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Archangel’s Viper

A Guild Hunter Novel
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: Guild Hunter, Book 10
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,116 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it's not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman - it's the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.

Now, someone has put a bounty on her head....

Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael's private guard, and he's as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly's. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself-because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening....

No one is safe.

©2017 Nalini Singh (P)2017 Tantor

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Venom sounds like he's got throat cancer

I've been faithfully reading and rereading every Guild Hunter book from the first to the last character and have the Audible version for each of them. Unfortunately, Justine Eyre made a very unfortunate decision about Venom's voice: The smooth, elegant character sounds like his throat is ruined, all scratchy and rough, not seductive and smooth as described in the books of the series. I'm not even complaining that he's got not even a hint of the melodic Indian speech pattern--but the voice turns me off so badly that I have limited myself to reading the book instead of the "total immersion" of reading and listening . My ire about his voice distracts me enough to impact the enjoyment of the story which is unfortunate.

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Worth the credit

I love the Guild hunter series. I had listened to the previous books again while waiting for the release of this book. Perhaps that was a mistake. The first quarter of this book seemed to follow a formula which had disappointed me. It turned out that the main story was not really about the bounty that was on Holly/Sorrow's head but rather on Uram's taint. That made the book very interesting as it had some unexpected twists and turns in the story. I enjoyed the book. I did not like the voice the narrator used for Venom. It sounded liked a choked old man not a sexy viper. I ignored it and found the rest of the narration was excellent.

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Wanted more from Venom’s story

A good listen but not the author’s best work, the first chapters I almost dozed off.

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Can’t get through this

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I can’t understand the high ratings. The narration is so bad I can’t get through the second chapter. I love the guild Gunter books but Justine Eyre ruins them for me. The main characters all sound like they are in pain and the voice she used for Venom was just plain ridiculous. I couldn’t even get into the story because all I thought about was how poorly it was being narrated. I’m sure I’ll eventually read the book but I wish I wouldn’t have waisted my credit on this. I never liked her narration on the other books either, but I could at least get through it. I couldn’t do it with this one. I wish Nalini Singh would pick a better narrator. The narrator makes the story. This one ruined it. I’m giving the book 3 stars even though I haven’t read it yet because I m sure it’s good. Nalini Singh is a great author and never fails to disappoint.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Never made it that far

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Made me not want to even read the book

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And the story continues...

I relistened to this book in preparation for the new release in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter/Archangel series. Justine Eyre does, as always, a great job with the narration! She's given voice to all the characters since the very first book and her consistency and characterizations are amazing. This is a series that a listener needs to start at the beginning. There's much to the world, politics, and characters that should be savored. Jumping in at this point would be like jumping into the ocean without a life raft. In the Archangel/Guildhunter timeline, this book runs concurrently with ARCHANGEL'S HEART. While this is nominally Viper's book, it is just as much Holly "Sorrow" Chang's book. Holly first appeared in ANGEL'S BLOOD, when she was the lone survivor of the Archangel Uram's horrific attacks and she's saved by Elena, Raphael, Dmitri, and Viper. Four years later, Holly is still trying to figure out who and, more importantly, what she is. Viper has been absent from Angel Tower for two years as he was detailed to the Refuge due to all the political unrest and the effects of the Cascade. He's back now, and Holly is "all grown up." Maybe. The verbal sparring between these two made the whole book for me. Seeing Viper unwind and Holly come into her own was the cake to the snappy dialogue's icing. There are some twists and turns, more info about the world, and I enjoyed the book, both the first time I lisented to it and just as much this second time around. #paranormal #favoriteseries #magical #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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5 - Something wild and free stars!

Love reading and listening to this book! The Narrator did a fantastic job of capturing the characters personalities and nuances.

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Not What I Expected

What disappointed you about Archangel’s Viper?

I think Viper's character wasn't as polished, or maybe didn't come across as well as what I have become accustomed to from this series.

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy the imagery of the wings inside Holly trying to get out and how like called to like as the Dead Arch Angel attempted to reassemble himself.

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Love Venom & Holly!!!

REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 5
Holly and Venom’s story is one of heartbreak and healing! I loved every minute of it. It was great to get to know Venom better and learn more about his history. It was heartbreaking to learn more about all the Holly had to survive from her attack. But these two together were great!! The banter between Holly & Venom had me cracking up. While Archangel’s Viper really focused on Holly’s journey to health. Her journey would not have gone smoothly without a certain viper by her side.

As always I let the amazingly talented Justine Eyre read this story to me. Ms. Eyre so talented with her ability to have so many voices she can lend to this series. I love being able to listen to an audiobook and just know who is talking even without the author telling me. I always look forward to listening to Ms. Eyre.

You know what the worst thing about a Nalini Singh book is? The end!! Where there are no more pages in my book for me to read!! **insert wailing sob** The end of every book breaks my heart because my current journey in this world is over, but then excitement bubbles up because I know that the next book is on the horizon! I can not wait to see who is next in the Guild Hunter Series (fingers crossed for Illium &/or Aodhan)

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from Tantor Media, Netgalley & in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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Change the narrative.

I get that Nalini has a formula that works for her. Please change it up a bit. Get men to do the mail voices and other people for the other characters. Not everyone should sound like Elena. Less He is mine and I am his.

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Good but voicing for Venom could be better!

I love this whole series! However I'm not a big fan of the way Venom is voiced. His voice is made too breathy and kinda sounds like a creepy old man...

I did enjoy the story though. Glad to get some follow up with Holly ( aka Sorrow)!