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Lord of Darkness Audiobook

Lord of Darkness

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Three men who made a sacred pact years before: to defend and protect the innocent of St. Giles - no matter the cost to themselves...

Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger.

Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John, an older, dour gentleman she barely knew. No longer content to spend her days at her husband's country estate, Megs leaves for London to get the two things she wants most: to find and bring to justice the man who murdered Roger, her lover, and to have a child of her own. But in order to conceive a baby, she's going to have to seduce the husband she hasn't seen since their marriage breakfast. (Maiden Lane, Book 5)

©2013 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Decent story ruined by horrible narrator"

    Read from March 17 to May 20, 2013

    I originally started reading this as an ebook back in March or April. Life intervened . . . and as I'd listened to the first four as audio books (read by the incomparable Ashford McNab), it was hard for me to get into this one in print. So I set it aside for a little while, then came back to it, downloading the audiobook despite the less-than-favorable reviews of the narrator (Emma Taylor) on Audible.

    Review of Audiobook:
    The only saving grace of this audiobook is the strength of Elizabeth Hoyt's storytelling. Emma Taylor as a narrator is made tolerable only by increasing the playback speed to 1.5x---and even then her choppy, monotone diction and weird pauses between words/phrases (with no pauses sometimes between paragraphs/scenes, making them run together confusingly) came through quite strongly.

    Review of Story:
    As expected, from the epilogue at the end of Thief of Shadows, I enjoyed this book more than I'd enjoyed that one. I liked Megs from the previous books. Godrick took a little getting used to as a character, but I came to love him right along with Megs, which is exactly what I want in a romance novel. I really appreciated the fact that this was a "falling in love" story---as in, the two characters have known each other for a while before the story begins. It's so rare to see that in romance novels these days. It's also rare to see a romance novel in which both the hero and heroine are sexually experienced without either of them being flagrant or promiscuous about it. Though Megs's experience was outside of marriage, it was with a man she loved and intended to marry. Godrick, whose past before he married his first wife we do not know, remained faithful to her memory all these years. So when the two of them come together to fulfill Megs's wish to have a child, the awkward moments are built out of their personalities/pasts rather than the standard tropes of the heroine "losing her innocence" or the hero "teaching her pleasure." Hoyt is able to use it as a time to more deeply explore and develop these two characters in keeping with their backstory and the ultimate goal of the novel: their happily-ever-after ending.

    The one thing that has started to annoy me in this series is the inclusion of the POV of one (or both) of the characters of the next book in the series . . . especially when that character has no connection to the main events of the current story. Artemis Greaves had nothing to do with Megs and Godrick's relationship, so her POV scenes were jarring and brought a halt to the momentum of the Megs-Godrick/Ghost plot. Also, it was quite obvious from Artemis's first POV scene exactly whom her hero would be in the next story. Hoyt already uses the epilogue in each book to set up the next one. I saw no reason for Artemis to have several viewpoint scenes throughout the body of the novel as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 03-17-14
    Laura 03-17-14
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    "Narration wasn't that bad"

    Alright, so it wasn't Ashford MacNab but Emma Taylor was a decent replacement. I suppose the different opinions are what makes the world go round but truly, Emma Taylor wasn't that bad. At least she doesn't overact like Anne Flosnik. And we can't expect that every character from past books are going to sound exactly the same in future books. And by the way, Hellequins are the predecessors of Harlequins and they are two different things so it wasn't a mispronunciation.

    The story was a good story although I found the beginning a bit incongruent with the subsequent story. For a man who professed to so love his dead wife that he would forsake all others and remain celibate, he certainly changed his mind in a hurry. I thought that part of the story could have played out more naturally. Otherwise, it was a pleasure to see Godric come to life, to see Megs appreciate him and to enjoy the journey of healing they both traveled together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 12-10-13
    Elizabeth 12-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Hoyt! Touching story.great love.super sexy"

    Okay, first off .... yes the new narrator is not nearly as good as Ashford but she's not the worst i have ever heard. Unfortunately she makes pretty much every one of the men sound really POMPUS and a lot of the women, especially the ones that we've seen in the past 4 books. That was a little disturbing. The biggest problem I had was the fact that she did make Godric St. John sound really old. She did change a few names but I was able to get past that.
    Now on to the actual book! When I first realized it was about Godric St John I was a little surprised. I didn't expect him to be a main focus of an entire book so the first couple of hours I spent trying to wrap my mind around this and it wasn't the easiest thing in the world. But then, in Hoyt's amazing way, she convinced me and I started to really get into the book. I started to really like Megs a lot more than I originally thought I would.
    I have to say Her Grace is one of my favorite characters in this book. I love how Hoyt inserts dogs in each book. Her Grace is hilarious. I think her interaction with Godric and Megs was so adorable.
    While I usually don't mind the fairy tales right and most of the time enjoy the fairy tales....this books Fairy Tale I just couldn't get into it and I probably fast forwarded through most of this particular fairy tale. I don't know why but it just didn't do it for me.
    Such a great HEA.....I had tears in my eyes. So wonderful. HIGHLY CREDIT WORTHY!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    deborah l montgomery Greenwood Village, CO, US 03-31-13
    deborah l montgomery Greenwood Village, CO, US 03-31-13
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    "Narrating disapponted"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lord of Darkness to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the series, that's why I listen to audio books I spend a lot of time commuting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense and romance!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    ??????


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to the complete series and knowing the voices from book to book was important to me and then you went and switched narrators. This was very disappointing! The series is a great listen! I would recommend the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Tampa, FL, United States 05-17-13
    Angela Tampa, FL, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "If you thought you knew Godric well..."

    Imagine if you will a masked vigilante who roams the night to safe-guard the innocent from evil is blackmailed into marriage to a unwed woman from a good family, and even though this action on the part of the vigilante secures the reputation of the young woman, she suspects the masked man is the murderer of the father of her unborn child and has sworn to take vengeance in her own hands after she loses the love of her life and her unborn child. Unfortunately, she is unaware of one small fact…the same vigilante she has sworn to kill, is her husband whom she wants desperately to agree to consummate their hasty marriage after many years of living apart in hopes of having the baby she has craved for years. This is the premise of Lord of Darkness, with the magic of Elizabeth Hoyt sprinkled in for romantic measure. Godric St. James first appeared in the Maiden Lane series, Wicked Intentions, as a wizened, gray haired romantic, hopelessly in love with his deceased wife Clara. Although a mist of mystery surrounded the reliable character, I never thought he would warrent his own book. However, through this listen we see a change in Godric from a man determined to walk in the deathly shadow of his wife, to a man yearning to step back into the world of the living. Lady Margaret, “Megs” is just the woman to do it. Sister of the notorious Griffin Reading, Megs is a strong willed-young woman unafraid to pick-up a pistol or two to avenge her lost lover, even if that means going after the infamous Ghost of St. Giles. This was a wonderful listen with two complex characters thinking neither of them deserve or is good enough to simply ask for or take what they want from life in order to be happy. Godric shows a side of himself that listeners would not have expected from previous novels and even made me wonder, “Was he this type of husband with his beloved Clara?” My guess would be no. Only Megs could bring out that side of desire in a man who seems so much in control in every situation. The narration… well I can’t say it was the best, and it did take me a while to get use to since the last narrator did made the novel come to like so well, but the storyline was wonderful and I got past the narration once I got into the story. . Not to mention Hoyt gives the listener a tantalizing peek at the next installment of the series and for one I am saving a credit for the next one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta Chesler Los Altos, CA, US 11-09-17
    Roberta Chesler Los Altos, CA, US 11-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen to the book not to the negative reviews"

    Emma Taylor brought Elizabeth Holt’s rich characters to life! I appreciate that she read in the proper accent of the characters. They are aristocrats and I believe Emma captured them perfectly.

    Thank you Ms Holt for another lively entertaining story. Now onto the next!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tripans Sacramento 08-06-17
    Tripans Sacramento 08-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Sizzling hot, one of the best in the series"

    Of all of the maiden Lane series, this one is the steamiest IMO. Love the story, and as always, entertaining and keeps me listening till the very end. I didn't mind the narrator. She was hard to get use to at first but after a while it was ok.

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    Opsaln 08-04-17
    Opsaln 08-04-17 Listener Since 2008
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    "Skip the audio version of this book!"

    I love this author but the narrator just wrecked the story. Pretty monotone and made it hard to actually focus on the story. Going to have to buy the book instead. Was grating the way she pronounced harlequin. Definitely not the voice for this type of story.

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    Anne 06-28-17
    Anne 06-28-17
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    "A good (not great) romance but BAD narrator"

    I had been enjoying the Maiden Lane series but this one was brought low by Ms. Taylor's narration. At first I thought I was just not used to her character interpretations and I needed to be patient but... no. It's just really bad.

    She did an OK job on the women but she just sucked the life out of the men! Ms. Taylor shoved her male voices so far up her nose that it's a wonder she could breathe! They were read with such odd, extreme haughtiness that they were sucked dry of every bit of their charm and wit. Every line was delivered with exactly the same drawling, nasal arrogance no matter what they were doing, whether rescuing orphans or threatening the Ghost or trading amusing banter with a woman or ordering tea or making passionate love they all sounded mostly bored and half asleep. .

    Ms. Hoyt is a fine writer with a wonderful imagination and this story, while not her best, was still quite engaging and entertaining. I cared about the characters, but changing the narrator in the middle of the series - especially changing it to THIS narrator - was a terrible mistake. Maiden Lane's inhabitants and visitors and the people of St. Giles were not IN this version of this book.

    I'm ready for Duke of Midnight and I"m a little worried about Claudia Harris, but the sample provided seems a great improvement over Ms. Taylor so we'll see....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steen 04-06-17
    Steen 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "just ok but not as terrible as the reviews claim"
    Any additional comments?

    Narrator NOT awful as everyone says, but I didn't like how her tone deepened turning down at the end of each sentence making her sound like a bored aristocrat. Winter (#4) was the best ghost of St. Giles so reading 2 other ghost stories afterwards makes them very dull in comparison and may turn you off to the entire series in general. Therefore I recommend skipping around start with book #1,#2,#3,#4 skip over to book #10, #10.5, then go back for #6, #7, #9 then read #11 and #5, and end with #8 phoebes story. My personal favorite is #11 Alf's story but you can get that FREE on youtube. #4 is 2nd best, #10 3rd best & Apollos story #7 is the funniest i think. 5 & 6 are terribly boring. #9 has the hottest NON-sex scenes. Happy reading!

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