"The erotic, gripping series that has defined an entire genre." (J. R. Ward) continues as #1 New York Times best-selling author Christine Feehan links the fates of two strangers bound by a secret in the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains....
Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives - a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for.
Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man - or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself.
In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them - their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they’ll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.
©2013 Christine Feehan (P)2013 Penguin Audio
No, I did not like the narrator. The story sounded mono tone for the most part to me.
I have all of the Dark Series by this Author and the best ones are those read by both male and female readers. The best are those by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. The characters came alive!!!!!
Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross
Yes, the audio inspire me not, to want to purchase the book or listen this one ever again!!!!!!
Why, break up a great combination with both male and female narrators!!!!!!!! An audio book is suppose to bring the book to life. Not put the listeners to sleep!!!!!
I would try another book from Christine Feehan (I have all of her books) but not one read by Robert Sarkus. Listening felt very stilted, lots of hesitation. I love Christine's dark series books but the phrase "narrow rib cage" needs to go. Can't you find another way to say it or leave it out all together...its in every book. Also in this book alone I don't know how many time I heard the phrase "great chunks of flesh"...enough already.
None that I can think of.
Stilted, hesitant, boring
I love the Dark Series and would watch any of them if they came out on film.
audiobook junkie, listen to at least 2 a week-- in traffic, while cleaning, laundry, boredom.. Fav is paranormal, romance, erotica...
Dark Lycan is certainly better than Dark Wolf-- i listened to them back to back (well..okay tried to..). But in both stories the character dialogue feels dated, stiff and forced. Sexual chemistry, magical worlds and romance is replaced with battle scenes and awkward dialogue. I have read and listened to the Dark series and never have felt this way. I wonder if Feehan needs to be inspired with a new series. If you just love Feehan and HAVE to read her, then choose Dark Lycan as it is the better of the two. Dark Wolf you might throw out the window. I feel cheated somehow. I just expected so much more from Feehan.
Robert Sarkus - not a chance, after 23 books with good to great narration then this disappointment. The other 23 books I have listened to numerous times, This one could could not finish. Bring back Phil Giganti and Natalie Ross PLEASE!!
Just about anyone but Sarkus
The story is wonderful and in the tradition of the Dark series. We have a new focus and threat to the Carpathians and characters that we have only seen glimpses of in the past finally getting page time. With this book being billed as trilogy within the series I expected a cliffhanger and pleased at the break point. I am eagerly awaiting the next book release, desperately hoping the change narrator.
Well, as you can see from the other reviews.. the narrator was horrible. The voices all have american accents and half of them sound like young men, not the "alpha males" that they are supposed to be. I found this to be especially true for Dimitri.. he might as well have been a teenager. His character was nothing like the strong silent man with the tortured soul we've seen in other books.
I usually have a lot of fun listening to Christine's stories, but I feel in this one she spent way too much time with the descriptions of how the main characters thought and felt about each other... every other line was how he thought she was so strong (or beautiful or smart) and that he respected and loved her for that.. so on and so forth. Then there would be more of the same on her part.. it was like, get to it already. It seemed like the Christine was saying the same thought but in different words all through the book. Wondering if she had to make sure this book was so many pages long so she just kept rewriting descriptions of stuff so that she could get her word count in.
Not sure if I like this new plot of the Lycan/Carpathian thing either. It makes me feel like at some point, there won't be any Carpathians any more. That is all I'll say about that so I won't spoil any of the plot (hopefully, I haven't done that at this point).
I think if I wasn't already interested and involved in this world, I would have shut this off. I finished it just so I can keep up with the plot for the next book.
A better narrator. It's like listening to Captain Kirk recite a story. So many pauses I loose track.
I think this line is getting to the end of it's life. It's been the same story over and over and over.
I doubt it. Not until he can read a little better. There is a male voice and he he speaks higher when it's a woman but when there are multiple men I loose track of who's talking. And the pauses drive me nuts.
Book & History Enthusiast
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!
Definitely. For the most part, I always enjoy a read from the "Dark" series. There have been a few that were more miss than hit (i.e. all of the De La Cruz brothers' stories) but overall this is a great series. It takes an exceptionally creative and talented writer to make a recurring theme throughout ALL of her books seem somehow fresh and new. All of the new characters and species incorporated into this series has been done so fairly smoothly. The next book is already in my wish list.
The highlight of this story for me is when the Carpathians got their butts handed to them, they realized that they were on the wrong side of a "can of whoop a**" ,and then preceded to make jokes about it. I also enjoyed the interaction between Fenris and Tatiyana (Y not J please!! jeez..). Tatiyana's character seemed to find the perfect balance between the extremes of cringing pushover and tstl nagging hag. She was actually a very likeable heroine to me.
After reading all of the previous reviews, I must say that I was very wary in purchasing the audio version of this book. Thankfully, I agree with the "one man's junk is another's..."mantra. Mr. Sarkus has a lovely voice and I don't think his performance was as horrible as others have stated. At times, yes, it was difficult to determine which character was speaking but it definitely wasn't a monotonic (that's too cool sounding NOT to be a word) mess. My ears didn't bleed even once. Although, I was VERY highly offended by the pronunciation of Tatiyana. I wish Mr. Sarkus would have taken the time to ensure that his pronunciations were consistent with all of the other audio books in the series.
Since I'm just now finishing this book and there are already a couple of follow-ups, I'm not sure my response matters here lol. Although, I will say that after this book I'm curious to read more about the Lycans.
Don't let the previous reviews discourage you from this book. This is a great listen if you can get past the heroine name mispronunciation. Listen to the narrative preview and judge for yourself.
I love the Christine Feehan dark series. It falls in the middle of the pack of these.
Absolutely, positively NO!!!!
The story was very good, but the narration made me want to cry it was sooooooo bad. It was like watching a badly dubbed Japanese movie. You just shake your head and wonder what were they thinking. Bring back any other narrator.
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