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Publisher's Summary

They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light....

The stranger silently summoned her from across the continents, across the seas, whispering of eternal torment, of endless hunger... of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness.

Drawn to the far Carpathian Mountains, Shea found a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And she trembled. For in his burning eyes she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become part of her.

But was she to be his healer... or his prey?

©1999 Christine Feehan (P)2012 HarperColilns Publishers

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  • Lisa
  • United States
  • 09-23-13

Not as Good as the First in the Series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is one of those series that I originally started mainly because of the dark overtones that is appeared to have. When it comes to vampire lore I love the more non-traditional version, grounded in more the history than the myth - but still with the dark and mysterious feel. So far this series has proven to be just that.

Grounded in the origins of the vampire legends -- namely the Carpathian mountains and the original asserted origins of vampires in general -- this book and series does a great job of incorporating the two.

Jacque, however, isn't quite as strong a character as his brother, Mikhil. And the story line, or at least the way this one was built, doesn't help that feel. The inability of the main character to have no memory of his life, or how his fractured mind got to be that way, made it hard to really connect with him as a character.

Shay was, however, a more well rounded character than Raven (Dark Prince). She is more grounded in medicine and science -- which makes it a more interesting approach to the concept of science confronting myth and fiction.

Overall -- the story was ok -- but it became a little burdensome by the end. It just started to feel exactly like the first one -- but much more removed from the historical references -- and more anchored in the romance. But I do enjoy the darker nature of the romance, and the Gothic feel overall.

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

The ending a little cliche. The vampire was one that was interesting -- and it could have been figured out if you were familiar with the story line of the first in the series. Also, there was simply a feeling that too many story threads just weren't quite pulled together.

Which character – as performed by Abby Craden – was your favorite?

I didn't really have a favorite in this one. Although the dark nature of Jacque is very intriguing. Her rendering of most of the characters is along a mysterious vein -- and she does a good job of capturing and entrancing the reader.

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Christine Feehan is Great!

If you could sum up Dark Desire in three words, what would they be?

Great sequel

What did you like best about this story?

The plot continues on from the Dark Prince. The Carpathian world gets bigger and more questions are answered.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Gregori and the prince come to help the second time. The dialogue is great.

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

It really made me laugh to hear the byplay between the males.

Any additional comments?

Just a great read. All questions get answered and the story line is set for the next book. I like this narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Narrator a big improvement over previous version

I liked this narrator much better. She especially does a good job with the male voices. It's just a better dramatic reading. I've listened to all the books in this series, and I hope some of the other earlier books are rereleased with a different narrator.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Better version

Abby Craden does a much better job on this than Juanita Parker. Parker always sounds like she's reading to children.

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Great story, narration not so good

I’ve read all the Dark Series books. This is my favorite by far. I thought it would be good to have them on audiobooks, so started here. Fail. I didn’t care for the narration at all. Men’s voices were whispers - who talks like that?! These dynamic, alpha men all had little tiny, breathy voices. Ugh. Shea’s voice was ok, but whiny. Raven was almost a whisper. I haven’t checked the other books, but I will not buy any more with this narrator.

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Slow start

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not bad, just started really slow. Enjoyed more when it got about half way through the book.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Had to speed up the audio.

Could you see Dark Desire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

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Awesome

Feehan is an unbelievably talented writer. She has the ability to make you believe you are apart of the story. You feel the love and confusion as well as the hate and anger of the the characters but most of all you feel the sadness for the Carpathian men who have lost all emotion and color, the men who hold on to honor and hope, who fight the external evil while fighting within themselves not to become that which they hunt and kill.

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  • EnVee
  • JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States
  • 12-30-17

Dark Destiny

Good spin on a Vampire Romance .A bit different from what you normally read,not by much to take away from what we all know and love of a good vampire story.Two things keeping this story from being a five star story...(1)the narrator did an excellent job with narration but...the Carpathian accent was hard to distinguish between the different characters and sounded typically vampire.No...Old World Vampire.(2)The story was totally dark,very gory.Having vampires amongst modern people in modern times but act so barbaric.I expected they’d jelled better with today’s society but not with these vamps.

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Intresting

This book it a great read. It was recommended to me and now I love the series. It can really pull u in to the story line. #Audible20

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Interesting, but...

Well, to be honest, this second book was a little disappointed. The story is good, but based on the first book I hope for something more. This book is too a adult romance, not so intense as the first, but has intense moments.For me, the problem is the passage of time. When the story begins, it is not possible to know how much time has passed. In the courseI
is a worthwhile book and introduces elements that will be use in the future.
In general, the story is interesting.
Regard the narrative, I think it was good.

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  • combat3
  • 08-29-15

Good read

What did you like most about Dark Desire?

Better than the first book this one drew me in

What other book might you compare Dark Desire to, and why?

I can think of no other book to compare this apart from the first int the series.

What aspect of Abby Craden’s performance might you have changed?

I don't think I would have change anything

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

Gregorie's imput into the story for him to find his life mate

Any additional comments?

none.