I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
If I can change anything I would have made the heroine substantially less - um - combative?
Yes, I think I would try another one but I would be hesitant. I absolutely loved the premise just not the execution.
narrator was fine.
I actually think this would make a better movie than audiobook so I might.
Great new story! I am ready for book 2. I love how the author made a whole new world with such a different culture. This is no ordinary romance and I had a hard time going to sleep since I wanted to listen to the whole thing. This book is not the 5 hour length it says it is. The book is about 8-9 hours long so well worth a credit. Not a hot steamy romance but I believe if it were, it would have taken away from the story. There are moments of passion but it is just the right amount. This is one I will listen to again.
I am married to the sweetest men on this earth! I have two beautiful children and two beautiful step daughters. I LOVE the music of Muse!
Yes, I'd recommend this book. I'd also say buy you a hard copy. This is one I'd read over and over again.
I liked finding out that Julian had never had sex with any of the girls he's taken. It was the one surprise I didn't see coming.
She does a wonderful job with the male voices! I like that she makes you "see" them as well as feel and hear them.
This whole series made me rethink how I see other's who are "different" from me. If you let your mind go...you can read between the lines and see how we are all prejudice and bias toward other races, creed, colors and classes.
An interesting Paranormal Romance title. I would be interested in continuing the series.
Black Dagger Brotherhood or Lords of the Underworld, but with hot aliens.
I liked that the narrator conveyed emotions convincingly. You could really feel rage and the tremor in a character's voice.
The narrator sounded too feminine for the male voices, but that is alright because her timing was impeccable as well as her tone.
I got a bit flustered and almost teared up at times.
This is a surprisingly satisfying and interesting first book of a series. No stone was left unturned and I finished it with an immense sense of achievement and satisfaction. The protagonist is a strong, independent woman and I love books like these.
This is an interesting leap into a new paranormal realm. The environment built for this story is clever and challenging. This is not a typical underworld or otherworld. The female lead Asia is a strong and interesting character and despite her troubled past and she manages to give the hero a run for his money. Julian for all of his honor does need to loosen up and that's what makes the relationship between the two spark. It is that spark that carries you through the story. There is the hot and steamy romance between the two that will keep you inthralled. If you enjoyed the NightWalker series than you will enjoy the start of this new series. Yes I think it is worth a credit.
If you like scifi romance, you will like this book. It is the first in its series and sets up the ground work for the following books. Although the plot is a little predictable, the author takes you on a journey of vivid imagery with her descriptions.
The author is excellent in her description of the "Beneath" world; homes, attire, belongings, etc.
I can't say I have a favorite scene. The witty dialog between the characters is my favorite aspect. The love scenes are steamy, but not vulgar.
I got a good chuckle from the banter back and forth between characters.
I really enjoyed this book so chances are good I’ll listen to it again at some point. It makes me want to listen to Stealing Katherine, the second book in this series.
Several things appealed to me. The setting was very fresh and nightmarishly vivid, and there were paranormal elements which gave this book a unique spin. The narrator did a terrific job portraying the characters, who were both endearing and exasperating at times. Both romance and humor interspersed with the darker subplots in this book was refreshing.
She did a great job with all the different voices and the narration.
Not really. It took me a few days to listen to it. But it wasn't boring. I was invested throughout
I'm glad I downloaded this book. It's worth a credit.
Great start to another great series by Jacquelyn Frank
I'm not sure you can compare franks books, they're in a class all their own
Hard to say they were all good but i guess id choose Julian
In a realm far far away....
I wasn't sure I would like this, but took a chance on it. I was continually surprised by the twists and turns in the story, and I enjoyed the character internation. Pretty good narration. Definitely worth a credit for a first in the series.
This book is a signature Frank novel in that the construction of the story and world in which it is set in is unique and clever. Imagine a place that exists along side of our world in which strong emotional feelings can be harvested and used as fuel for a humanoid species. Sexual release or rage can be used as energy for an entire village if it can be harvested correctly and this is what our main character, Julian, does. He is a Gatherer.
There is a lot to like in this story. Julian is a selfless male, serving his starving colony by gathering energy from human females. Asia is a prickly, rough and tough female who doesn't take crap from anyone. Put them together and see anger rise, tensions build-up, and sparks fly. These two characters start off on the wrong foot and it will take time to ease the mistrust and skepticism between them. I know many readers have commented about how Asia annoyed them with her brutish attitude towards Julian and normally that would annoy me too, but in this case, I believe she was justified in her feelings and actions. There are also some interesting characters that make you want the series to continue so you can learn more about them. However, I believe this series only has two books out and no more are in the pipelines. So after reading both books and jonesing for more, I suggest Frank's Nightwalker series, if you haven't read them already.
I gave this book a three star because it did fall short in a few places. The villains in this story are ruthless, but their actions seemed more out of a selfish and misguided nature rather than pure evil as compared to Frank's other novels. Also, the story moved quickly even though the characters and the world building needed time to truly flourish and in a 5hr and 15min audiobook (roughly 200+ pages) it was difficult to get the full impact of what Frank intended. The ending was also rushed, IMO, ending in a way that was more convenient rather than insightful.
Narrator: Xe Sands
Sands reads for the majority of Frank's novels, if not all of them. You have to get used to her voice especially when she reads for female characters because she tends to sound broken when she does a distressing scene. It sounds almost whiny and quivering which can be really annoying and hard to understand what is being said. I gave her a higher rating because she has improved. In other recordings, she would not only have that quivering voice, but she would drop her tone down and then have it rise abruptly which would be painful to my eardrums. Now she keeps her tone consistent which is helpful.