Friday, May 16, 2014

Audiobook Review: Veronica Mars - The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line


Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan LineAuthor: Rob Thomas
Narrator: Kristen Bell
Series: Veronica Mars, #1
Published: March 25th 2014
Publisher: Random House Audio
Lenght: 8 hrs and 42 mins
Buy: Audible

The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends—Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas—Veronica is ready to take on Neptune’s darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.
Please note that some minor spoilers for this year’s Veronica Mars movie were inevitable.

I just love the 21st century, don't you? A TV show gets cancelled, leaving behind millions of grieving fans. After years of struggle, a movie gets made, crowdfunded by adoring viewers who were unable to let go. While this is happening, creator of the show Rob Thomas (originally a novelist), decides to start a book series, which will pick up exactly where the movie leaves off. And all of it, every single thing ends up being a huge success. At this point, one can safely call Veronica Mars a multimedia sensation.

Veronica may have been gone for many years, but Neptune is still the same cesspool of crime and corruption. It gets even worse during spring break, when thousands of adolescents, unsupervised and wild, travel there to drown in alcohol and irresponsible behavior. When two young girls go missing, no one is really surprised, least of all Veronica herself. But she is surprised when she discovers that she has a strong personal connection to one of the girls and that she has to find a way to put aside her own emotional turmoil in order to work the case. To make matters worse, her father is still unhappy that she gave up her career in law and he’s still recovering from a grave injury. Logan has been deployed and a bad Skype connection is all they have for comfort. Corruption in Neptune is worse than ever, which means Veronica has to work around the inept Sheriff if she wants to make any progress on her case. And then, just to push things from bad to worse, her Mom shows up…

I’ve come to admire Veronica even more now that she’s an adult. She is emotional and soft, but fiercely independent. At this point, she doesn’t need anyone to come to her rescue. She is perfectly capable of defending herself. That’s not to say that she doesn’t have a very supportive group of friends! The entire old gang is back right alongside her, and with the exception of Logan, they all help in some way. For his part, Logan is the one she turns to for emotional support. When push comes to shove, she is far more likely to e-mail him than talk to anyone else.

Really, if you think about it, audio is really the best choice if one wants to enjoy this book fully. Narrated by Kristen Bell (because who else could narrate it?), it’s almost like Veronica herself is sitting beside you, telling you her story over cocktails and snacks.

The second book, titled Mr. Kiss and Tell, is scheduled for release in late October 2014. My copy is already pre-ordered, what are you waiting for?




19 comments:

  1. I know so many readers who are huge fans of this show and from reading your review I can totally understand why that would be. I of course haven't yet watched this show, but after being out of the loop for so long, I really think I need to give it a try! Fab review Maja!

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  2. I'm all over this Kickstarting my favorite series thing. I highly enjoyed this story, too. I like how, as an adult, she is still so independent but still has a strong circle of friends (though she'd better be careful about using them too much!). And, yes, I've got the second preordered. Oh, yes.

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  3. I can't believe I never watched these shows. I so want to now and I want to read the books. How could I have missed out on these?

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  4. I haven't seen the Veronica Mars show or the film, but I clearly need to fix that ASAP as she seems to be a fantastic protagonist I'd love to get to know. Lovely review, Maja!

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  5. Never really got into Veronica Mars myself, but it sounds like I been missing out. I might have to give both the books and the show a shot.

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  6. I got the audiobook from Audible when I found out Kristen Bell was narrating it and I haven't had the chance to read it just yet. I will very soon hopefully. I'm so glad to hear that the book remains true to the show. Veronica has always been great although I didn't approve of some of her moves in the movie, but I still love that fierce girl.
    I'm excited to read this, Maja! Lovely review. :)

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  7. I can't believe I never watched the show. I don't know probably because I was in college when it started and I never had time for any tv then. I wish I could just dive in and read the books, could I, or would I be lost?

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  8. I've only seen one VM episode. I know!!! i'm awful but it's great that fans get to check in with the characters and that Kristen is narrating. How fun!

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  9. I've seen random episodes on TV but I really need to watch more. I love Kristen Bell and this book sounds great. that's awesome she narrates the audio version.

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  10. I bought the audio but hadn't really seen any reviews, so I'm so glad that you reviewed it! I can't wait and I love that KB narrated it!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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  11. I still need to see the movie. I'm also so glad that Bell is narrating the series. I will add these to my wishlist... in audio! Sweet! Thanks for bringing this one to my attention. I can't wait to get into them.

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  12. I didn't watch show or movie, but I do love multimedia and crossing from one medium into the other in the right hands

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  13. I've been meaning to go back and watch the tv series, then watch the movie and then read the books. I don't know if it's on netflix, but I'll have to look. I do know I have only heard good things about the movie and the this book! I saw some of the episodes on TV but not all in order or anything. I love Kristen Bell though!

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  14. I'm not reading this review beyond your first paragraph because I haven't seen the movie yet. I just bought it at the store yesterday so hopefully I'll watch it this weekend. I LOVED this series and was so disappointed that it was cancelled but I'm thrilled the fans helped get the stories going again. I'm excited to hear Kristen Bell narrates. I'll have to add this to my audible wishlist. :)

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  15. I've never watched the show but I knew that it was pretty popular when it was running. I had no idea how popular it was though until the movie was funded by fans. And now it's got a book series too? Wow! I just may need to see what all the hype is about over the summer ...

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  16. What a revolution! Ingenious. I haven't read any of these books, nor have I seen the movie but because of this series continuation, I'm definitely curious. :)

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  17. Generally I prefer to read books rather than listen to them. You make a convincing argument for the audiobook here though. I would love to feel like I'm sitting with Veronica and listening to her tell me about her latest shenanigans. I'll have to consider this more.
    I didn't know Thomas was originally a writer! That also makes me feel far more reassured about this story. I am definitely glad that Veronica's story continues, even if it's no longer on screen.

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