"Wild, wicked, and wonderfully imaginative!" (Sylvia Day, New York Times best-selling author)
The Demonica series returns....
Warrior of Heaven... Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels - and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell - he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself….
Angel of Hell… Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape - her newfound thirst for an angel's blood….
©2013 Larissa Ione (P)2013 Hachette Audio
"Gifted storyteller Ione's tales are gripping and dark, filled with tragedy and hope. Transfixing!" (RT Book Reviews on Lethal Rider)
I would not consider this to be in the same ballpark as the print version. In fact, I'd actually go the extra mile and tell anyone who has been looking forward to finding out what Reaver's story is to avoid the audio version, because the narrator is so awful.
The narrator didn't provide enough vocal depth, for lack of a better term, to any supporting character to be able to pick.
Apparently all of the supporting characters are channeling their inner Valley Girl / Dude. Previous bad-ass protagonists sounded like Mickey Mouse or some brain dead mall rat or surfer dude. Ms. Wick's voice is very pleasant when reading background or Reaver's part, but seriously, the rest is grating and ridiculous.
I readily admit that I have no idea what is involved in audiobook narration, but there are so many good narrators out there, and the talent that Ms. Wick shows in reading Reaver makes it seem like she just didn't put any effort into giving the supporting characters any sort of personality, or into researching the personalities they have based on previous books in the series.
Overall, I'm beyond irritated that I wasted a credit on this.
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
I always anticipate the next Larissa Ione release, but Reaver's story was special. His character was introduced way back, and I've been waiting what seems like forever to hear his story. I was not disappointed.
I already knew his heroine would be Harvester, and I wasn't really sure how the author was going to pull that off and make me sympathetic toward Harvester as a heroine. I mean really, the chick has done some pretty horrible things in the past few books. Larissa Ione pulls it off with flair.
I will say that I don't think any of the Demonica stories stand well alone. They are a series, one book building on another, and the world building is such that it can be rather confusing keeping up with everything if you don't have the foundation from the previous books to build on. I highly suggest the PNR fan go back and start at the beginning.
This book has all the elements. The world building is first class, the characters are fleshed out, the romance is both painful and exhilarating and the plot is edge of your seat action. Reaver is a heavenly angel without a past, an angel whose lived thousands of years but who can only remember the past 40 years or so. His existence before then is a mystery, to himself as well as to most other angels and immortals. Harvester has endured endless centuries in hell as a fallen angel, while in reality, she was a spy for "team good". Even though they have been enemies for years, Reaver goes to rescue Harvester when the archangels, fearing a war with Satan, refuse to retrieve her from hell after her cover is blown. He's a man without a past, but does he have a future with Harvester? Well, you'll just have to read the book, won't you?
So we have a awesome story, but the narration was not up to the level I expected for this book. Helen Wick did fine when narrating the story, but she ran into trouble when narrating the male voices. Her voice for Reaver was fine, but with the secondary male characters we've came to know from previous books, she completely drops the ball. She makes these tough immortal men, most of them demons, sound very feminine, and occasionally she gets the voices she has created for the characters mixed up. It was distracting and a bit irritating, since I have come to love these strong alpha males and didn't much appreciate the less than macho tones she gave them. However, since she did a fair job with Reaver and Harvester, I didn't find this problem as distracting as I would have if she'd gotten the main characters "all wrong". Still, I can't rejoice over her performance. I see she has only narrated a few books on audible, and I see potential, but she does desperately need to work on her male voices and her consistency with characters. I hope she takes constructive criticism to heart, because she's a good storyteller, and I see enormous potential if she works on that crucial weak point in the future.
Worth a credit? Absolutely.
The men sounded like munchkins~!!! Plus there are times I couldn't differentiate the men's voices and the women's voices, for instance Harvester's voice and Reever's voice would sometimes sound the same when they are talking to each other.
Grudgingly because I love this story but don't like the narrator
That's a tough choice to make. If you like paranormal romance such as the Black Dagger Brotherhood series it would be a good comparison. There's grit, angst, humor and hot n steamy romance
I really didn't like her portrayal of the Sem Brothers (Eidolon, Shade n Wraith) who sound like prepubescent boys, Runa whose Bronx accent doesn't fit her character and Ares whose given some bizarre accent. It's very distracting and disappointing as I truly like these characters from her books in the Demonica series.
The last few scenes with Reaver and Harvester escaping from Sheol. The emotional bonds formed as they face off against past hurts, choose forgiveness and follow the path of love which helps them face dire conflicts ahead.
If you haven't purchased this audio version, I would simply read it, the story is very good and was worth the wait. I look forward to the next book in the series: Revenant, my only hope is Helen Wick WILL NOT be its narrator.
I've read half this series in print and listened to half. I think I prefer the print versions. When the narrator's performance of a character's voice seems so far off the mark (ex. Eidolon) it really takes me out of the story.
Especially loved the scene when Harvester & Reaver returned Limos' and Eric's baby.
Fantastic start to the next part of this gripping series. Can't wait for more!
Haven't read Demonica books- all have been on audio
(*****SPOILER ALERT******) love when Reaver loses his wings only to have……..
The narrator's actual voice is nice, that wasn't the problem. She wasn't TERRIBLE but more like SO-SO. Her voice (in my opinion) lends itself more to a teenage or YA dystopian novel. She just sounded like a non-plussed fourteen year old in many of the more intense scenes. Example, there were way to many places in her narration where she either;
a)Sounded like a 15 yr girl answering her mother (while texting 12 others) in otherwards, as though speaking but not thinking
b)She often spoke way too fast during paragraphs requiring a little more emotional investment
c)Her tone was often "off" for what she was describing, kinda felt like she (narrator) did not know the characters or had read any of the books
Again; this is NOT a terrible narrator, the tone in her voice is quite lovely. Perhaps she needs to know her material or characters better, or invest in some audio-acting classes
Wish you could get Phil Gigante to do this series…..he woulda ROCKED Reaver!
I hate the way she made Eidolon sound like Disney character. Ughhhhhh wish I would have read the book instead. But overall the book was good.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I was impatiently waiting for this book and it was well worth the wait. I barely noticed anything else going on around me, I was so engrossed in the story. Anyway Reaver and Harvester finally have their story, there was lots of buildup and as usual Larissa Ione shows her talent. Defiantly read this series in order otherwise you will miss out big time. At first I didn't think too much of the narrator, but within the first hour I didn't even notice her, I was so busy listening to what was happening. Now I have to wait again impatiently for the next installment.
I liked the book but not so crazy about the narration. This was a good plot and the same great characters. Still it was worth the listen and I'll get the next one.
No. But I bought the print edition and I loved the story. I couldn't listen to the narrator destroy Eidelon. He is one of my favorite characters and in this audio he sounded frantic. Frantic is not something that was projected in the Demonica Series book 1. A doctor should not be frantic.
The romance that was able to be recaptured and relived was awesome. I love Larissa Ione's books.
I would have chosen Cassandra Campbell or Hilary Huber. They are the best at bringing out the attitude of each of the characters.
I love when Reaver whispers in Harvester's ear. He is so sexy and strong.
I love the Demonica Series and hope that we will continue to have reappearances of the original characters. So many other series just move on to other characters and never revisit the ones from the other stories.
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