We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Sterling Audiobook

Sterling: Mageri, Book 1

Regular Price:$30.09
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. She survived, saved by a stranger who witnessed her undergo a physical transformation. That's not the only thing that's different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body.

Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she is a Mage - an immortal made of light, not magic. She must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

©2012 Dannika Dark (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"One of the most balanced stories in terms of darkness, action, romance, and humor that I've read in a long time." (Grave Tells)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (1304 )
5 star
 (658)
4 star
 (389)
3 star
 (162)
2 star
 (51)
1 star
 (44)
Overall
4.2 (1195 )
5 star
 (613)
4 star
 (349)
3 star
 (146)
2 star
 (44)
1 star
 (43)
Story
4.3 (1195 )
5 star
 (671)
4 star
 (326)
3 star
 (124)
2 star
 (42)
1 star
 (32)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 08-23-14 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    57
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    287
    66
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story, I'll go on to book 2"

    The story here was good, the characters defined, if a bit predictable. Sterling wraps up the story and lets you know there's more to the overall saga. The narrator was a bit flat. Sometimes really good, other times, just meh. Not very good at strong emotions or "yelling". I found myself wishing for a strong narrator like Renee Raudman (Kate Daniels - best series ever!) or Tavia Gilbert (Night Huntress - 2nd fav series).. but she did ok, and didn't ruin the story, which, as I said, was good. I'll move on to the next book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ, United States 01-25-15
    Amazon Customer SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ, United States 01-25-15 Member Since 2014

    Aging dyslexic addicted to audible

    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    202
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Some men don't leave"

    I struggled to get past the first chapter or so. .. The voice of her best friend was terrible but it only lasts a chapter or so. The story was good, amazing men characters but a few open ended issues by the end. So many men, so much sexual tension but NO SEX...
    I MEAN SHE NEVER seals THE DEAL! By the end I'm tense and feel unsatified for her... Maybe a PRN but not the steamy sexy times I love to listen to. Affordable book, passes the time but not a reread kind of book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jessica Katy, TX, United States 08-07-14
    Jessica Katy, TX, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    36
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    573
    40
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyable new addition to PNR"

    A new and interesting start to the series. It was an enjoyable read, and will continue to follow through with the series. The story line did pull me in and was pleasantly surprised with the authors world created in the Mageri series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    121
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Meh"

    Story and plot are decent, and the narrator is decent until she has to express strong emotion. When one of the characters are yelling the narrator has a 'yelling' voice that is lower in volume than when she speaks normally and conveys none of the hightened emotion from the story. She also whispers every once and a while and that gets a bit annoying. I had to constantly go back 30 seconds so I can understand her during those parts of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marian 06-14-15
    Marian 06-14-15

    As an artist busy with my hands and eyes I had to give up reading. Then audio books came into my life and I am back to over 200 books a yr.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    46
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    436
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Different approach to a paranormal plot"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sterling to be better than the print version?

    Definitely not. Nicole Poole's narration was spot on. All the accents were great and she did excellent with the various male voices. The combination of a great story by the author and fabulous narration made the characters so very real.


    What other book might you compare Sterling to and why?

    This is my first book by Dannika Dark but it will not be my last. Will be considering jumping into some of her other series also.


    Which character – as performed by Nicole Poole – was your favorite?

    I think her performance of all of the males were great but especially Simon. She really brought him to life.


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

    Yes definitely.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D.E.Matthews 04-10-15 Member Since 2015

    Many say I am easily entertained because I have given many 5star ratings, but I KNOW what I like, have my favorites, and choose accordingly.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    442
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    597
    42
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    190
    47
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "AWESOME! NEW TO ME, AUTHOR AND SERIES TO LOVE!"

    love book 1. New take on standard fantasy "Breeds". Narrator good/new/2/me. Downloading books/2-5/NOW! SQUEEEE/HAPPY/DANCEING NOW!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Think about this 03-28-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    793
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    412
    366
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    195
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good start for a series"

    She's attacked, saved by one stranger, then saved by another stranger, and still another stranger runs to her rescue. I don't know what's so special about this girl, but the men seem to know, as everyone wants to protect and maybe love her. She's not without her enemies though, that want her for hidden reasons. That's where the story becomes interesting, the mysterious part of it and hopefully we will learn more about Zoe's special gifts in future installments. As for this one, it's a nice beginning that introduces us to the mage world, that she's been thrown in to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pascale 02-06-15
    Pascale 02-06-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "loved this book"

    I was captivated from page 1 Dannika Dark is a powerful author who had me experiencing an amazing roller coaster ride from start to finish.
    I am not a reviewer unless something I get from amazon really was terrible, but I felt compelled to tell all that this was an amazing book.
    For me what was also cool was having the whisper sync audio so that I could listen in my car as well as read on my couch.
    this book was just that good I just couldn't put it down and so far book 2 is of the same stuff.
    back to my couch I go to enjoy book 2 if it continues being as good as the first I might just write another review :-) happy reading

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nina Springfield, VA, United States 12-03-14
    Nina Springfield, VA, United States 12-03-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    61
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    105
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Super Exciting Listen"

    I had read it in ebook version and decided to buy the audio to experience the story in a new light. It. Was. Awesome! Nicole Poole did a marvelous job capturing the feel of the story and gave each character a voice that suited them perfectly. 5 stars all the way!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Browser 08-25-16
    Browser 08-25-16

    Browser

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Incredibly good series"
    What did you love best about Sterling?

    The main character is tough and sassy. The way the author does the love scene's is masterful. The series is great even without the romance but it is the icing on the top.


    What other book might you compare Sterling to and why?

    Haven't read one like it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the sweet relationship between her and Adam


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

    It was heartwarming


    Any additional comments?

    I've almost completed the series. I enjoy each one as much as the last. Good job to the author and narrator

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Jaylee L.
    3/26/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "boooooaring"

    well first of the narrater was very quiet, the story dragged on filling the time with pointless chatter, i tuned out several times.
    at no point did i feel emotianaly captavated.
    the use of rude words were just throwen in with no real concept to the story. hopefully it will get better with the second book, of witch i acsedently bought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Struth
    Norwich, UK
    2/26/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Really difficult to listen to"

    I found the narrator really hard to listen, her very breathy voice was so unpleasant I gave up after about an hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Murray
    england
    1/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "change"

    this is the first DD book I've listened to on Audio book. The voice of Simon was annoying, and took me a while to get used to. Reading the book myself was a totally different experience to listening to it. it felt like I was listening to a book I've never read before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I taylor
    11/4/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Strong female"
    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Learner and Simon's interaction and flirting.


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

    I both laughed and cried during this book.


    Any additional comments?

    After having read Dannika Dark’s series Seven, I was expecting something along those lines. The breed references and world set-up are indeed the same, but the actual story doesn’t resemble the romantically based Seven. Zoe begins as a regular human, but is violently changed one night and wakes up in the worst place of all, scared and alone. She runs straight into Adam who has a super sexy nurturing side and tries to take care of her. She soon comes to the notice of Justus and her new, safe life is torn away and replaced with a harder existence under the rule of the Mageri. The reader can really emphasize with the girl, who loses the right to use the name Zoe, and is taken through her journey into the world as a Mage. I was expecting a little more romance and didn’t really get it, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed in the content and I must admit, tears trickled for a while in there. This book is about a girl’s strength and durability in a harsh world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eva
    Dusseldorf, United Kingdom
    2/4/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Did I have different book than most people?"
    What would have made Sterling better?

    A female lead with some self-respect, strength and brain and less hysterics.


    What was most disappointing about Dannika Dark’s story?

    Where to start... I found some descriptions too expanded while others- important to story rather shortcut. That much to writing. As for the characters in book, it just didn't do! The lead character is probably weakest female lead I came across in past couple of years and I read a lot of paranormal and fantasy drivel! The failure to take her life into her own hands at nearly 30 is just sad.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think the narrator is more suitable for different type of book. The voice is fine, the accents so-so, but every time she does somebody screaming it’s like nails on blackboard.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I would love to say yes, but I am very sorry for myself to have spent a credit on this. I wish a band of sexy males who are all completely into me even though I have terrible taste in books would die saving me from my foolishness. After getting me extra credit and some first obviously.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • LizG
    1/29/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyed it"

    Much better prose than many audiobooks, performance was good but the stage English accent for Simon made me want to cringe. Shame, because the rest of the narration was very good. Perhaps it's only because I'm English not American!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.