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 loved this book. I loved the story and Carrington MacDuffie is a wonderful narrator. It's the second book in a series but can be considered a stan..Show More »d alone book. There is a reference to the previous story but it's explained enough that it's not confusing. It was fun to listen to because I love the Irish brogue.
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.
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.
The book is a typical Dark-Hunter, so while it's not high literature, its entertaining and fulfils everything you'd expect from the author. You also f..Show More »ind out more background info about the enigmatic Acheron, which was quite to my taste!
Where I seem to disagree with most other reviewers is in the narrator: This more or less ruined the audio book for me. With Kenyon's writing being rather blatant by itself, the exaggerating and over-emphasizing style of the narrator definitely crosses the line to the ridiculous. I found myself halfway between laughing and embarassment....
I find that a female narrator suits this type of book much better and rather liked the one doing "The Dark Side of the Moon".
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 book is several years overdue past its original deadline. I am pleased it when it finally arrived and it was not a disappointment. The audible ..Show More »book reader was *outstanding*. Fantastic. I was so pleased I also read the hard cover in addition to this audiobook. It is one of the few I have listened to multiple times. I can say that this is not an author whose work I display on my library shelves. Nor do I read her books over and over. But Acheron was excellent and I have listened to it repeatedly.
Some parts are rather sad and sometimes I skip those but the book, overall I have been terribly pleased with it. I think the audible reader's vocal talents are to be highlighted.
With the added flavor of the vocal talents of the actor, it took it over the top. Most of the feedback and reviews that were critical of the amount of pages devoted to the miserable beginning of Acherons life. That criticism was pretty scathing. Too little page percentage weighted for happier in balance with his overall lifetime. While it was an a sad life, and I would have liked it to have been a bit happier, I think people need to ease up. I am just glad the story has finally been told. This author has been dribbling out tidbits about this character for over a decade and now the meat and potatoes arrived.
In fact, I'd like to see another book on Acheron. I loved it.
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...
It breaks my heart to award such low ratings- so let me be absolutely clear. The book and my opinion of Ms. Kenyons work is a solid gold Nadia Comănec..Show More »i perfect 10! The narration by William Dufris, however, is so horrendous I would put him in Audiobook jail if it were possible. The Narration is utterly useless in that it failed to achieve the most important task in a narrators job description- SKILLFULLY PORTRAY THE STORY! This guy was so bad it almost sounded like he was just goofing off and trying on different absurd voices while narrating in a nasal singsong that made me want to claw my eyes out. This was conceivably the most distracting, clunky and wholly frustrating performance I have ever heard. Ultimately, I bought and read the e-book fearing I missed a great deal of the story which as it turns out...I DID! This was truly annoying for any fan of Kenyon's work or anyone who paid for a story they will never glean full benefit of by virtue of bad acting and a total lack of any production oversight or to reign him in.
Love the story. Love the book. But sadly I advise fans to seek out the "Library Edition" of this title as the Library Editions are often narrated by different people.
I really liked the book. Narration was good...story line...good. I only wish that Fang and Amy's story would have been more "connected" rather than ..Show More »their story be more of their individual stories. Otherwise...I recommend!
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!
Although this was the second time I've listened to this brilliant Dream Hunter book (first time was over a year ago!) it is the first time I've review..Show More » it, and I was still captivated from start to finish.
Well, what do we want from our paranormal/romance books - an imaginative and interesting plot, preferably written by a gifted author, with great paranormal characters and creatures, a hunky leading male who has a good romantic chemistry with his love interest (hopefully it includes some 'hot n heavy chapters) all brought to life by the voice of a brilliant narrator. Well this ticks those boxes............. and more.
Worth a credit? Apart from the above criteria, it was also very very touching, traumatic and tense and I have found all of SK's books to be credit worthy - so it's a definite YES from me.
My most humble apologies to Ms. Christine L. Marshall but she was not the appropriate narrator for this book! I am so disappointed because I loved lo..Show More »ved loved the book; it made me laugh out loud and is just a thoroughly warm, fun and imaginative story. If I could separate ratings out for story and narration it would have been 5 stars for the story and >1 for Ms. Marshall's interpretation as she changed the whole feel of the story for me and it wasn't for the good. Spend your $$$ on the book or go to the library, don't buy the audio version.