I have been a fan of Christine Feehan's for several years, read everything she's put out. I can't believe I'm actually going to say this but this one is awful. It's so not up to par for Feehan and the Dark Series. At first I bought the book and tried to read it, I just couldn't get into it. The characters this time are just boring, the story is weak too and with vampire's, werewolves, and Carpathian's mixed together...this story shouldn't be boring.
So, I thought perhaps the audio book will be better and I will enjoy it more that way....nope. The reader (Robert Sarkus) is soooo ho-hum. He is almost monotone and I actually found myself getting into a database I was working on and drifting away from the story constantly. When listening in my car...I still wasn't drawn in enough to listen to the story over my own thoughts. This is actually one that I'm sending back to audible in order to get a refund, I can't even force myself to finish it.
This one was a big let down!
Once again Cole out does herself. This is a great series for adults or teens!
Ugh! I can't take it anymore!! Natalie Ross is all over the place with her accents! If you cannot do an Irish accent do not try to do it! Her Irish bounces around from some type of English, to Irish, and Southern American...it is absolutely unbearable! I am not even out of chapter 2 and i just cannot continue listening. This time the narrator is ruining the story.
I have been a fan of the Dark Series since the beginning, what in the world has happened?! These last few stories have been a huge disappointment! Tatijana & Branislava have both spent years trapped, enslaved in a cave...both are supposed to be strong Dragonseeker women....and both just roll over and bow down when their "lifemate" appears....REALLY????!! The last few stories have been so full of filler that it's distracting. Yes, it's nice that she did research into Futhark runes, it's nice that there are spells...but there is so spell casting, so much in the Carpathian language (that is translated ad-nauseum) that it really becomes annoying and it also becomes extremely evident that the story is just too weak to stand on it's own. The over-use of repetitive pet names in French and the continual Carpathian language (which really, does not need to be said in Carpathian and then translated each and every friggin time)...becomes eye-roll worthy. If I heard them refer to the "Guardians of All" in Carpathian one more time in Carpathian...and distinguish them from plain ole mix breeds....I was going to turn it into a drinking game.
Truly, I am so disappointed In the past there were humans or other breeds that naturally caused conflict with conversion, there was angst in the changing on both sides....there's none of that in these last few books and it's BORING! I really wonder, who is doing the writing now...because this is just not typical Feehan style.
Aside from the writing let me address the narrators. Normally I really like Phil Gigante, but the accents this time drove me nuts, with both performers not just Phil...honestly the women were more distracting for me than the men, I couldn't tell what they were supposed to be. One would assume they should have a Romanianeque accent...but everyone sounded like a bad British accent of some type. Really, get some variety. Learn to make each their own.
All in all, this one was a huge disappointment. Back to Dark Gold, or Dark Melody, Dark Symphony...anything but these last few!!!
I love vampire/werewolf/supernatural stories; it really doesn't take much to please me but this one is just not worth it. The over-use of the word "cripes!" is absolutely annoying (does this author know how to use a Thesaurus?) I honestly don't think this heroine knows any other words that can describe shock, surprise, disbelief?! I don't think she does. I feel like this author is working to know use profanity, I can respect that, but seriously....use other words!
As far as the story is concerned I felt it was extremely weak as well. It has potential but no build-up and real character development. This woman has fallen into bed with a man/vampire who kidnapped her and is a total stranger...immediately. Uh huh...suuuuure! This is supposed to be a woman too who has had to depend upon herself and she's just going to immediately do something like that?!
I will say this one could potentially have been improved upon with a different reader. Arika Rapson (in my opinion) simply isn't much of an actress to pull off the characters. She makes more of an attempt with the Gargoyle than anyone but, generally speaking, all the characters just sound like her reading and not very enthusiastically at that. I noticed she reads more of this authors books too which is enough to keep me from downloading those ones as well.
Half-way into the book I'm still not "into" this book, it's ho-hum and boring for me so I'm asking for my credit back.
This is another one hit right out of the park! Can't wait for the next book!!
After listening to Acheron I couldn't imagine how Sherrilyn could possibly make Styxx a redeemable character but she certainly did. Acheron and Styxx are now my two favorite books of hers...I really recommend them and Fred Berman did such a wonderful job on both!
I'm a huge Kresley Cole fan with ther Immortals After Dark series so I thought I would give her YA series a go...I'm really glad I did. They are just as well written and I find I'm really enjoying Emma Galvin as the narrator as well, a mediocre narrator can really ruin a book but Emma does this one justice.
I love Sherrilyn's books and especially love listening to them at work. I'm really glad that I started with books that were narrated by Holter Graham or Fred Berman because if I had started with this one, I'm not positive I would have bought another audio book. Carrington's narration, especially with her long drawn out far too sweet southern accent, grated on my nerves. Amanda was far from a "Southern Bell" but that's how Carrington made her sound. One can be born and raised in the deep south and not sound like Scarlet O'Hara! Fortunately the story line won out for me, I persevered through the cavity inducing southern accent and enjoyed the story overall. I may avoid Carrington's narrations of Sherrilyn's other books if she does more of them. Give me Fred Berman or Holter Graham any day!
Overall I'd say I enjoyed this story. It's not the best I've experienced but certainly far from the worst. This is one of those times when I think if I had actually read the story, I would have enjoyed it more with the voices my own imagination would have come up with. I do have to say that the reader (Luke Daniels) is acceptable for the most part but his voice for one of the angels was distracting for me (he sounded like Jack Nicholson, really...Jack Nicholson an angel?) and he often spoke far too slowly for many of the male characters. Apart from that though he was fairly believable. I'm definitely interested in looking up some of the subsequent stories in this series.
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