The best way to read.
I did not finish this book. The narrator went on and on in a sing-song, dramtic way that made the book just draaaag on. It was a typical Christine Feehan book and would have been good with out all of the dramatics. This book lost some of my attention early on and lost it completely at toward the end.
I love what the story had. This was the best of all books. Christine is get the story better and better as the plots get deeper into the lives of the Carpathians.
Ok, critiques are not my favorite thing to do unless it's all glowing and perfect, but I feel I need to give prospective readers a good idea what to expect. It makes it easier on both author and publisher when honest, detailed reviews are out there for readers. And this wasn't a horrible book. Far from it! I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I read the ebook in two sittings and enjoyed this audio book for several days (commute to and from work.) With that in mind, and after reading several reviews of both the book and this audio recording, I'll try my best to address problems as well as flashes of brilliance i saw in this book and recording.
THE BOOK: There are the classic Feehan problems that annoy me -- repetition, over explanation, repetition, for all time, repetition... did I mention repetition? THEN there are the classic Feehan brilliances. Great characters, great story, the ability to hook the reader despite any flaws. Depth of characters is a major signature from Ms. Feehan. This book focused mostly on Zacharias, but Margarita's character was explored effectively too. In my opinion, it was balanced pretty well. There was simply more of Zacharias to bring around. Margarita was a simple woman. Not in a bad way either. She was simply as she presented herself. She didn't have nearly as many changes to go through as Zacharias. Having read about the other De la Cruz brothers, I knew Zacharias would be a very complicated character. He had so far to go to dig himself out of the muck, developing his character was going to be a tall task. I think this was done perfectly, and not at the expense of the heroine, Margarita. No, there wasn't a great deal of "action" or fight scenes, though they did exist, but there was other conflict that, for me, was just as engrossing as a good fight scene. As mentioned before, Margarita was exactly what she seemed, but Ms. Feehan gave her a backbone of steel that presented itself when it was least convenient for the hero and that lead to great romantic conflict.
THE NARRATION: I confess, I was a little disappointed in the narration. I really like the voice of Mr. Bergmann, but he his reading was very, very slow and deliberate. The exaggerated pauses at the end of sentences became annoying early on. As the recording continued, either I grew used to them or they lessened. I'm not sure which. I loved his voice so well as Zacharias I really didn't care much after a while. :) The cadance of his reading was a bigger problem. It seemed unnatural at times. Stilted. It contrasted sharply with the female narrator. I really liked the female narrator. Her accent was lovely and authentic. I would have liked to see the narrators mixed as they have been in previous books where if the main POV is the hero's, the male narrator speaks for everything other than any female characters and vice versa. I know others complained about the echo when they were speaking telepathically, but I really liked that. You could easily tell if others around them could hear, just as in a book the text is in italics. I'd really like to see the producers go back to that in any future "Dark" books. Overall, while not perfect, I enjoyed the performance. Definitely worth your credit.
First let me say that I love the Dark series, and I have listened to every book, and I eagerly await the releasae of each new book. However, this series, like all series, has ups and downs, and this is definately a down. It is, in my opinion, the worst book yet in the series. It has no action and it is very repetitive. If I hear one more time that he is out of sync with the modern world and must therefore totally control her, then I am going to scream. I actually grew so bored with the book that I stopped listening to it and started something else. I will finish it though, just in case something interesting happens that actually progresses the larger story line of the Carpathians. And I really hope that the next novels are actually set in the Carpathians. I like those much better, especially since they also usually involve other characters that I actually care about. My favorite so far is still Julian.
I am addicted!!! When I am not listening to a book on my iPod I am reading books not available on Audible.
I absolutely LOVE the Dark Series and cannot wait for more of them in the future, but I have to say this one just did not have the punch for me like most of the others, I was not hanging on to find out what happens next. I prefer the US or Carpathian Mountains setting for the location of the story lines, maybe that's my problem. I love the series and will continue to read them!!!
Haven't gotten tired of the Carpathians yet. Always fresh characters with their own obstacles to overcome. :>)))
I have been a fan of this series for years. I was so looking forward to Zac's story. This was a complete letdown. I had to rewind and restart the book at various points at least 3 times because I fell asleep. This book is so boring! Another thing that bugs the heck out of me is the use of the Carpathian language that the author apparently created. There is just too much of it. We have to listen to the hero saying the words, then translating them. It is just so annoying and frankly not needed. It actually slows the flow of the story, the amount that she crammed in this book. I noticed she has done this more and more with each book since around Dark Demon, maybe earlier. I don't really like the heroine either. One minute she is a doormat, the next, she is so stubborn its unreal. Don't waste your credit on this. Get it from the library.
I do love the Dark Series, and I own all of it. This book Dark Predator, the main character talk to himself to much at some point I start to fast forward to pass what he is saying to himself or thinking for that matter.
I think that Ms. Feehan should'v of made it shorted story and more exciting than that.
I love y'all of the dark series but I feel like this book was a little drawn out and could have been better. I think just because her vocal cords were severed does mean she can't make full words in her head that's just dumb.
I have everyone of Christine books from Audible. I have yet to be disappointed. As soon as the book comes out I download it and start listening. I know it's going to be good just because she wrote it.