I swear I have not listened to a better matching of author and narrator on audible and I have listened to quite a few books on here. I could listen to Robert Petkoff all day long.....The book wasn't to shabby either. I love how she tied in The Dacian book series with The Immortals After Dark Series. Keep up the good work.
Where to start. . . I had high expectations for this author, based on reviews etc. I purchased this title and the first book in the Immortals after dark series (A Hunger Like No Other). Both books featured the most cowardly, weak women in all of creation. No, not weak, completely craven. They are surrounded by other women who are supposed to love them, but treat them like shit; calling them wonderful names like "freakling". To make them seem even more hideously ineffectual, the narrator's reads them in that high fake falsetto that all men use to mock women. While they are both downtrodden losers, they are also incredibly selfish. Expecting the men to move heaven and earth for them while spurning them.
A Hunger Like No Other, was insanely boring and the growling, savage Scottish accent was overdone and unattractive. The girl, ridiculous and insipid.
I lasted a bit longer with Shadows Claim, but I couldn't finish it either. Almost the whole time, the stupid girl is chasing a man who doesn't want her and is renowned for his whoring. And just when all seemed to be coming together, the author throws in a unnecessary plot twist that does nothing but up the angst quotient (which was already sky high).
I am disgusted because I expected a paranormal romance. Instead, I got a good old fashion bodice ripper with supernatural window dressing. God save me from damsels in distress. Give me a Rachel Morgan or an Anita Blake (before the were-tiger nonsense) any day. I know there has to be room for character growth, but there is only soooooo much hand wringing a girl can take. I don't know if 2 books are enough rule out this author all together, but I will not be wasting valuable listening time with her dreadful rubbish ever again.
Really 4.5 stars. I liked this book, but I think the tournament scenes went on a little too long. Would have liked a few more romance scenes instead of all the blood, gore & killing. But I like the start of this new series. I like the Dacians. I look forward to learning more about the rest of the cousins and how Elizabeth continues to tame Lothaire. I hope we hear more about Bett & Trehan in future books. This book didn't really explore them as a couple very much. I hope Salem is in future books, he's a hoot! Great narration!
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
This book got better as it progressed through. It has the classic KC construction in that the main male character is uncontrollably drawn to the main female while the main female struggles and defies the less intense pull towards the male. These uneven surges then creates the entire basis of the story, with lots of action, humor, death, and lust adding color and depth to the tale.
At first, I was disappointed because I felt like it was the same story with different character names and a different backdrop. Although there is some truth to that, KC is a skilled writer in that she is able to spin the tale with new aspects that, after all was said and done, I really enjoyed the romance. The surrounding events are also very intriguing because Cole does a great job of connecting all of her tales and characters in both a subtle and evident way. Before reading this book, I have read up to book four so there were a few things that I wasn't privy too, but I figure it will make sense once I finish reading them.
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Petkoff is perfect for this narration because he has such a strong and powerful voice. His rendition of the female characters were pretty good as well, not making them sound vapid.
I am so hooked on all these IAD books! Each one intrigues me and keeps me wanting more. I'm thrilled that the Dacians have a spin off, as I found them very interesting while listening to Lothaire. Judging from their introduction in Lothaire, and Trehan's (lead male character) story, I think the Dacians series will be an exciting and intense auditory ride for sure. This book had all the variables I needed to make up an excellent listen---swoon worthy male, action, lusty romance interludes, humor and just a little bit of crazy! I am an instant fan and can't wait until there's a book 2. Highly recommended!
Absolutely. Robert's voice and acting ability brought the characters to life!
It cannot compare.
All of the battle scenes. I also enjoyed the final scene between Trehan and Bettina where he is begging her to love him back. Spectacular!
A Prince without a Kingdom Battles to Win the Queen who Rules His Heart.
LOVE the audio version of this book. I look forward to hearing Mr. Petkoff take on Lothaire and MacReave!
Believer in what you can't see
It is average. The story is a general theme with Cole's storyline, but the narrator brings each character to life and creates a better world in my mind. I also have the book, but the story wasn't as powerful without the audio.
I would have made Bettina realize early on that her power came from within and that her heart power was only the frosting. I would have made her more present like the other Soceri.
He keeps getting better and better and his female characters are just wonderful now.
No, some of the scenes were a little annoying especially the one where the contenders were killed just because Bettina didn't like her gift and she had no way of stopping the killings.
I like the series, but the beginning of the series I like much better. I love Nix.
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It may have been exacerbated by the fact that I didn't care for the narration, but this book really got on my nerves. I thought all of the characters were really one-dimensional and not very likeable, and Bettina was just annoying. I also thought it was about 3x longer than it needed to be. There were a couple of bright spots with the humor -- the mundane world references to things like Rocky Horror and Cracker Barrel were kind of funny, but they seemed very random and out of place. The sylph Salem was the only character that I really liked, but he still seemed like a caricature. There were quite a few sexy bits, but something about the language seemed too crass to me and the Dracula-style accent that the narrator gave to Trehan was really disconcerting. I also really dislike the romance novel tropes of "Oops -- I had sex with you by accident, thought you were someone else!" and "Well, since I can't have sex with who I really want I'll just practice with you." Overall, bleh.
Great New Series
The Immortals After Dark books
As always, Robert Petkoff does a great job