I have read the paperback of the original, and ofcourse have the ebook, when I came across this "authors cut", had to to give it a go! I loved the little extras in this edition.It made it more complete.
As for the audible version, I felt it was pretty good, I didnt like how slow the narrator did Prince Mikhail's voice---I mean i do get it at first as he is unable to feel emotion so he voice would be monotoned, but it didnt seem to get enough more of emotion as it should, since he is all of a sudden bombarded with them since finding his lifemate. I also didnt like that Mikhail didnt have an accent as ive heard in other versions. These two things aside, Its a great book and start to a thrilling series that takes many twists and turns along the way through I think around book 20 now. Do enjoy! I did!
I think Christine Feehan made each character interesting, made it easy to want to check out the next book to get closer to these characters.
I feel Abby did the best performing "Raven" she matched what I would picture as Raven well.
eager to listen to other books in this series.
Yes. So much better
Oh, I have no favorites. They are all great. This book and all the others, have kept me at the edge of my set.
Yes. She is just really good.
I wanted to like this book. I really tried to like this story, but it was just annoying. There was no real connection with the characters. The story had potential; however, there was a disconnect ... Both of the characters are incapable of thinking for themselves and give new meaning to the word "indecision". The narrator was excellent and if not for her, I would have discontinued listening. Guess I just missed the boat on this one. I was expecting Lara Adrian...and got Herman Melville.
I enjoyed the rich description in this story.
MiHail is well written, very male and character and personality fits with his time period.
Too many to pick from.
Yes, in fact I cheated a lot listening in places I don't normally.
This was a good book, strong characters and setting. I felt Raven was a little too "damsiel in distress" at times, but overall the story is good enough to absorb that weakness. I could see, feel, smell the entire story.
I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!
I couldn't even get through part one!!
The reader's voice sounded good on the sample, but when listening to the book, it would rise and fall -- and this was when she wasn't doing any of the character's voices!! She did pretty good on the two main character's voices, but she still kept raising and lowering her voice so often that I kept having to adjust the volume. This caused great distraction and eventually frustration!!
Then came the sex. Oh, brother!! I have never understood why authors want to get so graphic. Let the tension build, let them start kissing and then move on to another scene!! Unless you're into porn . . . I'm not and that's where I had to stop listening!!
Actually, that part put me off a bit. At times it seemed like it was all about bed play. I am not a prude and don't mind some explicid descriptions, yet these seemed repetative and, for my part, unimagenative.
OK, that out of the way, the story of a race of people who may have been the source of the Vampire legend, how they live and how they can turn into the ugly type of vampire and how there is only two choice, Die or... well that's the story.
I wouldn't read a 2nd book in this series, but i well enjoyed this book. I don't know if i will look at a lot of books from this author.
Always looking for a great Fantasy Series... Please do make suggestions...
Dark Series was recommended to me by a fellow Listen-aholic. I am on book 7 in the series. I almost put the series down several times becasue I found myself driving yelling at the speakers in my car on my long commute. I could not stand the Heroines in book 1 and 2, sometimes... there are times that they were great and other times I wanted to shake them until they "cowgirled up" and put thier "big girl panties on and deal"!!!!
Okay so if you like Stong women characters do listen to book 1, just so you get the back story... then skip to book 4, Gregory and Savannah... You'll be captivated and drawn into the series without feeling lost.
When I get caught up I might go back and finish book 2, 3 and 4 only with plenty of medication to dull the Whinny Woman syndrome. These ladies need spend some time with a stong woman like; Jane Yellowrock, any of JR Ward Heroines, Sherrilyn Kenyon's Heroines, or Alexia Tarabotti the Parasol Protectorate herself...
Christine Feehans books are extremely full of complex emotion, imagery, and seductive anticipation. There is no other writer of paranormal romance books like her. Her characters are compelling characters who do not let adversity hamper them. These couples are highly sexual and emotionally stimulating. They draw you into the story, and hold you for the next book. Her books are always good reads.
This was the first of Abby Craden's first performance for me, and I would say she did a good job.
I love the dark series. I own all of the books in audible format and I have listened to both versions of this story. The first narrator mispronounced names and mangled the accents. This narrator talked WAY too slowly. I'm sure it was supposed to add more drama, but all it did was make me want to sleep. She also made Raven sound insipid.
I have listened to books 1-5 and Abby Craden is my favorite narrator so far.