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  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,895
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,908

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Great story for the Halloween season

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

WOW! Just WOW! A fabulous, fast paced, and chilling short story by an amazing storyteller. This is truly a great way to enter the month of October! Kudos to Scott Brick for his excellent narration!

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Betrayal

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 9
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

As a ruthless sentinel sworn to protect the ancient Vampyr king and the house of Jadon, he has "HOJ" literally inscribed on his heart: a heart that was tragically broken centuries earlier, when human hunters slayed his mother and Dark Ones murdered his father. Having survived the unthinkable, he never dreamed he would come this close to another human predator, let alone a female pretending to be his destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

  • By Amy on 07-10-17

Captures the essence of soul mates!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Betrayal to be better than the print version?

I love print versions and this print version is spectacular. I think audio versions are wonderful when the narrator is equally wonderful. Eric Dove does an amazing job of reading this story and bringing the characters to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Betrayal?

There were two memorable moments and strangely they are the two darkest moments in the book. Dark, but I think necessary. The scene in which Saxson saves his destiny and the scene in which Ciopori exacts revenge on someone who dared to harm her child. Both scenes remind the reader and fans of this series that while the House of Jadon is just and kind, they are also vampires - territorial creatures who will stop at nothing to protect their loved ones. Again, Tessa Dawn shows just how human these immortal beings can be.

Any additional comments?

While at its core, this series may be about the "happily ever after", Tessa Dawn's writing skills provide so much tension and intrigue that at times you almost hope you never reach the end. Her characters are rich and complex and despite their otherworldly nature and abilities they remain relatable to readers. In Blood Betrayal we are introduced to new characters, new threats, and reacquaint ourselves with old friends. Tessa Dawn demonstrates the power and passion of family and the unbreakable bond that is the House of Jadon. Saxson Olaru is a character to be reckoned with as he shows his capacity for love and the ferocity that comes when his loved ones are placed in peril. The Blood Curse Series continues to be among the best vampire series around and I am already looking forward to the next installment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Zanaikeyros - Son of Dragons

  • Pantheon of Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

Zanaikeyros Saphyrius, better known as Zane, is an original dragyri, a badass male, and a Genesis Son - one of the original embryos made by the dragon lords. Like all the Dragyr he has 10 days from the time he meets his fated - a human female - to take her to the Temple of Seven and present her to the ancient dragon lords to be consecrated...remade...and reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great beginning to a new series!

  • By Julie on 12-29-16

Wonderfully crafted take on the dragon legend

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

What made the experience of listening to Zanaikeyros - Son of Dragons the most enjoyable?

Eric Dove does an excellent job of narrating an intricate and exciting adventure. The characters are fun, complex, and easy to relate to on a very basic human level.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zanaikeyros - Son of Dragons?

I found the scene of the dragon sons meeting with their fathers to be most memorable. It was thick with reverence and fear.

Which scene was your favorite?

Zane and the dragon warriors rescuing Jordan was by far my favorite. The strength, cunning, and primal ferocity with which they fought was intense. The juxtaposition of that with dissonance Zane experienced added an interesting layer of complexity.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be very easy to. The story flows well and the narration is excellent.

Any additional comments?

This book was an intense introduction to an amazing new journey by Tessa Dawn. Tessa has a true gift for creating characters that readers can empathize with, and characters that come to life in such a way that you verbally root for them, or in other cases...curse them. The story of Zane and Jordan is not your typical "star crossed love". As with her other novels, Tessa shows an intense character arc for them both as they discover who they truly are, individually, and eventually, together. If you're looking for a thrilling novel with love, action, and suspense...you've come to the right place. Welcome to the Pantheon of Dragons!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Ecstasy

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 8
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Julien Lacusta is a troubled soul, born into tragic circumstances, and raised in a violent time. Despite being a Master Warrior in the house of Jadon, and one of the most elite trackers the Vampyr have ever seen, he is damaged to the core: tormented by endless shadows, haunted by unseen ghosts. And he knows - by all the celestial gods he knows - that if he ever releases those demons, the beasts that lurk within, there will be hell, fire, and brimstone to pay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

  • By bookworm2121 on 06-22-16

Fabulous read! Great BCS addtion!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Where does Blood Ecstasy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All of the stories in the BCS are amazing tales. When read by Eric Dove, they truly come to life in a spectacular way.

What other book might you compare Blood Ecstasy to and why?

Any fan of Dark Fantasy will enjoy this series and this installment. Those that enjoy the Black Dagger Brotherhood series or the Midnight Breed series should check this out!

Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Eric perform each of the BCS novels and each time it's better than the last. Each character comes to life, richer and fuller than before and the listener is completely drawn into Dark Moon Vale.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As always, Tessa Dawn's work keeps me wanting more. Several scenes in the end shed new light on some existing characters and made me feel connected to them in interesting ways. I loved learning more about the thoughts and feelings of Julien and Braden.

Any additional comments?

Blood Ecstasy takes the reader on an intense emotional journey where we see Julien (and others) learn to accept and forgive himself and truly take stock in what is important in life. This series continues to be so much more than just a vampire novel. It continues to explore the complex emotions that we all experience and shows us how to love, understanding, acceptance and loyalty can help you overcome anything.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,711

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mohannad Ahmed on 03-10-18

Incredible story!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

Would you listen to The Fold again? Why?

Yes! The story and characters are compelling and the narration is extraordinary!

What other book might you compare The Fold to and why?

I cannot think of one that compares.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Mike, Reggie and Jamie were my favorites. The chemistry between Mike and Reggie and later, Mike and Jamie was quite interesting. Both relationships seemed to grow through the story but the conversations always seemed natural.

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

Double check your doors before going to bed.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Daywalker - The Beginning

  • A Dark Fantasy Short Story
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Lacy Logan thought she had a normal life. She was healthy, happy, and about to start her own paranormal investigations business...until she met the man in black. In a matter of days, she was fighting for her life, questioning her sanity, and hoping to uncover a secret from her past that would allow her to slay a demon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

  • By bookworm2121 on 02-13-16

Great Introduction to an exciting new character!

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Would you listen to Daywalker - The Beginning again? Why?

I think this story is a wonderful fast paced journey into a new Tessa Dawn world. It's exciting and as with her Blood Curse Series...leaves you wanting more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daywalker - The Beginning?

This short story is written in a 1st person POV which puts us in the head of Lacy Logan throughout. She's fun, spunky, curious and full of life making every moment of her short story exciting.

What does Emily Beresford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emily gives a voice to Lacy that seems to match her personality and follow the character arc well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The only reaction I had was a desire for a longer story...perhaps a new series.

Any additional comments?

There are a few authors out there that I will stop everything for, just to read their work. Their use of the English language to create a world that captures me in the first paragraph is unmatched. Tessa Dawn has done this time and time again with her work...and has not disappointed with Daywalker. Her short story quickly takes us into a world filled with supernatural suspense and terror and as always...she leaves us wanting more. Her original ideas mixed with compelling and complex characters take Dark Fantasy to an entirely new level. I am intrigued by this character and I hope I have a chance to read more of her.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Genesis

  • Blood Curse Series
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Before there was a modern-day town called Dark Moon Vale, there was an ancient kingdom nestled in the Transylvanian Alps. Before there was a primordial species called the Vampyr, there was a celestial race begotten of gods and men. Before light battled shadow, the sacrifice became mandatory, or the first Blood Moon adorned the celestial sky... There was The Curse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For everything, there is a beginning!

  • By Dennis Crosby on 02-06-16

For everything, there is a beginning!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Would you listen to Blood Genesis again? Why?

I would...and I have!

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

Eric has taken great care in giving each character his/her own life. His narration brings the listener into the world and you feel the presence of each character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Only excitement and a desire to hear more about the lives of the prince's before the course. I would love to have more stories about this time period to have an even bigger picture of who these men are.

Any additional comments?

Blood Genesis is a well-crafted short story that allows readers, both loyal fans and new, a glimpse into the origins of the Blood Curse that plagues the lives of the vampires we have grown to love. Through this tale we learn more about the brothers, Jadon and Jaegar, patriarchs of the great vampire houses and the architects of the events that led to the world we know today in Dark Moon Vale. As with all of her work, Tessa’s words allow us to feel the fear, the anger and the love that exists in the world she has created, only this time…those feelings exist in the ancient lands during a time of war and darkness. This prequel is a great starting point for new readers to the Blood Curse series. And trust me, once you’ve finished, you’ll be craving more.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Vengeance

  • Blood Curse Series, Book 7
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

Ramsey Olaru is a bona fide bad-ass: a lethal vampire, a seasoned warrior, and a ruthless mercenary in the king's Sentinel Guard. He's accustomed to taking what he wants, ramrodding his way through obstacles, and silencing anything - or anyone - who gets in his way. So when his Gemini Blood Moon reveals Tiffany Matthews as his long-awaited destiny, he sets out to fulfill the demands of the Curse, claiming her as his own, swiftly and definitively.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Break out the Kleenex

  • By cchamp on 01-21-16

Simply wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

What made the experience of listening to Blood Vengeance the most enjoyable?

The combination of an excellent narrator reading an outstanding story. This series is compelling, the conflict palpable and all of those components make it hard to stop listening.

Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

Each character is special in his/her own way and Tessa Dawn has found a way to masterfully tie them all together. In this story, each character is artfully linked to the next making it difficult to choose one over another.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Mostly anxiety as I could not wait to get to the next scene.

Any additional comments?

All of those old sayings about books serving as the conduit to lands where anything is possible are spot on accurate. A good book can take away your pain, your worries and transport you to a magical place filled with wonder, adventure, love and constant excitement. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a series that does that very thing with each new installment. You look forward to re-entering a world that you love and you’re ready to sit down with your favorite characters and join them on their newest crusade.

This is what the Blood Curse Series does.

The latest installment, Blood Vengeance, continues a tradition of great storytelling that began long ago and centers on the very powerful and very deadly sentinel, Ramsey Olaru. I’ve felt for years that the beauty of this series is Tessa Dawn’s ability to humanize these legendary, larger than life creatures. Blood Vengeance not only takes us on Ramsey’s journey to discover his destiny, Tiffany Matthews, we also get to follow the journey he takes as he discovers himself.

Blood Vengeance is an engaging mixture of humor, tenderness, love, passion, adventure and danger with some supernatural flavoring. I encourage all lovers of dark fantasy to hop on board and take a ride with Ramsey and Tiffany as they embark on the dangerous path to answer the call of the Blood Curse.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Father

  • Blood Curse, Book 6
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Kagen Silivasi is a powerful, ancient vampire with a unique gift for healing - he is also a son, a brother, and a loner who has survived unspeakable tragedy and loss. Beneath his handsome, well-mannered exterior lies an alter ego consumed by rage and an overwhelming impulse to "kill them all"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SIMPLY EPIC!!!

  • By bookworm2121 on 12-10-15

Powerful Read!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

If you could sum up Blood Father in three words, what would they be?

Powerful, Compelling and Touching!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love this series and throughout the series, Nachari has and will always be my favorite character. I've always said that he seems like the type of person I could hang out with over a beer...or six. BUT...this story introduced us to an entirely new aspect of Kagen. He is truly as fierce as he is a skilled healer. It was nice to finally see him in the spotlight so that we could learn more.

What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As always, he continues to breathe life into these characters. He helps the listener feel as if they are a part of the story and directly involved in the action.

If you could take any character from Blood Father out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Each primary character in this series is fascinating. It would be hard to pick one, so I'd have to have a cookout and invite them all.

Any additional comments?

As I've said before, I think this series is absolutely amazing. As a son and father I find myself closely drawn to Blood Redemption and Blood Father. Tessa Dawn was able to illustrate the complexities of the father/son relationship in various stages making these stories much more than just vampire tales. Her ability to brilliantly humanize these fierce creatures continues to be my favorite aspect of her stories.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Dragons Realm

  • Dragons Realm Saga, Book 1
  • By: Tessa Dawn
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

Mina Louvet is a fighter, a human with a powerful will to survive in a world dominated by warlocks, soul-eaters, and shifters. Identified by the king's witch as one of the rare, invaluable females in Dragons Realm who can give birth to a dragon's son, she was stolen from her parents as a child and taken to the Keep to be reared in the ways of the Ahavi. As one of the few, the elect - the Sklavos Ahavi - Mina is expected to feed her master's fire, reanimate his blood, and above all else, give him strong dragon offspring: children who will one day rise to power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Amazingly Original Tale!

  • By Dennis Crosby on 11-14-15

Another Amazingly Original Tale!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

If you could sum up Dragons Realm in three words, what would they be?

Original, Exciting and Captivating!

What other book might you compare Dragons Realm to and why?

Tessa Dawn has once again taken a creature of myth and legend and made it her own. Her ability to create fantastic worlds where she takes fantastic,powerful creatures and infuses the human element is unmatched. You feel the ferocity of these beings along with their very real human fears and insecurities. It's simply brilliant!

What does Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mikael Naramore breaths his own fire into these powerful dragons. Through his voice you can feel the power of each character and the emotions they demonstrate as well as those they try to hide. His ability to give each and every character their own voice takes you deeper into the story.

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

Watch passion ignite like you've never seen before.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful