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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards continues her penchant for "fantastic storytelling" (RT Book Reviews) with this next heart-pumping romantic suspense novel, the tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her life - and that of a handsome stranger - before they're swallowed up in darkness forever.

©2016 Karen Robards (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Do authors get to pick the narrator?

Would you listen to Darkness again? Why?

If I had read this book, the voice in my head would not have made the female character sound like such a breathless timid drama queen. The story was good. I liked the fact it was set in Attu where my grandfather was stationed in WWII. The characters were good if one only listened to the words and not the voice inflection of the narrator.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not one of her better ones.

it seemed to drag a little bit. Storyline was predictable. heroin was a little bit whiny.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 04-02-16

Entertaining

The story was pretty good - though I don't know if people that cold and that much on guard could have sex. My main problem was with the narrator mispronouncing ornithologist.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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The narrator

I couldn't finish the book because the narrator voice is too whining when the character is in fear. The story itself what I have listen too is interesting. So I will definitely buy the actual book to read.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narrator Ruined the Story

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

No. It's always unfortunate when a narrator ruins a good story. This happens to be one of those times. The female lead character came off as whiny and annoying, the inflections and constant breathlessness at the end of each sentence made me cringe. The male lead came off as one dimensional and harsh.

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

No. I actually had to force myself to finish listening to it.

Any additional comments?

I loved the plot but will need to read a hard copy version to get a better view of the characters. Both main characters came off as incredibly annoying because of the way the narrator read them. I always enjoy Karen's books, but this one turned me off because of the narration (and an over excessive use of adjectives describing everything down to a rock...)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Okay story, narrator issues

Could not get past narrators glaringly obvious mispronunciation of words! One Example, OrNIthologist, not OrINthologist!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Slow...then rocket

This book started a bit slow, to the point I considered returning it. I'm so glad I didn't because when it heated up, it was fantastic!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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ehh

just couldn't get into it, not what I was wanting. No no no no no

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Narrating voice

The narrating voice that Ms. Presley used was absolutely awful. It sounds as if someone was whining. If it wasn’t for the story itself I wouldn’t have been able to listen. Gena’s voice she created and Cal’s was fine. That whining has got to go!

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Excellent performance of a mostly entertaining novel

I very much enjoyed Ms. Pressley’s performance in this novel! Her voice is quite pleasant to the ear and her characterizations were well-acted. As a “born and bred” Alaskan I did, however, take issue with the pronunciation of some of our more mundane verbiage. Then again, I should say that it is only due to the absence of any glaring errors with the performance that I must seek such a petty flaw to note in this review.

Karen Robard’s writing always amuses me and this charming story did not disappoint in the entertainment department. In my humble opinion, however, this book was not one of Ms. Robard’s strongest.

At the offset I must say that I did enjoy the overall character development and the slow discovering of both Cal and Gina’s points of view. Karen Robards is an excellent “character builder” if such a title exists. A common thread in her writing is her creative weaving of the past and present throughout the story.

I felt that the ending was rather abrupt. Perhaps in the originally draft is an alternate ending that includes another incident with “Heavy Tread”.

The pace was slowed by what I felt were overly-long sex scenes. As a lover of the “heaving mounds” genre, I am shocked to see those words in black and white, but I found myself bored in the sex scenes. Had that time been somewhat shortened, perhaps there would have been adequate time to flesh out the story beyond the arrival at Eielson AFB. Somehow, once General Daddy showed up, the story just stopped.

There was such a great deal of time spent explaining the shallower moments between the two characters and I want to know more. I felt the ending was rather dull and anti-climactic.

I am such a fan of Ms. Robard’s earlier work, specifically, “Walking After Midnight” so when I purchased the audiobook, my hopes were very high. I’m sad to say, that I was disappointed this time around.

Ms. Pressley’s performance was well very done. I love audiobooks to an almost unhealthy degree but can be somewhat picky about the narrators. Ms. Pressley did a fantastic job with the characterizations and story telling. I enjoyed her performance enough that I am searching for more of her work.

(For the record, I love “Walking After Midnight” so much that Karen Robards can nearly do no wrong in my eyes. So, I will keep & love this story and anything else of hers I can find. I will listen to it many times, I’m sure. Leaving an objective review is difficult for a “fangirl” like me, but I call them like I see them.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 04-12-16

Atmospheric

You really do feel the cold and lethargy in this book as the narration is very slow and tired-sounding. The initial plane crash is quite harrowing and if you are phobic, might be a bit too disturbing.

Overall an OK listen as a doctor and a mysterious man who may or may not be the enemy, evade others on a remote island.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful