Christine Feehan's book are usually entertaining and I think I liked the first edition of this audio book better, though not by much. Abby Craden made Raven seem even more ridiculous than she already was. I really tried to like this book but it was so incredibly long and needlessly drawn out.
Phil Gigante comes to mind as a narrator.
I would have made Raven less of a silly twit.
Don't waste your credits. I'm glad I bought it on sale. I would have returned it otherwise.
i remember enjoying the book years ago and got the audio version on sale. I cannot finish it. Too repetitive and slow moving.
I couldn't recommend this to anyone. It was honestly difficult to finish. I think the storyline had great potential, but unfortunately, the main characters never gained appeal to me. At first I thought it was just the narrator's voice for Raven that was grating on my nerves, but after a while, I realized it was just the character herself. If there was a stupid choice to be made, Raven predictably made it every time. Trying to understand her reasoning (her compassion for others, her belief in free will, etc.) didn't help at all. She came across as ridiculous damsel, who was always in distress. And the male lead, as attractive as he was written, lost some of his appeal to me, because of his willingness to cater to and coddle such a idiot! So disappointed. Don't waste your credit here.
A lot of repetition both in phrasing and plot points. An hour could have been cut easily.
This is a first.
This is a first.
Not really, unfortunately. I didn't see enough background for the different immortal beings. Raven was a fairly annoying main character who also didn't have enough background. Wasn't inspired to read others in the series. Forgettable.
After I listen to all 25 books in the series I may turn around and re-read this first book in the series. It was very captivating! Love how tRaven and Mikhail met, fell in love, and became life mates.
I like the idea of Carpathians being a race that if their emotions get away with them then they turn rogue and into vampires. Excellent concept.
I really like Raven. She is independent and does not mind speaking her mind and telling Mikhail exactly how she feels - no wimpyness for this lady!
The part where Raven was totally freaked out about "going to earth" was awesome and well written. She made me feel like I would probably feel if I were buried in the ground to revitalize.
I felt the writer showed the female of this book in a stupid light. Also portrayed her as helpless. I wasn't impressed. The readers slow reading made it even worse, I won't be reading more of this series.
Whether you enjoy paranormal literature or not, you should definitely give Christine Feehan a try (either read or listen). I was not a paranormal regular and have read or listened to every one of the series and eagerly await the next one.
The series introduces the Carpathian people and the stories are sensual, romantic and inspiring. The heroes are strong, extremely arrogant men; the women equally courageous - together they are invincible...almost.
Christine Feehan brings the reader/listener into a world of romance, honor, and loyalty spanning centuries and transcending borders. Give it a try - truly worth the time...
I read this book years ago and LOVED it. The narrator killed any pleasure I might have gotten from revisiting an old favorite. She does a decent job with Raven, the female lead character, but I was starting to seriously dread every time Mikhael spoke. The overly drawn out channeling of Count Dracula (minus the accent) was nothing short of painful, and unfortunately I couldn't discern this from the sample. If I didn't know there were better narrators out there, or worse, if I didn't know I could return the book, I'd go back to listening to iTunes when I travel and never risk subjecting myself to this again.
Someone whose idea of "old world" didn't lead me to believe there was an implied "muuuuaahhhHHaha!" at the end of every utterance from the hero.
I do love the book...I hated the narrator!
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I loved Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker series so thought her Dark series would be good to. Unfortunately i was wrong. This book was so repetitive and boring. I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Disappointing.
Sometimes I pick up a book, strictly because the cover intrigues me. This is one of those. It also helped that I have always been a vampire aficionado, but I get frustrated with the same old story told over and over and over. This is one that drew me in because it is set against a more historical origin of the vampires myths than the Bram Stoker rendition. Cast on the backdrop of the Carpathian mountains -- I really enjoyed the story. And yes, the characters are a little shallower than I like. (Or maybe stereo typical is a better term). But that was easily overlooked since it was the story line that captivated me with this one.
Abby Craden does a great job of reading this one, which added to the enjoyment of the book. There is something about the cadence of her voice that really makes this book -- and turns it into one of those books that I think would be better to listen to than to read.