I really loved the story. There are some parts that suspend credibility, but then, well, it is about a Greek demigod love slave and an ancient curse, ..Show More »so credibility isn't what it's all about. It's about fantasy, pure and simple and right there in the title, and in that scope, it certainly delivers. The narrator was not good at delivering this particular story, granted, but I've learned after a few hundred audio books to pick through the bad narration to the story and just go with it. The story was absolutely brilliant. I've bought the next two in the series based on my impressions of this one, and have every confidence I will love them too.
First, the name under reviewer is actually my husband's name. I just wanted to make it clear that a woman is writing this review. Second, I NEVER wr..Show More »ite reviews for books but, this one I couldn't let pass. I am very thankful that I read/listened to Fantasy Lover before Night Pleasures. After reading the other reviews for this book, I decided to give it a shot anyway...some people are just natuarally negative. I should have saved my credits! My eyes rolled so much, I thought I may be permantly deformed. This is quite possibly the worst narration I've ever heard (and I've listened to 100's of books). I found myself saying "blah, blah, blah" outloud, multiple times. Which, in itself, is quite frankly insane. That just goes to show you how ridiculous the narration is. Unfortunately, it's not only the narration that bothered me. The "instant connection" between the 2 main characters is so forced, contradictory and unrealistic, I could hardly stomach it. After reading 3 chapters, I was unbelievably bored. So, I jumped forward in the series to read Acheron...I am very happy I did! Now I'm finishing this novel...but ONLY to get the backstory for subsequent novels. Not Kenyon's best work but a necessary "evil" for continuing on in the series. Holton Graham is brilliant in narrating her more recent novels in the Dark-Hunter Series. A bit nasal at times but, incredibly entertaining. Save your credits and use them for Acheron, Bad Moon Rising and Devil May Cry. I'm curious to see how Maggie-Meg Reed does with Dark Side of the Moon...
Although I'm an urban fantasy aficionado, I guess I had been avoiding this type of PNR erotic fiction. Since a friend told me my book recommendations..Show More » weren't sexy enough I thought I would dip my toe into the genre starting with Sherrilyn Kenyon since I've seen her books for years and always wondered about them. Night Embrace turned out to be a great choice. I got my UF fix, an interesting story, great setting, really likeable characters, AND hot smut that was NOT cheesy; not only that, but actually really well done. Who'd of thought?! I think that's why I've always avoided hot and steamy books, especially in audio: most are done soooo badly I just can't take it .... I know you all know what I mean... But SK really knows what she is doing, so much so that I may be a convert. In fact I've already moved on to additional books in the series, but so far NE remains my favorite. Having said that, I was not a fan of the narrator. I actually skipped the first book because her southern accent was far too grating, even from the short sample snippet (say that 3x fast). She is somewhat tolerable in this one, however, and I don't feel I missed too much.
In short, if you're looking for a hot yet sensitive alpha male, a quirky, perky, plus-sized heroine, great chemistry, and lots of steamy sexytimes, all within a unique paranormal universe and a gothic New Orleans mystique, this is a good place to begin.
At long last, Zarek's story is on audible! This is my favorite book in the Dark Hunter series--followed closely by Acheron. The plot drew me in imme..Show More »diately and even though I've read this book several times, Fred Berman's narration added depth and emotion. I must admit to feeling an innitial stab of disappointment when I discovered that Holter Graham wasn't reading Zarek's story, However within minutes, Fred Berman made me forget all my objections. Not only does he give Zarek a rather sexy accent, but his emotional and intense naration brought the characters to life.
Zarek is the quintessential dark and tortured hero and Astrid's strength and courage are the perfect complement. Zarek's story touched my romantic's heart.
This story doubles back on the timeline and even recalls word for word the phone call between Wolf and Talon while he debated whether to finish off hi..Show More »s coffee or the prey hhe is supposed to be hunting--Fabbio alert! It continues past the news of Zarek's fate and then carries us forward to give Wolf's story the proper finish.
The story puts a few head-twists on how we view Damons and gives us our first non-human female love interest--an Apollite. We also get a hysterically funny view of Wolf's interactions with his nephew/Squire that make it worth the listen for those moments alone.
As usual, there is a tremendous amount of humor that often makes me laugh out loud as well as poignancy that brings tears to the eyes. We also get a satisfying reunion of Julian, Kirian, and Talon for a romping good fight plus more enigmatic Ash and his studly super powers.
I can hardly wait to get back to New Orleans for the next story and the tears and laughter I know it will produce.
I absolutely LOVE this series and this book puts SO SO many things in order. You get bit and pieces through Ash's book but unless you have read this ..Show More »one you don't "get it all". Thank you for getting this book!! If you have all the other you MUST get this one too.
I love all of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books, this one is not my favorite, but it is good all the same. I have a harder time with woman as dark hunters, th..Show More »at is just my own hang up though. Fav's are Dance with the Devil and Devil may Cry.
Fred Berman's last performance (that I am aware of) in this series and he delivers. We listen as Wren goes from rags to riches in more than one way.We..Show More » also get a glimpse of the ruling couniicl for the Katagaria/Arcadians and wait till you find out who their mediator is! Another great addition to the series!
I realize this is an abridged title, but after having read the hardcover prior to listening to this selection, I can honestly say that there is a huge..Show More » difference between "abridged" and "butchered." Too much of the story line was left on the cutting room floor! So many aspects of the story are simply not there. A shame to do this to such a popular author as Sherrilyn Kenyon. If I find any more of her work in audible format, I hope they will be unabridged!
This is the first of the Dream Hunter series but many in the Dark Hunter series although I think the time line of this story begins before the first D..Show More »ark Hunter book, but it is not clear. Very good I enjoy Fred Berman and I actually enjoyed listening to this better than reading it.
This was my first Sherrilyn Kenyon novel. I loved the story and Holter Graham is one of the best narrators out there! It's a shame the entire series i..Show More »s not available. Previous narrators have been so SOOOOO awful they literally drive the listener to distraction. With any luck, Harper Collins will record the missing novels from the Dark Hunter series. If so, I REALLY hope they use Holter Graham or Fred Berman as narrators. They're fantastic!
Another great Dream Hunter book - yes, it's too short but it's ohhh sooo sweet.
Set at Christmas time - a disillusioned famous but reclusive ..Show More »sexy actor, a log cabin, a beautiful Dream hunter saviour and a villain are all in this short story of love can conquer all.......... and second chances.
Worth a credit? Yes, but it's cheap enough to just buy and save your credit for a longer book.
Being that I am avid audiobook listener and a love of great stories that pulls you in right away. Let me start with this book in just one in a large b..Show More »ook series that Sherrilyn Kenyon has written that I have fallen in love with and I know that many others will too. She has the ability to pull you in by the way the characters are introduced. With sexy appeal and the swagger rolls out of the voice of Fred Berman and you are able to picture them in your minds eyes. The struggles to not love and want to protect his reluctant cuffed partner Simone Dubois, Xypher not only falls in love with her, but would learn to trust her and teach him how to live.
I love Kenyon's work. Always have and always will. In the past I have been more than a little disappointed by the clumsy, almost criminally bad narrat..Show More »ion used for some of her earlier titles. Now in walks Holter Graham and my long standing fancy for the dark, brooding and sexy Ash (Acheron) becomes a full blown crush! I absolutely adore this narrator and really loved the story. NEWBIES BEWARE- there are very strong tones of violence and sadistic childhood abuse in this and some other Kenyon titles. In Acheron's case it's fair to call this extreme and totally heart wrenching. There is also a healthy does of explicit sex. That said, all of the aforementioned ADULT content serves the plot impeccably and builds solid gold characters the reader can easily invest in. I literally wanted to throw my arms around some of these characters. Others I could get medieval on to stop their sadistic tendencies.
All in all- I loved the story and from now on will have a special place in my heart for a certain Nickleback song (wink wink).
I am so disappointed in this narration. I have loved the Dark Hunter Series and I am sad to say I will not be listening to the rest of this book.
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It's hard to believe that this narrator couldn't even be bothered to listen to the previous recordings from the series. If he had he would have realized that many of the characters carry over from book to book and that changing the pronunciation would completely turn the listener off (SOOtarEEa as opposed to SAhTARia - the first one sounds like a disease, while to the other a beautiful Greek name)
Anyways I wish I had read more reviews before I paid for this recording.
I give it a 3 because I like the book and the series, but seriously the guy reading drove me bonkers. I was happy to see a new book, but the reader..Show More »8217;s vocal flow and tone were distracting and overly nasal. I felt like someone was trying to preach to me instead of read me a paranormal romance book. IMO better to just read the book than bother with the audio book.
Not the best but better than some of the DH series stories. I have to admit that I wasn't really pulled in with the marketing hype about Fang's story..Show More » - honestly i didn't think his character was all that interesting before but this story was pretty good.
If you've read through other reviews, you know this story is the Fang/Amy "backstory" during the stories of Talon, Vane and Wren. I thought that was actually very creative and an interesting approach. The only "timeline" issue I struggled with was the end. It seemed to cross over past Acheron's story but didn't connect with some of the goings-on between Tabitha's story to Ash's story. For me, the ending events just hung out there with no timeline connection, like it was a dangling piece that didn't fit into the fabric of the DH series. (True, she has many inconsistencies in her stories - but this one was hard to overlook)
If I were to rank this were-hunter story, it's behind Wren's story but definitely better than Vane's and pet-dander Raven (bleck!).
The real reason I got this is because Holter Graham is the narrator - he has the sexiest voice ever and does an excellent job bringing Sherrilyn Kenyon's unique humor to life. That was the tipping point for me to get this addition and I'm glad I did. I recommend it if you are a DH fan.
Terrific story...bravo Sherrilyn Kenyon..Holter Graham does what he always does..we forget it is one person narrating the story. Hated to have it end..Show More ». Looking forward to the next one. Keeps me on the treadmill so much longer.
Don't get me wrong -- I loved the book, and really enjoy the Dark Hunter series. However, I felt a little let down when the end came, having expected..Show More » more from the build up of the story. The story of Buffalo, Butterfly, Coyote and Wren was intriguing -- however, I felt in the end as if it was unresolved in the bigger story of the book, with only the disclaimer that more would be expected in time to come.
Also, the main theme of the Dark Hunter books was almost skipped over here, with various forays into the realm, and yet kind of like swiss cheese. I wish Ms. Kenyon had written a longer book, where everything was more part of the whole, and not so many scenes strung together.
Hopefully, she plans to pull this together in a further story down the road, but I have my doubts. And, I will say, the bonus at the end of the book was great!
With the completion of this book, I have now read every one of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter/Dream Hunter/Were Hunter/Hellchaser books. These might l..Show More »ook like four different series, but they are all part and parcel of one big series, and should be read in order for the full benefit. I would suggest that anyone who loves the paranormal romance genre to do so. They are, collectively, an absolutely fantastic ride through the Dark Hunter world. Her imagination and world building is really unparalleled in her genre. I can't find the words to do the series justice.
However, some books taken alone within the series have been "misses" for me. Still enjoyable, but missing some indefinable spark. In each book, there are two main characters who conquer various obstacles to find true love, fairly typical of any type of romantic fiction. A good book along these lines allows the reader to "feel" the relationship between the two main characters. In some of her books she does this very well. In others, not so much. It's usually her shorter books that leave me wanting a better connection for the lovers in the book, and I was a bit worried when I saw that this was a fairly short book. Thankfully though, I really felt and enjoyed the relationship between Lydia and Seth.
The reader, Fred Berman, did an excellent job. His inflections added to the drama and tension, and he did a fine job with Lydia's voice. It's often hard for a man to do female voices, but he does it well, without making it sound too high pitched or over the top.
Another satisfying Dark Hunter/ Demon Chaser book.
I felt like this book was the return to SK regular books. Sherrilyn Kenyon is the queen of tortured hero's and this book is no exception. Luckily it..Show More » was one where the hero wasn't so tortured that it was too painful to listen to. I'm always a sucker for a sassy heroine and Jo was great. Of course it was practically love at first sight which is a little unbelievable, but the story of how they escaped together for their happily ever after was the true story. I had quite of few chuckles over the freaky Friday moments. I also loved the return of old characters from books past. I don't recommend reading this book or any in the series without reading them in order. Narrator rocks of course, gotta love Holter Graham.
I would definitely listen to parts of this book again. As usual, Sherrilyn Kenyon has woven threads of an overarching, and very complex, storyline in..Show More » among the details of Styxx's life. I have a feeling I'm going to need to re-read just to get the details straightened around in preparation for the next book--which was foreshaddowed at the end of this one.
However, I won't deny that the first half of this story really seemed to drag. Of course, Kenyon had to go back and retell the entire story of Acheron's human life from Styxx's POV in order to explain everything we saw in that book, and redeem Styxx's character. She does a fantastic job of providing plausible explanations for evrything that goes on--it just takes a really long time, and while I appreciate her attention to detail I did find myself getting rather bored. The second half of the story picks up the pace quite a bit, and if youc an stick it out to the end you'll really appreciate the careful and intricate crafting of the book as a whole.