Best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house -- not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him. When an earthquake cracks the mill's foundation and reveals a burial crypt, Kate senses that a centuries-old evil has been unleashed…and that it's coming after her. Though Matt vows to guard her from dusk till dawn, Kate knows she will have to summon all of her and her sisters' powers to battle the darkness threatening to destroy both Christmas and the gift of soul-searing passion her hometown hero wants her to keep forever....
©2003 Christine Feehan (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
There is no way you can call the reading of this book a "performance". I perform better than this reading to my grandchildren. The narrator was horrible. There was enough of a story that I kept plodding on with the book, but eventually even that became lame. There was more telling of the sexual encounters between Matt and Kate than any supernatural story. This would have been a decent book if it had concentrated on the Drake sisters, their abilities and the problem at hand.
The ending was nothing that couldn't have been foretold after chapter one.
Anybody would have been better.
Disappointment and boredom.
First of all, let me say that I was glad the missing book in this series finally came to Audible. I was overjoyed when I saw it.
Listening to the book was an unforgetable experience. It was obvious the narrator did her homework, because characters for voices and accents matched the other books in this series, even though different narators narrated the books.
However, it was very disconcerting listening to the steamy scenes, because the narrator read them in the same way one woudl read Alice In Wonderland or something like that. I felt like I was listening to an elementary school teacher reading at story time, but listening to sex scenes that way was shocking.
This was a pretty good story, not great but passable. I think the narration is what dulled it down for me. The voices, especially Jonas' s was very grating on the nerves, Damon'a and a couple of the other sister's also. I've read all the other books in the series except Libby's story and this one is my least favorite so far. I love Ms Feehan's work and this one was a tad bit under par for me.
a different narrator.
I honestly don't know, I couldn't listen to more than an hour of it.
too slow, fake voices, wrong intonation.
No. This was terrible.
She had no emotion. Even when the story was clearly overdramatic and supposedly impassioned she simply sounded like she was reading a phonebook. So no, I would go put of my way to avoid any other books she read, especially if I liked the print version. I'd hate to hear her butcher a good book.
I've never read anything by this author before and I'm not a romance fan. I bought this because it was a daily deal and it almost put me to sleep instantly. I kept waiting for it to get better, or for something to happen, but even when things supposedly occurred I didn't care. I doubt I'll finish this. There are too many good books available for me to waste my time on this mess.
74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books
...but there's always an exception. This woman sounded (as she carefully enunciated every word) like she was reading to a child not like she was telling a tale. I don't know about the story because I pitched the book early because of the narration.
I waited a long time for this audio to be released to complete my collection of the Drake Series and disliked the performance so much I almost stopped listening, a first of all the recorded books I've purchased. I liked the story however I was glad Christine Feehan turned the Drake magic against evil in human form rather than the supernatural in the rest of the books in the Drakes series. This is my favorite Christine Feehan series so I was really disappointed that the people who produced this audio missed the mark so badly with the performance.
I have read all the drake sisters novels and so when the opportunity to listen to them on audible came I jumped at the opportunity. I was very disappointed by the narrator of this story. She didn't seem to have any emotion in her voice and when something exciting was happening it seemed as if she was reading a grocery list. The narrator has a nice voice but not for this type of book.
I waited with anticipation for the next installment of the Drake sisters' adventures. What a disappointment. The story was so-so, but the narration was irritating and painful - the voices of many of the characters would have been laughable if not so annoying. Listen at your own risk.
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