©2009 Sherrilyn Kenyon; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
I enjoyned Born of Night as well as BOF...This is a excellent book...SK continues to keep you interested!!! Keep them coming SK!!!
I don't think one is better than the other. However, one of the things that made the audiobook so entertaining was Fred Berman characterizations. I especially liked Vic!
I love Shahara!! She kicks major a**!!!!
I love Fred. I have listened to ALL of the Sherrilyn Kenyon books that he has narrated and I've NEVER been disappointed. Actually, he is the only reason that I began to listen to this series on Audible. He is also the narrator for many of the Dark Hunter novels and when I saw that he was reading League books too, I jumped to start using my credits! Holders Graham is great too (fantastic, actually) but the sultry masculinity of Fred's voice is mesmerizing.
Move over James bond, you're finally outmatched... and she gives a great crotch shot!!!!
I just love this series. Of all the books, Nykerian & Caillen are my absolute favorites. Syn, however isn't far behind. As a married woman, they make it safe to fantasize about real men who know how to love, cherish, respect and honor strong women. Sherrilyn does a great job of making these men vulnerable without being WEAK. I cannot wait for Hauk's story to come out. I just wish we didn't have to wait so long.
I had hoped this book would be better than the first book (Born of Night) of this series... it was not. As with the first, the female heroine was week, simpering, whinny and dumb as a rock. The narrator was better, however than the narrator in the first book.
Sadly, the blurb was more engaging than the book. After a solid hour and a half of repetitive, irritating backstory on virtually every character who crossed the page, I turned my MP3 off in disgust. I understand this was a sophomore book for Ms.Kenyon, but she really should have taken the time to clean up the sophomore errors. I would not recommend this book unless you suffer from insomnia. It's sure to put you to sleep.
I'm enjoying the series much more than I thought I would. Enjoyed it more when Kelly was the narrator in Born of Night. Fred doesn't give enough differences between the voices for me. And his female voices are grating, to say the least. Didn't like him when he read the Dark-Hunter series, either. Sigh!!!!
The narrorator is different from the "Night" book and it threw me off a bit. The story is good, but a bit predictable. Either way it was good entertainment.
I just dragged myself through The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, that other people raved about, I was bored. The last couple of the Dark Hunters Wolf (Fang) were okay but I haven't used my credit on another of the werewolf books. I am downloading Born in Ice now. I liked "Acheron" a lot. I am enjoying the new series.
Worth a listen if you're a Kenyon fan.
Not her best book ever, but it doesn't falter by any means if you want a full perspective of the league universe and its characters.
Plus, the narrators chosen for her audio are great.
This seems like a classic "bodice ripper", except it's not. It isn't written well, the plot is mostly missing, the characters are annoying, flat, and predictable. I tolerate these qualities in "trashy romance novels" but it didn't really have all the romance novel aspects either.
Plot and characters are marvelous, but two things ruined the book and will push me to return the rest of the series I already bought without listening to them. First, like way too many books written in the past 15 years, Ms. Kenyon is in dire need of a ruthless editor with both a strong sense of action and drama and knowledge of both grammar and vocabulary. Whether the first book was actually better written or the narrator so good that I didn't notice the flaws, the fact is that I loved it and was excited enough about the characters and story line that I bought 5 more of the books.
The main problem with this book, itself, is the fact that the author constantly repeats herself. Characters will say the same thing over and over throughout. It's a matter of "Okay. I got it the first two times". I don't need each character to repeat the same feelings over and over, especially in almost the same words, in every chapter. Worse, when it is appropriate for a character to express a similar set of feelings, it would be better at least to have "Roget's Thesaurus" close at hand and use it.
For example, using "obsidian eyes" multiple times within a single chapter is egregious. These and many other problems could be quickly solved by a good editor. Authors (and I am one) tend to fall in love with their words and don't see that their waxing eloquent is really waxing verbose. A good editor helps an author tighten the prose to reduce redundancy and enhance the drama. The one critical place a good editor was sorely missed was the denouement, where all is resolved between Shahara and Syn. It made no sense left me completely unsatisfied, when it could have been touchingly romantic. Instead it was forced and awkward.
The other problem with this book and the main reason I will return subsequent ones in the series instead of listening to them is the awful narrator, who performed this book and, apparently, most of the rest. After the superb characterizations by Kelly Fish, it was a struggle to get through this story as read by Mr. Berman. Every character sounded the same - pitch, cadence, phrasing, accent and every other aspect. I often could not tell who was talking and didn't believe any of the emotions he was trying to express. This was especially problematic in the resolution mentioned above. A good performance could have masked the weakness in the prose.
I'm very sad about these issues as I like the characters and would love to meet them again, but I cannot bear to listen to Mr. Berman's very poor narration. Therefore, as I said before (See. Writers do repeat themselves too often.), I will return any of those he narrated to which I haven't listened. However I notice that another narrator takes over after his 4 or 5 volumes, so I'll try out one of those.
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