Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option - even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other - and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael's seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.
©2009 Nalini Singh (P)2010 Tantor
One of those books that you want to keep listening to - good storyline. Liked both characters.
Narrator did a good job for the most part.
I tried to start a Nalini Singh novel once before, but didn't make it very far.. this one was pretty good, though!
There were a couple of corny, predictable parts, but overall, I'm looking forward to reading/listening to the continuing adventures of these troubled, secular angels.
Also: I want to see what happens to the angel with the blue wings. =P The author does a good job of planting interesting secondary characters in, along the way.
This kept me reading
Ellie and her desire for life, to fight for what is right
The narrarator was good
One book 2 bought the whole series
The book was great, well written and fast paced. The performance got annoying at times, with the nasal tones whenever a character tried to act 'cool'.
Plot and pace
Narration needed work at times.
I love Nalini Singh's books, but I have a hearing problem, and Justine Eyre's voice is not for the hard of hearing. Trying to understand her has made the Archangel series hard work to listen to rather than the ability to sit back and enjoy the story. The stories themselves are great, but as I said, the narration is not ideal. Eyre's range is limited, and often her dialogue is almost whispered. I purchased the first four books in the series before listening to book one. Now I have to decide whether or not purchasing book five will be worth the effort.
The world-building and interesting characters in all of Singh's books is extraordinary
Her voice doesn't have enough range, and she doesn't speak clearly enough for the hard of hearing to be able to sit back and enjoy the book. Also, much of her dialogue is almost whispered, so you're often going back and upping the volume so you can hear what was said.
Honestly - I can't tell you about this book... I thought I would be able to get past the god awful whiney voice but I simply can't. Listen for yourself and be aware.
I wasn't a huge fan of this narrator, but that's just my own personal preference. What I've found with all of the reviews I've read is that there are many people who complain about narrators that I felt did a fine job, so although this particular narrator didn't really appeal to me, you may love her.
I wanted to take a minute to write about the first 2 books in this series because there were mixed reviews while I was trying to decide if I wanted to take the chance on them. I absolutely love Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series and have read many of the books in that series multiple times. After listening to several other series in the same genre and not truly feeling satisfied, I decided to try Nalini's Guild Hunter series as well.
I agree with some of the other reviews stating that this series is a little dark, but the books are interesting and well-written nonetheless. In the first book in this series, Angel's Blood, I didn't feel like the chemistry between the two main characters was developed/described well enough and felt like it ended without satisfaction in some sense. Then I realized that book 2 in the series further developed the story between Raphael and Elena. After finishing the 2nd book, Archangel's Kiss, I feel much better about the series and look forward to listening to the next Guild Hunter book.
Nalini Singh has written a highly entertaining and unikque book with wonderfully interesting characters! Elena Deveraux, (Guild Hunter), catches the eye and heart of Archangel Raphael; a cold, unfeeling super-strong Angel. Great concept, strong primary and secondary characters. Can't say enough!!! Must Read or Listen!!!! I've lost a lot of my "reading time" due to travel, work and studying but the audio books are narrated splendidly by Justine Eyre and almost look forward to the daily commute. I almost never give all "5"'s but this book is GREAT and deserves it. Secondary characters are just as compelling.
Ok if you're bored.
I realized that I like my stories like the early Anita Blake novels- that is, driven by action with the romance there, but on the side. And that was my expectation going in. However, I found that this was more post-"Narcissus in Chains" where romance was in the driver's seat and action seemed like an afterthought.
The whole first half of the story seemed to be just Elena and Raphael's romance, which was well done, but left me thinking "you know, this whole delusional angel thing seems pretty important, so why has Elena done nothing but talk, hide, and almost have sex?" More importantly, though, I had a hard time believing that Elena was "the best there was" because aside from the opening scene and how Elena can smell vamps, she actually does very little until the second half. And she seems like she could use a little more wear-weariness and hardening. However, one thing I did enjoy was that the author creates a great world and there is a lot of depth to it. It seemed to take sooo much exposition, but it was very original.
OVERALL, while the plot was original and interesting, it at times just felt like an excuse for Rafa and Ellie to be together. It was a fun ride, but you definitely felt the bumps along the way. I have already purchased the second book because I did like the story and I want to see if goes a little more smoothly the next time around.
I'm used to listening to LibriVox recordings, so at first I thought Eyre did a pretty good job, but as I got more used to hearing her voice, I realized that I had a serious problem with it. She seems too prissy and so the scenes where Elena needed to have a lot of attitude came of as corny and grating. It felt like Eyre isn't the type of person that naturally cusses much, so the curse words come out lacking conviction and sounding weird. I feel like the narrator was part of the reason why Elena didn't come off as b.a. as she was supposed to be. However, I loved her range of accents.
Yes, it inspired me to go back to writing because I found myself craving something with a little more action and kick-butt-ery.
This storyline is so good and refreshing. I do not even know what to say about the narrator. Her voice has a lot of vibrato. She is not bad BUT different. There were times when I truly tried to get into the story and accept with an open heart and mind the shaky voice telling it. However, toward the end, I found it a real challenge to listen to the story without being distracted by the narrator's unique voice.
This is one of those times when you either love her voice or hate it. Listen to a sample and take it from there. I really liked the story though.
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