Audio Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

Posted July 27, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 5 Comments

Audio Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda JonesFifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #5
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on 07-09-13
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
Source: Purchased
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Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction.

When dead women start appearing in her apartment - lost, confused and terrified beyond reason - Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer's next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who's responsible. And even if he can't, he is the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return: Charley. All of her - body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay…

BadBoy Smexy2 SwoonWorthy

Ok, it really is the narration that keeps me coming back. In my review for Fourth Grave I started my review off like this…

I have to start off with saying how much I love the narration of this series. After listening to all the other books in the series I can’t bring myself to read the new releases even when I have a chance at an ARC. Lorelei King just brings Charley to life in such a great way that I now have her voice in my head and cannot enjoy reading the books.

My friend received an ARC and let me borrow it. I thought I would try reading it to save an audio credit. And for a second time I could not get past the 2nd chapter. So I just bought the audio and I loved every minute of it. So what have I learn? Skip the print books and go straight to Lorelei King’s audio version.

Now it’s move on to the book itself.

After seeing Charley and Reyes lust after each other in the other books it’s about time we get to see them more like a couple. We all know that Charley loves Reyes and have a pretty good idea that he at least likes Charley. So I was glad that we finally get to see a little more into how he feels for her. Reyes is a man of little words and his actions speak LOUDLY especially this time around.

I’ve read other reviews where the readers are shocked by the ending but Jones sprinkled many hints along the way and I totally so it coming. Doesn’t mean that I’m not drooling for Sixth Grave.

Ok so Charley is on a case, following a husband that might be cheating. But after she gets many unwanted house guests in the form of ghosts she quickly finds herself in the middle of another case.

That lovable Mr. Wong is back among all the extra ghosts. And he may be more that what meets the eye. One of Charley’s new ghost friends sees Mr. Wong and starts getting nervous like he knows who/what Mr. Wong is. So I think Jones has done some teasing with a possible plot line for Wr. Wong in the future. We’ll have to wait and see.

While Charley is working the case of a serial killer with a thing for blondes, she also works on Reyes (and by work, I mean the ladies aka Will and Danger get a lot of play time with Mr. Sexy neighbor.)

With each installment we get a deeper look into Charley and Reyes but this time we get a pretty good look into Swoopes’ past, family and what he went through in his short stay in hell. And he is not happy with Mr. Reyes.

In true Charley Davidson fashion, Fifth Grave Past the Light is full of snark, humor, full on smexy and a touch of mystery. Where is this all leading us to? I have my thoughts on it but I’m not telling. But boy it’s a fun ride getting to the end and I can’t wait to see what Jones has in story for Charley and the gang in Sixth Grave on the Edge.




Swoon Worthy Quote:

“What do you want?”

“You,” he said, his voice lowering an octave. “I want you, Dutch, body and soul. I want you in my bed every night. I want you there when I wake up in the morning. I want your clothes strung across my apartment and your scent on my skin.”


Cookie Speaks the Truth Quote:

“Have they even seen the Winchester boys? Sammy and Dean’s existence proves there is a god and she is a woman.”



About Lorelei King

Lorelei King is one of the most successful and accomplished American actresses working in the UK today, appearing in numerous films and television shows. Lorelei is also a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.

About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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5 responses to “Audio Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

  1. I still have to read the 4th installment in this series but so far it really has been all about the narrator. I think I would have struggled with these books had I read them but I just fly through the audios.

    • TheBookNympho

      Yes I don’t think some if the snark would have shined as much if I read them.

  2. I might have to start listening to this series on audio if it is so good. I read the first book in print but I might have to switch.

    Thanks for the great review, glad you loved this audio and story so much.

  3. wow this series sounds amazing! It’s yet another one I have to catch up on!! I wish I was more into audiobooks though, but I just can’t pay enough attention cuz I zone out a lot lol