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  • Darkness Unbound: Lady in Black

  • By: Glenn Porzig
  • Narrated by: Brinke Stevens
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

A detective investigating ritualistic murders, a nun whose faith will be challenged, a supernatural killer with an unholy agenda...their souls forever tied together by a dark secret. The first book in the Darkness Unbound series that has been called an "intense thrill ride" and an "entertaining mix of mystery, pulp and the occult." Now a thrilling audiobook featuring Scream Queen Brinke Stevens! Don't miss the other books in the series. Darkness Unbound: Terror of Night (Volume 2) and Darkness Unbound: Shadow of Death (Volume 3)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Porzig and Brinke Stevens Give the Devil His Due!

  • By Rodney C Whitenack on 03-09-16

Brinke brings Glenn's Character to Life and How!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Where does Darkness Unbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this audio title is right up there and I was totally knocked out by how much life, Brinke Stevens brings to the various roles. The voices were wonderful and the range was totally believable and reminds me of the fact that Brinke actually speaks about six languages, on top of a vast array of film roles, and neither prepared me for the range she brings to characters as varied as the amazing Sister Marion to all of the male characters as well. "Mary, Mary quite contrary..." Ah, but she is not taking the devil's work laying down!!! From vagrant to whom next....

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was terrific both because it is a good murder yarn, but because of the presentation of the reader. Brinke makes you feel for Mary Carver... the helpless child or the Lizzie Borden of her time? There is no doubt that Brinke's long history, not only playing in the horror genre, but also has also been a writer and movie maker herself, so she knows how to connect with her listeners in this genre. One of the best ways to keep a listener tuned in, is to have someone who makes you feel you are part of the story and this is where Brinke excels because she is in your head telling the story, but always keeps you involved in the action. The biggest mood killer in the thriller genre is someone who doesn't grab you at the start and keep you involved all the way to the denouement. Brinke could sell ice cubes to the Eskimos simply because she wants you to keep listening to the very end. No one gives good voice like Brinke does...

Have you listened to any of Brinke Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I had only seen Brinke on screen before, the last one was a film with her young protege, Tiffany Shepis and it feels so different to listen to her, rather than watch her on screen, where she is something of a horror sex siren. This story gave me the chance to listen rather than look at Brinke, and I was surprised by how much range she can give to Glenn Porzig's characters. As my mother has been legally blind for over a decade, I often check out various thrillers, murder mysteries for her, because she loves this genre too. So I will also be recommending to her to add Brinke's stories to her many other favourites like Michael Connelly, Lee Childs, David Baldacci and many many others.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When a lady arrives dressed in black, the bodies will still leave in deathly white.

Any additional comments?

No doubt, I will be checking out more of Brinke's books in the future. I like to have a book in my hand and the words clinging to their white pages, but taking a journey with Brinke (and all good readers) makes the journey something different from time to time. Years ago, the longest book I had ever heard was read by a monotone reader in an 'orrible Aussie accent and I don't know how my mother ever finished a book that sounded like it had been written on a band-saw and read by a man who had ingested the same-said band-saw!!! When you read a book, you are reading a book that can be good or bad... when you listen to a book, not even the best book in the world can be enjoyed by the listener, if the reader speaks like a migraine blessed with the ability to breathe!!! A good reader can make or break any story, and Glenn Porzig is blessed to have Brinke breathing life into his dark demonic yarns...