Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option - even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other - and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael's seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.
©2009 Nalini Singh (P)2010 Tantor
Not having read anything but this Author, the reviews are what tempted me to give it a try. I am not a fan of cheesy romances or books of this genre that can be just one sexual escape after another. I mean, come on, how bout a page turning plot that happens to have a hot romantic story to it too. And this is what Singh delivers. This book is sexy and riviting with an interesting original take on the angel/vampire story. I found this writer much better than others like Christine Feehan or Karen Moning who i found utterly predictable and boring. Loved it. So much so that i went out and bought the second of the series (which was equally well written!) Shame on Audible for not carring more books from this series. i have every intention of looking into the psy/changling series by Singh through other vendors. You wont regret dropping a credit on this one.
This is the first book in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters series.
Singh's main charater is a kick-butt, kinda girl. She is a "Born" Vampire Hunter. And she is the best there is. Her life is going fine, until she is hired by the very sexy, Archangel, Raphael. (who knew wings could be hot?)
I can't wait for the next Guild Hunter book called "Archangel's Kiss" to come out.
Singh is also the author of the Psy-Changeling Series. But, I don't think any books in that series are offered as audiobooks.
Consuming. Amazing. Action-packed
Elena, she has been through so much but, she keeps on fighting the good fight. She will stand her ground and do what she has to. She is an amazing character.
When she first meets the Archangel of New York
Not all angels lead to heaven
One of my favorite series. The twist on the PNR is unique and the story is engaging and filled with amazing characters and a world you wish you could step into.
Ok if you're bored.
I realized that I like my stories like the early Anita Blake novels- that is, driven by action with the romance there, but on the side. And that was my expectation going in. However, I found that this was more post-"Narcissus in Chains" where romance was in the driver's seat and action seemed like an afterthought.
The whole first half of the story seemed to be just Elena and Raphael's romance, which was well done, but left me thinking "you know, this whole delusional angel thing seems pretty important, so why has Elena done nothing but talk, hide, and almost have sex?" More importantly, though, I had a hard time believing that Elena was "the best there was" because aside from the opening scene and how Elena can smell vamps, she actually does very little until the second half. And she seems like she could use a little more wear-weariness and hardening. However, one thing I did enjoy was that the author creates a great world and there is a lot of depth to it. It seemed to take sooo much exposition, but it was very original.
OVERALL, while the plot was original and interesting, it at times just felt like an excuse for Rafa and Ellie to be together. It was a fun ride, but you definitely felt the bumps along the way. I have already purchased the second book because I did like the story and I want to see if goes a little more smoothly the next time around.
I'm used to listening to LibriVox recordings, so at first I thought Eyre did a pretty good job, but as I got more used to hearing her voice, I realized that I had a serious problem with it. She seems too prissy and so the scenes where Elena needed to have a lot of attitude came of as corny and grating. It felt like Eyre isn't the type of person that naturally cusses much, so the curse words come out lacking conviction and sounding weird. I feel like the narrator was part of the reason why Elena didn't come off as b.a. as she was supposed to be. However, I loved her range of accents.
Yes, it inspired me to go back to writing because I found myself craving something with a little more action and kick-butt-ery.
This storyline is so good and refreshing. I do not even know what to say about the narrator. Her voice has a lot of vibrato. She is not bad BUT different. There were times when I truly tried to get into the story and accept with an open heart and mind the shaky voice telling it. However, toward the end, I found it a real challenge to listen to the story without being distracted by the narrator's unique voice.
This is one of those times when you either love her voice or hate it. Listen to a sample and take it from there. I really liked the story though.
this is the first time I heard an audio version of a sci-fi fantasy book. I love to read them but I think hearing the narrator kind of killed the excitement for me. I don't mean to insult the narrator's performance but I usually do a better job with my imagination on what I think the characters would sound like when i'm reading fantasy books. this narrator was too monotone with the impersonation of what they think the character sounds like and only made the heroine annoying to me with the flat tone. I didn't feel the real emotion of the characters which i would normally feel if i read the book. most the characters sounded like they were whining half the time. the characters just came of as bad actors to me. Overall the book was well written but the performance is questionable
I can see that the publisher has been hard at work creating great reviews for this book. Unfortunately, I could not get much farther then chapter 1 due to the narration. Justine Eyre, has a very distinctive voice that removes all ability to allow yourself to sink in to the story. Her voice comes across as snobbishly pompous in an arrogant surreal fashion with just a touch of nasal annoyance that makes the whole experience simply hideous. I absolutely love vampire stories but this is one that I will not be able to sink my teeth in. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before you purchase this story.
Live, love, laugh...
I love Nalini Singh's style and I have all the audiobooks available of her PsyChangelling series. I tried this one hoping to see a similar style but I was disappointed. This is a very dark series. Very explicit murder scenes are detailed and it was gross. And let me tell you I'm not easily grossed out (I'm a True Blood fan). The romantic parts although few, were very good but they got lost in torn bodies and lots of blood. And then hearing about evil angels is kind of strange. To top it of the reader's voice can be a little annoying after a while. She screeches! I don't think I'll get the other books of this series. But I do recommend Ms. Singh's Psy Changelling series which is just perfect!
The book was great, well written and fast paced. The performance got annoying at times, with the nasal tones whenever a character tried to act 'cool'.
Plot and pace
Narration needed work at times.
I love Nalini Singh's books, but I have a hearing problem, and Justine Eyre's voice is not for the hard of hearing. Trying to understand her has made the Archangel series hard work to listen to rather than the ability to sit back and enjoy the story. The stories themselves are great, but as I said, the narration is not ideal. Eyre's range is limited, and often her dialogue is almost whispered. I purchased the first four books in the series before listening to book one. Now I have to decide whether or not purchasing book five will be worth the effort.
The world-building and interesting characters in all of Singh's books is extraordinary
Her voice doesn't have enough range, and she doesn't speak clearly enough for the hard of hearing to be able to sit back and enjoy the book. Also, much of her dialogue is almost whispered, so you're often going back and upping the volume so you can hear what was said.
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