Audio Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Posted May 13, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Audio Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle MeadSuccubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #1
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers
Published by Audible on December 4th 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven't stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess get-up, complete with whip and wings. And she can't have a decent date without sucking away part of the guy's life.

At least there's her day job at a local bookstore--free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to best-selling, sexy writer Seth Mortensen, aka "He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can't".

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle's demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won't help because Georgina's about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny.

 I really enjoyed Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series and wanted to give her adult writing a try. So during different audio sales I’ve finally purchased the whole series and after having them in my library for a while; I thought it was time to finally start the series.

I’m really glad I did! I wasn’t sure what to expect going in and I was pleasantly surprised by the humor. I was picturing a darker listen. Georgina is the first succubus character I’ve read. I was picturing her being a lot like Bo on Lost Girl but that’s not the case.

Yeah, she feeds from the energy she takes during sex but she can also shapeshift which is pretty cool. There’s a funny scene at the being where she shifts into a demoness, or at least what the nerd she is about to sleep with thinks a demoness should look it.

When Georgia feeds from a male it takes years off his life, so after many years of feeding from anything with a penis she now sticks to douche bags so that she doesn’t feel bad about shortening the lives of the good guys.

Georgia has another good quality….she works at a book store. So in her “human” life she works as an assistant manager at a local book store chain where she is also sleeping with her boss. In her “demon” life she tries to make her quota for her demon boss while trying to stick to her douche bag only rule.

There is a romance interest (well two but you don’t see that at first). But the love life of a succubus is not easy. If you enjoy a book with all kinds of supe creatures where the main setting is in a book store, with a bit of mystery, Succubus Blues is read for you.

I was drawn to Succubus Blues because of Richelle Mead’s name; and she keep me entertained with her fun world and sassy, smart heroine and zany secondary characters.  Rodgers’ narration was a prefect fit with her quick wit timing and  her girl next door voice.

About Elisabeth Rodgers

Elisabeth S. Rodgers is an actress and audiobook narrator, living and working in New York City.

After graduating from Princeton University, she came to New York and completed a two year program at William Esper Studio, where she studied with Maggie Flanigan. She has also studied extensively with Tim Phillips. Her audiobook narration training came from Robin Miles, who has also directed her in several productions, as has Paul Ruben.

She has recorded over 100 books for a multitude of publishers, including Audible, AudioGo (formerly BBC Audiobooks America), Benefit Media, Blackstone Audio, Brilliance Audio, Hachette Audio, Harper Audio, MetaBook, Recorded Books, and Talking Book Productions.

Her onstage work – ranging from Shakespeare to children’s theatre, original/experimental theatre, and corporate training events – has taken her everywhere from City Center in the Big Apple to regional stages in New York, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Oklahoma, Georgia, Minnesota…and even Tanzania.

Elisabeth is a proud Lower East Sider, having lived in the neighborhood for over 25 years.

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

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4 responses to “Audio Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

  1. I’m glad to hear you like the narration. After the Eugenie Markham debacle, I was afraid to get deeper in the Succubus series (I only read this book – which I enjoyed). But, was afraid to move on to #2 after I was flayed by both VA and DS. Vampire Academy ends so much better then the Dark Swan though…so still scared, but maybe I should just proceed with audio…even though I have to finish Kitty Norville…crap. Too much to read. Great review.XOXO

    • TheBookNympho

      I like this series. After I get a few other audios out of the way I’m finishing this series up (I have them all).

      I read the VA series.

  2. Unlike you, I’ve read all of these books but not her VA series. It’s on my list though, somewhere. The narrator is phenomenal and the writing is just as good. I’m thrilled to hear that you’re enjoying Georgie because she definitely ranks up there among my fav heroines.

    • Carmel – the VA series in audio is okay, I really like the books, but the voice doesn’t remind me of what the main character should be, and the Russian accents are sometimes silly at time. I would rather read that one.