Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Audiobook Review: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1)


Authors: Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
Format: Audio | Narrator: Kristen Bell
Published on March 25th 2014 by Random House Audio

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. An unabridged recording (8 hours, 45 minutes).


Just to get this out of the way, I haven't watch the movie yet.

THERE! Judge me.

Let me tell ya, last year when I heard about the movie coming out, I was jumping like kangaroos on steroids. I flooded updated my Facebook newsfeed like any decent, obsessed Veronica Mars fan would do. Well, I am an obsessed Veronica Mars fan, so no harm done.

THEN! Then just to find out that the Philippine movie theaters did not have this for their scheduled showing! What. The. Fudgety. Fuck. And then I ranted like a mad obsessed Veronica Mars fan! Then last, last month, I visited a video store to ask for a DVD copy, right? THEN this chick with a bad hair dye that looked like a matted, dirty, dry brown dog fur gave me a blank look when I asked for the title. AND THEN she asked her co-worker and he had the same response that she had. So I went out of the store before I could hurt somebody. THEN I cried. Like a baby.

There are things in this world you just don't miss out on!

It had been toooo long. I was thirsty. I will hold on to anything, even a butchered Veronica Mars graphic novel would do. AND THEN. AND THEN. The BOOK CAME OUT. And then I cried like a baby, again. And then, for the first time in my life, I knew what tears of joy felt like...

So I skipped the movie - not for the lack of trying, but I knew enough gist of it so I figured my marshmallow knowledge would surely help me get through the book. It's not like I watched every single episode of VMars thrice! *gulps Right? So with nonchalance coolness, I listened to The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line narrated by Veronica herself and...

All the feelings of a whimpering fan left me speechless. In fact, I felt so much that I listened to this whole audio book twice.

I mean HOLY CRAP. This book just have enough of you think you're smart enough to guess this? type of mystery to keep holding out for your breath. Veronica is just as sassy, smart, and fluffy as I had remembered her to be. But this time, she is already an adult. They tend to do that, don't they? Grow up.

And as a grown-up woman, she could no longer pull off the let me take your information and I'll tell Detective Mars you stopped by, cause, you know, she is now the Detective Mars. But good news is that Mac is now working for her so she gets all that handy tech whiz assistant that she didn't have before. And Wallace is still looking out for her as well.

If you didn't watch VMars on a regular basis, then you might missed out on some of the inside jokes. And speaking of comic relief, Dick was there. You know, being Dick. It was funny how they manage to insert the Dick scene (no pun intended) on such a dangerous situation.

Despite minimal Logan exposure, it was not bad because the action, the mystery and the drama (oh the drama) were enough to compensate for that particular lacking. Not to give away too much, Veronica was hired to investigate the case of the missing Spring breakers. There were 2 girls missing on Neptune and one of the girls has an indirect relation to Veronica. Now, how could it possibly be? And is this going to be a conflict of interest?

You will just have to read the book to find out more! Or better yet, LISTEN TO KRISTEN BELL narrate the story. It's like an episode of Veronica Mars, only with no moving pictures! As talented as ever, Kristen-sloth-loving-Bell, was able to inject personalities to different characters she worked on with precision. Amaze-balls! Rest assured you fellow marshmallows, it was worth the epic wait.

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