Yes. I loved this book. I have listened to many, many audiobooks..Feehan, Nalani Singh, Molly Harper, Kresley Cole, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, Jacquelyn Frank, Thea Harrison, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, Gena Showalter, on and on. This ranks among one of my favorites. In quite a few books I end up skipping through a lot of descriptive parts just wanting to get to the exciting parts; but I actually enjoyed the author's metaphors describing the world, events and the characters' feelings. It also helps that this book has action and great romance.
The narration was great. I cannot listen to an audiobook if the narration is lacking no matter how good character development or plot is. I thought this narrator made the men sound yummy, and also had a nice sounding voice for the heroine.
I wasn't too sure at first and only got it out of curiosity, but boy am I glad I did. This is so different from her dragon series, although she does sneek in the odd similarity it doesn't detract from the overall style. It's really classical, detailed and historical. I was hooked and the narrator was awesome - what a good choice. I hope she gets to do further offerings. I do like the use of (good) accents and was disappointed by their lack, but she captivated and held you without the need. For me that is a sign of a job well done. I loved Coreen Callahan's other series, but this shows her versatility and the ability to use completely different writing styles. I will definitely get more.
This isn't what I normally listen to. At first I thought it was going a little slow, but then it picked up and got very interesting. I enjoyed the twists.
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Despite loving Callahan's Dragon series, I'm not a fan of this series. I just couldn't connect with the characters which meant I never became invested with the story. BUT I will admit it was well written - just not for me.
Don't buy it.
The characters are all interesting. Xavian is too cruel, don't know why the heroine puts up with it. OF course, all is well at the end.
The narrator is so horrible that I wanted to scream. Her tone is monotonous, she speaks so slowly I got furious. She is without a doubt the worst narrator I've ever heard. She never gets the mood right. The characters wouldn't talk like that. She makes the heroine sound weak-willed and pathetic. I wish I had paid for it so I could return it!!! Hated it, hated it.
She almost ruined the book for me. I had to switch to reading only because I couldn't stand her a moment longer. When I found myself shouting at my car radio and screaming "I hate you", I knew I was at the end of my patience.
Aside from the narrator I couldn't say I had an extreme reation.
The book itself is overlong with so much, too much description. Too many words. Get to the point sooner, please! Perhaps I could have forborne it if it weren't for the narrator.
I will never order another book with this narrator.
A lot of people are complaining about the narrator but I loved her! People say she was slow but I though she was perfect. The story was wonderful, I listened twice because I wanted to refresh before I started the second book. I hope the next book is recorded soon I hate jumping between authors. I'm looking forward to all the books and know I will listen to them more than once I like them that much.
I have always been one who loves to read. I found if you follow your passions you'll always be happy.
The story pulled me in from beging to end. The story teller had a sultry, enticing quality that added another dimension. I have to say I would enjoy listening to it again.
Liked the storyline and the different characters with various motives. The reading was too slow at 1.25 speed. Anything more than that makes it unpleasant to listen to. Overall pretty good book.
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Xavian was taken as a child and learned to do nothing else but kill and be evil. Once he escapes , he takes a jobs only for hire, jobs where he gets paid to kill. Xavian Ramir takes a job from Warlord Vladmir Barbu to bring in the high priestess Afina Lazor who is running for her life. The Warlord has seized control of Transylvania but he's hated and despised by the people. He can't be crowned until the high priestess is found. Xaxian finds Afina but something compels him not to turn her in just yet. He soon finds himself attracted to the high priestess. He learns Afina didn't just run away so that Vladimir doesn't get crowned, she ran to protect a magical amulet that was entrusted to her. She knows she has to convince Xavian that she's more valuable alive than dead.
The storyline is set in AD 1331. Overall, it was a wonderful story. It was confusing at times with trying to keep up with all the characters. It was an hard story to follow because of character development. You don't really get to connect to the characters. The romance wasn't really there either. I think this story would've been great with more development. I think that the next story. Narrator Suzan Crowley did a great job with her telling of this story. I give it 4 stars