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...
I managed to finish the first book and I don't know if I will be able to finish the second book because of the narrotor. I just can't stand the voice..Show More » of Sunshine. It killed the whole story. If this narrator continued with the series, I would not considering to give a try to the next book.
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.
This was my first book by the author. I am glad I was taken in by all of the hype. Even though the beginning of the book is tough to get through bec..Show More »ause of the hardship Ash goes through, it allows the reader to sympathize with Ash and love him more. Great narration!
Well, i personally love this book, its the perfect sequel to follow Ash's story.... Stryker is awesome...the only thing that bothered me was the reade..Show More »r. Holter Graham read the greek words and pronounced the perfectly, and this guy is the worst at the pronouncing the words...i was a bit disappointed in that...but all in all the story itself is very good...
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’s..Show More » 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.