His love for humanity, inspite of all the abuse he received.
Ash already held this strong leader role in my mind, without knowing how he came to be the God that he is. I was unprepared for what I thought would be a really long read, and having that "read" become a book that I just did not want to put down. There are so many memorable moments in this book, the way he was born and then abused as a child and blamed for that abuse, the way he was neglected by his human mother from birth, tortured by his human father and brother, feeling the shame of being a whore-never being able to show his face, while human, without everyone who saw him overwhelmingly desiring him, male or female. Him being gutted and thrown on the rocks like trash, such a horrible life for a babe whose mother, the Godess of destruction, had meant to be loved and cherished by his human parents. To have lived a human life as Acheron, and yet care so deeply for humanity that he would still protect the humans and not destroy them, makes this a truly great story. I would have destroyed this little rock and floated on off to my own little island. This book would make a great movie, especially blended with the other Dark Hunter books.
I love his voice inflections. You can actually feel the emotions in his voice. Great job.
Harry Potter was a great story, but Acheron is awe-inspiring.
I absolutely loved this book. I have bought the hard copy and the audible copy and have listened to this story approximately 9 or 10 times, total. I insisted both my daughters read it and several friends as well. It raises the hairs on my arms. Kenyon is absolutely my number one author. I have read all of her books, most multiple times. I absolutely love the way her characters interact and the way that she connects the dots to their relationships. She is a master story teller and I truly consider myself her biggest fan. Her books are awesome.
Love and Hate
It draws you in and makes you so so sad but then your so happy. Tears of sadness and tears of joy. Yes I admit this book made me cry, not ashamed to admit it.
He is the my favorite reader in this serise.
An Acheron quote "Everyone deserves to be loved"
I just loved it.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
Okay, I found this the most interesting of this series to date and Acheron was certainly the most ambitious of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books.
The story of Acheron's dreadful, abused childhood is indeed painful. The story is well told, the pace never slows. It tense, full of action, passion and as riveting as one could want, albeit I can understand why some people found the first half of it difficult to listen to. It is also very well narrated.
Here's MY problem: Acheron is 11,000 years old. He watches TV. He reads books. He uses computers. He had a hideously abusive childhood and in 11,000 years, he's never gotten past it? Really? I was an abused child and I know an awful lot of other adults who were abused children. Most of us HAVE gotten past it, with or without psychological help. You do work your way through this stuff and it didn't take me 11,000 years. So my question is ... seriously, did he never watch Law and Order: SVU? Read the newspapers and the scandals about abuse, or notice the enormous amount of talk from and about survivors of childhood abuse ... and the many ways to teach yourself to realize that being a victim was not YOUR fault but the fault of your abusers?
If you can accept that anyone with that many centuries of life has never dealt with the shame and guilt, then you won't have a problem with this otherwise cracking good story.
Maybe if I had hadn't been an abused child, it wouldn't bother me as much, but as it is, I had a problem with it ... and it was the central theme, the major issue of the main character and the entire book.
I simply couldn't believe it. If I can work my way through these issues in less than a human lifespan, surely so could he given so many millennium in which to accomplish it. Gods, shmods, go visit old Dr. Freud! Read a self help book, do something. Don't just sit around feeling victimized. Geez loueez.
For all that, it's a great page turner and as is typical of all her books, sexy with lots of action. Just ... well ... that little problem ... that totally unrealistic unresolved emotional baggage ... it just kept nagging at my brain all the way through.
Maybe it won't bother you. It did bother me, but I still enjoyed the read ... I just had to keep putting my rational mind to sleep so I could.
I am a Gemini who has just started college and has self published books through Amazon.
I would. It gives you more insight into the characters personalities.
I loved how the narrator portrays the emotions of the characters.
The kindling of the romance between Acheron and Tori.
What's a tag line?
This book would make an amazing motion picture and the money Kenyon would make would be nothing to the joy of her fans.
It has shades of Cinderella but so much depth and angst and power. An amazing story of endurance and survival against bitter odds.
I enjoyed listening to this book and couldn't seem to stop. I even missed sleep because I didn't want to stop listening. It is a must listen. I loved that this book was so long and wish Kenyon's other Dark Hunter books were longer. Graham does a great job portraying the characters and performing the story. The wrong narrator can really destroy a story & make it unbearable to listen to regardless of how wonderful the book may be. Graham does a remarkable job and makes this wonderful book irresistible to stop listening.
I like Graham's performance of this series the most. He does Semi the BEST!
I would only read another book from this series if I had my memory wiped totally. Even with a lobotomy, I truly believe I would, with an emotionless expression, put that book down and walk across the busiest street I could find, hoping to end it all.
I wish I had read a few reviews, and considered that the female raters probably were 15 years of age, and enjoyed the soft porn aspect of this book. The printed description was not evident in my first 2 hours of listening. I found the material "painful" to listen to. I kept skipping forward, chapter by chapter, looking for some type of plot evolution... didn't find it. Please read Victor's review. I couldn't have said it better. I threw away $22.00. I just finished a Brandon Sanderson book, which on a scale of 1 - 10 was "10"; Acheron was proof that hype will make someone money, every time. Now that I think about it, the target audience for this material is 11 year old females. And the narrator was part (but only 10%) of the problem. There was nothing redeeming about this production.
The history of it all
Ash for as powerful as he is he is modest,polite,has good manners. old fashioned,and very romantic...plus I love the SIMI...........
had all kinds of reactions to it. its a kind of series that touches all your emotions
read the series, I thought it even better than christine feehans dark series. read in the order the athur put it in for the best read. acheron is not book 1 its in the middle of the series.please start fromm book 1
Yes and in fact I have. This was truly the best book in the series so far. The first time around I couldn't stop listening and felt as if I got through it too fast so the second time I listened I took my time and paid more attention.
*Spoiler* I loved it when Tory threatened Artemis and put her in her place that was AWESOME!!!
I really wished Fred Berman would have done the narration for this book. I absolutely LOVE him and he does an amazing job. Holter Graham is ok and has a nice voice, I just would have preferred Fred for this one.
Acheron.....may the truth be told
This was my favorite book in the Dark-Hunter series thus far. To finally find out the truth of Ash and his past and why he puts up with Artemis was priceless. To be honest listening to the first half of this book was hard but to see how he had overcome everything and could still be so caring and thoughtful of others after everything he had been through is just amazing. Honestly, I could listen to this book over and over and never get tired of it!!
Narration was Excellent. Very easy to listen too.
Now that I have finished the Book I can now say it was a good story. However I nearly stopped listening quite a number of times, through the first 2/3 of the book. It was the last 1/3 of the book which saved it. I will be listening to any of the other books in this series when they become available on audio in Australia. I was difficult listening to sooooo much heart break. I was temped to fast forward to the present day in the book, but was concerned that I might have missed too much in the storyline. I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh.Happy Reading