After my huge disappointment with the narration of Cole's prequel The Warlord Wants Forever, I was ready to be disappointed again. How wrong I was!
A romance star is born and his name is Robert Petkoff.
I'm not even half way through the audiobook A Hunger Like No Other and I felt compelled to write a review. In this first book in the Immortals After Dark series, many characters are introduced and most are female. This could be a challenge for a male narrator but Petkoff does not disappoint. Each female character I've heard so far is recognizable and distinct. And his characterization of the male lead Lachlain is spot on; his Scottish brogue is smooth and sexy. Timing and pacing is excellent. Petkoff is an accomplished narrator, but this appears to be his first step into the Romance genre. I hope he continues to narrate this series.
I loved this book when I read it and knew I had to get the audio when it came out. What a surpirse with the narrator... he is awesome with his rough and deep Scottish accent! I can't wait until the next book. IF HE CONTINUES NARRATING THIS SERIES, I'M GOING TO RUN OUT OF PANTIES!!!!!!! AND TALK ABOUT A "THRILL OF THE CHASE". HE CAN CHASE ME!
This has been one of my favorite series and I was so excited when I saw it on audible. I hope she will be adding all the books in the series to audible soon. The narrator did a great job he sounded exactly how I pictured he would. Please don"t make us wait too long for the next book Kaderin's story is so good and so is Mariketa's and well I haven't read a Kresley cole book that wasn't kicka**.
I really like Ms. Cole's take on mythical races and loved the book when it came out. I was a bit skeptical about listening because IMO male narrators of romance are usually very good or very bad, Bad more often than not. When I listened to the sample, I knew immediately that I would not be disappointed. Mr. Petkoff does a great job emoting and his accents are wonderful. His take on the females in the book had me laughing to myself most of the time - especially his version of Nyx. I truly hope he is chosen to narrate the rest of this series. Can't wait to hear what's next.
I'm just here for the laughs!
I've already read what's available of this series, and I love them enough to give the audiobooks a whirl. The only comment I really have to offer is in reference to the narration.
Robert Petkoff did an wonderful job with the male voices, and his accents were fantastic, but when it came to the female characters, I just didn't buy it. His voice is intensely masculine, and he really tried, but the women, especially Emma, came off sounding super breathy and and still male. I truly enjoyed his Lachlain (especially in the steamier scenes. Really, wow!) but women aren't his forte. Hopefully Mr. Petkoff can fix this, because in most areas his narration was amazing.
It's definitely not a deal breaker for me, but it was a bit distracting.
Best...The plot was original. The last female vampire half breed, hidden from the vampires and is the mate to a lyken. Least...The abusive relationship. These weren't character flaws, but thought out lies and coerced/manipulated sexual acts on a woman.
The accents were good, but I didn't like the female voices very much. Over all it is hard for a man to sound like a woman, so I compared him to other men and scored from there.
The first half of the book deals with finding Emmaline and traveling. This is an abusive first half with alot of lying and manipulation (mentally and sexually). The second half, is set in the home of Locklain, where he continues to lie, 'buy' her gifts to win her over and even get her drunk to have sex with her. Everything a mother fears in a relationship for her daughter. I felt this book was more for the 'forced' fantasy reader. Where the woman wants to run and the man chases her down. Although there isn't rape in the story, I found that there wasn't complete complience and consent in the acts...which I struggled with. When a girl says 'no' it doesn't mean 'maybe'. This story may give some that impression.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Holy Crap! The first three-four chapters is intent on putting readers on the edge of their seats. Story revolves around a 1200 year-old Lykae (kind of werewolf) King who has been waiting to find his mate. He finds her alright but she's not what he expects... instead of another Lykae, he gets a half Valkyrie/half vampire - and a sheltered one at that. Lachlain is blunt and quite primitive. At first, he's not beyond man handling, but then he realizes the error of such methodology. She resists the pull of desire. All the while the full moon looms adding undo pressure.
I noticed this book in the First Book in a Series Sale, so I gave it a try. As an avid paranormal romance reader, it is becoming harder to be surprised. I haven't put it down yet and I've only a few chapters left. Full of surprises and addicting!
Robert Petkoff's interpretation of ALL characters is not only consistent, but he does one hell of a portrayal of Lachlain especially during intimate moments.
Wow, loved this audio. It was on from start to finish. Great story & mix of characters, great range of emotions, few suprises, overall enjoyable. Narration was great.
Wowsers... Robert Petkoff narrates brilliantly! His characterisations are distinct and personal, his accents are excellent (no Scottish turning Indian here(or is that just mine:-)) and his inflection, especially during intense moments is extremely captivating, engaging and... Well.... HOT!
I feel like I'm listening to a secret intimate recording (at (those HOT) times) or a play rather than a reading. Superb.
As for the story, it was quite good although a little long and drawn out for my taste (and ADHD) I liked the intensity of the building relationship between Emma and Lachlan and the good amount of action and intrigue within the not so usual vampire/werewolf/valkyrie back story. Looking forward to reading more.
must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
I did try another book, my friend convinced me that the series was awesome, worth going back to. I HATED the first few chapters and gave up on this first book. I don't think sexual coersion is romantic at all. Rape is not sexy. My friend said the book got better, that the others in the series were not like that at all. She convinced me to go back to the first to get the back story and continue on. The second half of the book was ok. it took FOREVER in my opinion for the lead male to realize what a stupid @#%#ing bully he had been, and how he had hurt his female. The action was good and liked the potential for series. The other books in the series were quite good. "bad boy" but not hurtful men, fun sassy females, some stronger than others, romance (real romance) and some steamy scenes as well. Sometimes there is humor and they are a lot of fun. The following books remind me of Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld books. I think you could skip this one, listen to the second and figure out the back story. The narration was really good. I think one of my favorite narrators, especially for the male characters in the books. Some female voices are good...some not so much.