Harper has penned with grace and finesse.

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  • NDiaye
  • 2012-08-02

Molly Harper and Amanda, a fanatstic duo

I have listened to all the books written by Molly and i love them all. Her books will have you laughing out loud on a bus /train. The fact that she is able to seamlessly tie all the characters together is fantastic. Great Job Molly I hope that this series continues

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2012-08-23

GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY !!!

You just have to look at the ratings for this audiobook to see how brilliant, funny, sexy and utterly charming this listen is. Then you have the pairing of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi which is synergy at its best.

Worth of credit? Definitely, totally, unconditionally and categorically YES.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2012-08-04

Spin off but just as funny as Molly's other books.

What did you love best about The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires?

The story was a typical interesting story plot, but it was made great by the author's sence of humor and the narrator's ability to make it sound funny too. I love to laugh during a book, my day can lack humor so I need to have a release and feel the laughter bubble out of me.

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

Love, love, love Amanda. I was glad she was brought back for this book. She has the voice that can make a statement funny. Wonderful narrator!

Any additional comments?

For those who want more about the book itself...
This is the story of Jane's wedding organizer. She runs a day service for the undead and is hired to hide her client for a time so he doesn't become perminately dead.

They get to know each other and live happily ever after.

There is a lot more to the plot and it is hilarious at times, crushing at times, and down right fun read. If you want a light read for the enjoyment of reading something give it a try. If you like Molly's other books you'll like this one too. Happy listening!

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  • Sharon
  • 2012-11-20

Sometimes too much is too much

What did you like about this audiobook?

I enjoy the voice of the author. Very much so. The narrator has a good grasp of the cadence and speech patterning for the different characters.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The story is okay. It's a fun listen, but it's not really informative. You either buy the premise of there being a village of werewolves in Alaska, Ontario and elsewhere, or you do not. There's no attempt to convince the reader of the fact. This gives the story a sense of veracity that makes it even more fun.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing.

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There's a couple of very explicit sexual scenes that I feel do very little to drive the story in the explicitness. There's just no need for the description of the actual act and foreplay. These scenes are jarring and took me right out of the story's entrancement. There's nothing wrong with a sexual scene in a story, mind. Just that these are too much. Just too much, too clinical and too explicit in terms of the lightheartedness of the story.

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  • Donna Thomas
  • 2012-08-07

Enjoyed It--Funny

I am anxiously awaiting the next Molly Harper book. I don't believe in all these vampires, either in the the book or in all the movies, but this book was down right funny. And Amanda Ronconi makes it even funnier. I broke out laughing more than one time.

I tried to figure out who would be the next character for the next book, but could not. Keep them coming MH.

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  • sonia
  • 2018-06-27

The entire series and Molly Harper’s Worlds

I am listening to the Half Moon Hollow series a second time. It’s just as fresh, funny and memorable as the first listen. So far, I have every one of Ms. Harper’s books in Audible form and regardless of whether I’m driving, in dr’s waiting room or waiting for my truck to be inspected, I laugh out loud. They are all so entertaining and although most are supernatural stories, they’re very individual stories.
Amanda Ronconi does an admirable job of reading all of Ms. Harper’s stories. She does a decent job with all of her accents and makes a good story, great.

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