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
Not having read anything but this Author, the reviews are what tempted me to give it a try. I am not a fan of cheesy romances or books of this genre that can be just one sexual escape after another. I mean, come on, how bout a page turning plot that happens to have a hot romantic story to it too. And this is what Singh delivers. This book is sexy and riviting with an interesting original take on the angel/vampire story. I found this writer much better than others like Christine Feehan or Karen Moning who i found utterly predictable and boring. Loved it. So much so that i went out and bought the second of the series (which was equally well written!) Shame on Audible for not carring more books from this series. i have every intention of looking into the psy/changling series by Singh through other vendors. You wont regret dropping a credit on this one.
This is the first book in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters series.
Singh's main charater is a kick-butt, kinda girl. She is a "Born" Vampire Hunter. And she is the best there is. Her life is going fine, until she is hired by the very sexy, Archangel, Raphael. (who knew wings could be hot?)
I can't wait for the next Guild Hunter book called "Archangel's Kiss" to come out.
Singh is also the author of the Psy-Changeling Series. But, I don't think any books in that series are offered as audiobooks.
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.
I can see that the publisher has been hard at work creating great reviews for this book. Unfortunately, I could not get much farther then chapter 1 due to the narration. Justine Eyre, has a very distinctive voice that removes all ability to allow yourself to sink in to the story. Her voice comes across as snobbishly pompous in an arrogant surreal fashion with just a touch of nasal annoyance that makes the whole experience simply hideous. I absolutely love vampire stories but this is one that I will not be able to sink my teeth in. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before you purchase this story.
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.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
I love Nalini Singh's style and I have all the audiobooks available of her PsyChangelling series. I tried this one hoping to see a similar style but I was disappointed. This is a very dark series. Very explicit murder scenes are detailed and it was gross. And let me tell you I'm not easily grossed out (I'm a True Blood fan). The romantic parts although few, were very good but they got lost in torn bodies and lots of blood. And then hearing about evil angels is kind of strange. To top it of the reader's voice can be a little annoying after a while. She screeches! I don't think I'll get the other books of this series. But I do recommend Ms. Singh's Psy Changelling series which is just perfect!
I was so pleased to see Angels Blood come out as an audio book at Audible.com! Then even more than pleased to have the book narrated so well.
I admit I was nervous that the narrator wouldn't do the book justice as Angels Blood is an all time favorite read for me. But Justine Eyre does a fabulous job! Her interpretation of each character's personality and tone was perfect to my ears.
The narration started out at a faster pace than what I'm used to but I quickly became accustomed to it, then I was totally lost in the story and loved every minute of it.
I've read Angels Blood twice and now listened to it as an audio book, and I still want to do it all over again! I pick up something new about the "world" Nalini Singh has built, or one of the characters each time. Now I can't wait for the audio of Archangels Kiss coming out at the end of next month, June 2010.
I am so happy that we finally get Nalini Singh on Audible. I have asked on several occasions and I guess the rights were finally bought by Tantor Media. I know that her next in this series, ARCHANGEL'S KISS is supposed to be released on June 28Th. I hope that the PSY/CHANGELING series is bought and available to us as well. Nalini is an AWESOME writer in the Paranormal Romance genre. I have read Angel's Blood several times and love it and now listening, the narrator, Justine Eyre is doing a very good job. I read at Tantor Media that Justine is also narrating Archangel's Kiss. Thank you Audible for bringing us Nalini Singh.YIPPIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
Singh is incredible. This book is so well written, the characters so real, that it will blow you away. Justine Eyre's contribution cannot be understated. The timber of her voice is spot on, and so perfectly realizes the horror and attraction Elena feels. What amazes me most is how chilling and alien Raphael is, even during the steamier scenes. You feel his otherness, his lack of humanity, and it's beautifully horrifying. Nalini Singh has a new devoted fan. Brilliant.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Nearly gave up reading this before I got 1/4 of the way through. I heard such ravings about how good the series was, and I like stories about angels, so I stuck it out... I guess I'm glad I did. Sorta.
In the first 1/4, Ms. Singh gets romantic interest mixed up with rape/coercion. And, while the main character calls foul regarding this "rape" interest, that doesn't stop the coercion theme from continuing until, SURPRISE, the female character discovers she somehow fell in love with the guy (no, we aren't privy to that character growth, it just suddenly switches from "stop coercing me" to "you're so hot I want you now on the table"). Of course Raphael also has a sudden character growth, literally overnight, which makes him a better "catch".
So, why did I say I was glad I stuck it out? Because if you can forget the slimy coercion component of the first quarter, and accept that the plot could move from her being terrified of him to being in love with him within a matter of a day or two, the story does get better as it moves along. Though, to be honest, if I hadn't already bought the next book in the series, I don't think this one is good enough that I would buy it now...
If you like this subject matter but prefer books where the plot is more dominant than the "romance", try Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress books. Or even J.R. Ward's Fallen Angels series...
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