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Most definitely! The brutal & harsh dystopian universe Julie Kagawa has created is quite fascinating with a protagonist who is strong, layered & someone you can easily root for. I loved the first book/audiobook of this new series & this one topped it tenfold! There was so much action & suspense in this book, but it didn't overshadow the important character development that takes place with the characters, nor did the character development overshadow the action & suspense. It was a beautiful balance that only great storytellers can truly pull off. It did start off a tad bit slow in the beginning, but trust me, it picks up about 1/3 into the book & doesn't stop until the very end! I lost a lot of sleep over the past two days, b/c I could not stop listening. I was cleaning my house way past 2am, just so I had an excuse to keep listening. By the way, expect one heck of a cliffhanger! I was practically screaming at the very end & woke my poor husband & dog up. lol
While the market is currently heavily saturated with vampire & zombie books, this book/series is unique in its own right, so I find it quite difficult to compare it with other books. The protagonist, Allison, sort of reminds me of Sita from 'The Last Vampire'/'Thirst' series, by Christopher Pike...that is, before he decided to re-launch the series, thus messing up a good thing. Both Allison & Sita are vampires, trying so hard to cling to their lost humanity. Their desire to connect with humans is very strong, but a constant uphill battle & their characters are neither good, nor bad...neither black or white, but multiple shades of gray, which is much more realistic for a vampire, who's main source of nutrition is humans' blood.
No, I have only listened to her with this series. I thought she was great & truly nailed the voice of Allie. The only negative would be her voice for Sarren, which was way too hammy & whispery. Other than that though, I loved her & really hope she will stick with this series.
I also really enjoyed the the slow-building relationship between blood-siblings, Allie & Jackal. Actually, I really enjoyed Jackal's character development throughout the whole book. The only slight negative I have about the story would be Allie's extended monologuing about fighting her inner monster. But like I said, it's only a very slight negative & it doesn't make the story any less awesome. And last but not least, ZEEEEEEKE!!! Allie's relationship with Zeke is both fascinating & heartbreakingly tragic. I am DYING for the next book!!!
At the top, along with the rest of the BLOOD OF EDEN series.
I loved getting a first hand account of the world right after the Red Lung disease wipes out much of humanity & the beginnings of rabidism and the spread of the virus. I also enjoyed Ben & Kylie's relationship, along with the seemingly irreparable father-son relationship between Ben & his dad.
Then here are so many for such a short book, but I think the part when Ben's stubborn dad doesn't listen to Ben & Kylie and disaster ensues was the best part of the book.
"Red Lung Disease & Rabidism: When S@#$ Hits the Fan!"
This was a well-written, well preformed to prequel and I really enjoyed the insight of how both diseases began to destroy Earth as we know it. I wish it had been longer and I would suggest outright purchasing the audiobook instead of spending a whole credit on it. It cost less than $4 and it was well worth every penny. Highly recommended!
Absolutely! Actually, I already have recommended this to several of my friends and they loved it! The storyline is intriguing and I love Mac and Barrons! I found that these books get better and better. The story is slightly slow-building, so stick with it. You won't regret it.
All the other books of the FEVER series and the spin-off called ICED. Honestly, I can't think of anything that I can truly compare this to. Yes, there are other books out there about the Fae, but this story is absolutely unique in its own right.
This is the only negative thing I can say about this audiobook. Joyce Bean is not right for Mac or this series. Her voice for Barrons is terrible. She makes him sound like a creepy old leprechaun. I found that I eventually got used to her voice though, so it didn't bother me after a while. The good thing is, you only have to deal with her as a narrator for one more book. After that, they bring Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante on board as narrators for the rest of the series and holy cow, they are simply outstanding!
I had many laugh out loud moments, mostly because of Barrons. :)
Oh yes! In fact, I have already listened to it 3 times now and will more than likely do so again.
The whole Night Huntress series and its spin-offs, of course!
I have listened to all of Tavia's performances in the Night Huntress World and they are all amazing, just like this audiobook. She seems to truly get how Jeaniene intended her reading to come across...not that I know for sure, exactly, but you can just tell when a narrator "gets it."
I wanted to, but I try to force myself to take my time. You know, to "savor the flavor." :)
I loved this audiobook and it's actually one of my favorites of the whole Night Huntress series.
At the very highest. No audiobook or book has surpassed it. It sets the bar for all other audiobooks/books.
So many! I would say that Ned's demise would be at the very top, along with what happens at the end of the book with Dany. Actually, I found Dany's whole story in the first book to be one of my favorites.
Roy Dotrice's performance was simply amazing! It must be very difficult to create different inflections and accents for so many characters, but Dotrice seems to do it with ease.
Oh yes! Both.
Fantasy and Non-Fantasy lovers alike - If you haven't listened to this book/series, do so right now! Trust me, you won't regret it.
Absolutely! I really enjoyed the first book, but this book was even better! Honestly, I don't think there is one book Jeaniene Frost has written that I haven't loved. Leila/Frankie is a great heroine. She's strong, smart, relatable and very interesting. And of course, who doesn't love Vlad? Those two definitely bring the fire and electricity. Ok, excuse that lame pun. It's true though. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves paranormal fantasy and/or paranormal romance. It's entertaining, through and through. You get all the paranormal goodness with action, mystery and some hot, sexy steam between the two main characters. This book, like all the books in the Night Huntress universe, is one of those light reads that is perfect for those lazy, rainy days.
For those of you that haven't read the NIGHT HUNTRESS novels, please read my additional comments at the end of my review. It will give you an idea of what you need to read first before starting this NIGHT PRINCE spinoff series.
Too many to name!
Tavia Gilbert is one of the best narrators, hands down! She doesn't just read the books out loud, she performs as of she's acting in a film.
I don't know. Something that doesn't sound cheesy. I wish the title and cover for this audiobook/book didn't look and sound like it came from the harlequin romance section of the book store. It's so much more than that!
If you love the NIGHT HUNTRESS series, I suggest you get this audiobook STAT! If you haven't read/listened to the NIGHT HUNTRESS series yet, stop what you're doing right now and get on it! Then, read/listen to FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON and then ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS. Once you've finished those, it's time to start the NIGHT PRINCE NOVELS. That way, you won't be confused about anything. I'll warn you though, once you start these books, you will not want to stop!
Definitely! Both Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante were amazing, as always! Driving my car and doing housework have never been so fun! I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I think I loved this better than all five books of the Fever series...and that's saying A LOT, b/c I would rate the Fever series an 11 out of 10! I honestly wasn't expecting that, so needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised! When I finished Iced, I was left wanting so much more, but in a good way! Since we have to wait a while for the next book, I immediately listened to the whole Fever series again.
So many! Dani and Christian's visit to the white mansion and subsequent releasing of the Crimson and her "encounter" with Ryodan and Barrons. lol. I'm loving Dani's reluctant partnership with Ryodan and can't wait to see where it's headed. They make such an awesome team! Also can't wait to learn more about "The 9." I also enjoyed Dani's friendship with Dancer. I'm sure there will eventually be a love square between Dani and Ryodan, Dancer and Christian when she grows up a bit. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles, love squares, love trapezoids...you get the picture. With this book though, I'm all for it! For those who have read/listened to the Fever series and loved it, this audiobook is an absolute must! For those who haven't read/listened to the Fever series yet, I suggest you stop what you're doing immediately and get started on those books/audiobooks ASAP! Once you've finished them, I won't even have to tell you to listen/read Iced....you will obviously want to do that on your own. :-)
They bring a whole arsenal of awesomeness to the table! Natalie does Dani absolute justice, just like she did with Mac. I did notice she changed Dani's voice/accent a bit since the Fever series, which distracted me just a little. I, like the rest of the human race, am a creature of habit and so change doesn't always come easy at times. At first, I couldn't put my finger on what was different, but then I realized she had just made Dani sound more...Irish. That's obviously a good thing though and it makes sense that she would do that. For those of you who notice it as well, just go with it. You will get used to that little change very quickly. Natalie is amazing at what she does! She goes beyond just reading a book out loud; she actually performs as if she was an actress in a film. I fervently hope she sticks with this series until the very end!
Phil Gigante's performance was outstanding, as always! That man's voice is sex on a stick! He could read the phone book and it would sound sexy. I especially love his Scottish accent for Christian McKelter. Like Natalie, he takes his narrations to the next level and truly acts and does it so well. I think he and Natalie Ross make an awesome team!
Elated joy throughout the book, because I was enjoying it the whole time. There were also "laugh out loud" moments throughout the book. The only time I felt like crying was when I finished it, b/c I realized the next book wouldn't be out until sometime next year. lol
If you couldn't tell already, I LOVED this book! Now excuse me, I must go and listen to it again. :-)
It was very monotonous. After reading all the great reviews and being familiar with Mary Roach's book, STIFF, I guess I had high expectations. Unfortunately, this fell flatter than flat. It was just....boring.
Not sure....something more interesting, I'm sure.
Tavia Gilbert. The best narrator I've listened to, so far.
Both the story and narration. First off, when I discovered that Roy Dotrice narrated version of this book was released, I was absolutely thrilled! I LOVED his performances from the first 3 books...they were nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately for this book (as well as the 5th book), he lost his mojo. It's like he forgot the voices & pronunciations of each character. Arya now sounds like an old low-born leprechaun. Little Finger's voice & accent completely changes mid-book & sounds like a completely different person. His pronunciations go back know & forth throughout the book. For example, Brienne would be pronounced Bry-een (which was how it was pronounced in the previous 3 books). In the same chapter, he would then pronounce it like Bree-inn & sometimes even Bry-Inn. These things completely took me out of the story & was incredibly frustrating, to say the least!
As far as the story goes...well, it was quite the snooze-fest. So much talking & very little action. The best characters weren't even in the book, save for Jaime & Arya. Even Arya's storyline was very boring. I honestly had to force myself to finish this one, which was worth it in the end, just to get to the next book, which was awesome.
Yes, but ONLY because the series as a whole is amazing & to get to the next book (which is the best of the series, so far), you obviously have to read this one. I would not recommend this audiobook though. Get the print version & you'll be much happier.
As I said before, the voices of some characters were AWFUL & completely different from the previous way he performed them. Also, the inconsistent pronunciations of characters & locations throughout the whole book. Those of you who are expecting Dotrice's performance to be on the same level as the first 3 books will be incredibly disappointed.
Brienne, Jaime & Cersei's chapters. You get to truly witness just how utterly despicable she is as a human being. The end if her story in this book is SOOOOOOO satisfying & almost made the whole book worth reading for that alone. Also, I am willing to let things slide this once, since the other books of the series is fantastic. And once you are finished with this book, you finally get to sink your teeth into A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, which is the best, IMO.
I am holding out hope that both Roy Dotrice & "the powers that be" have read about the many listeners' dissatisfaction & will do things right for the remaining books of this series. I, by all means, do not want Dotrice to abandon this series. I DO want him to listen to his past performances & give us more like those. Please, Roy Dotrice! Don't fail us again! We still believe in you!
I really enjoyed this novella. Stephenie Meyer does an excellent job at drawing the reader into her world of fiction. This is a short listen/read and I listened to it straight through without any breaks. This wasn't difficult as the audio book is only about 4 hours long. I thought Emma Galvin did a fantastic job narrating. There was a certain element of melancholy in her tone that seemed appropriate, since we are all aware of the tragic fate that awaits Bree. The ONLY issue I had with this book was, like all of Stephenie Meyer's writing, I was left longing for more, but in a good way. So, to satisfy my hunger, I re-vamped the Twilight Saga once again. If you loved the Twilight Saga, then you will love this novella. I most definitely recommend this audio book. You won't be disappointed.
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