Audiobook Review: First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones (Narrator) Lorelei King

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First Grave on the Right Book Cover First Grave on the Right
Charley Davidson #1
Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)
Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance - Mystery
Macmillan Audio
February 9, 2011
9 hours, 4 minutes


A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light". But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.

Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life... and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense. The audio includes a sneak peak of Second Grave on the Left.


This was my first audio listen in years. It was nice to change up my reading and try out an audio.

For a few years now other readers have suggested and recommended reading Darynda Jones. I enjoyed this first book in the series. We are treated to three engaging plot-lines. A mystery involving ghosts, Charley trying to figure out her Reaper side, and then the mystery into who Reyes Farrow is.

First Grave on the Right is the first book in the Charley Davidson series.

Their’s lots of sarcastic humor, clichés, one-liners and stereotypes. I liked the one-liners and humor, but at a point it got to be a little too much. The ghosts are funny and I liked meeting all the different ones.

As for Charley she’s ok, but a little childish to me. I felt she whined a little too much. She also thinks she’s all that and indestructible. It’s great to have confidence in yourself, but for me it came across as childish and too much though I am curious to see how she will grow and evolve throughout the books.

Reyes Farrow, who is he? Well he pops up in Charley’s dreams and we are also treated to a few steamy moments, but they are left to the readers imagination.

And, as for the ending, it is a cliffhanger. You get some questions answered, but more pop up.

The Narrator, Lorelei King, I felt she brought the characters to life in the audiobook. Charley’s snark and attitude came out. As for the male voices they weren’t male enough and sounded a little off to me, but still I enjoyed.

I had a delightful time with the audiobook for First Grave on the Right and will be picking up the Second Grave on the Left in audio to see where things go next.

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine
October 5, 2017 2:33 pm

I’ve tried to do the whole audio book thing,but its not for me!when I read I have a picture of the person as I see it in my head and their voices as well. Great review Angela! Shared on all my socials!!

October 5, 2017 2:15 pm

I struggle with audios where the female narrator tries to overdo a male voice. Sometimes its really districting! Glad you enjoyed the book overall!

Debbie Haupt-The Reading Frenzy
October 5, 2017 7:42 am

Hey Angela I’m another newbie to the series. I also didn’t feel Charlie as childish but you know what they say, no two people read the same book.
I look forward to your review of book 2 I would love to hear them but my library doesn’t offer them on audible.

Melanie Simmons
October 5, 2017 7:20 am

I do love this series. I know it will always make me laugh (though it has also made my eyes tear up a time or two). Lorelei King nails the narration of this series. Great review.

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
October 5, 2017 6:02 am

I’m sorry this wasn’t as great for you. I hadn’t really thought of Charley as immature, mainly overly confident and sarcastic. But I understand what you mean when I think about some of the things she does and says. I really hope you fall in love with book two. This is one of my favorite series mainly because I get a good laugh and don’t take it too seriously. However, as the series goes on, we do get more serious events. Charley still takes them a bit lighter than you would expect, but I think it is more false bravado.… Read more »

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