Agent of Hel

Dark Currents
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Series: Agent of Hel, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.2 out of 5 stars (351 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jacqueline Carey is the New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning Kushiel's Legacy series. Dark Currents introduces Daisy Johanssen, a hell-spawn living in a Mid-west resort town that also boasts fairies, vampires, and a Norse goddess. As police department liaison for the paranormal, Daisy takes notice when a drowning victim shows signs of eldritch involvement. Paired with officer - and werewolf - Cody Fairfax, she must solve the case before tourist season is ruined.

©2012 Jacqueline Carey (P)2012 Recorded Books

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Fun Urban Fantasy

I am a fan of the author - and this is a huge departure from her other books. I had no problem with the narration (some disliked her accent). I found the pronunciation for some words to be strange (which can be jarring) and she does talk too fast at times, but it did not distract too much from the great story. I cannot wait for the next book! If you enjoy urban fantasy (Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, etc) then you will enjoy this one:)

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If you are a fan of Jacqueline Carey ..be aware.

What made the experience of listening to Agent of Hel the most enjoyable?

First I enjoy Jacqueline Carey's way of writing. Also Johanna Parker was wonderful in her narration This was VERY different from other Carey books. If You read the Kushel series. This is very different and the character, the main character is a half daemon. She kind of polices the supernatural in the area where she lives. Not as erotic as Carey's other works but it does have very dark and sinister moments that can be upsetting to some Ie rape.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agent of Hel?

The main character Daisy, is always finding new strengths, and powers. It is really nice to see how she interacts with some strange situations.

Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

Johanna Parker is a wonderful narrator....If you've listen to "Sookie Stackhouse" you are familiar with how she can switch characters and voices. Also showing emotions

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

*SPOILER: The end when Daisy has to kill the ghouls because it is her job to punish those who perpetrated the horror to the mermaid held captive for rape.

Any additional comments?

This is a new genre for J Carey in urban fantasy, I believe she did two books about werewolves also which were done very well I hope to see another book with this character. Daisy was fun.

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Entertaining Urban Fantasy

Her mother lives in a mobile home park on the edge of town, her father was a lesser demon of Hell and occasional incubus. Daisy works as a part time file clerk at the local police office and as the liaison between the mundane world and the goddess Hel who is the local supernatural in charge. A young college student is found drowned and all of the signs indicate that this is not an ordinary accidental drowning.

Not as dark and angsty as some of her high fantasy novels, this is still an entertaining read. I like Daisy's relationship with her best friend, Jen, and how she was willing to try to repair it after she causes a breach. She also has a good relationship with her mother and her old baby sitter. Daisy is not just a smart-assed hellspawn-- although she does have a tail.

i noticed that someone objected to what they thought was Johanna Parker's southern accent. I have a fair ear for accents and I didn't think she was using an obvious southern overlay. After all a midwestern accent is frequently considered received pronunciation in the US.

Pretty enjoyable listen.

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Great Listening Experience

This is my first book written by Jacqueline Carey. I enjoyed it immensely. The characters feel real and engaging. The interactions between the characters are realistic and genuine. I love the world created and how it includes the paranormal. Daisy's struggle with her own relationship with the paranormal is unique and creative. Daisy is a great character and I look forward to reading about her next adventure. Johanna Parker narrates the book we'll. She gives the characters a voice and helps to bring the book alive. Over-all this is a great listening experience.

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Great for first book in series.

Usually first books suck, but this was surprisingly great. I like the characters and the storyline. It felt short, but I like long books.

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What A surprise

Would you consider the audio edition of Agent of Hel to be better than the print version?

I did purchase the audio addition and loved it

What did you like best about this story?

I love Daisy I love her character, I love her fight for her birthright

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

Miss Parker did an exceptional job her voice was right on

Any additional comments?

The storyline is of a young girl who is half human and half demon her name is Daisy and she works for hel ,she is their liaison and lives in the human world .

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Great story

Different and just the way I love them. I guarantee you will love this story

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well read, well written, Y.A.

J. Carey is a wonderful author! It was fun to see her try her hand at angsty young adult fantasy set in the "now", with her characteristic flair of in-depth character development and suspension of belief to allow for out-of-the-ordinary to walk right next to mundane. Well read and approachable, a very easy read/listen in a new world that I will happily revisit!

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This can't be written by Jacqueline Carey!

What disappointed you about Agent of Hel?

I bought this based on Carey's previous books, specifically the Kushiel series. This is not even in the same league. Reads like it was written by and for a pre-teen.

What was most disappointing about Jacqueline Carey’s story?

This book is so juvenile! Where is the smart, sexy, beautifully written story that we know Carey for?

Would you be willing to try another one of Johanna Parker’s performances?

She didn't have much to work with! So maybe.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Gah! Seriously that's what was written over and over.

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Decent story, good narration.

I have been waiting on the price of this book to go down for a while and I finally got it on sale. It was a decent story and kept me entertained.

The story line and plot are interesting and there were some twists and turns that kept me guessing. I liked the concept of this series, but it didn't make me want to rush out and get the next book in the series.

As for the narration, I do like Johanna Parker so it was a good narration. She has a nice southern voice that doesn't get on your nerves.