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  • Stygian

  • A Dark-Hunter Novel
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

Born before man recorded time, I lived for thousands of years believing myself to be something I’m not. Someone I’m not. Lied to and betrayed by gods, Daimons, and Dark-Hunters, I’ve struggled to find my way. Trained as a slayer and predator, I learned to fit in and stay low. Until I was sent to kill the one woman I couldn’t. My hesitation cost her her life. Or so I thought. I’ve learned that this world is an illusion and that my Phoebe still lives. Now I will have to travel into the very pits of Hades to try and save her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh... my.... gawdz no! LOL!!

  • By Aladda Phisayavong on 09-02-18

Mixed Feelings — Contains Spoilers

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Positives:
- Learned more about Urian’s past.
- Gave more insight into the mindset of the Daimons, and how many don’t feel evil for doing what it takes to survive.
- Liked his relationship with Sarraxyn, and throughout the book, hoped they would find each other again.
- Liked Davyn, whose character was explored in greater depth.
- Enjoyed more interaction involving Styxx and Bethany.

Negatives:
- Not enough interaction between Urian and his parents. He’s been separated from them for thousands of years. A few more pages devoted to that wouldn’t hurt, especially since ...
- As others have noted, there was way too much copy and paste from other recent books. I read somewhere that the author had been criticized at one point by people saying stories didn’t mesh together when she left pieces out, but I think the pendulum has swung too much in the opposite direction. It’s a big waste of the book’s real estate that could have been better used propelling his story or the arc forward. It would have been nice to learn more answers to the numerous dangling threads.
- I think Holter Graham is a very talented narrator, but using him for so many books in the same universe creates issues for me. His voice for Urian is the same as the voice used for Nick in CON. Also, many of the women’s voices in this book were inappropriately portrayed as shrill. That’s appropriate for his first wife, but not for Apollymi. Righteous godly anger should be portrayed as powerful, not whiny.
- On a related note, I never want to hear the phrase “unspeakably precious” ever again. SK overuses it in CON, and it showed up here, too.

Unlike some, I don’t consider Urian fickle to have had multiple loves over the course of 11,000 years. He did attempt to acquit himself honorably in his relationships. I think the use of hyperbole during sex makes him appear more disingenuous (e.g., saying he had *never* felt this way before when he’s with Phoebe, when he had obviously felt that much and more with Xyn).

It also doesn’t help that the timeline of the book took a pretty abrupt shift from ancient past to modern time. This makes it feel as if he’s falling in love with Phoebe right after losing Xyn.

Anyway, I am glad I listened to this, but hope the next books in the series have more original material. However, having read The Chronicles of Nick, I am afraid we won’t have answers to many of the outstanding questions until Nick/Ambrose has his Dark-Hunter book.

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  • Leverage in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 47
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,176

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter - but what was the motive of the masked men? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 09-23-18

Best of Recent In Death Stories

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I always enjoy stories in this series, but I feel this one was a cut above recent entries. The interplay of the characters seemed more true to the established traits, quirks, and backstories. Of course, Susan Erickson did a bang up job embodying all the characters.

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  • Dreaming of the Bones

  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A subtle british procedural

  • By Rollin on 08-13-11

Great story, ponderous narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I really enjoyed the storyline, and found the connection between past and present well executed. However, the narrator dragged the pacing down. I liked the narrator of the first books in the series, Michael Deehy, very much, but was prepared to give Jenny Sterlin a shot. (I enjoy both male and female narrators.) She just drew everything out, lingering on each phrase way too long. I felt that she could have been a very good narrator if only she had picked up the pace.

This is borne out by the stats. The previous book, Mourn Not Your Dead is listed at 340 pages in print, and as narrated by Michael Deehy, 9 hours and 3 minutes. This book, at 387 pages took 14 hours and 18 minutes: over 5 more hours for only 47 more pages.

  • One for the Money

  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Vampires Cat Crawford and her husband Bones's romantic vacation is interrupted when they're enlisted to guard a spoiled heiress with both human and undead hitmen on her tail. Things quickly go from bad to worse when details of their assignment make their way through the supernatural grapevine, and what started as a simple bodyguard job ends up being a fight for survival that neither Cat nor Bones saw coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong narrator

  • By Jean on 05-11-16

Accent issue distracting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-17

The story was cute. I thought the narrator was good in general, but had a problem with her voice for Bones, as she did an Aussie accent and not an English accent. I found it distracting.

  • Morgue Drawer: Clink or Cooler?

  • By: Jutta Profijt, Erik J. Macki (translator)
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Amateur sleuth and restless spirit Pascha gets the chance of a post-lifetime when a reporter turns up dead. Detective Gregor Kreidler - a friend of Pascha's crime-fighting partner, coroner Martin Gänsewein - tops the list of suspects for the murder of Susanne Hauschild, who also happens to be Gregor's ex-wife. Martin already has his hands full with his girlfriend - who's ready to give birth any day - and he's too distracted to comb the streets, so Pascha decides to play ghost cop with gusto.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By Vera on 07-19-16

Good narrator, but miss MacLeod Andrews

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

This was a solid entry in the series. I have nothing against Mr. Haberkorn's narration, but I dislike that they switched after his style was established in the first four books. I hope they bring him back for any additional books.

  • Healed by the Dragon

  • Stonefire Dragons, Book 4
  • By: Jessie Donovan
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Arabella MacLeod was tortured by dragon hunters a decade ago. Ever since, her clan coddled and tip-toed around her, most especially her older brother. Desperate for a chance at freedom, she volunteers to foster with the Scottish dragon-shifter clan. She's determined to stay clear of the charming Scottish leader, but not only does he keep crossing her path, her dragon is drawn to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot do a Scottish accent, sounds Swedish. I wa

  • By Shandra Shaw on 10-10-18

Solid Entry in the Series

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

I enjoyed hearing how Arabella grew stronger and found love with Fin after her earlier tragedy. As for the narration, I found her voice a bit too prim, but I really love the narrator's inner dragon voices, which are so id-driven.

  • Extreme Measures

  • By: Elisabeth Naughton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

Being prepared for any scenario is the trademark of any good CIA operative, and Eve Wolfe is one of the best. But when her latest mission literally explodes in her face, she wakes up labeled a traitor and - even more surprising - in the custody of elite Aegis Security operative and ex-lover Zane Archer. Although she still secretly has feelings for Zane, he’s now demanding the one thing that she can’t give him: The truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nowhere near as good as book 2

  • By Laurie Carroll on 04-21-15

Solid Narration; Decent Story with Characterization Issues

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-16

I am a fan of Elisabeth Naughton's Eternal Guardians series, and decided to try this series through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Unlike some reviewers, I liked Hillary Huber's narration. (No, we're not related, as one negative reviewer accused of positive reviewers.) I thought she gave a solid performance, and had no trouble distinguishing characters. Only a couple characters were played with southern accents, and the text clearly stated their southern origins.

I saw potential in this story, and plan to read the next in the series, but did get annoyed with the female protagonist. Without giving too much away (I hope), she ran away to save the H from her alleged flaws a couple too many times. She's supposed to be smart. The last time felt too much like it was just a set-up for playing out the finale a certain way vs. what the character ought to have done given her training.