Young Savannah Dubrinsky was a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one - Gregori, the Dark One - who held her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine.
With a dark magic all his own, Gregori - the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males - whispered in Savannah's mind that he was her destiny. That she had been born to save his immortal soul. And now, here in New Orleans, the hour had finally come to claim her. To make her completely his. In a ritual as old as time...and as inescapable as eternity.
©2000 Christine Feehan (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
The performance. This is a dramatic, intense book, where even a simply 'good' narrator would be greatly challenged. This is NOT a good narrator. Not for romance, and probably not for any kind of fiction, which requires being part actor.
Glancing at my bookshelf, I'd say the closest by another author, at least in tone, is Karen Marie Moning's THE DARK HIGHLANDER. Both stories revolve around a dark a hero, who hasn't always made the best choices in the past, and is now struggling to hold onto the remains of their honor despite terrible circumstances.
At about 3 hours in I can safely say this: The reading tempo is repetitive and irritating. The emotional tempo is a constant, sleepy monotone. The characterization, while it receives +1 for differentiating between characters, gets a big -10 for how poorly they're handled. Listening to it is a real struggle - I end up bouncing between utter boredom and disgusted irritation. I will be returning this audiobook and its sequel by the same narrator. I will not be purchasing any others by this narrator unless a sample shows dramatic improvement.
Don't waste your money/credits.
Sean Crisden sucks - why would anyone choose a monotone narrator??
Juanita Parker's performance was 100% better than Sean Crisden!!
Great story but harder then heck to get through due to narrator!
I've read all the books in the series, so far and they're starting to run together. Although the writing is good, the storyline has become more than monotonous. Carpathian meets life mate, life mate wants no part of being tied down and losing her independence, life mate reluctantly falls in love and gives into Carpathian male who tells her what she can and cannot do, blah, blah, blah! I mean, come on already?? Write a story line where the life mate actually wants the male and the male is reluctant. Or that they equally want each other and are torn apart, SOMETHING! ANYTHING, except the same old, worn out story line.
Excited to hear the story of one of my fav characters Gregori and learn more about him.
Gregori and Savannah characters deserved a stronger narrator. They appeared diminished as read by this person and it took away from their story.
I loved the story line. The thing that really ruined this for me was the narrator . He was awful! I found myself rolling my eyes at his "portrayal" of Gregory. Some narrators have it and bring the story to life. This one didn't. Other than that I loved the story, Gregory's story. I recommend this book though just not the narrator. Read it, maybe.
Very bad narrative, could not wait for the story of Gregory, well it stunk. Read book one and stop! Trust me!!!!!
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Must be an old fan of author as this was written early in this series. Must love hunkie dominant elegant men to love this story as I do! I waited years for this recording of this book. Audible or author was smart enough to re record using Sean as the woman reader was awful the first time this was recorded.
I love the last couple of chapters as they have stayed with me over the years.
Sean, AKA John Dan miller, main stream/classic reads & who recorded Nora Roberts the pagan stone brings this classic to life as he did for NR book. His recordings with Tatiana Sokolov are not to be missed. Hot! Glad I recognized Dan voice in this book as I have missed out on many of Sean's recordings. Darn these also known as names. I have requested that audible put out a list so I don't waste listening time trying to figure out the A.K.A. Name! I know classic authors want a different name associated with their titles, what, don't they think us audible listens can figure out a reader after we buy hundreds of listens!
See my comments under the pagan stone
The main character, The Dark One, Gregori, is intense, in total control of his world and is fascinating for the reader. As his world goes from grey to color, from unfeeling to feeling, the reader is taken through an intense, thrilling story laced with love and humor.
The Dark One
I know most readers would think his performance was too monotone but he is telling the story of a creature who has walked the earth for over a 1000 years and is in full control of everything and everyone around him. He has not really been challenged to be anything else until his lifemate demands otherwise, then the humor begins.
Not able to do that but yes I could sit and listen to the whole story in one sitting if given the chance.
The Dark series is not dark, rather the series tell of a struggle among a species to survive, to protect, one with honor and integrity. I am thoroughly enjoying the whole series.
Breathtaking, emotional, sexy
Savannah because she was sexy, tough, tender but able to control the most powerful man alive
When Savannah realizes Gregori is her wolf
Yes but I had to keep backing it up because I kept falling asleep
One of the best Carpathian books in the series so far a must read
Like all of Feehans books in the Dark Series, this one kept you on the edge of your seat. The storyline is good.. though after reading my 3rd book in this series... I am over it.
These stories are a bit romantic and always at the end of the story everything kind of falls into place and it turns out okay. With this book it was no different but what I don't like is the way these Carpathian men treat their lifemates, especially in the sex scenes (sorry, I don't consider this as making love), and believe me.. there are plenty of them.
In this particular book it was extremely violent, Gregori was so twisted and dark that the first time he had sex with Savannah, who was still a virgin.. he almost killed her and to make matters worse he did this without her consent. to me this is rape.
I am surprised nobody ever commented on this before in reviewing her books in this series.
Nonetheless, it is a good, easy read and if you enjoy this particular genre, you will probably enjoy this one as well.
have always loved christine feehan. great book I am looking forward to the next one
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