I love the League series and that being said, this was not one of Ms. Kenyon's best. Nykerian's story, Syn's story and Callen's story were all drool worthy the other book about Nykerian's and Kiera's son not so much. Darlings beginning was impressive. The mysterious stranger, badass, scarred, tormented but strong hero meets the woman he's destined to be with, started out terriffically like a balloon you are inflating. Getting, bigger and bigger. Then it developed a pinhole leak that slowly deflated and all you were left with was (life has kicked the crap out of me, my lady betrayed me and I've gone mad). Which is not a bad premis but where was his justice, good triumphing over evil, good slaps the s**t out of the bad guy. After Darling was tortured by the resistance, time spent in the hospital was the blink of an eye, nothing was heard about Zarya until she was sold into slavery. Darling goes on a rampage kills his uncle quickly and very unsatisfyingly, kills the soldiers who mistreated him quickly and withput explainantion the Maris finds Zarya brings her back which no one objects to notwithstanding all of his friends blamed her for Darlings torture, but yeah, they and Darling bring her back into the fold like nothing ever happened. What about the perv Nylan and his evil social climbing wife, the schemeing med tech in the palace, Zarya's second in command who was responsible for torturing Darling, the little girl Darling gave the medal to, her father who was head of the workers and Zarya's BFF Torre was mentioned once in the beginning, and could Pip's death been any more anti-climactic, it was just a side note. I wanted to see all of them get was was due them but the were never mentioned again. Then all of a sudden Zarya calls Torre (why him) to go to the resistance HQ with her. Oh and he just turns out to be gay and guess who he ends up with. Why weren't the positive deeds Darling orchestrated used to build him up with the workers and the media. And Mind Control, REALLY! REALLY! the citizens thought Zarya was under mind control devices. Ms. Kenyon would have done better had they thought traitor to the cause because she regained her social status or even STOCKHOLM would have been more believable. It seems to me the story would have infinately been more whole and believable had these details been resolved. I was initally excited about how lengthy the book was but needless to say it was just filler and nothing to enhance the storyline or make the characters more three dimentional. A lot of contradictions in personalities i.e. Darlings Mother, Sister, Little Brother and Big Brother. Bringing the mother into the story at the end after the things she said about Darlings scars was totally the wrong move, should have just left her as the coldhearted Witch she had been all along. And Yeah the bratty brother all of a sudden an ultra cool cimerian killing machine totally not believable. But hey folks that's just my personal oppinion, if I could write books I'd be an author. Still Love Ms. Kenyons books.
The friendship between Darling and Maris was the most interesting. The least interesting was Maris' wedding fiasco.
Holter Graham always does the lead character well but in a previous story didn't Nykerian have an awsome accent? I kept listening for different accents since these were all beings from different worlds but they all sounded like they hailed from Mid-West America. That aspect was pretty disappointing. I've heard Mr. Graham do much better with the different character voices.
I would pick another League story to hit the Big Screne. Darling's story was like a 5000 piece puzzle that you assembled only to realize 20 or 30 pieces are missing from the box.
Ms. Kenyon's story of Darling Cruel closely resembled the beginning of Acheron's story but where Acheron got retribution and justice in the end, poor Darling just left me disappointed and unfulfilled.
I already have all of the books in this series in ebook format and I have been looking for them to be presented in audiobook format for years. I'm glad this has finally happened to some of the series books and I impatiently await the others with bated breath. No one does characters that you get attached to, fall in love with and basically what to know what is happening in their lives like Ms. Laurenston's characters. It is like a real family, a real town, that you love to visit.
All the books in this series are great. I first discovered this series when Ms. Laurenston wrote for Samhain Publishing in ebook format an I believe she has garnered a wide audience because she is such a great writer. There are only a few authors that have made me have such a strong connection to their creations and a couple of them are Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra Series or Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry Series. When I know one of their books is being released, I pre-order and wait impatiently for months for that date to arrive. However, even though these are all sci-fi fantasies you can't really compare apples and oranges. The comparison is only in the context of strength of character.
She is great. The different voices and character interpretation of Ms. Kane is right on the money. She has nailed Ms. Laurenston's characters. Ms. Kane is a great match for the characters in this series. I don't think I have any other audiobooks narrated by Ms. Kane.
Smithville, Not just your average southern town.
Put all of Ms. Laurenston pride and pack series on audiobook. PLEASE!
This book kept me entertained and it was a good story with an unusual plot; however, the lead character needed her A** kicked. In the beginning, okay she was naïve and clueless but throughout the story she kept making stupid decisions. This heroine seriously needed some backbone and a clue. Everyone she knew for years kept giving her advice yet she listened to and trusted the person she had known for the least amount of time. I wanted to strangle her as the book continued through to the end. I guess if the strong emotions I felt could rate this story; it was excellent.
Yes I would recommend this audiobook to a friend; if only to show how irritating the main character was.
Amanda Ronconi is always a great narrator. But her characterization of Davina Granville was spot on. At first sincere and then creepy as h***.
Not a particular moment; however, about halfway through the book I was yelling at the main character. OUT LOUD.
I have never had such mixed emotions about the story and the lead character. I want to think I would have enjoyed the book more if the character of Olivia had grown in strength as the book progressed but maybe the author knows better than me.
Yes the audio version lets you experience another dimension with the tallents of the narrator giving personality and unique accents to each character. I thoroughly enjoyed this dark hunter novel in audio format.
When the author let it be known that Zarek lived in that shack in Alaska all alone whittiling even the walls to stay sane. And then finding out he gave them away to his neighbors in the town unbenownst to any of them.
When he was allowed to finally get rid of his virginity.
It certainly did. I laughed out loud, and cried quietly, experienced anger, hope, hate. I experienced the whole gamut of emotions.
Fred Bermnan is the undisputed champion narrator of these novels. However Holter Graham is my second favorive reader of these novels, although his women portrayal is a bit whiney.
One of my top ten favorites. Mercy has ticked off the local vampires so they put a curse on her garage that cannot be washed off, painted over or otherwise gotten rid of unless the vampire queen deems it. Mercy discretely goes out of town to help an old friend and to stay out of the line of fire. All she has to do is stay away from the ONE vampire in the whole city she is visiting but what does she do? Well you can probably guess that one for yourself. If you can't buy the audio book.
When she discovers the Oak Tree fully grown in her yard as a thank you from the Oak Fae.
Everything. She gives you a whole cast of characters and personalties.
I laughed, I cried, I did the snoopy dance, I yelled and I cheered.
Patricia Briggs produced a great legacy to leave the the avid readers who just eat this stuff up.
Yes I would, as it is already my second or third..or is it fourth time I have indulged. I love the Mercy Thompson Series. I have all of the books in ebook format and now I have all of them in audio format. It's like good music, it can never get too old. I will listen to them over and over again until my digital copy gives up the ghost.
I would compare the Mercy Thompson series to the Chronicles of Elantra series by Michelle Sagara. Why do you ask? Because they both have strong female lead characters, who are just aaaa.....Whole Lot unconventional. They go into situations and whadayuno....VICTORY! (I'm doin the snoopy dance). I just love it.
Lorelei King is one of the best narrator's out there. She can do male voices, female voices, children voices, probably even pet voices. She Rocks!
Werewolves and Faiery's and Vampires..OH MY!! Demons and Ghosts and Sorcerers...OH MY!! Witches and Warlocks and Walkers...OH MY!! ....Wait...What's a Walker? Mercedes Thompson that's who.
I have read previous books in the Psy Changling series however they were in print format and I must say that I enjoyed them. The one audio book that I did hear from my digital library was Kiss of Snow and I really loved it. I bought this book because of how much I enjoyed KOS however this audiobook fell well short of that one. I don't know if after so many books in the series the narrator improved or what but I really had to make myself finish this one. Sorry to say I purchsed the next three in the series since they were having a sale so I am deeply hoping the next installment fares much better than this one. These charachers were not at all they type you could warm up to, or root for, or really connect with. It could easily be a stand alone read and wouldn't detract from the series at all if it was skipped. The characters were just not real enough.
Yeah! I'm finally at the end.
The performance was not at all outstanding. I disliked the disconnection to the characters and their issues. I want to feel involved in the story and I just did not with this book.
A Connection to the characters wants and needs, In this book I really didn't care one way or the other.
I hope the next installment in the series is much better than this one.
Spectacular Eve Dallas!
It's not just this story, it is about reconnecting with all your favorite characters in the whole series. Just like the character Eve, I have adopted them all like a second family. Whenever I see a new In Death book come out I purchase it immediately, no questions asked because I know I will love it.
Susan is Eve, ..and Roarke,.. and Peabody,.. and McNab.. and Mavis,.. and Bella. If she did no other series of books, I would say she was one of the best if not the best narrator's I have ever listened to.
Bad Asses Beware in 2565, Eve Dallas and company is watching!...and waiting.
When is the next novel scheduled to come out?
The worst thing about cast in Peril was where are the characters we all know and love. who want's to hear about stick up their a**barrani. Who thinks all himans or mortals or slightly above animals in the heirarchy. I thing the'yr about to get a big suprise. And Yea! Kaylin finally lit the dang candle and there wasn't a party! WTf! I really like the little dragom Familiar though.
Seven out of seven this is my least favorite book in the series
yes she's great in the cast in series books.
absolutely if it started from the beginning of the series
I like the Ghost Walker series of books in ebook format however this is the first audio book I have purchased. The story is getting frustrating because Dr. Whitney needs to be taken down and a fresh protagonist created. There are boundless options awaiting, but with Whitney being so untouchable the storyline is getting unrealistic. I think the series could really benefit if he were defeated and the Ghost Walkers can regain their lives and move on to bigger and better things. That being said the narrator of this audio book was hard to listen to. The flat tones he used to portray the Asians and the unrealistic voice of the African American lead in the story was pretty bad. It took me approximately three months to listen to the entire audio book and for me that is extremely long.
The teleporting and the ingenuity of the female lead character.
He differentiated the characters however the lead characters were unpleasant to listen to.
Hurry to get to the end of the story.
I already have the Cronicles of Elantra series in ebook format but I re-read them often and the is the second book; the first being the prequel, that I have in audio book format. Ms. Sagara has a unique writing style that's very discriptive and spellbinding. In this book Kaylin Neya is reunited with Severn and sparks fly. And Oh there's a chemistry triangle building with Kaylin, Severn and Nightshade, the utterly lickable Barrani Outcast. Plus all of the other characters in the series that make me want to visit often. Can't wait for the next book in the series coming out sometime in September.
Do I just have to pick one. Kaylin, Nightshade, Severn, I love them all.
Kaylin Neya she's a natural at portraying the character.
Kaylin getting over her fear of the Tha'alani.
Great Series, I highly recommend it.
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