Sherrilyn Kenyon never fails to keep my attention when it comes to her books, and Styxx is no exception. What a great story on Styxx and Acheron life, on how each saw life differently and how they were treated. The sadness, sorrow, heart-felt love, and laughter keeps you reading until the end. A hard to put it down and stop listening too book. The narrator was a joy to listen too, as he brought each and every character in the story to life. It is a must listen to story.
Acheron story. As it portrays the other side of the Acheron and Styxx life. When you first read Acheron, you tend to hate Styxx. But, then you read Styxx and have a better understanding of both brothers, and no longer have hate Styxx, but have a heart felt sorrow for what he faces and lives with, and yet he keeps his since of unself-worth humor.
This is a hard question to answer, as all of the characters are so life like and different with Fred Berman performence that I loved some and hated some, but not because of the narrator, but because of how the characters were portrayed within the story. I have to say, though, that when Fred Berman spoke for Acheron's Simi, you cannot help but continue to love her more. Fred Berman did a wonderful job.
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This is a mixed review about Styxx, while I loved his story I also hated it. I loved how Sherrilyn Kenyon is able to turn our opinion around and make us love Styxx, but I agree with many reviewers that the abuse could have been toned down, which was the part I hated. This is also my opinion with Acheron's book. Both books are redeeming at the end and if I was to listen to them again I would start with the present day segments and not the past where there is soooooo much heartache. With that said I am glad to know both Acheron and Styxx. I am a character reader and once I love that character they are like family to me. I didn't like Ryssa in Acheron book, now after Styxx's book I loathe her. Of course Simi is my favorite and I always have a bottle of bbq sauce ready for when she visits. I will admit that the overwhelming amount of gods and goddess from all the pantheons make me a bit confused on who is who so I try not to dwell too much on them and focus on the main characters. Make sure you have tissue handy especially when Ash realizes what Styxx went through, and it would be best to be alone.
This was an EXCELLENT addition to the Dark-Hunter series, it explains a lot and about Acheron and his past. I cried, I laughed and I have listened to this book 6 times, considering how long this book is that should tell you a lot! Styxx is funny, sexy and I have to admit I might actually like him MORE than Acheron....
I love Fred Berman, he is consistent with his performance and can do male and female inflections perfectly. I will always give a book a chance is Fred Berman is the narrator!
If you are a Dark-Hunter fan then this is a must, don't let the length scare you away it is worth the time and make sure you have some tissue with you, you WILL need it! I never pictured Styxx and such a funny and sarcastic man but the reader only had the point of view from his tortured brother, bi-polar sister and tyrannical father.
I finally downloaded Styxx and I am so mad at myself for waiting. I didn't want to commit to 30+ hours but I am so glad I did and I did not want it to end. We are always told there are 3 sides to every story & this proves that true on every level! I will be listening to this one again!!
I will certainly listen to this again. There are so many great characters in this book that the reader finds him/herself highly invested in every scene.
Acheron was good. Styxx is fantastic.
Like Sherrilyn Kenyon's book "Acheron", I will carry "Styxx" with me in my heart - always. If you have never read the Dark Hunter series, I recommend "Acheron" then "Styxx". These two Dark Hunter books are the best in the DH collection. I have to warn you that the books are brutal and exhausting, but satisfying morsels that will have you sobbing out loud, shouting at the injustice and jumping up with joy. This is just my opinion, but I think "Styxx is an awesome book, and even better than "Acheron" ( I NEVER, EVER, though I'd favor another book in the series over "Acheron"). Who knew! Not me that's for sure! Please enjoy Styxx's book!
"Styxx" is a potent and captivating story; that will make your heart sympathize for a character that's always been portrayed through out the series as a villain. Acheron twin is characterized as a selfish, spoiled, and arrogant Prince Styxx of Didymos. However, he wasn't any of these deplorable characteristics. He was a Prince, who hide in the shadows with his bleeding heart in his hands; suffered in silence when all he wanted was someone to love him. He sacrificed his heart, body and soul for all the people in his family and kingdom; never asking for anything in return. He never thought he was worthy for anyone's love, affection, or respect. He did have his teacher, and his true love, but one by one, they were taken away from him because of a jealous, evil, Greek god. All because he refuse to cower or grovel, and challenged anyone to try and take his dignity. BIG mistake because these bastards tortured, raped, used, abused and broke his body and his spirit. Yet, this mighty Prince stood proud and tall. With tremendous odd against him, Styxx learned to never give an inch, never back down, and never show how badly wounded, battered, and torn his soul had become with all the abuse.He bled for, sacrificed and loved his twin, Acheron, who I seriously want to bitch slap; even though, Acheron is my beloved hero in the Dark Hunter series. Yet, Acheron scorned him, and covet Styxx's crown. He refused to see Styxx as the champion.He murdered for his sister, Ryssa, Princess of Didymos, who jealously tore at his tender heart every time she screamed her insults at him. Crap, I thought she was a sweet woman! Yes, she was affectionate with Acheron, but with Styxx she was a bitch from hell. I itch to deliver her to Hades; all the while kicking her posterior all the way! Grrrr....OH! Let me not forget his idiot father, who treated Styxx like his personal whipping boy. He delivered his "precious son" to priests, who torment him for months, all because he foolishly displayed his twin qualities. When Archon was brutalized, Styxx would feel the punishment too. Also, he sent Styxx on a trip with a band of men who raped and tortured him for 9 days!! (Oh lord, this chapter had me crying and I had to put the book down for an hour. I just kept chanting....Just Breath...) Then, he send Styxx, as a boy, into war with an army that hated him. Yet, Styxx prevailed, leading his soldier all the way to the enemy's sacred city Atlantis; becoming the greatest General that Greece has ever known. Ha! All I could think was "suck it" you jealous, greasy, traitorous pig of a father!He was extremely charming to "his" people that showed him kindness. For those who offended him, he struck with his sense of humor; he wore as a cloak to reflect all the vile comments and delivers his own barbs with such wicked sarcasm. I laughed loudly and clapped my hands for him. His charisma- strength of character, magnetism and presence is delightful and endearing.
Definitely loved, loved, loved Fred Berman. I just wish he would have slow down in the climatic parts of the story. However, I did feel his emotional response to the book with his voice and speed of his words.
I finished the book in 2 days! I couldn't stop thinking about the book or wanting to pausing the audible book. The story is difficult to listen to all the sexual abuse, but I love the dark hunter series. I just wish there was more passages of the characters in DH series. Yet, it's good to finally know and understand Styxx's story and his importance in the DH series.
Amazing book!Sherrilyn Kenyon is an extraordinary story teller. My emotions are scrambled, and I feel a bit tipsy after reading "Styxx".There are parallel chapters to "Acheron" book, but in a different POV. Wow!! In Styxx POV, he delivers in his promise to be an effective protagonist.
Most heart felt story of the series beside acheron, I actually cried several times throughout this story
styxx was my favorite the courage and strength he showed was wonderful
You could hear the emotion in his performance
If I had enough hours in the day, I would have listened to the whole thing
a must listen for all who enjoy this series
Yes reminds you how judgemental people are especially when we make assumptions.
Urian confronts Ash about his brother
Ass u me
I started by skipping the child gang-bang rape chapter. Then a couple minute chunks of the story here and there, a couple of chapters as well (with mini checks to make sure nothing important was happening). Then I skipped the second gang-bang, child-rape chapter... several hours later the public gang-raping chapter, and so on.
******SPOILER*********What do you need to get from the first 20 hours of this book? Styxx's life was just as, if not more, horrific than Ash's. He was raped just as often, hated even more (also by their sister, unlike Ash), and tortured just as much, all while feeling every bit of Ash's torture as well. Really... it didn't require 20 hours to get this point across.
*****SPOILER**********And the only important aspect that made the first 20 hours worth listening to is Styxx's romance with Beth, the Egyptian god posing as a blind mortal. The love was pure and beautiful, and just as Styxx was about to run away to be with her, Ash's mom murdered his wife and not-yet-born baby. Styxx was then banished and lonely for 11,000 years. **********END SPOILER********
Yep, that's it. The rest is 20 hours of senseless, horrific child abuse, rape, violence, and hatred of the man who tried to help and was only ever hurt in return. If you don't want to deal with all the gruesome details ad nauseaum, you may now start at hour 20.
You're welcome. :)
I understood having all the detailed violence in Ash's book because we needed to finally know what made Ash, Ash, but 20 hours worth just to RETELL Ash's story but with Styxx as the main character and recipient of the most abuse? I honestly just don't get it. Or rather, I did get it... TWO HOURS IN. And then I kept repeating to my phone, "Yeah, I get it. I get it."
Anyway, the last third of the book was wonderful. Had that been the novel with (I'll be kind) maybe 5-7 hours of the first 2/3 of the novel, I would have considered this a wonderful addition to the Dark-Hunter series. Five stars. I'm very glad Styxx found his redemption.
I had no expectation going in to this one, because of my love for Acheron's character. I regret waiting this long to read it as the dark hunter series is my favorite(better than BDB series). It was shockingly good I couldn't put it down and actually cried many times as if I were watching a movie.
When Acheron cries on Tori realizing the true horror his brother went through