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The Darkest Night Audiobook

The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

His powers - inhuman; His passion - beyond immortal. All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own. Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments...and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction - and a soul-shattering test of love.

Don't miss the other books in the Lords of the Underworld series.

©2008 Gena Showalter; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 05-22-15
    Cheri Waverly Hall, Ga. 05-22-15 Member Since 2012

    Just Another Audiobook Addict! Love listening to all types of romances, but occasionally need a good Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or a book with humor!

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    "It Put A Smile On My Face 😃"

    Bored, I went back through my library looking for something to listen to again and decided to listen this book again. It's just as good the second time around!

    This story does remind me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, a group of warriors living in a fortress fighting hunters who want to destroy them. These warriors have their own demons and personality but there is commdorie between them. I loved listening to each of their stories and fell in love with them all. It was too hard for me to chose a favorite!

    I hope Gena writes another story soon. 📚

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 08-23-14
    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Possibly good, with bad narrator, hard to tell"
    What did you like best about The Darkest Night? What did you like least?

    I liked the character of Ashlyn, vulnerable and fiesty at the same time.

    I hated the conversation between the Lords.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Night?

    The sacrifice by Ashlyn. No spoilers here.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Too often the male voices failed to match the character, or the narrator spoke with a different characters voice. Was confusing and bad


    Was The Darkest Night worth the listening time?

    Not particularly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-02-14
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The Darkest Night?

    Was hoping to find another great series.... not so much. Consistently found myself rolling my eyes.


    What was most disappointing about Gena Showalter’s story?

    The story line had potential but did not come close to reaching it. I might have been able to enjoy it a little if I had not just finished reading all of Kresley Coles books. Kresley Cole is a genius. Read all of her books instead... skip this one.


    Did Max Bellmore do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes... But the writing was so bad you couldn't really enjoy it.


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-27-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-27-14 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "I totally love these books!"

    OMG!!! I forgot how awesome these "Lords" truly are....

    "We'll give you Tylenol"... the sweetest, saddest, and most gut wrenching phrase I have ever listen to in an audio book... Tears... I tell you... tears (drip, drip, drop).

    When Ash gave her life for Maddox... OMG! Best scene ever...

    Now I know why I keep re-listening to these books... On to book 2! Listen to the prequel before the this book, really does add a level of (I know what's going on).... in the beginning...

    Bellmore is one great narrator... especially during the gut wrenching moments...

    Well worth a credit...buy or sale...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DKAero 08-17-13
    DKAero 08-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Agonizing....."
    What disappointed you about The Darkest Night?

    Slow plot movement....VERY SLOW....and sluggish dialogue. Could only think...."Move faster" Maybe by the end of the series this gets faster paced.


    What was most disappointing about Gena Showalter’s story?

    SLOW...torturously SLOW.


    What three words best describe Max Bellmore’s voice?

    He was trying. Arduous material. There could have been greater distiction between the men.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 08-10-13
    BluBumbleB 08-10-13 Member Since 2016

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "YES LORDS!!!!"

    Where have I been??? Under a rock apparently! Lords of the underworld....awesomely fantastic! I purchased book one several months ago and sadly it's been catching dust on my bookshelf. Finally I am in the know with this series. I LOVED this first book and plan to buy the entire series so I can catch up with the rest of the listeners that have given such rave reviews. I totally concur whole-heartedly. If you're a fan of paranormal romances this is definitely one to get. I adore the lead characters Maddox and Ashlyn. Their romance really spoke to me and of course I'm a sucker for a hunky guy that falls head over heels and isn't ashamed to shout it to the world! The other Lords are equally as interesting and my ears are burning to hear the remaining stories. Looks like I won't be getting any sleep or working very hard...oh well! :-) highly recommend this book as a credit purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 07-08-13
    Elizabeth 07-08-13
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    "could have been great"

    I listened a few weeks ago and am still struck by how annoyed I was that the story could have been great, but instead, I felt cheated by multiple poorly written sex scenes. I enjoy a little passion, but after a while it just felt raunchy. And I really did want the story to be better, but now I won't follow up on the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 06-10-13
    Danielle GRANDVILLE, MI, United States 06-10-13

    I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!

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    "Found my second favorite series!"
    What did you love best about The Darkest Night?

    Great story, I absolutely love how each character has their own person hell they have to deal with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    For now, Lucian, I am very curious about him...


    What about Max Bellmore’s performance did you like?

    I thought he was wonderful! For those of you who have complained about how slow he speaks, you CAN speed up the narrator. I sped him to 1.5 and it was PERFECT. I love that he has a different voice for every single male character. I love Robert Petkoff but Max is now my other fav!


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

    I absolutely did.


    Any additional comments?

    Also, people that complain about a book being a "waste" of a credit, you CAN redeem it if you disliked a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marian 06-01-13
    Marian 06-01-13 Member Since 2008

    Daydreamer

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    "Started strong, ended weak"

    So here's my thing: if I'm going to read a gushy romance, then ok, that's cool. But if I pick up a book that looks like the cover of this one does, I'm not looking for sappy romance. I'm looking for hot sex/ sexual tension that eventually leads people to realize they really care for each other. This was kind of the case, but I'm sorry, maybe I'm too much like a guy in that way, but I can't STAND when characters who have known each other for less than a week (regardless of how intense the connection) start dropping the L-bomb like it's going out of style. I dunno, it's almost too much for me and makes the story instantly cheesy and off-putting. No wonder my boyfriend adores me. I'd rather they bump uglies real good so we know how much they care about each other than hear professions of eternal affection. So if you aren't bothered by that, you will probably love this book. It just happens that I don't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo 09-18-12
    Jo 09-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Sounded Like A Good Story - But..."

    The synopsis sounded good and the reviews tipped me into getting this story. But I found myself thinking "C'mon...something needs to happen."
    I felt like the scenes went on far too long than they needed to be. My mind would drift off because of the overly lengthy descriptions that just seemed to go on and on. I had to rewind to find out what the heck I missed. Usually it was nothing.
    I really had high hopes for this story. But I think the author was just filling pages. More than once I thought "OK, OK...I know what you're thinking...move on..."

    I don't know if it was the narration or just the overall story line, but I connect at all with the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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