I am so disappointed in this book! I was only able to listen approx. 1/2 of part one, none of 2 or 3 and most of 4. I get that we are to really feel Styxx's angst but I was beat over the head with it until I just couldn't stand it anymore. I am not a moron, I understand I was supposed to feel his unrelenting pain and disappointment, I didn't need hours upon hours of it!
I usually enjoy Ms. Kenyon's books and I will try another although my tolerance will be at an all time low.
This book is very low on my list of favorites, in fact I am going to try to return it.
There were times I was distracted by his attempts at different voices although to be fair....it could have been attributed to my dislike of the story.
Pretty much all of it, certainly the repetitive beatings and rapes.
Say something about yourself!
Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Styxx left me absolutely gutted and wondering just where we go from here!
Story Thoughts: Just going to say upfront that there is no way I can tell you what I loved, cried, yelled, and screamed over without spoilers. So this is going to be the most generic review you have ever read in your life. In fact, let me just sum it up this way: If you loves Acheron then Styxx is a book you must read. If you have felt that the series has kind of gotten "off-track" then this is the book to bring you back in the fold. Things happen! Perspectives change! People are not what you think!
Character Thoughts: You really don't know Styxx until this story. In fact, I would venture to say that you really don't know a few characters fully until this story. Read but be prepared to want to punch a few of your favorites in the jaw and knock some sense in them. Be prepared to have new favorites and loves. Be prepared to actually scream at the characters to just sit the heck down and have a conversation. So basically just be prepared to be spinned around on what you think the characters are capable of because there are things that will shock you!
Narrated by Fred Berman /LENGTH 31 hrs and 8 mins
My audio rating has more to do with subject matter than the actual narration. I actually think Fred did an excellent job as a narrator but some things were just so darn hard to listen too. In fact, I had the same problem with Ash's book so I wasn't that shocked when the audio just overall didn't work for me. I think now that I have the story down, I could listen to the whole thing on audio but the initial gut wrenching was just way to painful to hear. Actually that is an nod to Fred because he made me feel everything Styxx was doing. I would just recommend that your read Styxx first so your prepped for it!
Final Thoughts: STYXX!
Great, interesting story, but the author went on and on way past the need to make her point. The graphic nature of the story is important, but the author dragged it on way past necessity. It didn't add anything to the story and instead got boring after awhile.
It was still a great story and highly recommended. You just need to stick with it.
I enjoy romances - paranormal, historical - you name it. Favorite narrator - Simon Prebble. Favorite author - Stephanie Laurens.
As I have vision problems I really look forward to the audio version of books and this one was perfect! At points I had to pause as I was crying so much, which I haven't done for a long time. My thanks to both author and reader.
I'd compare this book most closely to Acheron -- it's amazing how Ms Kenyon went back and told the story during the same time period yet was able to convincingly show a completely different point of view. Kudos!
I enjoyed when Artemis joined the group planning to overthrow the Atlantean -- her mixed up phrases always make me chuckle. But the very best scene was when Apollo was delivered to Appolyme.
I cried every time Styx was betrayed by those he considered family.
This was a hard book to put down once started and yet I was so sad when I finished. One of the best of the Dark Hunter series.
I had nearly given up on the Dark Hunter Series after the last couple installments. In fact, I nearly passed over Styxx because I had my doubts that Kenyon could weave him into a character that I could learn to like. Boy was I stunned by her writing genius! Kenyon wove a story of a family. The story revolves around the assumptions each person makes about others within the family and the devastating consequences that are wrought from actions taken based on those assumptions. It is a story of misunderstandings, regrets, and forgiveness. There is also an engaging romance at the forefront of the storyline that is at times sweet and at other times heart-wrenching. But it was really the family dynamic that I found the most fascinating about this installment. If you are a Kenyon fan, don't doubt that you'll love Styxx. The plot is fast paced and engaging and the overall series storyline is significantly advanced in this installment. Old characters take on new depths and there is a much better sense of where this series is headed. This is by far Kenyon's best work since Acheron.
I love Audible!!!
PERFECTION NO ONE COULD HAVE DONE IT BETTER!!!
MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE DARK HUNTER SERIES!!!
Everything he went through and still the good man he was. He went through more than Acheron every dreamed of and still didn't hate the world.
I've cried for 2 days now listening to this book. It broke my heart. Puts Acheron to shame.
The whole book.
Love this series. It's hard for an author not to keep regurgitating story lines when I series gets 20+ books in it but not this series. It's always new. A totally different story that stills follows the main storyline.
So many books so little time. APB Perspective Reviews .
I can not say I loved this book , I felt this book I a say all the time that when someone is telling you about a argument they had with some one you have to hear both sides and some where in the middle you will find the truth. We are very selfish when we see things and Archereon and Stixx were that way in this book. They both had terrible childhoods filled with child sexual abuse, emotional , and physical abuse and Ryssa the most hateful selfish sister in the world. Then they have hateful gods to deal with too. I liked book but it is a very emotional read I cried a lot in this book but there was so much abuse I became numb to it. I was relieved when good things started happening in it but like Stixx I did not trust it until I listened to the very last page. I got this book on Audible and I'm glad I did because I would still be reading.
I'm only 4 hours into it and right away I am disappointed. In this book the sister is made out to be totally selfish - basically totally different than in Archeron. I've thought several times about stopping this book and re-listening to Archeron. Hope I'm making sense. This Styxx character isn't anything like the Styxx character in Archeron, nor is the sister. I will add to this review once I finish.
As for the narrator, Fred Berman is awesome. He should always narrate Greek characters :-).