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The Guardian: A Dream-Hunter Novel | [Sherrilyn Kenyon]

The Guardian: A Dream-Hunter Novel

Dream-Hunter Lydia has been charged with the most sacred and dangerous of missions: To descend into the Nether Realm and find the missing god of dreams before he betrays the secrets that could kill her and her kind. What she never expects is to be taken prisoner by the Realm’s most vicious guardian…Seth’s time is running out. If he can’t hand over the entrance to Olympus, his own life and those of his people will be forfeit. No matter the torture, Seth hasn’t been able to break the god in his custody.
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Dream-Hunter Lydia has been charged with the most sacred and dangerous of missions: To descend into the Nether Realm and find the missing god of dreams before he betrays the secrets that could kill her and her kind. What she never expects is to be taken prisoner by the Realm’s most vicious guardian….

Seth’s time is running out. If he can’t hand over the entrance to Olympus, his own life and those of his people will be forfeit. No matter the torture, Seth hasn’t been able to break the god in his custody. Then there’s the beautiful Dream-Hunter Lydia: She isn’t just guarding the gates of Olympus—she’s holding back one of the world’s darkest powers. If she fails, an ancient curse will haunt the earth once more and no one will be safe. But evil is always seductive....

©2011 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Amber Fort Riley, KS 66442 12-17-12
    Amber Fort Riley, KS 66442 12-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Totally addicted to books: written or spoken! To read or to listen...? Both please!

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    "Good, but jumps around a bit."

    I liked this book. However, there were times I thought it jumped around a bit. Those times were a bit hard to follow, but then in a couple of minutes after that- I figured it out.

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    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 11-03-12
    Amazon Customer Stamford, CT, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "One my favorite books"

    I really don't know why I enjoy these books so much, it has to be because of Fred Berman. The story is the same in all hunter books: the recovery of the main character with unbelievable extreme insecurities due to horrific past and, of course, very happy ending. As long as Fred Berman keeps narrating these books, I will continue listening :) He is my top 5 favorite narrators. I found that I will listen to book with poor developed story, as long as it read by my favorite narrator. However, I will turn off the book with fantastic story with bad narration.
    It was definitely worth a credit for me.

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    Maureen Staten Island, New York, United States 06-25-12
    Maureen Staten Island, New York, United States 06-25-12
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    "Heartwrenching love story of courage & sacrifice!"
    What did you love best about The Guardian?

    Seth-obviously! For all of the punishment & tortures that he has endured-he hasn't lost his capacity for kindness, empathy and caring for someone other than himself. He cloaked all of these emotions through his bravado and intimidation of 'ruthlessness' because he had to survive his servitude to Noir and Azura. These same characteristics are seen as 'weakness' to his master so he knows better than to have any evidence of them lest he be punished more because of it. It was a little hard to take with Seth's interaction with Noir. With all of the sadistic punishments-physical and mental character assasinations, Seth's self worth was loathsome at best. The only emotions that remained were violence and hatred. But in spite of it all- Seth wanted to be loved and cherished. Learning about his childhood-self serving bitch of a mother; who to gain favor of Seth's total bastard of a father, broke a five year old's legs and left him to die in a desert. A father who rejected him as an infant. Being sold by his foster family to indentured servitude just before his demi-god powers were starting to develop. Amongst the repeated beatings- he was also raped. NO ONE ever helped Seth through all he indured-so much that even a mere touch was sheer agony for him. Despite all that- he kept Lydia away from his master because he knew what tortures that she would be subjected to. Although Seth initially was using Lydia as a bargaining chip to trade her for the 'key ' that Solin had to bring back for Noir to overtake Olympus- he hid Lydia in his room and did't tell Noir about her. The interaction between her and Seth develops over his learning how to use a laptop. During the times that Seth was summoned to either Noir or Azura for respective tortures-he cared for Lydia with food, clothes and use of his elaborate bathroom. Seth let Lydia sleep in his bed while stayed up-mainly because he has nightmares, but also because he wanted to protect her from prowling demons. When Lydia discovers what Seth has gone through his whole life-her heart aches for him and she wants to free him from his miserable life. Despite his constant distrust in people- Seth fell in love with Lydia. Lydia recognizes how much inner strength Seth possesses and his reaction to the world when they escape Noir's realm. Lydia discovers that she is in love with Seth-she shows him that touch and tenderness can and does exist between people. I also liked Jared-who was sincerely sorry for his part in Seth's enslavement and wanted to help him despite his own tortured situation.


    What other book might you compare The Guardian to and why?

    Acheron- his story was similar to Seth's. Also Zarek's story had some elements that were similar. Both Acheron and Zarek had to endure unending servitude to others who were sadistic in their treatment of them. Yet they still possess the innate capacity to empathize
    with others and willingness to care for someone other than themselves. While they berate themselves for showing such "weaknesses" when they weren't shown the same courtesy-they do so all the same. Because it was the right thing to do. They would even protect
    those whom they love with their very lives.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ah-yes! Mr. Berman was the narrator for my favorite Sherrilyn Kenyon book - Night Play. I always liked this book in print, but when I heard it on audible.com- I was in love!!! His narration of this book made it come alive for me with excellent portrails of Vane and Bride. Mr. Berman also narrated Ms. Kenyon's other books Dream Hunter (which was my first book in print of hers), and Dream Chaser (which first introduces us to Seth). I love Mr. Berman's voice and his characterization of Ms. Kenyon's books. The accent that he uses for Seth is very compelling and sexy. When he reads the bedroom scenes-they are hot! I often find myself looking for either Mr.Berman or Holter Graham as the narrators for her books. They both put such conviction and passion into their narrations. So much so that you believe that you are not only being read to but that you are participating in the story and the male leads are talking to you. Mr. Berman and Mr. Graham could both read the phonebook to me and I would melt. Love them both!!!!!!


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

    Yes but unfortunatley I didn't. It took me over two days to listen to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It does have a happy ending-although it left me wanting to learn more about what happened to Seth, Lydia, Jared and Noir.

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    Shelleyanne Fogarty 04-24-12

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    "Another Good Story by Sherrilyn"
    What did you love best about The Guardian?

    It is a little different from the usual paranormal romance


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a sucker for a happy ever after.


    What aspect of Fred Berman’s performance would you have changed?

    Even though he had different voices for the different characters, sometimes they sounded the same


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    MovieQueen United States 12-31-11
    MovieQueen United States 12-31-11
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    "Great story but horrible narrator!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Fred Berman didn't separate some of the voices and they sounded like horrible accented old Englishmen. Although he sounds similar to Holter Graham, Holter is a much better narrator.


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    Bill United States 12-20-11
    Bill United States 12-20-11
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    "Outstanding charcters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book was very well read and voices did it justice to the images that were painted in my mind


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the application that one can pull out of this. Despite the trials and tribulations one may face, they can and will rise above all things with the love and support of a good woman.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    Seth


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    Paulette Lynn, MA, United States 12-13-11
    Paulette Lynn, MA, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I just love these books by Sherrilyn Kenyon"
    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    I love his performance - but I would love to have move people doing difference parts


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see some of her books in a movie - just one to see if they can do it right - if the first one does not come out right then please no more -

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    Patti Hockley, TX, United States 12-12-11
    Patti Hockley, TX, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2014

    Retired USN! I enjoy movies, books, traveling and making quilts.

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    Fred Berman has a knack for bring stories to life. The emotions and voices changes are awsome. Ms. Kenyon is a wonderful writer, I find myself waiting for the next book.

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    "Ms. Kenyon hits another homerun!"

    I love all of Ms. Kenyon's books in her Dark Hunter/Dream Hunter series. She is the queen of fantasy. I also like the people who are choosen to narrate. The best voices are Fred Berman and Holter Grahamm. Audio books are not just great for listening to while in the car. I enjoy listening while cleaning the house and cooking.

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    Cassandra 11-30-11
    Cassandra 11-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen"

    I truly enjoyed Fred Berman's rendition of The Guardian. Sherrilyn Kenyon, as usual delivers a great story

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