While I love this series and this installment is one of my favorites in it, I am so glad that I read this first rather than listen.
I have to say that I love the male/female narrators, I think it adds so much to the audio version. When you listen to another audio book after, especially one in this series and it's just a woman reading, you miss the male influence and Phil Gigante is particularly good. I think that Jane Brown is also very good.
This is what I did NOT like: I found the accents used in the narration to be distracting and annoying. I know that it's an added touch to the authenticity of the story, but I found I was concentrating on the accents at times, rather than the story. Sometimes it sounded like they had marbles in their mouths. I thought Ivory's accent in particular was awful. She sounded like an old gypsy woman and I pictured her to be bent, wrinkled and frail, when Ivory most definitely is not. When her voice was supposed to be soft and musical, I found it grating.
I know that with so many characters, its hard to differentiate between them, especially with voices but the accents I could do without. I'm so glad I read this first, and I continue to prefer reading to listening, but audio books make riding in the car so much more enjoyable.
I'll definitely listen to more, I'll just be more prepared for the distraction of the accents.
Annoying echo used for internal voice.
Unnecessarily long segments of foreign language to suffer through.
Maybe it's less annoying if you start at book#1?
The characters had been through much but found love and didn't fight it like many of her other books where the woman were just to protesting when it came to saving the life of her partner.
These two narrators are my favorites. They use a multitude of voices to differentiate the multitude of characters.
It made me cry because of all that Razvan had gone through and he still had such a sweet spirit. A big difference from the other Carpathian males not that I dislike the others just that he's willing to let Ivory lead because he's smart enough to recognize her strengths and celebrate them
Absolutely!! The combination of a male and female narrators gave the story depth that I never would have anticipated.
Ivory Manilov was my favorite character...hands down!!! She was strong, yet not domineering. She was fierce, loyal, and protective, especially when it came to her lifemate. Vampires feared her, more than they feared the ancient hunters!! How about that!!
This was my first time listening to Phil Gigante or Jane Brown. I am totally hooked on both narrators.
Every time Ivory defended her lifemate, I cheered. When Ivory confronted and verbally blasted all the "ancient warriors" in the council chamber in defense of her lifemate, after she proved that Travis was the one infected by the spirit of Xavier. I cheered and laughed...then listened again!!
As I mentioned earlier...the combination of male and female narrator gave the story and characters a depth that I never would have anticipated. I think all of her future books should have a male/female duo narrating.
No, Ivory is the only given an accent and it makes her sound very old. And the accent is just bad.
Love the story
Ivory is the only one who has an accent and it is just bad, almost comical. She is made to sound old
I'm listening to all of Christine Feehan's books so there really is no way to rank them.
I enjoyed the fact that pronunciations were better than earlier books, and loved the fact that both a man and a woman read the story as this makes it come to life much more than a single reader.
They were able to interpret the voices of the different characters so that you truly felt that there were more than 2 people reading.
The only voice I had trouble accepting was the interpretation of Raven, it's almost as if they didn't realize that she was an American citizen by birth and therefore shouldn't have had the Eastern European accent they gave her.
Im a huge fan Of Christine Feehan's Dark Series novels. Love the books.
The male narrator mispronounced a name or two, and the audio quality was abysmal. The two couldn't keep the same volume, so I had to constantly keep turning the volume on my ipod up and down, just to hear them. The sound was distorted from time to time, and took on an echo-ish quality, like the narrators were speaking away from the mic, instead of into it. These three things, completely shattered my immersion. Im regretting this purchase.
Only annoyance, at having to constantly turn my volume up an down to try to hear the people speak. The echo was also annoying.
Scrap this audiobook. People are better off buying the physical copy. It will be more enjoyable than trying to listen to this.
Can't sit still or stay focused long enough to read a book. Audible is the only way I will give myself the opportunity to enjoy fiction.
No. I have started and stopped this Book so many times... I give up. Its my worst Audible Purchase to date. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Phil Gigante. That's why I bought this title. The Book and Jane Brown are horrible. A good Narrator can make me enjoy a lack luster title... but here you have a bad performance from Jane Brown, Phil not in the Lead Role... and a terrible story line... I have no idea what these people were thinking with the reviews they have given this title.
I love discovering new stories while driving or working in the barn, reading voraciously since I could walk. There is no genre, just magic
I found this book on a clearance rack in hardback and decided to try it as I do often with new authors. Great story line and characters which was enjoyable and fascinating. I fell in love with the Carpathian story and have almost all of her books now in my library having listened to all of them.
Ivory was fantastic. Strong, Interesting, & Strong as a character.
Where her wolves become part of her and the story behind her pack.
When she shared how her wolves came to be part of her family and life
Great book, I suggest you start from the beginning with book one in this series and then buy this one as it falls. However, you can really start with any of the books in this series. You simply learn about the older key players first and it builds easier in your heart and mind if you do so. You will love the book if you like sci-fi / fantasy and strong characters who are dynamic.
Suspenseful, addicting, intoxicating
I loved Ivory's courage and devotion to her wolves. I loved Rasvan and his honor. Put these 2 warriors together and you have nothing short of pure magic.
The ease of listening to a book no matter where I am and what I'm doing
You are my Lifemate
Christine Feehan's Dark series are some of the best story lines I have had the privledge to read. I absolutely love her books and look forward to every new one she writes.