Summary

Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead. After inheriting a highly specialised and highly peculiar medical practice, Dr Helsing spends her days treating London's undead for a host of ills: vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights and entropy in mummies.
Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's dreamed of since childhood. But when a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead alike, Greta must use all her unusual skills to keep her supernatural clients - and the rest of London - safe.
©2017 Vivian Shaw (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group
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"A darkly delicious adventure featuring a quirky new heroine. Strange Practice breathes new life into the undead." (James Bennett, author of Chasing Embers)
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2 out of 5 stars
By G. P. Brown on 15-01-18

Bit of a disappointment.

Would you try another book written by Vivian Shaw or narrated by Suzannah Hampton?

It is probably a no to both the author and the narrator. I was not a giant fan of either of them.

What will your next listen be?

Not the sequel to this one that is for sure. I'll probably head back to the epic fantasy or sci-fi genre. I hate to put the boot too hard into this book as the truth is I have way more misses than hits when I venture into the Urban Fantasy genre.

How could the performance have been better?

I feel like Suzannah Hampton did a poor job with the audio. She had a clear voice and was well-spoken but had no talent for voice acting. She just read everything in a dull monotone and made little to no distinction between regular prose and dialogue.

Another big issue was the way the POV transitions were handled in audio. There was no pause between switches which was actually a little confusing. A tiny pause would have made it clear a POV transition was occurring.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Just boredom and vague sense of disappointment that this one was not working for me as I do feel like the premise of the story was a good one.

Any additional comments?

I felt like the story had potential but the execution was poor. Shaw's writing felt weirdly formal and distant which made it hard for me to connect with any of the characters. Despite the fact that Greta is the headline character this book had more of an ensemble cast as the POV's jumped from Greta to her fellow cultist trackers. Lord Ruthven, a regular vampire. Francis Varney, a vampyre. Fastitocalon, a demon. All three are characters from literature Shaw has repurposed for the story! I actually felt like all the character had decent potential which only made it more frustrating that this story never worked for me.

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3 out of 5 stars
By madeline downham on 10-12-17

Great story, wrong narrator

What did you like best about Strange Practice? What did you like least?

I loved the whole idea of the tale, thought the narrator was so wrong for it

Who was your favorite character and why?

The odd Demon character (Vas?), he was complex and strange, sadly hated the way his name was pronounced so fully most of the time.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Suzannah Hampton?

S.H's voice was too monotonous, nice, well modulated but too even and crisp all the way through, no humour at all. A narrator with more inflection, maybe able to change pace a bit? Maybe someone who could inject a humorous pace, alter voice slightly for different characters?

Could you see Strange Practice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Kirsten Dunst, Aiden Turner (vamp), Michael Fassbender(Vamp or demon), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Sam), Robert Carlisle

Any additional comments?

I listened to it all the way through because the story is good. I began to wish I'd read it though. The narration was wearing, every sentence started with sharp enfaces, regardless of the action. Reminded me of an actor trying too hard to add drama to a boring speech. I would not recommend this as an audible listen, but as a book to read.

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