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Touch the Dark: Cassandra Palmer, Book 1 | [Karen Chance]

Touch the Dark: Cassandra Palmer, Book 1

Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead alike. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. The undead are another matter. Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires, but when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.
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Publisher's Summary

Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead alike. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot.

The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires, but when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds her again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.

The undead senators won't help her for anything, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire - and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay.

©2006 Karen Chance; (P)2008 Tantor

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    donna nashua, NH, United States 08-20-10
    donna nashua, NH, United States 08-20-10
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    "decent story but does have a few flaws.."

    Ok first off one thing i realize looking back after listening to the WHOLE audio book is the narrator does have more variation in her tone of voice the further you get into the book. I didnt like that the story seems to start off in the middle of things and takes AGES to get around to explaining even the tiniest bit of the main characters background and why she is in the middle of running from assassins when the book opens. from there it does turn into a pretty good story apart from the fact that it is VERY choppy. I hope that this author learned how to write things more smoothly in the following books... ( for instance an "intimate" scene in the book where the characters are in bed in the middle of arousing each other and then she throws in a LONG discussion between them that really wouldnt be conducive to that kind of mood... and then after a talk that would have taken quite a while they suddenly remember what they were doing and resume? or out takes in the middle of fights too.. .. the other BIG thing that kept me from giving it a higher rating is the narrator has a problem with mispronunciation. Especially with words like werewolves or wererats she pronounces it weerwolves.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 04-09-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "On and on and on with no point....OMG so ANNOYING"

    I can't believe all the positive reviews this book received. The main character is so incredibly annoying. She just goes off on these rants for no apparent reason and the story is so slow and boring that by the time the action starts I just don't even care anymore.
    I don't get it, there must be something wrong with me because I hated this book. Too many boring details and the characters getting "lost in the weeds" somewhere. The only character I liked was Tomas and I have no idea why the author even wrote him in the story. He could have been a great hero/love interest but he was just never developed. What was the point?
    I didn't care for the narrator either, but the story was just so bad it really didn't matter.

    In my opinion I would avoid this book - don't waste your time, money or credits.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 07-02-11
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 07-02-11 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "I'm only half way through . . ."

    but I really can't stand Cynthia Holloway. Her mispronunciations are so jarring it's hard to concentrate. I don't know if this is a good book or a bad book. I do know that she has a tin ear for accents -- she should have just read the story instead of mangling the french and italian accents of the characters. I don't know how much choice an author has in who reads their work, perhaps none, but Holloway gets way more work than she deserves. She also savages the Chicagoland Vampire books pretty badly. Tedious and annoying is the only way to describe her reading -- not her voice, which is pleasant, but the girl needs a 'word a day' dictionary so she can improve her vocabulary -- and she should never, EVER do accents again.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Charlotte, NC, USA 10-10-08
    Lynne Charlotte, NC, USA 10-10-08
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    "Average listen"

    There were definitely good and bad parts to this story. It took me quite a while to adjust to this reader, she was probably not the best choice for the voices of the vampires. The story itself was a bit slow in spots, not sure I buy the story lines and found myself trying to figure out how the characters interacted. I think there could've been a chunk removed from the story and nothing would've been missed. "Love" scene was cheesy and ridiculous.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Frederick, MD, United States 02-06-09
    Elizabeth Frederick, MD, United States 02-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Plot okay, Narrator is just too much"

    I downloaded this selection after having 2 week without a book to listen to. This is a long time for me because I use the books to help with my commute. Sorry to ramble, but the reason I go into this is because I read the reviews of several books and this seemed to be my best bet. The story itself is actually okay, even good in some parts (not rocket science, but passes the time in my car pretty well) however - the Narrator is way toooo slow and overly dramatic with passages. I had to turn the story off several times because her style of reading gave me a headache. And man, SHE IS SLOW. I did read one reviewer who gave it only 1 star. So I was forwarned...but hey author...if you want us to listen to the other books..please get a new reader...I actually daydreamed several times during the story and lost the plot a couple of times. My final thoughts are "does every author have to create their own version of what a mythical creature is...do we lack so much in creativity that the only way to have a story is to bury it in confusing hierarchial structures with convuluted rules that the main character always breaks anyway, surprise, surprise. I am getting tired of picking up new books hoping for interesting plots ex. Laurell Hamilton's early books for Anita Blake only to have 1/2 of the book be about what the HE*L their version of vampire, werewolf, witch..whatever...at least with Kim Harrisons books she doesn't try to give you ALL the information in 300 pages..you have to read several books to gradually be pulled in, not inundated with all kinds of rules, magic crap that you don't understand and doesn't always add to the story? SOrry, just venting a little. This story is okay, but not great. Would have given it 3 stars if the narrator wasn't so annoying.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Clint Rathdrum, ID, USA 11-21-08
    Clint Rathdrum, ID, USA 11-21-08
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    "Do Not Want"

    This has got to be the worst book I've ever read. The writing is juvenile at best, the plot is convoluted and contrived, and the characterization is so shallow it's laughable. The main character of the story spends the entire book a helpless, clueless figure that you just end up hating. Come on lady, get a freaking clue! Whole narrations could have been skipped if she had had at least some sort of intelligence. Instead, the writer acts like every plot revelation wasn't already predicted for several chapters, and takes hours to tell us something we already figured out and the main character should have as well.

    Setting aside the barrage of various supernatural aspects to this story the reader has to contend with and the use of historical figures as prominent characters, the writer's understanding of dramatic timing is absent. You don't interrupt a dramatic fight scene to go into narration about the nuances of various supernatural entities. If you must, then you've failed as a storyteller. Couple all this with horrible dialogue and I was begging that the story just end, though I listened to the entire thing just to give the author the benefit of the doubt. Seriously, do not buy this book.

    As far as the narration, I have a suggestion. Not every line of a book needs to be read with sultry intonations or biting sarcasm. Just read the book. Stop trying to make everything sound so much more important than we've already gathered is not. I will probably avoid any book narrated by her in the future.

    Again, don't bother with this book. I didn't enjoy a single minute of it, and I hope to help someone else avoid wasting their money.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Mary las Vegas, NV, USA 09-28-08
    Mary las Vegas, NV, USA 09-28-08
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    "My Ears are Burning"

    This book is great if you like horror, fantasy, thrillers, history, and erotica all rolled into one. I think the only genre this book wouldn't fit in is mythology. The narrator is perfect, her male characters sound a little wimpy/girly but the main character sounds just as I imagined. If your one to blush I do not recommend listening to this book in public. Worth a credit anyway, hope audible gets the rest of the series soon.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 08-02-11
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 08-02-11

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Touch the Dark"

    This book took too long to get to a plot. It is tedious and slow. The narrator is horrible, has the same voice for all the characters, or at least it was difficult for me to distinguish when a different character was speaking. I got two of the books much to my dismay, I couldn't get half way thru the second book, I just gave up. I still don't get the idea of the pythia...(sp.) and I don't know if her father is alive or dead, and the vamp. she was running from in the book, sorta fades from the story completely. I am/was totally confused and had to listen to chapters again, it was a painful read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    soulek Portland, OR, United States 02-10-11
    soulek Portland, OR, United States 02-10-11
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    "Don't waste your credits"

    The premise sounds interesting, and I may still track it down in book form; but the narrator annoyed me so much that I elected to complete my work-out in silence rather than keep listening to her. Very happy that I didn't pay full price for this title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Edison, NJ, USA 10-13-08
    Lynn Edison, NJ, USA 10-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Story, Narration So-So"

    I happen to have already read all the books in this trilogy, so I can now better understand how everything ultimately ties together. I had forgotten parts of the story so it was good to listen to it. If you like urban fantasy books with strong female characters, sexy supernatural beings, and plots that involve time travel, supernatural Councils, ghosts, war mages, internecine wars, and a vampire Mafia, then you'll enjoy this book.

    I thought that the narration was rather choppy in that it seemed like the first read-through by the narrator was the one recorded; the words sounded somewhat stilted. I'm still wondering why she gave the Irish riverboat gambler ghost a Southern accent.

    The other two books in the series are already out in audiobook format, and I hope that Audible adds them soon.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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