Okay, I'm totally addicted to the Immortals After Dark audio books, and this was no different. Petkoff's performances were so good, his accents wonderful, and the story truly came to life. If he doesn't continue to do the IAD series, I'll cry. He has more to do (and his past performances of the Woede brothers is just... rawr. So of course I'm looking forward to those).
As to KC's story--it was so exciting, fast-paced, and of course, hawt. :) The characters are extremely lovable and the action scenes are so well-described that I kept getting lost in the imagery. Fab-tastic! I was looking forward to this book all year, and I wasn't disappointed!
Great, fun narrator, and though the story was cliche in some parts and predictable, it was satisfying. Never felt bored and never wanted to stop listening. I'll be buying the next in the series!
Despite the beginning, which starts of the birth of a villain, I still thought this would be just like any other romance. It wasn't. I was constantly surprised, and sometimes frustrated (only in a good way) with the hero the whole time. This book was extremely well-researched and well-described as possible with just enough description to help, without it getting boring at all. It was a happy surprise! Now I think I'll see some other Loretta Chase books...
And yes, Kate Reading does a fabulous job. She look a second to get used to, but after about ten minutes I got used to her pace and was able to really enjoy her exceptional performance. Five stars, all around!
Seriously, Robert Petkoff should have his own fan-club. He does an absolutely superb job performing this story and I found myself savoring this audiobook like a fine wine. The accents of Cadeon and Ryndstrom are spot on amazing and downright sexy. The way he performs Holly was cute, well-delivered, and not annoying whatsoever--which some male audiobook readers tend to make women. Even the way he performed Groot was hilarious--over the last several novels he's done in this series, he definitely has a honey-sweet way sorcerers speak that he's able to vary but keep on the accent.
Kresley Cole, I've said it before, is amazing. She's able to entwine the steamiest sex scenes and the most high-action climaxes of any author I've ever read. It's so absolutely visual--reading her books is as good as watching a movie with the way she's able to string along our imaginations. There's never a slow moment.
A thing she does really well is her characters--she does not use cookie-cutters. Cadeon is sort of an anti-hero that you're cheering for all the way and Holly is strong, loveable, and hanging onto her sanity by her new-grown claws.
I absolutely cannot wait for the 6th book in the series.
So, this is something you buy so that you have something to jog to... And then ten hours later you're walking around the house, jogged, your house cleaned, and the headphones are still in--this book will not release you.
I've already read the whole series, but it's addicting enough that I could read it several times. Kresley Cole's amazing.
That being said, Robert Petkoff does a REALLY great performance here. Great accents the whole way, and his voice is fantastic and his delivery is awesome EXCEPT for the voice of Carrow, who sounds in this version like a smoker half a step from emphysema... Hopefully he ditches that voice before he ever does "Demon from the Dark". :) Other than that, fantastic!
Simon Vance gives THE best performance that you can do this book. He does a great, great Jack Aubrey. Fantastic, lovable Stephen Maturin. He makes the language flow so naturally. The story itself I could see someone not liking, because it's heavy on details and actually quite low on plot. But if you love details about the era, if you love the language, and you love good character studies, then you will love this.
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