As reigning Vampire Prince, Damien has tasted every pleasure the world has to offer - consorting with kings and queens and delighting in sensual adventure. Now, tired of such pursuits, he devotes his energies to protecting his people. The war between human necromancers and Nightwalkers has escalated, and when the enemy makes a daring move, kidnapping Syreena, a Lycanthrope Princess, Damien boldly follows. He succeeds in rescuing her, but is unprepared for the erotic longing her lush sensuality awakens in him.
Xe Sands excels with narrating this series. Each character, and there are many, has a unique voice which is the accent from the country of their origin. Can I guarantee accent authenticity? No, but I???d listen to this series just to hear Sands voicing them. Plus she brings the couple, their feelings and the circumstances, to life in a way that is beyond my abilities. And that???s hard to do, I read in Technicolor.
When it comes to audiobooks narration is what is most important to me but if your in need of an overview of the story here's mine.
Damien, Prince of the Vampires, enters the interspecies marrying loop in Jacquelyn Frank???s fourth Nightwalker entry. Damien is my favorite in this series for two reasons. First, it keeps moving, whether by dialogue or action and without the verboseness that irked me previously. Second, it could slide onto a bookshelf at Goodreads entitled ???avid seduction of a hesitant heroine???. Damien truly is a prince when it comes to his pursuit of Syreena. That he made her pay some dues was excellent ??? I loved him.
Damien is the acknowledged leader of the Vampires, but it???s a role that keeps him looking over his shoulder. Syreena, the Lycanthrope princess, has always longed for a husband and family, but Fate???s choice throws her. Damien readily accepts the bond between them and Syreena is captivated but she wants definitive proof that the bond is possible between their races. That proof may be found in the recently discovered Nightwalker library but working to unite the Nightwalker???s against their expanding enemy comes first.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue---in a stranger's body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there---her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night, she and the other two members of her Triad were star bounty hunters---mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls.
I bought this book because Xe Sands was narrating. It is not my usual style of reading and when I skimmed the paperback I was nervous. But I was not disappointed, the narration brought Evy and Wyatt alive along with everything else, I enjoyed listening very much.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
As a healer, he knows her body. But it's her heart he wants. For a thousand years, Gideon has healed his people. And as the oldest surviving male of his race, his wisdom has always been respected without question. But Gideon knows that even he is vulnerable to the powerful, primitive desires that befall his kind during Hallowed moons---and nine years ago that truth was hammered home when he found himself claiming Magdalena, the Demon King's sister, in a wild embrace.
The narration of this series is what pulls me into the books, the stories may be over the top but listening to Xe Sands bring these characters to life with the perfect accents and character development equals pure listening enjoyment.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....
While I enjoyed this story well enough it is the narration that makes this book pure gold to hear.
It's the voices given - the personalities imbued and the interactions among the cast that make this such a great listen, they're amazing.
The cadence of the narrative takes a little bit to get used to right at first, and has since been perfected in the rest of the series.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Some feelings you just can't fight. He is known as the Warrior Captain - a master of every weapon, a fierce soldier sworn to protect his kind. Powerful, relentless, merciless, Elijah has always won every battle he's ever taken on - until now. Ambushed by necromancers, he is left for dead only to be discovered by the woman who could very well deliver the final blow: Siena, the Lycanthrope Queen.
Once this book finally got going with some dialog instead of all the thinking and telling of the story I enjoyed it. The "voices", the interpretation of the characters personalities and their actions were all spot on.
This series is fabulous as narrated by Sands - Audio is the ONLY way to go with these books.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.
I was so pleased to see Angels Blood come out as an audio book at Audible.com! Then even more than pleased to have the book narrated so well.
I admit I was nervous that the narrator wouldn't do the book justice as Angels Blood is an all time favorite read for me. But Justine Eyre does a fabulous job! Her interpretation of each character's personality and tone was perfect to my ears.
The narration started out at a faster pace than what I'm used to but I quickly became accustomed to it, then I was totally lost in the story and loved every minute of it.
I've read Angels Blood twice and now listened to it as an audio book, and I still want to do it all over again! I pick up something new about the "world" Nalini Singh has built, or one of the characters each time. Now I can't wait for the audio of Archangels Kiss coming out at the end of next month, June 2010.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
She's known him since she was 15. Every night, he is with her: his face, his voice. Tonight, Sara Marten will meet the man who is both angel and demon, salvation and temptation: Falcon - the Carpathian, the banished hero. Tonight, Sara will meet the dark-eyed destroyer destined to be her mate.
Audio books are all about narration for me, I've already read the book and know I like the story before I buy on audio. Eric Michael Summerer does a fabulous job narrating this book, he's just perfect all the way around. What I wouldn't give to have him narrating this whole series!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.
I already knew that I liked this book, as I had read it when it was released. So this is all about the narration for me. And it was absolutely excellent! With this narration, Natalie Ross has made it to second place, right behind Anna Fields, as a female narrator that can give the hero a hot "voice! Listening to Marc Chastain in this audio book will have you bringing out a fan!
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
What has she done? With a new identity, a staged death, and a chance to flee the treachery that stalks her, Rachael has escaped from a faceless assassin. Now, thousands of miles from home, under the lush canopy of the rain forest, she's found sanctuary.
It's always so sad when the narrator makes a good book so painful to listen to. I'm with the other two reviewers here, Raudman makes Rio sound so hateful and angry that it makes listening to this book very difficult. She does Rachel well but that's about it, the tribesman sound like children and the basic narration is harsh in tone. Such a disappointment for a book I was so looking forward to. As we all know, it's amazing the difference the narrator makes to a book, take Feehan's Ghostwalker series, Tom Stechschutle takes those books from good to fabulous! I so wish he had narrated this one!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
In a dark jungle, a beautiful activist liberates animals from a secret laboratory - and stumbles across an unexpected prisoner. She releases the Carpathian from his bonds - only to unleash his voracious appetite on herself.
I wanted to like this because the novella is good but the slow motion, boring narration ruined it for me. If you want to hear a good narration of a Feehan novella try Dark Descent with Natalie Gold narrating.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful