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A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1 | [Kresley Cole]

A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?
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Publisher's Summary

A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her....

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy....

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae - and their notorious dark desires - ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire....

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

©2006 Kresley Cole (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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"A unique romance - it truly stands on its own!" (Sherrilyn Kenyon, New York Times bestselling author)

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    Amazon Customer United States 10-22-11
    Amazon Customer United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "My new favorite narrator!"

    After my huge disappointment with the narration of Cole's prequel The Warlord Wants Forever, I was ready to be disappointed again. How wrong I was!
    A romance star is born and his name is Robert Petkoff.
    I'm not even half way through the audiobook A Hunger Like No Other and I felt compelled to write a review. In this first book in the Immortals After Dark series, many characters are introduced and most are female. This could be a challenge for a male narrator but Petkoff does not disappoint. Each female character I've heard so far is recognizable and distinct. And his characterization of the male lead Lachlain is spot on; his Scottish brogue is smooth and sexy. Timing and pacing is excellent. Petkoff is an accomplished narrator, but this appears to be his first step into the Romance genre. I hope he continues to narrate this series.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jill lexington, NC, United States 11-03-11
    Jill lexington, NC, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "OH MY!"

    I loved this book when I read it and knew I had to get the audio when it came out. What a surpirse with the narrator... he is awesome with his rough and deep Scottish accent! I can't wait until the next book. IF HE CONTINUES NARRATING THIS SERIES, I'M GOING TO RUN OUT OF PANTIES!!!!!!! AND TALK ABOUT A "THRILL OF THE CHASE". HE CAN CHASE ME!

    48 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    sarah HIRAM, United States Minor Outlying Islands 10-13-11
    sarah HIRAM, United States Minor Outlying Islands 10-13-11
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    "more please"

    This has been one of my favorite series and I was so excited when I saw it on audible. I hope she will be adding all the books in the series to audible soon. The narrator did a great job he sounded exactly how I pictured he would. Please don"t make us wait too long for the next book Kaderin's story is so good and so is Mariketa's and well I haven't read a Kresley cole book that wasn't kicka**.

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    V San Diego, CA, United States 10-21-11
    V San Diego, CA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2010

    I'm just here for the laughs!

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    "Mostly Positive"

    I've already read what's available of this series, and I love them enough to give the audiobooks a whirl. The only comment I really have to offer is in reference to the narration.

    Robert Petkoff did an wonderful job with the male voices, and his accents were fantastic, but when it came to the female characters, I just didn't buy it. His voice is intensely masculine, and he really tried, but the women, especially Emma, came off sounding super breathy and and still male. I truly enjoyed his Lachlain (especially in the steamier scenes. Really, wow!) but women aren't his forte. Hopefully Mr. Petkoff can fix this, because in most areas his narration was amazing.

    It's definitely not a deal breaker for me, but it was a bit distracting.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Libros Lover Booklandia 10-20-11
    Libros Lover Booklandia 10-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "More Please..."

    I really like Ms. Cole's take on mythical races and loved the book when it came out. I was a bit skeptical about listening because IMO male narrators of romance are usually very good or very bad, Bad more often than not. When I listened to the sample, I knew immediately that I would not be disappointed. Mr. Petkoff does a great job emoting and his accents are wonderful. His take on the females in the book had me laughing to myself most of the time - especially his version of Nyx. I truly hope he is chosen to narrate the rest of this series. Can't wait to hear what's next.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    kathy dundee, mi, United States 06-26-13
    kathy dundee, mi, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2009

    must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,

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    "mixed feelings/turned off"
    Would you try another book from Kresley Cole and/or Robert Petkoff?

    I did try another book, my friend convinced me that the series was awesome, worth going back to. I HATED the first few chapters and gave up on this first book. I don't think sexual coersion is romantic at all. Rape is not sexy. My friend said the book got better, that the others in the series were not like that at all. She convinced me to go back to the first to get the back story and continue on. The second half of the book was ok. it took FOREVER in my opinion for the lead male to realize what a stupid @#%#ing bully he had been, and how he had hurt his female. The action was good and liked the potential for series. The other books in the series were quite good. "bad boy" but not hurtful men, fun sassy females, some stronger than others, romance (real romance) and some steamy scenes as well. Sometimes there is humor and they are a lot of fun. The following books remind me of Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld books. I think you could skip this one, listen to the second and figure out the back story. The narration was really good. I think one of my favorite narrators, especially for the male characters in the books. Some female voices are good...some not so much.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Oakley, KS, United States 11-07-12
    Jennifer Oakley, KS, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "abusive, dysfunctional relationship"
    What did you like best about A Hunger Like No Other? What did you like least?

    Best...The plot was original. The last female vampire half breed, hidden from the vampires and is the mate to a lyken. Least...The abusive relationship. These weren't character flaws, but thought out lies and coerced/manipulated sexual acts on a woman.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kresley Cole? Why or why not?

    Not sure.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The accents were good, but I didn't like the female voices very much. Over all it is hard for a man to sound like a woman, so I compared him to other men and scored from there.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the book deals with finding Emmaline and traveling. This is an abusive first half with alot of lying and manipulation (mentally and sexually). The second half, is set in the home of Locklain, where he continues to lie, 'buy' her gifts to win her over and even get her drunk to have sex with her. Everything a mother fears in a relationship for her daughter. I felt this book was more for the 'forced' fantasy reader. Where the woman wants to run and the man chases her down. Although there isn't rape in the story, I found that there wasn't complete complience and consent in the acts...which I struggled with. When a girl says 'no' it doesn't mean 'maybe'. This story may give some that impression.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Leumeah, Australia 10-13-11
    Michelle Leumeah, Australia 10-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "FANTASTIC"

    Wow, loved this audio. It was on from start to finish. Great story & mix of characters, great range of emotions, few suprises, overall enjoyable. Narration was great.

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    Jessica KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 01-01-14
    Jessica KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, but Irritating"
    What did you like best about A Hunger Like No Other? What did you like least?

    I loved the story once they reached the middle of the book, but the first half was just full of him being a jerk and no communication. So, while I understand why the characters were not talking to each other. I kept wanting to yell at them to get it together and talk. I was annoyed for the longest time.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the ending was great!!


    Was A Hunger Like No Other worth the listening time?

    It is worth it, but after listening to it the first time. I kinda skip the first half when I listen to it again, but I do have the urge to listen to the second half again, so that's a good sign.


    Any additional comments?

    She doesn't make a huge appearance in this book, but my favorite character in the entire series is Nix. She alone is worth listening to the entire series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ally FALL RIVER, MA, United States 12-30-13
    Ally FALL RIVER, MA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sexy Vampire Werewolves?"
    Where does A Hunger Like No Other rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I wouldnt put this audiobook in my top 5 or even my top 10. I did enjoy it to enough of a degree to finish it.


    What other book might you compare A Hunger Like No Other to and why?

    Anything in the harequlin romance style.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    This mans voice was just incredible silky and sexy. He sounded exactly like locklin(sp?) he was the audiobook equalvent of chocolate cake, sure you can go back to vanilla afterward but why would you. Just incredible.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    not sure about a tag line, but I do know it'd need to be rated XXX


    Any additional comments?

    I shoulda realized this just from the sensual cover art, but I really thought there'd be more storyline and less sex in this book. I wasn't nessarcily disapointed, but in the first hour, more than half of it it near rape level sexual activities. I did kinda roll my eyes a few times at Emma's "Recluance" to sleep with him. By the end of the story she'd only known him a month and was pledging undying love to him (As would be exepected form this kinda book) and Considering the other things he was doing to her, sex was not that far off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Adele
    Sutton in Ashfield, United Kingdom
    8/27/13
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    "Loved this book exciting well read and written."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Loved this book exciting well read and written. Even though it was read by a man he managed to change his voice to suit the different characters very well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hunger Like No Other?

    All of it was fab flowed well and had all emotions working.


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Voices for each character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just loved it all


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant Book cant wait to read Book 2

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    Reading, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "This is my first Kresley Cole book"
    If you could sum up A Hunger Like No Other in three words, what would they be?

    Disturbing, Funny, Hot


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Emmaline changes from a doormat into a headstrong and kickass woman


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His female voices where as distintive as the male and his scottish accent was well done.And oh wow can he do hot and sexy ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason it didn't get full ratings was the start. I almost stopped listening because the relationship started off abusive and that was what I found a little disturbing.I'm glad i kept going however as it got so much better

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Fantastic book"
    If you could sum up A Hunger Like No Other in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic, Addictive, Unmissable


    What other book might you compare A Hunger Like No Other to, and why?

    In a way, there isn't another book like this. The book holds it's own in so many different ways and I couldn't think to compare it with another.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    The narration of the story is done incredibly well, and he certainly can do the accents. His only downfall is, there are so many female characters, and whilst that would be difficult for most people to do, he doesn't have the right voice to do a female voice.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A love hotter than any flame.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is amazing, I 1st had this in paperback, I read it over and over again. Unfortunately now I don't get as much time to read, but having it in audio form means that i now can pretty much take it anywhere. I'd recommended to listen to this book at least once. There are some really hilarious moments, and the relationship between Emma and Lachlain will keep you on the edge of your seat 1 minute, and falling madly in love the next. Kresley Cole transports you into a whole new world, one with plenty of mystery, suspense, laughter, and of course passionate romance. Even if this isn't your sort of book, there's bound to be at least 1 in the immortals after dark series that will enchant you as it has me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. Grzonka
    Fleet, Hampshire, UK
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    "Awe-inspiring mythical romance at it's best"
    If you could sum up A Hunger Like No Other in three words, what would they be?

    The three words would be - Original, Imaginative and Engrossing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hunger Like No Other?

    Upon scenting Emmaline, his long awaited mate, Lachlain's sheer will and need to get to her at whatever the cost to himself.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Lachlain at Val Hall, reunited with his brother, saving his beloved Emmaline - confronting the Valkyrie - watching the video of Emmaline's encounter with her father.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Ran through a whole gamut of emotions - frustration, pity, desire, sheer fun, sadness, despair - so easy to see the characters as real people, as they might be outside of fantasy. Despite the fact we're reading about a Werewolf and a Vampire/Valkyrie trying for a relationship, the fundamental issues are the same for everyone - finding that one special person - our soulmate - keeping a loved one safe, protecting, nurturing, giving each other space to grow.


    Any additional comments?

    Inspiring. Not a pretty world, the world of the Lore, but then the real world isn't that pretty either! We make the most of what we have, enjoy the beauty as we find it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    3/28/14
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    "New Author to Me - Loved It"
    Would you listen to A Hunger Like No Other again? Why?

    I will listen it again. The strength of the writing shines though.


    Any additional comments?

    There were some very raw sexual scenes which is not something I would normally listen to but the strength of the story carried them easily. I will be trying more books in the series in the hope they don't become formulaic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brenda
    TROWBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    2/25/14
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    "Erotic but frustrating!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Hunger Like No Other the most enjoyable?

    Very descriptive and very good story, but I felt Lachlean's frustration! In the end I just wanted them to get together properly and I was very relieved at the end!!!


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favourite?

    He's brilliant! I loved his scottish accent really good!! Great performance!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kristin
    Lancashire, UK
    2/1/14
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    "The first of many favourites.."

    I have read all the paperbacks and now I am reliving them again on Audio; what a pleasure! Robert Petkoff is wonderful. He enhances the book to a higher level and I have found a greater joy in listening to the wonderful, witty and exciting content. Kresley Cole is so clever as she can make you choke up one moment and laugh out loud the next.
    Wonderful start to a series that I am collecting one by one, in order is a must, for me at least!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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