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Publisher's Summary

Young Savannah Dubrinsky was a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one - Gregori, the Dark One - who held her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine.

With a dark magic all his own, Gregori - the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males - whispered in Savannah's mind that he was her destiny. That she had been born to save his immortal soul. And now, here in New Orleans, the hour had finally come to claim her. To make her completely his. In a ritual as old as time...and as inescapable as eternity.

©2000 Christine Feehan (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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IMHO...I ENJOYED THIS NARRATOR MORE THAN ORIGINAL

I love this series. My only complaint...Gregori...should br pronounced...European Greg-OR-ee...not American Gregory...GREG-er-y. Anyone else agree?

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Intense

What made the experience of listening to Dark Magic the most enjoyable?

The main character, The Dark One, Gregori, is intense, in total control of his world and is fascinating for the reader. As his world goes from grey to color, from unfeeling to feeling, the reader is taken through an intense, thrilling story laced with love and humor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Dark One

Did Sean Crisden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I know most readers would think his performance was too monotone but he is telling the story of a creature who has walked the earth for over a 1000 years and is in full control of everything and everyone around him. He has not really been challenged to be anything else until his lifemate demands otherwise, then the humor begins.

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

Not able to do that but yes I could sit and listen to the whole story in one sitting if given the chance.

Any additional comments?

The Dark series is not dark, rather the series tell of a struggle among a species to survive, to protect, one with honor and integrity. I am thoroughly enjoying the whole series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Slow down the narration for a better listen

I found it's a much better listening experience when I slowed down the reading speed. At first it came across very monotone but when I slowed it down I was able to catch the inflections & emotions behind the words a lot better

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Great Book, Abysmal Performance

What disappointed you about Dark Magic?

The performance. This is a dramatic, intense book, where even a simply 'good' narrator would be greatly challenged. This is NOT a good narrator. Not for romance, and probably not for any kind of fiction, which requires being part actor.

What other book might you compare Dark Magic to and why?

Glancing at my bookshelf, I'd say the closest by another author, at least in tone, is Karen Marie Moning's THE DARK HIGHLANDER. Both stories revolve around a dark a hero, who hasn't always made the best choices in the past, and is now struggling to hold onto the remains of their honor despite terrible circumstances.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

At about 3 hours in I can safely say this: The reading tempo is repetitive and irritating. The emotional tempo is a constant, sleepy monotone. The characterization, while it receives +1 for differentiating between characters, gets a big -10 for how poorly they're handled. Listening to it is a real struggle - I end up bouncing between utter boredom and disgusted irritation. I will be returning this audiobook and its sequel by the same narrator. I will not be purchasing any others by this narrator unless a sample shows dramatic improvement.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money/credits.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I love this series!

This is one of those series of books that you can't help but return to and read again.

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The worst narrator ever!

The worst narration. Horrible voices, and so many pauses and no really flow. The story is great but the performance is sorely lacking.

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Made me furious at the start but I melted quickly

I couldn't stand Gregory when the book began and he got worse as the chapters progressed. I almost stopped reading altogether but then he evolved and by the end of the book he was my favorite hero so far.

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Good story but...

What did you like best about Dark Magic ? What did you like least?

I was really looking forward to Gregori's story but I did not enjoy this narrator. I believe I enjoyed this book less than I would have if another narrator had been used. I almost didn't buy Dark Challenge when I saw it was the same narrator. Just my opinion but I don't think he was a good fit for this series.

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Gregori finally gets to claim his mate

Gregori Daratrazanoff has waited so very long for the gift of a lifemate, and then waited even longer for her to mature enough to claim. He knows he’s too harsh from years of waiting and fighting and enduring, and he knows he can’t be the tender lover his mate, Savannah Dubrinsky, deserves. But he has to claim her; and then the fun begins. I really enjoyed their interactions and how caring for his lifemate changes Gregori for the better. And we can enjoy how he gets to eat his words from previous stories in the series. And that Savannah is Mikhail and Raven’s daughter makes it sweeter.
Crisden has a pleasant enough voice- for other books. It’s just too “white bread” for this story. This series requires at least a Frangione, but my fave is Gigante.
Must recommend!

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Good Read

I loved it and I especially liked that it gives the history of the Carpathian people. Readers are not subject to read the books in order especially because some of them are not numbered.

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  • Leigh-Ann Clark
  • 01-05-15

awesome

have always loved christine feehan. great book I am looking forward to the next one